In the extra ordinary situation this year there were three reports being presented instead of one in SLL&CS as there were no particular convener. The SFI-AISF apprehending a defeat of the report presented by their own councilor simply ran away from the scene. Nothing new in that! In the recent past only we have seen the SFI brigade first scuttling and running away to prevent a UGBM from happening, followed by running away from the reconvened UGBM after all their resolutions were routed by the students. They are simply maintaining their tradition of running away! What was most disturbing in the current GBM is the way they had put the blame blindly on the EC to ‘rationalise’ their escape!
The EC in JNU are democratically elected from the students themselves. This year because of the extra-ordinary situation the EC was asked to chair the GBM in SLL&CS. The ‘discrepancy’ of votes between the first two resolutions which the SFI-AISF is ridiculously accusing of, could not be because of the fault of the EC. It was rather due to students choosing to vote on one resolution and not the other! Such blames are therefore completely baseless and empty. But maligning and attacking the EC for that was a dangerous thing to do!
It is on the students to strengthen the democratic institutions rather than attacking them with such unfounded hostility! With the threat of the onslaught from Lyngdoh Committee looming on ourselves one can not act with such irresponsibility to undermine and intimidate the EC in order to cover up their own defeat. This would directly invite administrative intervention into the process of election which had so far been conducted by the students in JNU themselves. The ‘democratic ethos’ of this campus should not remain confined in mere slogans, but should be reflected in practice by all responsible and sensible students and organisations.