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Solidarity Youth Movement Kerala
MottoRevolutionary stamp of the youth on our times
FormationMay 13, 2003; 15 years ago (2003-05-13)
HeadquartersHira Centre, Kozhikode, Kerala
General Secretary
Umer Alathur
Parent organisation
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

Solidarity Youth Movement is the youth wing of the Islamic organisation 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 organisation Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, has shared common ground with India's left-wing parties on issues related to Indo-US relations and globalisation.[2]

Hira center, Calicut.


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 organisation decided to transform SIO into a completely student organisation 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 23 April 2005.[4] The organisational structure today includes 14 district committees, 110 area committees and more than 1000 individual units across the state of Kerala.[citation needed]


International Islamophobia Conference

Solidarity Youth Movement Kerala organizes International Islamophobia Conference Kerala, which will be held on 16–18 December 2016 at Kozhikode in Kerala, India.[5]


The movement played an influential role in bringing into public attention the grassroots struggle against the Coca-Cola factory at Plachimada, Palakkad[6] and campaigned to boycott Coca-Cola in areas where it commands considerable influence.[7] It led the agitation against a proposed Express Highway by the Kerala Government[8] and views privatisation 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,[9] and recommends an "all inclusive development of railway and waterway supported by good roads" as the solution for developing the transportation infrastructure of Kerala.[10] 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,[11] and Elamkulam colony.[12] It played role in bringing these issues into the attention of the general public and the government of Kerala.[13][14] It also vehemently opposes the corporatisation of retail sector, fearing that it would seriously impact farmers, traders and the cultural basis of the society.[15][16]

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,[17][18] mostly in tribal and backward regions of Kerala. The organisation 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.[19][20]

Solidarity has also constructed around 500 houses for the poor across Kerala[21] and recently launched an initiative to provide drinking water to 50 villages in Kerala.[22]

Noted social activists as C. Radhakrishnan, Medha Patkar,[23] Ajit Sahi, Arundhati Roy, Sandeep Pandey, Ram Puniyani, Yvonne Ridley, Claude Alvares and Kuldip Nayar have addressed its gatherings.[24][25][26][27][28]

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


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 – 2015 ) T. Muhammed Velom Kalathil Farooq
6 ( 2015– 2017 ) T. Shakir Velom Sadiq Uliyil
7 (2017-present) P.M. Salih Umer Alathur

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Why Solidarity ? Archived 25 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Muslim bodies launch alliance to ‘thwart’ n-deal
  3. ^ Why Solidarity ? Archived 25 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Malayalam (refer the history subsection)
  5. ^
  6. ^ Jubilation in Plachimada
  7. ^ Kerala: Another Village says 'No' to Coca Cola
  8. ^ Road Warriors :A freeway to hell or heaven, Malayalees can't decide
  9. ^ Solidarity builds road to oppose privatization of transport policy
  10. ^ Road Policy of Kerala: We need development, not sale – Solidarity Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Mukkaal Cent Colony - Historic Win for Popular Struggle Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Stir against ‘neglect’ of Elamkulam colony
  13. ^ Solidarity march
  14. ^ Police resort to lathicharge to disperse workers
  15. ^ "India FDI Watch Brochure". Archived from the original on 26 July 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  16. ^ Protest Against Corporatisation Of Retail Sector Gains Momentum In Kerala Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ SYM organises medical camp
  18. ^ The Institution of Homoeopaths Kerala-Unit Activities Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Solidarity Completes First Phase of Rehabilitation for Endosulphan Victims". Archived from the original on 18 December 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
  20. ^ Solidarity Unveils Endosulfan Rehab Scheme Archived 29 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Socially engaged Islam - A view from Kerala
  22. ^ Public Drinking water project to be announced tomorrow - Mathrubhumi 5 February 2010[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ Social sanction must for projects: Medha Patkar
  24. ^ Solidarity Youth Movement's Website Launched (by Claude Alwares) Archived 29 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Socially engaged Islam - A view from Kerala
  26. ^ SYM to take out rallies this week
  27. ^ Ajit Sahi addresses solidarity conference on media Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ "Varkkala Murder; statement from the DGP is uncalled for: Ajit Sahi". Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.

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