NEW DELHI: A section of JNU students, belonging to the NSUI, chose the visages of PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to represent the demon king Ravana and burnt his effigy on Dussehra. University officials refused to comment on whether permission was granted for the event.
A few days ago, four students were asked to appear before the proctor to explain their position with regards to the burning of the effigies of the Gujarat government and “gauraksha” on the university premises.
The effigy burnt on Tuesday’s also bore the faces of Yoga guru Ramdev, Sadhvi Pragya, Nathuram Godse, Asaram Bapu and JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar. The students carried placards with the slogan, “truth shall prevail over evil”, claiming that it was a protest against the continuous attacks on various educational institutions across the country.
NSUI activist Sunny Dhiman said: “The effigy burning was to symbolise our dissatisfaction with the current government. The idea is to root out the evil from governance and bring about a system that is pro-student and pro-people.” Dhiman said the promises the government had made were still on paper. “Whenever students want to raise their voice, they are attacked by the administration, certainly on instructions from the government,” he said.
Terming the mode of protest as a new low, Ajay Patnaik, president, JNU Teachers’ Association, said: “There are other ways to protest if you have ideological differences. Today, it’s Modi; tomorrow, it will be someone else. It’s the same as the culture of throwing ink.” However, JNUSU president Mohit Kumar Pandey said the students were only exercising their right to freedom of speech.
JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar, meanwhile, said through a tweet: “The effigy burning incident at JNU was brought to our notice. We are investigating the matter and examining all relevant information.”
BY : TNN