Far from New Delhi’s activism limelight, Richa Singh, president of Allahabad University’s student union, is raising her voice against suppression of student politics. She speaks with Pragya Singh about right wing assertion and student solidarity in the days of a restive JNU, Jadavpur and Hyderabad.
Why do college students get involved in politics? Shouldn’t they focus on studies?
India expects youth to participate in all aspects of social and economic development—so why not politics? In fact more students should be politically engaged, campuses should be more politicized. Asking youth to stay away from politics is like saying that they should ignore policy making while participating in it—this is a very, very strange expectation.
Why do you think some people want apolitical students?
A political student raises questions about the system. This obviously causes a disturbance. It forces people in authority out of their comfort zones. This is what...