Opinion | Why the JNU loss doesn’t dishearten ABVP
The organization has space to tap student disillusionment with the Left and end its campus stranglehold
The Cambridge dictionary defines bastion as something that keeps or defends a belief or a way of life that is disappearing or threatened. In India’s political landscape, Communists are an endangered species, almost staring at electoral extinction. In that sense, the scenic Jawaharlal Nehru University, standing on the southern ridge of the Aravalli Hills, remains the last consolatory bastion of the Left. This year’s student union elections, held in the backdrop of the Central government’s bold move to withdraw the special status of Jammu and Kashmir granted under Article 370 and split the state into two Union territories, once again saw the desperate coming together of disparate groupings to form Left Unity. This opportunistic alliance has swept the JNUSU polls, winning all the four central-panel posts. Left Unity’s presidential candidate Aishe Ghosh defeated her nearest rival Manish Jangid from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students arm of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). To its credit, the ABVP stood second on the other central posts of vice-president, general secretary, and joint secretary as well.