The ABVP, which objected to a seminar at Ramjas College last week where JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited, today took out a 'Tiranga march' from the college to Delhi University's Arts Faculty.
With ABVP holding a Tiranga march today, the DU and JNU campuses are set to witness more marches and counter-marches tomorrow as Left-affiliated AISA, Congress -backed NSUI and JNU teachers also plan to register their anguish against the Ramjas College violence.
The ABVP, which objected to a seminar at Ramjas College last week where JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited, today took out a ‘Tiranga march’ from the college to Delhi University’s Arts Faculty. Raising slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and calling it a ‘march for the nation’, the ABVP members carried the national flag as they marched inside the Ramjas College campus.
With hashtags like ‘March4nation’, ‘IstandwithRamjas’ and ‘Istandwithnationalism’, the student outfit used social media to invite more students for the protest against Left-leaning students’ groups who are “supporting those involved in anti-national activities”.
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Rashtrawadi Shikshak Sangh, an RSS-affiliated teachers’ body also staged a silent protest at Arts Faculty today demanding “check on abuse of freedom of speech and expression by the Left-groups”. The JNU Students’ Union has planned a public meeting later today at the JNU campus where professors will address public and speak against the violence at Ramjas College.
Nandini Sundar, teacher at DU’s sociology department, Rajeev Kanwar of Dyal Singh College and some DU students will address a public meeting at JNU. Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) is also organising a symbolic one-day hunger strike at Arts faculty followed by a ‘Mashaal’ rally tomorrow.
“While we stand against the ABVP strongly in their attempts to curb students’ freedom of expression and misusing ‘nationalism’ to further their agenda, we also condemn the violent ways of the Left in handling of the situation,” a statement by NSUI said.
Tomorrow students and teachers of DU and JNU, along with AISA members, will stage a march from Khalsa college on North Campus to Arts Faculty against the calling off a street play competition following “threats” from DU Students’ Union.
The march, which is being promoted using hashtags like ‘FightbackDUmarch’ and ‘DUagainstGoondagardi’ will also see participation of groups such as ‘Pinjra Tod’ which have been fighting discriminatory hostel rules.
Gurmehar Kaur, a Kargil martyr’s daughter and a Lady Shri Ram College student, who claimed she received rape threats allegedly from ABVP members after she started a social media campaign against the outfit, will also attend the march.
Ramjas college had last week witnessed large-scale violence between members of the AISA and the ABVP.
While Left-affiliated groups have been protesting since then demanding action against ABVP and lodging of FIRs on complaints of injured students and teachers, the ABVP has conducted various marches reiterating they will not allow any “anti-national” activity on campus.