Democratic Youth Federation of India DYFI
Formation3 November 1980; 43 years ago (1980-11-03)
TypeYouth Organisation
Legal statusFederation
PurposeBuild a broad based strong and united youth movement in India, embracing every young man and woman who is pledged to fight for the upliftment and betterment of our youth as a whole.[1]
HeadquartersKarol Bagh, New Delhi, India
Increase 98,39,216 [2][3]
A. A. Rahim
General Secretary
Himaghnaraj Bhattacharyya

Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) is a youth organisation in India. It was founded in its inaugural conference held from 1–3 November 1980 at Shaheed Kartar Singh Saraba village in Ludhiana, Punjab.[4] DYFI was formed as an independent youth organization with ties to leftist ideologies. Over time, it has become the youth wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPIM).[5][6]

DYFI identifies itself to be an independent organisation.[7] 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.[4] In 2021, M.B. Rajesh, a former all-India president of DYFI was elected as the Speaker of Kerala legislative assembly.[8]

As of 2012, DYFI had a membership of 2.2 million which rose from 1.4 million in 2011.[9] 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.[9]


DYFI rally in Kolkata

DYFI is a member of World Federation of Democratic Youth.

The DYFI affiliate in Jammu and Kashmir is called Jammu & Kashmir Democratic Youth Federation. In Tripura there is a separate body, affiliated to DYFI, called Tribal Youth Federation.


The organisation was formed on 3 November 1980 from its inaugural conference held at Saheed Kartar Singh Saraba Village, Ludhiana, Punjab from 31 October to 3 November.

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.[10]


At the national level, DYFI publishes the magazine Naujawan Drishti (Youth Vision). On the state level there are various publications, such as Jubashakti (Youth Power) in West Bengal, Yuvadhara (Youth Stream) in Kerala, Izhaingar Muzhakkam in Tamil Nadu, and Yuvasangharsh (Youth Struggle) in Maharashtra.

See also


  1. ^ "DYFI – Aims & Objectives". Archived from the original on 9 November 2021. Retrieved 9 November 2021. The DYFI declares its intention to build a broad based strong and united youth movement in India, embracing every young man and woman who is pledged to fight for the uplift and betterment of our youth as a whole. It is fully aware of the fact that the younger generation is an integral part of our society and their upliftment and betterment in the final analysis, is dependent on and determined by the all round development of our country, especially of the toiling sections, who constitute the overwhelming majority of our people.
  2. ^ "DYFI: দেশে সদস্যসংখ্যা বেড়েছে ৪ লক্ষ, দাবি DYFI-এর". 14 May 2022.
  3. ^ "DYFI adds 1.5 lakh new members in one year". 16 May 2022.
  4. ^ a b "DYFI From Ludhiana To Amritsar". Retrieved 24 September 2021.
  5. ^ Reporter, Staff (14 November 2018). "CPI(M) has its way as DYFI elects new team". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  6. ^ "Kerala: CPI(M) youth wing DYFI says will screen BBC documentary on PM Modi today". Hindustan Times. 24 January 2023. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  7. ^ "Welcome". DYFI Kerala. DYFI. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Newly-elected Speaker MB Rajesh rose from ranks, was named one of best parliamentarians". The New Indian Express. Archived from the original on 9 November 2021. Retrieved 9 November 2021. He had served as the SFI district secretary and state secretary, DYFI district and state president and also the national president.
  9. ^ a b "DYFI to focus on unemployment". The Hindu. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Martyrs". DYFI Kerala. DYFI. Retrieved 13 October 2014.