When one thinks of DU, one can’t help but think of a politically-charged university. And with the elections around the corner, the entire Delhi University seems to be on political steroids. From canvassing to debates, and from false promises to real hope, elections at DU have all the elements of the Indian political scenario.
Among the hustle and bustle of elections, students often have to resort to drastic means to get their voices heard. Rajneesh Tiwari and Hetram Yadav are two such DU undergraduates who had to go on a hunger strike to voice their opinion.
Tiwari and Yadav are students of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College and Sri Venkateswara College, respectively. They are also affiliated with Chatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), which is the student wing of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
According to a statement by a party functionary, the two students have been on a hunger strike since August 27, 2019. This statement came on August 30, 2019. Up until then, their health seemed to be fine.
Yadav and Tiwari have been on a hunger strike outside the Arts Faculty in North Campus to demand that the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polling be conducted using ballot paper.
Since their introduction in the year 2009, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been used in the DUsU polls. But after last year’s results, AAP has cried foul play repeatedly and demanded the return of the ballot paper.
But this is not the only demand on Tiwari and Yadav’s minds. They have also demanded the revocation of the fee hike that many colleges of DU have put into effect this year. Besides they have also called for an academic system in which a student failing in a paper will be able to reappear for it in the same year, instead of having to wait for the next year.