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‘Revolutionary’ students declare bandh



The government must now face the wrath of the student bodies because it tried to suppress the student convention. The president of the All Nepal National Free Students' Union (Revolutionary) has warned that the government has to take responsibility for all actions that will follow.
Students' revolts have always led to the fall of governments. The students' revolt of 1980 resulted in the referendum being held. Students played a major role in the 1990 revolution and people should not forget this. The government seems to be scared of the agitation started by the ANNFSU which is gaining a lot of popularity. The announcement of an agitation soon after the incident at Ratna Rajya Campus has raised the political fever of the nation. The meeting of the ANNFSU yesterday has confirmed that an agitation will start soon and that it will shake the very foundation of this nation.

The demands put forward by the ANNFSU (Revolutionary)

Education-related demands
1 Stop schools from taking lumpsum fees in one shot immediately.
2 Abolish the teaching of Sanskrit. Mother tongues should be taught.
3 Abolish the national anthem.
Stop privatisation and commercialisation of schools
1 Government should take over private and boarding schools.
2 Stop the phasing out of +2 from the university immediately.
3 Stop taking loans from the IMF, WB and other nations that affect our education sector, immediately.
4 Stop foreign interference in our education system.
People-oriented demands
1 Stop police interference in educational institutions and take action against those responsible.
2 Make public the whereabouts of those who have disappeared, central president Lekhnath Poudel, Ganga Shrestha, Rishi Ghimire, Jhak Bahadur Malla, Nirmal Acharya and Nep Bahadur Choudhary.
Issues related to people
1 Stop price rise, corruption and the commission system.
2 Withdraw the rise in prices of petroleum products.
3 Issue 10 litres worth of coupons per month to all students on the basis of identity cards.
4 Reduce by 50 percent prices for transportation, health, education and all other public areas.
National issues
1 Withdraw from all unequal and unjust treaties.
2 Get back all land that has been encroached upon [by foreign countries].
3 Make public papers on all unequal treaties and encroached land.


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(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)


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