Why comrades need to listen to this Lenin: Left’s not growing

A day after he stunned his former comrades with his election to the top post in the JNU Students' Union, SFI rebel V Lenin Kumar said the "fundamental problem with the CPM-SFI" is that the combine now functions like a "dictatorship" with "no room for debate" and represents all that is "unprincipled and undemocratic".

From his 'office' in Room 154 of Kaveri hostel, 25-year-old Lenin Kumar, studying for a PhD at the School of International Studies, told Newsline that he believes the SFI paid the price for the "undemocratic position taken by the CPM, be it the issue of Nandigram or backing the candidature of Pranab Mukherjee as President".

In July this year, the CPM's Delhi state committee of SFI dissolved its JNU unit and expelled its four leaders, including Lenin Kumar, after they protested the decision of the party on backing Mukherjee. Thrown out, this group formed the rebel SFI-JNU. On Sunday, Lenin Kumar was elected president while the AISA bagged the remaining three posts.

"We project principled Left politics... There can be political differences (with the AISA) but we have all been elected by the students and it is their issues we have to fight for," he said.

He believes the Left has been reduced to a "derogatory" term, and that's the reason why independent social movements are picking up.

"What the SFI and CPM need to do is some serious introspection. In the absence of a common linking point, the Left is not growing. The fact is that the Left has allowed the historical role of a radical students' movement to die. There are no young political leaders to lead, student politics has lost all meaning, and the progressive students' movement is gone... It is disappointing that SFI officials are not introspecting. Abusing us is abusing the students' mandate. They have lost everywhere."

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