Antisocials, goondaism behind rise in campus violence: Student leaders

Kolkata

Rohit Roy, All India President of Chatra Parishad, said, "Earlier campus violence revolved around student politics in colleges and universities. Be it privatisation of university or reforms in the educational sector, students always opposed reforms that were against students' interests, and they placed their demands through protests and rallies. But now campus violence is no longer limited to rival student groups. It has morphed into a new culture of heckling teachers. The Raiganj College incident is an example."

According to TMC MP Somen Mitra, student politics is now done by outsiders and criminals who have no respect for students and teachers. "In the run-up to the byelection and panchayat elections, campus violence has become more violent," he added.

Economist Avirup Sarkar said, "Campus violence nowadays is far more dangerous than that of the '70s. At that time student politics was not so vindictive. The main casualty of this violence is education. Students are causing severe damage to their careers by indulging in violence."

Sujit Ghosh, state president of AIDSO, felt that students are now more interested in goondaism than idealism. "The students' unions are more inclined towards their political identity rather than strongly protesting against certain causes for the welfare of students," he said.

Dubious record

Since mid-2011, around 200 incidents of campus violence have been recorded in the state. SFI, Trinamool Chhatra Parishad and Chhatra Parishad members were found to be involved.

In comparison, only around 50 such incidents were reported in 2010-11.

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