Democratic Youth Federation of India
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|General Secretary||Abhay Mukherjee|
Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) (in Hindi भारत कि जनवादी नौजवन सभा, Bharat ki Janvadi Naujavan Sabha) is a youth organization in India. It is a left-wing organization founded in its inaugural conference held from 1–3 November 1980 at Shaheed Kartar Singh Saraba village in Ludhiana, Punjab.
As of 2012, DYFI had a membership strength of 16.2 millions which rose from 13.4 millions in 2011. The annual membership fee of DYFI is a meager Rs. 2 and is open to all youth between the age 15 and 40 irrespective of their political ideology.
DYFI identifies itself to be an independent organization, but eminent leaders of Communist Party of India (Marxist) like former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya who was a former secretary of Bengal fraction and a founder Central Committee member of DYFI, Manik Sarkar - the present chief minister of Tripura - was a vice president of the organization, M. Vijayakumar who was the speaker of Kerala legislative assembly was once former all-India president of DYFI.
In the preamble to the constitution of the organization which was approved in its inaugural meeting it is stated as,
The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) as a forward looking and progressive youth organisation inspired by anti-imperialist, democratic and socialist ideas takes upon itself the task of organising the young men and the young women of our country into a well-knit all India youth organisation to build a powerful youth movement to fight for a democratic and progressive social system and for the upliftment and betterment of the youth community as a whole.—Preamble, Constitution of DYFI
DYFI is a member of World Federation of Democratic Youth.
The organization was formed on 3 November 1980 from its inaugural conference held at Saheed Kartar Singh Saraba Village, Ludhiana, Punjab from 31 October to 3 November. Prior to formation, the leaders of KSYF of Kerala, Socialist Valibar organisation of Tamil Nadu, Nav Jawan Sabha of Punjab, DYF of West Bengal etc. assembled in Delhi and gave shape to a Preparatory Committee. This committee conducted a conference in Ludhiana from 1 to 3 November for the formation of DYFI. The constitution and programme of the new organisation was adopted in this conference.
DYFI is very proactive in fighting against the commercialization of education in India. In on 25 November 1994 five members of DYFI were shot dead by the state police force, when the DYFI activists protested against commercialization of higher education at Koothuparambu in Kannur district, Kerala.
At national level, DYFI publishes the magazine Naujawan Drishti (Youth Stream). On state level there are various publications, such as Jubashakti in West Bengal, Yuvadhara in Kerala, and Yuvasangharsh in Maharashtra.
Purported aims of DYFI:
- Jobs for all, education for all and empowerment of youth.
- It stands for communal harmony.
- Constitutional approval of right to job.
- Proper implementation of self-employment projects.
- DYFI aims for Scientific socialism.
- Promote secularism of the nation
It opposes :
- Anti-democracy and sectarian movements.
- Economic policies guided by International Monetary Fund, World Bank and World Trade Organization.
- Imperialist aggression over Third World.
- Industrialization by corporate's.
- Major part of the DYFI fund is collected through its members, and at times it raises fund from the general public. For this they hold fund collection drives during a specific time by all of its units.
- Official website
- Official Website of DYFI Kerala State Committee
- Official Website of DYFI Mumbai District Committee
- Chopra, Suneet. "dyfi From Ludhiana To Amritsar". People's Democracy. CPI(M). Retrieved 13 October 2014.
- "DYFI to focus on unemployment". The Hindu. September 16, 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
- "Welcome". DYFI Kerala. DYFI. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
- "Constitution". DYFI Kerala. DYFI Kerala. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
- "Martyrs". DYFI Kerala. DYFI. Retrieved 13 October 2014.