ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Assertion of Student Power

An estimated 30,000 Kolkatans, mostly students, participated in a protest march in Kolkata on 20 September against late-night police atrocities and the alleged molestation of girl students in the Jadavpur University campus. This is a unique event of student assertion, which reminds us of the student movements of the late 1960s and 1970s. The slogans raised in the procession give us broad hints about the mindsets of the students.

A variant of the popular slogan bantering the police, used during the Naxalite movement, had a comeback: "You may beat us brutally, but your salary will remain the same." Another slogan in verse was coined by the students to ridicule the two big political parties in West Bengal.The message of the slogan is: "The two mistakes of the present century are CPM and Trinamool. Alimuddin is deadwood, the enemy now is Kalighat" (The CPI(M) headquarters is on Alimuddin Street, and Mamata Banerjee resides in Kalighat).

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