In order to make all public institutions of higher learning and research absolutely free, the government has to pay hardly 1% of GDP (i.e. less than Rs 2 lakh crore or USD 30.76 billion)
Peoples Dispatch talk to president of New Delhi based Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union, Aishe Ghosh about the struggle against fees hike.
Despite massive police violence on Monday, more than 3,000 students and teachers of the New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University marched to the Indian parliament against the hostel fee hike and demanded free education for all.
We also look into the hunger strike by Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails and the march by trade unions in South Africa against the 2nd annual Investment Summit in Johannesburg.
Hostel fees has been increased by more than 999% from 2700/- (38.20USD) to a whopping 30,100/- (425.88USD) annually (excluding monthly mess bill and newly introduced electricity and water charges).
The much celebrated students’ union elections witnessed a series of violent attacks by ABVP, the country’s largest right wing students’ group, including attempts to disrupt counting of votes