Visual Culture of JNU Student's Politics
Gallery JNU has a vibrant culture of student politics. The JNUSU (Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union) is sole responsible for conducting a healthy political culture and an open atmosphere for logical debates in the campus. The most unique aspect of this political process is that it is managed and run by students only. Students are necessarily kept informed about the public meetings, debates and other relevant issues through pamphlets and posters. JNU has a long tradition of holding serious post-dinner debates/discussions in the hostel's dinning hall where well-known public figures are normally invited. They invite a variety of academicians, politicians, and journalists to debate and discuss various topics and they are supposed to defend students' questions. The beauty of JNU political behavior is primarily attributed to the student of distinct backgrounds who come together to support an ideology which they endorse by their voice, banners, pamphlets and posters. Posters have great significance because they are pasted on the walls around the campus. These are necessarily handmade, depicting various national and international burning issues. These posters may or may not contain words but they often are self explanatory; whatever massage they intend to give. These posters are made by the members of political parties to educate the existing members and to lure the new comers towards their ideology. Mostly posters are made by All India Students Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI), Democtratic Students Union (DSU), All India Students Federation (AISF), Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students' Union of India (NSUI). There are some other small parties but they have their limited presence. A brief profile of the student politics is given below
All India Students Association (AISA):
The All India Students' Association (AISA) was formed in 1990 which is affiliated to the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist has increasingly strong political party of JNU with its ultra left ideology. AISA has mobilized the student community across campus on various issues related to students welfare, has defeated the communal politics and always stood against the criminalization of politics.
Students Federation of India (SFI):
The oldest and once influential Students' Federation of India (SFI) affiliated to Communist Party of India-Marxist stands for its fascinating left ideology. The JNU chapter of the party has produced Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat like leaders for Indian politics.
Democtratic Students Union (DSU):
DSU is a students' organisation active in JNU. It is a constituent of the All India Revolutionary Students' Federation (AIRSF), and works towards attaining the ideals of the New Democratic Revolution.
All India Students Federation (AISF):
The AISF was founded in 1936 and was the first national Indian union of students. It involved an unprecedented number of students in the struggle for independence. The organisation works in JNU with SFI for the betterment of students with its focus on peace, progress and scientific socialism. It has the banner "Freedom, Peace, Progress." The AISF has state committees in most states in India.
Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP):
ABVP was founded in 1948 and is a student outfit of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS). The ABVP was started with the objective of channelising students' energies in the task of national reconstruction by a group of students and teachers.
National Students' Union of India (NSUI):
NSUI is a student body of the Indian National Congress. NSUI, since its formation on 9th April 1971, has been motivating young minds and leading the torch of student activism to protect the rights and interest of student community irrespective of caste, religion, gender, and status in society.
Anthropos India Foundation depicts the visual poster culture of JNU. The pictures of the posters on various walls of JNU depicts the vibrant political culture, democratic spaces used by the students coming from various ideologies and the freedom to expresses their views. The posters are made by the artists whose names are on the posters or those who belong to a political group.
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