31 Jan, 2016: Delegates from the World Organisation of Students and Youth (WOSY) met up with the members of the International Students Association (ISA) on Sunday evening at the ISA headquarters located in Teflas only to find themselves questioned back about their ‘non-political’ affiliations. WOSY claims to be a ‘non-governmental’ organisation that brings together students and youth of the world for promotion of social justice and humanity. The agenda for the meeting was to set up a committee of WOSY volunteers within JNU for better networking with their fellow members in other universities across the nation.
As the meeting took flight with delegates and students introducing themselves, ISA President, Mina Babazadeh questioned one of the delegates on their source of funding and political connections. She asserted that ISA is an apolitical institution and would not want to interact with organisations with political partisanship. ISA General Secretary, Karma Phuntsok further added that, “When we searched WOSY on the Internet, the results returned an ‘abvp.org/wosy.”
Delegates from WOSY held firm on their agenda trying to convince a crowd that went into a frenzy of doubt and uncertainty. While many questions were left unanswered on the alleged ‘ABVP link’, few members of the ISA did step forward to join hands with WOSY while the rest walked off unconvinced.
Dhaval Bhate is an MA student at CSSS and works at the News Pool of The Informer.