Central Executive committee of the Students’ Federation of India salutes the student community of Himachal and the state unit of SFI for showing extreme courage and conviction while facing most direct, extreme and brutal state repression. Chhatra Ekta Manch had given a call for state wide protest demo call in front of the HP secretariat at Chota Shimla today for a host of burning demands including roll back of the fee hike, against revocation of the SCA elections, roll back of the RUSA system and removal of the VC of HPU. As if complete disregard to the demands and sentiments of the student community, as well the wider mass was not enough; the police was misused by the state government to stop students who were on their way from the remote districts to participate in the rally in Shimla. Many buses filled with students were halted, many students were even arrested, and many others had to spend night in buses. Veerbhadra Government made every possible effort to stop student from joining the protest. In spite of every such attempt, 4000 strong protest demonstration was organised in Shimla and various road blockades were organised across the state.
Student movement of Himachal is giving a befitting reply to the neoliberal designs of the ruling classes who want to make education a commodity and has become a source of inspiration for the student movement in the entire country. In today’s political context in our country, whether be it in Jadavpur or be it in Himachal; students are on move- Students are on move demanding better and inclusive education, demanding democracy and opposing every single injustice. CEC pledges to carry forward the flame of our times with more vigour and more strength.