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Kurien responded by saying that there appeared to be a "communication gap" between him and the minister, who triggered huge protests from Congress on Wednesday over his attempts to drag Sonia Gandhi in the AgustaWestland helicopter row, But as my campaign gained momentum,the response surprised me Residents ofthe women’s hostel friendly acquaintances my family (which overcame its reservations) and a dedicated team of male students came out in my support It is because ofthese individuals who believed in reclaiming the university space that history was made last September But transformations taking place on campus also had a role to play First several students are embracing an alternative model of politics defying muscle and money power Second students are ready to move beyond parties and vote for independents Third women have become an assertive constituency that no serious candidate can ignore Fourth opportunities have opened up for women in student politics and they are refusing to accept traditionally defined roles Lastly a section of male students has become increasingly sensitive towards gender issues Nevertheless amidst the euphoria of winning the presidency I became aware of the challenges a woman representative faces: A deep-rooted misogynistic attitude for starters Just a couple of days after my victory a group of male students gathered near the women’s hostel and indulged in catcalling Their message was simple: They will still try to dominate with their bullying even if the students’ union is headed by a woman Two months after the election the other four office-bearers who are from the ABVP invited controversial BJP MP Yogi Adityanath to inaugurate our union without taking me — the president — on board The message was clear: They couldn’t be bothered with consulting a woman leave alone taking her consent When female supporters joinedme in a peaceful hunger strike in protest?

As I was grappling with these issues,I came to hear about Rohith Vemula’s experiences He was suspended and evicted from his hostel with no scholarship on the mere complaint of the ABVP and those backing it at the Centre I could instantly identify with him These past six months have shown me the kind of challenges that lie ahead for student politics in our country First patriarchy is deeply rooted in society and public universities with many refusing to accept a woman in leadership roles Second the university administration enjoys too much power over students which it abuses when students disagree with it Third the autonomy of academic institutions is under severe threat Ministers in the Central government are using the ABVP and the university administration to harass those who have ideological differences with them Fourth dissenting voices are under threat and tolerance is on the decline And finally the ABVP with its record of violence and intimidation is flourishing under the patronage of the Central government It’s the same story everywhere Be it IIT Madras FTII Pune Hyderabad Central University JNU or IIT-BHU Other institutions of higher education under the Central government will be headed for the same downward spiral unless students unite in this fight The writer 29 is a PhD student in globalisation and development studies at Allahabad University and president of the Allahabad University Students’ Union For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Dipti Singh | Mumbai | Updated: August 20 2017 1:41 am A Ganesh idol made of eco-friendly material being carried to a pandal in Andheri on Saturday Santosh Parab Related News As over a thousand Sarvajanik Ganesh Mandals await permissions less than a week ahead of Ganeshotsav the organisers are anxious With five days to go for Ganpati Bappa’s arrival the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is yet to process almost 87 per cent of the total applications received from Ganesh Mandals For the 10-day festival that will begin on August 25 the BMC had received 1312 applications for setting up Ganesh pandals While 1153 applications are still pending with the civic body 74 have been rejected Till Friday evening the BMC had granted permissions to only 85 mandals According to the civic body of the 24 administrative wards maximum applications are pending in G South (Worli Parel and Currey Road) M East (Chembur east Deonar and Govandi) G North (Dadar Mahim and Dharavi) and D wards (Tardeo Girgaum Walkeshwar Mahalaxmi and Nana Chowk) Most of the rejected applications were from G North and P North wards (Malad East and West) Deputy Municipal Commissioner Anand Waghralkar who is co-ordinating with the Ganesh Mandals’ committee said: “Each mandal is expected to submit all relevant documents and information needed in the form including maps and location sketches These are verified by the traffic department and the police by personal site visits Our junior engineers ensure that they call the mandal office-bearers and make them fill up all empty columns and that the forms are not rejected We are working proactively to help the mandals It takes at least a month’s time to process the required clearances from the traffic police local police and fire-control department for giving permission to set up pandals But if the forms are incomplete and maps and sketches of the location are not submitted we have to ask them to submit those and the process gets delays further” He added: “It is mandatory for the mandals to follow the rules stipulated by the civic body as per the High Court order and the government If the rule does not allow them to set up banners ahead of the festival we cannot allow them to do so” Apart from pandals the civic body received applications from 518 murtikars (sculptors) to erect pandals for their workshops of which the BMC has approved 155 and rejected 161 applications As on Saturday morning 201 applications were pending Waghralkar said: “Permissions for Ganesh murtikars and mandals were being processed in 24 wards as per the approved policy Many police stations and the traffic department have deputed staffers to grant NOCs through a one-window system” After a new festival policy was framed in 2015 the BMC is granting permission to organisers only after receiving NOCs from the police and traffic department Naresh Dahibaokar co-ordinator Brihanmumbai Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav Samanvay Samiti (BSGSS) the umbrella organisation of all mandals in the city said the delay is due to lack of co-ordination among BMC officials and not because of the mandals “The BMC promised us a single-window clearance But in several cases nodal officers in the police and traffic department are not available in office as they have duties to attend Besides we have been applying for permissions every year and have given undertaking that our pandals will not affect traffic Then why are they taking so much time to process the applications” he asked A BSGSS member said many major mandals have other problems The pandals have to be erected well in advance “Mandap contractors can provide labour only before Ganeshotsav Since most pandal decoraters are from Konkan and have to complete multiple mandaps and decoration contracts the mandals cannot wait till the BMC gives permission They have already invested so much money on stage and decorations” There are more than 11000 Ganesh idols belonging to various Ganeshotsav Mandals across the city that are immersed every year Ironically the number of applications received by the BMC to erect pandals is fewer compared to the number of idols that are immersed For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related News It is not possible to reduce food inflation in a hurry but once concrete and credible steps are in place, among others.” What about his own next directorial — there has been buzz on Crack with Akshay for long? the world sits up and takes notice. 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