Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan warns of ‘anarchists, communal forces’ taking over varsities, bats for ‘healthy students’ politics’

By: | Published: March 5, 2017 7:37 PM

Describing Maharaja's College as the pride of Kerala, the Chief Minister said every one should be cautious about retaining its status. In an apparent reference to the recent incident of burning of the principal's chair in Maharaja's College, allegedly by some students, Vijayan said it was possible for a few to "push the institution from pride to humiliation.

“Conflicts of ideas are required in the campuses,” Vijayan said.(Source: Reuters)

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today pitched for healthy students’ politics in campuses, saying else the anarchists and the communal forces will take control. “Anarchists and caste, communal forces will control the campuses not having student politics. I am of the view that campus politics is essential for checking such forces,” he said, inaugurating “Maharajakeeyam” organised by old students of Ernakulam Maharaja’s College here. The Chief Minister cautioned against the frequent incidents of clashes between various students outfits in the campuses. “Conflicts of ideas are required in the campuses,” Vijayan said.

Describing Maharaja’s College as the pride of Kerala, the Chief Minister said every one should be cautious about retaining its status. In an apparent reference to the recent incident of burning of the principal’s chair in Maharaja’s College, allegedly by some students, Vijayan said it was possible for a few to “push the institution from pride to humiliation.” “Everyone should be cautious about it,” he said at the function attended by old students including state Finance Minister Thomas Isaac, P T Thomas, MLA and actor Mammooty.

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Vijayan’s comments also assume significance in the context of the recent violence at Delhi University’s Ramjas college where ABVP and AISA clashed over cancellation of a seminar invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid. While the college administration withdrew the invitation following opposition by the ABVP, it led to widespread violence after clashes between the RSS’ students’ wing and the Left-affiliated AISA. Maharaja’s College is a Government Autonomous College established in the year 1875. It is one of the five Centres of Excellence in Kerala.

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