A first year’s guide to DU Politics

Delhi University is known to be a very political campus with differing opinions from all forms of the political spectrum. This is partly due to the fact that students from all over India come to DU, and bring with them differing political opinions and viewpoints. The nature of politics in DU is seen with frequent protest gathering at Arts Faculty in North Campus which has become a site to organise protests in recent years.

DU also has its version of formal electoral politics in the form of the Delhi University Students Union. This is a group of elected candidates in 4 positions which are namely President, Vice President, Secretary and Joint Secretary. Students from all over DU vote in these elections. Some colleges such as St. Stephens and most women’s colleges except Miranda House are not a part of DUSU.

There are 4 major political parties in DU. The first is ABVP which is backed by the RSS and BJP, and has been majorly dominating DUSU elections in the recent years. NSUI is the congress backed party which has been known for going against ABVP and clashing with them. The left backed parties are AISA and SFI, both of which have been active in organising protests against the exploitative and islamophobic moves of the government. Some of the protests they have organised this year have been the Anti CAA movement, against the abrogation of article 370, against the communal riots in Delhi, for public transport concessions for students, and against the violence in JNU and Jamia.

During election season, you will see a lot of campaigning. You will also see parties like ABVP skirt rules for campaigning and also going around campus trying to get new members. If you think about joining any political party, remember what the party stands for and what it endorses. Political parties are also not the only way to express yourself politically, as many colleges will have collectives and gender forums organising protests, charity work, meetings, and discussions.

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