Justice (Retd.) P K Shamsudeen enquiry commission has submitted its report to the Kerala Governor and Chief Minister on the role of student bodies in perpetuating violence in government colleges in Kerala and confirmed the existence of ‘Idi muris’ (torture rooms) in many colleges across the state. The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-affiliated Students Federation of India (SFI) is primarily in the dock for monopolising campus politics in colleges like Maharajas College, Ernakulam, Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram and Government College Madappally (Kozhikode) with the aid of Left-affiliated Teachers’ Unions and faculties. The commission was constituted in the backdrop of a suicide attempt by a girl student in University College, Thiruvananthapuram. Weeks later, student leaders of the SFI had stabbed a 3rd year student Akhil, incidentally also of the SFI, bringing to focus the nefarious activities of the student body in the campus. Veteran journalist and ideologue Appukuttan Vallikkunnu writes on the criminalisation of SFI in this backdrop.
Democracy and dissent are trampled when a political party that works within the framework of democratic centralism tries to regiment its people using state power. It is this kind of despotism that made Communist Leader Stalin synonymous with the likes of Hitler and Mussolini. The disintegration of Soviet Union after seven decades also had its roots in it.
While assessing the repercussions of the disintegration of Soviet Union in the Socialist world, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) took a conscious decision at the Party Congress held at Chennai in 1992 to ensure internal democracy within the party at all levels. They even amended the Party Constitution to this effect. However, with the passage of time, the CPI (M) has metamorphosed into a party controlled by a clique. The criminalization afflicting the party and its feeder organizations today is also a result of this.