Democratic Youth Federation of India
Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) is a political organisation in India that is an associated youth wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). It was founded in its inaugural conference held from 1–3 November 1980 at Shaheed Kartar Singh Saraba village in Ludhiana, Punjab.
|Formation||3 November 1980|
|Type||CPI(M) Youth Wing|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|P. A. Mohammed Riyas|
DYFI identifies itself to be an independent organisation, however a number of leaders of the CPI(M), including former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee who was a former secretary of Bengal fraction, and a founder Central Committee member of DYFI, Manik Sarkar - the former chief minister of Tripura - was a vice president of the organisation, and M. Vijayakumar who was the speaker of Kerala legislative assembly was once former all-India president of DYFI.
As of 2012, DYFI had a membership of 2.2 million which rose from 1.4 million 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.
On 25 November 1994, five members of DYFI were killed after being shot by state police force during a protest against the commercialisation of higher education at Kuthuparamba in Kannur district, Kerala, while one was paralysed.
At the national level, DYFI publishes the magazine Naujawan Drishti (Youth Stream). On the state level there are various publications, such as Jubashakti in West Bengal, Yuvadhara in Kerala, and Yuvasangharsh in Maharashtra.'izhaingar muzhakkam' in Tamil Nadu.
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- "Welcome". DYFI Kerala. DYFI. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
- "DYFI to focus on unemployment". The Hindu. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
- "Martyrs". DYFI Kerala. DYFI. Retrieved 13 October 2014.