Solidarity Youth Movement, Kerala

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Solidarity Youth Movement
Solidarity-Flag.svg
Motto Revolutionary stamp of the youth on our times
Formation 13 May 2003
Headquarters Hira Centre
Location Kozhikode, Kerala
President
T. Muhammed Velom
Parent organization
Jama-athe Islami Hind
Website http://solidarityym.org

Solidarity Youth Movement is the youth wing of the Islamist organization Jamaat-e-Islami Hind in the state of Kerala in India. The movement's stated objective is to "liberate the generation of youths from moral bankruptcy and debauchery and to transform them into a radical vanguard fighting for the betterment of society".[1] It, along with its parent organization Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, has shared common ground with India's left-wing parties on issues related to Indo-US relations and globalization.[2]

History[edit]

The Students Islamic Organisation of India is the youth and student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind all across India. In 2002, the Kerala chapter of the organization decided to transform SIO into a completely student organization in Kerala and launch a new wing for the youth. Solidarity Youth Movement, Kerala was thus formed on 13 May 2003 at Muthalakulam Grounds, Calicut.[3] Dr Koottil Mohammed Ali was elected as its first state president and Hameed Vaniyambalam its General Secretary. It held its first state conference at Palakkad on April 23, 2005.[4] The organizational structure today includes 14 district committees, 110 area committees and more than 1000 individual units across the state of Kerala.[citation needed]

Activities[edit]

A Solidarity poster illustrating its community projects
Agitations

The movement played an influential role in bringing into public attention the grassroots struggle against the Coca-Cola factory at Plachimada, Palakkad [5] and campaigned to boycott Coca-Cola in areas where it commands considerable influence.[6] It led the agitation against a proposed Express Highway by the Kerala Government[7] and views privatization of roads as a "system which denies it for the underprivileged by levying tolls on the roads ". It also opposes the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) system of road development,[8] and recommends an "all inclusive development of railway and waterway supported by good roads" as the solution for developing the transportation infrastructure of Kerala.[9] Solidarity also lent support to tribal struggles for land reforms to distribute land to the adivasi groups at Chengara, Mukkaal Cent Colony in Kollam district,[10] and Elamkulam colony.[11] It played role in bringing these issues into the attention of the general public and the government of Kerala.[12][13] It also vehemently opposes the corporatisation of retail sector, fearing that it would seriously impact farmers, traders and the cultural basis of the society.[14][15]

BT Brinjal Protest
Protest against BT Brinjal & a call for GM Free Food (Genetically Modified) by Solidarity and Greenpeace
Large scale projects

Solidarity involves itself in humanitarian services,[16][17] mostly in tribal and backward regions of Kerala. The organization completed a Rs 5,000,000 project for relief efforts to the victims of the harmful pesticide Endosulphan in villages in Kasargode district, north Kerala. A total of 17 new houses were built and another 17 were repaired as part of the project. More than 100 patients were given regular treatment and 244 families were provided daily food ration. 100 students were given educational aid 10 families were supported with employment schemes.[18][19]

Solidarity has also constructed around 500 houses for the poor across Kerala[20] and recently launched an initiative to provide drinking water to 50 villages in Kerala.[21]

Noted social activists as C. Radhakrishnan, Medha Patkar,[22] Ajit Sahi, Arundhati Roy, Sandeep Pandey, Ram Puniyani, Yvonne Ridley, Claude Alvares and Kuldip Nayar have addressed its gatherings.[23][24][25][26][27]

Salma Yaqoob in Solidarity Conference on tenth age celebration at Calicut on 19th May 2013

Leadership[edit]

S.No Period President General Secretary
1 ( 2003–2005 ) Dr Koottil Mohammed Ali Abdul Hameed Vaniambalam
2 ( 2005–2007 ) Abdul Hameed Vaniambalam Mujeeb Rahman P
3 ( 2007–2009 ) Mujeeb Rahman P K A Shafeeque
4 ( 2009–2011 ) Mujeeb Rahman P M Sajid(09–10), P.I.Noushad(10– 11)
5 ( 2011–2013 ) P.I. Noushad T. Muhammed Velom
6 ( 2013–Present ) T. Muhammed Velom Kalathil Farooq

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