Students protest against “[email protected]” seminar in Jamia Millia Islamia – Kashmir Media Service
New Delhi, Aug 05 (KMS): Half a dozen Jamia Millia Islamia student groups staged a parallel protest program against the university administration’s “bold attempt to saffronize the campus” by holding a seminar on “[email protected]: dream meets delivery”.
Hundreds of students launched slogans against university authorities under the banners of Fraternity Movement, All India Student Association, Campus Front of India, Students Islamic Organization of India, Students Federation of India, National Students Union, DISSC and AIRSO.
As part of Azadi Ki Amrit Mahotsav, celebrating the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, central universities across the country are holding seminars on the same subject.
The invitation of senior civil servant Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Indresh Kumar to the seminar, who has already been indicted in the Malegaon and Ajmer explosion cases, was met with strong dissent from Jamia students.
“Students have gathered to raise their voices against the invitation of these people who have harmed the country and who are currently being charged in many cases,” Campus Front of India chief Zaki Hamdan told the media.
AISA chief Shoaib said: “What we have to say is that we will not allow Indresh Kumar to enter the campus.”
Swaleh Ansari, Secretary of SIO Jamia Millia Islamia addressed the assembly and said that for several years the Jamia administration has done nothing but meet the demands of a saffron party.
“Rashtriya Muslim Manch, which was founded after the 2002 Gujarat Muslim Genocide to whitewash the crimes of the BJP government, now trying in a minority institution like Jamia Millia Islamia cannot be accepted,” the SIO chief said.
After the historic anti-CAA protest, Jamia Millia Islami recently partially reopened offline classes. But, the reinforced police and paramilitary presence outside of campus is still the reality.
An earlier statement released by Fraternity Movement JMI read, “Since Jamia (partially) reopened for students after COVID, police and paramilitaries have been the devastated reality of this university. Even for the slightest sign of dissent on any issue from any of the campus groups, Jamia, in no time, becomes a paramilitary camp fortifying the gates and even restricting entry for its own students.
“The hostile environment towards students and all kinds of student engagements inside the campus have seriously affected the quality of the academic and democratic atmosphere,” the statement added.