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THE 10th Maharashtra state conference of the DYFI held in Aurangabad City – the centre of the Marathwada region –  on October 9-11, 2015, resolved to rapidly expand the youth movement and organisation to meet the challenges posed by the murderous rightwing offensive. In connection with the conference, a massive youth rally and public meeting were organised on October 9 evening. Hundreds of DYFI activists from Aurangabad and nearby districts participated in the colourful rally. The rally also marked the culmination of two statewide Yuva Sangharsh Jathas led by the DYFI which converged in Aurangabad after touring 16 districts in six days. The venue of the public meeting, Sant Eknath Rang Mandir, was literally overflowing with people.

Two esteemed scholar-activists of Maharashtra, Dr Narendra Dabholkar and Comrade Govind Pansare were shot dead in the last two years in almost identical circumstances. It is widely known that extremist Hindutva outfits like Sanathan Sanstha are behind these killings. Very recently another outspoken scholar M M Kalburgi was also shot dead at his home in Karnataka in similar circumstances. These gruesome murders took place in the background of the RSS-led BJP’s ascendancy in national politics and with the Hindutva combination of BJP and Shiv Sena becoming the major political force in Maharashtra. Obviously, the Sangh Parivar has decided that it is time for them to step up their efforts to destroy the secular fabric of India and convert the Indian State into an authoritarian Hindu Rashtra without brooking any opposition. This is the logic behind the Dabholkar-Pansare-Kalburgi murders. Alerting the people about this game-plan is the most urgent task of all democratic forces.

THE Central Executive Committee of the Democratic Youth Federation of India in a statement issued on March 24, has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict scrapping the draconian law which allowed the arrest of a person for posting ‘offensive’ content. Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Describing the law as "vague in its entirety," the judges said, it encroaches upon "the public's right to know."

THE Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) has strongly opposed the move of the Hindu Mahasabha to erect statues of Nathuram Godse, the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi, in major cities of the country. DYFI condemned the silence of the government in the matter. The Central Executive Committee of DYFI submitted a petition to the Prime Minister and demanded that the government must firmly disallow all such moves aimed at promoting Godse cult in our country. It further said the central government must instruct all state governments to firmly disallow such plans.

MORE than 20,000 tribal youth and students marched through the streets of Agartala on September 10, to voice their stern warning against the divisive forces aiming at dividing Tripura. This vibrant and youthful rally organised by the Tribal Youth Federation (TYF) and the Tribal Students Union (TSU) raised the slogans of unity, peace and development of the state.