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Maharashtra State Secretariat of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) demands that state government should take immediate steps to repeal all laws which arbitrarily restrict food customs of the people. The President has given assent to a law brought by earlier BJP-Shiv Sena government prohibiting consumption of beef. This one reinforces another law made during Congress rule in 1976 resulting in total ban on consumption of beef. In addition to Dalits and minorities, this ban adversely affects a large section of youth belonging to all communities who have acquired modern food habits.

Sunday, 22 February 2015 00:00

Chokehold Of The State

With unusual enthusiasm, Gujarat goes after activist-couple Teesta and Javed. What can explain the over-enthusiasm of the Gujarat police in investigating a case of alleged cheating involving amounts claimed to range from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 3 crore? Or the insistence, for that matter, of the Gujarat High Court that Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand, perhaps India’s best-known activist couple, who run Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP), be arrested and subjected to “custodial interrogation” to probe the charges? This clumsy arm­-twisting seems desig­ned to pressure them into giving up the pursuit of charges of inaction and complicity against Narendra Modi, then chief minister of Gujarat, in the post-Godhra riots of 2002.

A large number of activists gathered outside Dadar Railway Station in Mumbai on Sunday (15-2-2015) evening for a public demonstration of solidarity with Teesta Setalvad & Javed Anand who are being hounded by Gujarat police with false cases. Famous film maker Anand Patwardhan, renowned writer-activist Dr. Ram Puniyani, AIDWA Maharashtra Secretary Sonya Gill, CITU leader Dr.Vivek Monteiro, Dolphy D’souza, Subodh More, Vandana Shah, Sumedh Jadhav and several eminent citizens of Mumbai participated in the meeting organized by Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) Maharashtra committee. DYFI state president conducted Adv.Bhagavan Bhagwan Bhojne, Secretary Preethy Sekhar and State committee member Moin Ansar also spoke..

Solidarity gathering at 5:30 pm today 15-February 2015 outside Dadar station East.

The Central Executive Committee of the Democratic Youth Federation of India strongly oppose the move of the Hindu Maha Sabha to erect statues of Godse, the assassinator of Mahathma Gandhi in major cities of the country.