Ever since the accession of Jammu & Kashmir to the Indian Union in October 1947 the question of Kashmir has been not just a territorial dispute for India but a test of the secular, democratic and federal nature of the Indian Republic.
The 10th All India conference of the Democratic Youth Federation of India resolves to re-invigorate our struggle against moral policing. There has been a proliferation of violent right-wing groups appointing themselves as guardians of morality, harassing and assaulting young men and women who do not subscribe to their rules of segregation in public. ‘Moral policing’ in educational institutions by authorities themselves passing strictures to segregate girls and boys is another worrying development.
This is the centenary year of the Great October Revolution that was the first victory of the international proletariat over capitalism and imperialism that overthrew the bourgeois rule and Tsar. It transferred all powers to the Soviets of Workers and Peasants.
As rural unemployment is on the rise and has overtaken the rate of urban unemployment, it has created a very grave situation in India. The country is expected to have its “demographic bonus”, the world’s largest working-age (15 to years) population —86.9 core, by 2020. This is expected to be on growing trend up to 2050. It shall turn into “demographic disaster” if the nation cannot cope up with the demand of corresponding rate of employment generation.