Despite having talented young sportspersons, India with a population of over one billion has not emerged as a major contender in international sporting arena, even after seven decades of independence. The Central Government and most of the state governments have not paid proper attention to development of sports infrastructure. Most of the facilities are in dire straits. Market has taken over the arena of sports. Premier leagues involving millions of rupees in auction of players are being popularized. Big Corporates and celebrities are owners of all the teams in Premier League in Cricket, Football, Kabaddi and Badminton. This is a glaring example of commoditization of sports.
Those who have been following the developments in West Bengal will be familiar with the targeting of and attacks on democratic activists, youth and student workers.
The 10th All India conference of Democratic Youth Federation of India expresses its grave concern over unabated killings in the name of honor and other heinous crimes perpetuated by feudal forces as retribution to young couples who dare to choose their life partners on their own.
The Union Budget, 2017 has completely failed to address serious challenges faced by the people in general and youth in particular. The 10th all India conference of DYFI is of the opinion that this year’s union budget, instead of providing relief to the common people, especially youth, reeling under the disastrous impact of demonetization, is going to make life more miserable for the masses. The finance minister’s boastful declaration that the ‘budget has the aim of energizing youth through education, skills and jobs’ is absolutely farcical.