Mohan Kumar Karki
Gangtok, Jan 5:
“There is a general perception in people’s mind that Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is associated with a political party but contrary to it members of ABVP Sikkim chapter said “We are not a political party neither are we connected to one. People are just looking to make issues political without reason, said Geeta Chettri, Member of ABVP, Sikkim while addressing a presser at Journalist Union of Sikkim today. She added ABVP has always been seen as a political organization rather seen it as a political organization but it has nothing to do with politics, religion and community and only works for the welfare of the students. Must tell, four Representatives from Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad Sikkim chapter today held a presser to brief their recent participation in three day long 67th convention of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh from 24th Dec to 26th Dec2021. It was told that a total of nine representatives from the Sikkim participated in the convention and during the press conference the question of ABVP being politically inclined was raised and above clarification was given by one of the members.
It was also informed that the convention was observed duly following the guidelines of covid-19 strictly. The convention starts the hoisting of the organisation flag, addressed by General Secretary Nidhi Tripathi, talks, discussions, 3 km Shobha yatra, and cultural events.” informed another ABVP member Trishana Chettri. She also informed that four important resolutions were also passed in the convention. Another member Chewan Koirala briefed “in the three days convention we members of AVBP from Sikkim highlighted many issues of the state.
“The ABVP also stands in support of the National Education Policy 2021 and Centre’s decision to provide women scholars with 240 days of maternity and childcare leave during their M.Phil and Ph.D. program,” said Koirala. Members also highlighted the various issues of the students and lapses in classes due to pandemic and how pandemic affected the life of students in Sikkim and also raised their concern for decreasing budgets for sports.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad was founded in 1948 by RSS activist Balraj Madhok, was formally registered on 9 July 1949. Its primary purpose was to counter communist propaganda on university campuses. Yashwant Rao Kelkar, a lecturer in Bombay, became its main organizer in 1958. According to the ABVP website, he built the organization into what it is now and is considered to be ‘the real architect of the ABVP’.