Indian Youth Congress

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Indian Youth Congress
भारतीय युवा कांग्रेस
President Rajiv Satav, [Member of Parliament
Chairperson Rahul Gandhi, MP
Founded 1960
Headquarters New Delhi
Membership 24,500,000
Mother party Indian National Congress
Website iyc.in/

The Indian Youth Congress is the youth wing of the Indian National Congress party. The Indian Youth Congress was a department of the Indian National Congress from the period just after the Partition of India in 1947 until the late 1960s. While prime minister, Indira Gandhi gave the Youth Congress a new dimension by establishing it as a frontal organisation of the Congress Party, with the objective of doing social work and arguing against right-wing parties. Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was the first elected governor of the Indian Youth Congress; he later became Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary affairs in the Indian cabinet. Narayan Dutt Tiwari was the first President.

During the 1970s, under the leadership of Sanjay Gandhi, the Youth Congress undertook activities such as tree plantation, family planning, and fought against domestic violence and dowry deaths. After the death of Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi took over in charge of the Youth Congress. After he became prime minister in 1984, Rajiv Gandhi reduced the voting age to 18. Rahul Gandhi was appointed a general secretary of the All India Congress Committee on 24 September 2007 and was given charge of the Indian Youth Congress[1] along with the National Students Union of India.[2]

It has over 7,900,000 members across India. The Indian Youth Congress has its headquarters in New Delhi and is presently headed by Rajiv Satav. There are 39 office bearers at the national level, followed by the state, Loksabha, Assembly and Booth level. In all, 174,000 committees have been formed at the Booth level.[3]

Issue stances[edit]

UTI Scam Rally protest[edit]

In 2001, several Youth Congress workers held Lalkar Rally around Parliament of India to protest against UTI Scam under National Democratic Alliance government and asked for resignation of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.[4][5][6]

Protest against violent attacks[edit]

In 2011, 2,500 Youth Congress activists rallied and protested in Calcutta against the violent attacks on its supporters by the All India Trinamool Congress party.[7][8]

Tripura civil disobedience movement[edit]

In 2012, Tripura Pradesh Youth Congress organized civil disobedience movement in all 23 sub-divisions in Tripura as part of agitation to protest against the Left Front government's failure to provide employment, nepotism, rise of crime and atrocities against women in the state. This saw procession of 4,000 Congress workers and detainment about 25,000 Youth Congress activists across the state.[9]

Madhya Pradesh memorandum[edit]

In 2012, Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress president submitted a memorandum to the Governor of Madhya Pradesh demanding dismissal of the State Government run by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not able to protect teenager girls and murders.[10] hell

Karnataka drought failure[edit]

In 2012, Youth Congress workers of Karnataka took out a procession in protest against the failure of the Government of Karnataka under BJP to tackle drought in 123 taluks and staged a mass protest in front of all taluk offices and locked the offices.[11] A memorandum was submitted to Deputy Commissioner.[12]

In January 2013, a 17 kilometer rally was held in Kannur demanding the dissolution of BJP government for 'failing' to provide good administration and losing the support of the majority.[13][14][15]

India-Pakistan border protest for Indian soldiers[edit]

On January 14, 2013 more than hundred Youth Congress activists staged protests across India against Pakistan and its army outside the old customs gate at the Attari border over the killing of two Indian soldiers by Pakistani forces.[16][17]

Implementation of 73rd and 74th Amendment to the Constitution of India in Jammu and Kashmir[edit]

In August, 2012 the Pradesh Youth Congress Jammu and Kashmir launched a state wide protest against the Government led by National Conference for the implementation of the 73rd and 74th amendment to the Constitution of India relating to Panchayti Raj in Jammu and Kashmir. The protests were led by J&K youth Congress president Mohammad Shahnawaz Choudhary.[18]

List of previous presidents[edit]

Year Name Place
1969–1971 Narayan Dutt Tiwari Uttarkhand
1971–1975 Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi West Bengal
1975–1977 Ambika Soni.jpg Ambika Soni Lahore, British India (now in Pakistan)
1978–1980 Ram Chander Rath
1980–1982 Ghulam Nabi Azad Jammu and Kashmir
1982–1985 Tariq Anwar Bihar
1985–1987 Anand Sharma - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012.jpg Anand Sharma Himachal Pradesh
1987–1988 Gurudas Kamat Karnataka
1988–1990 Mukul Wasnik Maharashtra
1990–1993 CHENNITHALA 2012DSC 0062.JPG Ramesh Chennithala Kerala
1993–1996 Maninderjeet Singh Bitta Punjab
1996–1998 Satyajit D. Gaekwad
1998–2000 Manish Tiwari Punjab
2000–2005 Randeep Surjewala Chandigarh
2005–2010 Ashok Tanwar Haryana
2010–Present Rajiv Satav Maharashtra

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reform School: Can the Youth Congress expunge the sins of its fathers before it inherits their wicked ways?". The Caravan. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rahul Gandhi gets Youth Congress Charge". The Hindu. 25-19-2007. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  3. ^ "Booth committees in IYC". www.iyc.in. 2013-11-28. 
  4. ^ "IYC demands cases against Prime Minister Atal Vajpayee and Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on UTI scam". The Tribune. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "NDA Government's achievement, a litany of scams: Sorake". The Hindu. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Youth Cong call to unseat NDA Government at Center". The Times of India. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Youth Congress protest rally chokes south Calcutta". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Congress holds silent rally in Kolkata against Trinamool". NDTV. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Youth Congress rally to protest against Left Front apathy". The Times of India. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Youth Cong demands ouster of State Government". The Pioneer (Indian newspaper). Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Youth Congress slams government's failure to tackle drought". The Hindu. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Youth Congress stages protest in Karnataka". The Hindu. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Mangalore: Youth Congress Launches Protest Rally Against BJP Govt". Daijiworld Media. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Youth Cong takes up cudgels against BJP govt; organizes vehicle rally". Mangalore Today. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Youth Congress rally on Jan 15 against misrule of BJP govty". Mangalore Today. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Indian Youth Congress stages protest against Pakistan". Hindustan Times. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  17. ^ "YCC protests against killing of two Indian soldiers in Kashmir". State Times. Retrieved January 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Youth Cong's 7-day ultimatum to Omar". The Kashmir Times. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 

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