“Solidarity to strengthen pro people initiative”
P Mujeebrahman, State President of Solidarity Youth Movement, Kerala speaks on the new the policies and programmes of the movement
Solidarity Youth Movement is understood to be born of a bold decision of Islamic movement in Kerala. How do you reflect to this?
Definitely it was a bold decision of Jamat Kerala to form a youth movement. The target ofSolidarity was to unite young people, prepare them to establish virtues and fight against evils. Solidarity addressed capitalistic imperialism, fascism and communalism as the major threats of our times. It tried hard to regain the revolutionary youthhood to fight these evils. It could present the youthhood useful for social service. Because of these intense efforts Solidarity could get a recognizable space in the socio cultural and political arena of Kerala that too within a short span of 4 years
Can you briefly explain a few major activities of Solidarity during these 4 years?
The motto of Solidarity is Service and struggle. Within last 2 years, we built 450 homes to poor people irrespective caste and religion. “Your donations + our physical efforts = homes to needy people” was the formula of the housing project. We got encouraging response from the generous people. Our cadre themselves built each of these houses with their hands.
Solidarity penetrated into adivasi and fisher folk areas. Many of their problems and injustices committed by authorities against them were solved by us. In the recent district conferences held under the theme “witness of youth for justice and existence” large number of adivasis and fishermen participated.
Many campaigns of Solidarity were unique in its contents and style. Campaign held in 2004 on drug abuse and addiction had much positive impacts. Another campaign “Youth’s call for a friendly Kerala” observed in 2003 when the state was under the grip of communal riots had helped to block the blow of communalism. We addressed the emerging fascism in Kerala at many crucial junctures.
Solidarity dealt with the concept of development in these days. The theme of the first state conference in which 1 lakh youth participated was “a correction in development for human and soil”. The agenda of capitalistic imperialism behind the present development mania was unveiled through many programs. A proposed project of express high way that will in effect divide Kerala into two watertight compartments and cause serious ecological impacts was resisted through popular struggle. The protest of adivasis of Plachimada against the corporate giant coca cola was popularized through the interventions of Solidarity.