The Enigmatic Engine of JNU Students’ Union Elections

 “It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything”- Joseph Stalin. This quote always haunts the youth of Indian Society maybe that is why the option of NOTA has been accepted by once and for all. The elections of Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) are round the corner and each student leader is trying his level best to pursue the opinions of masses in his or her favor. No stone is being left unturned by the parties to win the elections.

The recent alleged rape incident by Anmol Ratan has once again landed the JNUSU into the limelight. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), All India Students Association (AISA), All India Students Federation (AISF) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) are the dark horses of this race.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union or JNUSU is Students’ union under Office of Dean of Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is primarily responsible for building and preserving a healthy political culture and an atmosphere of open debates on the campus. Students are kept informed about the public meetings, discussions and other issues through pamphlets and notices. Even Public Action, an objective forum, invited a variety of journalists, politicians, and academics, to debate and discusses various topics.

There is a long tradition in JNU of holding serious post-dinner meetings in the hostels to which the students often invite well-known public figures, writers and intellectuals.

A question always pops up in mind some students that will the Kanhaiya Kumar sedition charges will make AISF loose its battle on the ground or the AISA will pay the cost of repercussion of the heinous act attempted by one of its member Anmol Ratan? Is Popularity a scale for the election of politicians, if it is so then definitely Donald Duck and The Muppets would take seats in senate.

The fever of JNU elections has just founded its grip as Ishita Manna, a first year PhD student of Social Sciences has been appointed as the chief election commissioner. Seems like the power of feminism is taking toll on these universities now. In the end what really matters is that what this election is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?


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