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Preparing list of TMC leaders involved in attack on BJP workers, says Dilip Ghosh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to the attacks on BJP workers allegedly by TMC cadres, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that they are keeping a tab on people who are attacking BJP supporters. “The ruling dispensation was rattled at the increasing popularity of BJP in Bengal. Their leaders and workers are joining BJP almost everyday. TMC leaders are unable to stand this. Which is why they are launching attacks on BJP supporters. A list of those who are involved in these attacks on us is being prepared,” Ghosh said on Wednesday at the NJP station as he was on his way to Malda as part of his tour to districts for strengthening party organisation. He was however, quick to add that they did not believe in vindictive politics and would like to reply in a democratic manner.He also alleged that TMC was launching the attack on BJP with the help of police. “TMC has lost its popularity among people and their leaders are unable to face people so they are taking the help of police to do everything for TMC from extorting money to beat up Opposition leaders,” he said.Referring to the situation at the hills he said, “The condition of the hills is equally pathetic. None of the TMC leaders including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee can go to the hills at the moment and the party is using Central force to protect the police personnel who are made to sit idle there. I had been there and people have urged me to request the Centre to withdraw forces from there,” Ghosh added.On Wednesday, several students from South 24 Parganas defected from TMCP, the students’ wing of Trinamool Congress to BJP under the leadership of former TMCP leader Monty Jaiswal, in the presence of newly-inducted BJP leader Mukul Roy. Jaiswal said that not only from TMCP, many from the TMC youth wing too would be joining BJP. It was found out that soon a unit of ABVP, the students arm of the saffron brigade, would be opened in Behala.

I am ready to face bullets, no one can stop me from expressing myself: Kanhaiya Kumar at Lucknow Literary Festival

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a high-decibel opening of the three-day Literary Festival in Lucknow as former JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar and RSS student wing ABVP openly exchanged barbs and jibes on Friday. The members of the ABVP, student wing of the RSS and Hindu Yuva Vahini did not Kanhaiya Kumar to speak for 30 minutes.The ABVP and HYV activists jeered and hooted the outspoken JNU leader calling him traitor of the nation and raising anti-Kanhaiya Kumar slogans.A scuffle took place between ABVP-HYU and Samajwadi Party student wing members when the former made an abortive bid to reach the stage during the function organised at Sheroes Cafe, a cafeteria run by acid victims.Finally, the organizers and acid victims working at the Sheroes Cafe appealed to agitated ABVP and HYU workers to let the function begin. They clarified from the stage that Kanhaiya Kumar is not a traitor as alleged by few.“You have governments in 18 states but you cannot suppress an independent voice or stop someone to express his thoughts. I belong to a family of freedom fighter and no one can stop me expressing my thoughts,” blasted Kanhaiya Kumar in his speech.“I am ready to face bullets but will not stop opposing those taking the country to a wrong direction,” he said.Incidentally, as soon as the program began power went off forcing Kanhaiya to pull up Yogi Adityanath government.“Smile that you are in Lucknow under Yogi Adityanath’s Ram Rajya. In Satyuga Lord Ram had left for vanvas but in Kalyuga Yogiji has left vanvas to rule Uttar Pradesh,” he chuckledTo ridicule ABVP, the former JNU president offered his condolences to the RSS worker died in a blast allegedly while making bombs.“I offer my condolences to children died at the BRD Medical College and also condole death of RSS worker died while making bombs,” said he.The former Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi, Asaduddin Owaisi, Satrughan Sinha, Bollywood actress Divya Dutta, Barun Gandhi, Jayant Chowdahry Jyotiraj Scindia, Sushmita Sen, Suresh Raina, R.P. Singh are some big names who are participating in the three-day literary fest.On the opening day, former Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi released Divya Dutta’s book ‘Me and Maa’.

Despite glitches in evaluation, no action against MeriTrac

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after a series of glitches and errors in the on-screen evaluation delaying the results of over 4 lakh students the state government has not taken any action against MeritTrac, the service provider, which was assigned the contract for the job. After the removal of Dr Sanjay Deshmukh from the post of Vice Chancellor, concerns are now being raised over the government’s lax approach in taking action against the company which was responsible for numerous glitches that finally led to the delay in the assessment process. Aniket Ovhal, Joint Secretary, ABVP Kokan region said that the state government must take strict action against all those who were responsible for the result mess including MeritTrac. “One cannot ignore the loss that was caused to students partly due to the failure of the company along with the VC in the whole process. Strict action should be taken against the it” added Ovhal. The university has decided to continue with the same service provider for the upcoming winter semester exams.V-C’S FAILED DECISIONSFeb 2016: University purchases aircraft to offer hands-on training in Aviation course, plan still stuck in the absence of permissionsJan 2017: Deshmukh announced assessment of over 19 lakh answer sheets through onscreen method June 2017: IDOL admissions fail to kickstart as Deshmukh decided to appoint a new service provider at the last minute. July 2017: MU sacked 470 contractual employees from its departments at the beginning of the academic year which put burden on its permanent staff at the time of assessment.

Allahabad University polls: Samajwadi Chhatra Sabha wins 4 seats, ABVP wins one seat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Samajwadi Chatra Sabha (SCS), a student wing of Samajwadi Party, won four out of five posts in the Allahabad University Student Union Election.The elections results were declared late on Saturday night.The SCS won the posts of President, Vice President, Joint Secretary and Cultural Secretary, whereas the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) camp won the post of Joint Secretary.Beating the nearest rival Mrityunjay Rao Parmar, SCS’ Avanish Kumar Yadav was elected as President with 3226 votes.In 2016 the ABVP won the posts of President and Joint Secretary.

Najeeb Ahmad case: Students protest outside CBI HQ

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of students on Friday staged a protest outside CBI headquarters seeking information on the status of the inquiry into the case of missing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Najeeb Ahmad.Shouting slogans like “we are Najeeb” and “Find Najeeb”, the protesters, including students from JNU, Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia alone with Ahmad’s mother Fatima Nafees and cousin Sadaf Musharraf, reached the CBI headquarters at around 2:30 pm. Heavy police force was deployed at the protest site to avoid any untoward incident.Minor scuffles broke out between the police and students when some of them tried to jump off the barricades. But the situation was brought under control.Accusing CBI of doing nothing concrete to find her son, Nafees said, “It’s been six months since CBI has been given charge of the case but no one has interrogated the ABVP students who assaulted Najeeb. In the beginning, police prevented us from reporting names of ABVP students and promised us that they would find Najeeb in 24 hours. But later on, they failed to look for him.We call the CBI office every day to know about developments in the case.”Echoing similar sentiments, Ahmad’s sister Sadaf Musharraf said, “I keep looking for my brother everywhere. On railway stations, Nizamuddin Dargah, among drunkards on footpaths, because I think someone could have held him captive and injected him with drugs or left him on the footpath. Even if the police or CBI tell us that my brother is no more we will be satisfied, but right now our state of mind is in shock.”The protesters, including the family members of Ahmad, were continuing their agitation by the time this report was filed.October 15 will mark a year since Ahmad had gone missing from JNU’s Mahi Mandvi hostel following an alleged scuffle with some members of the RSS-backed Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), a night before.After Ahmad had gone missing, the Delhi police had registered a case of abduction and offered a reward for any information on his whereabouts. Following orders from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Delhi Police had also formed a special team to find Ahmad.In May, the Delhi High Court transferred the case to the CBI. However, no breakthrough has been achieved in the case so far.

AISA to ABVP, all student bodies stand with BHU girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding action against the recent brutal attack on protesting students at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), scores of students cutting across political ideologies staged multiple protests in the national Capital on Monday.While members of RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) protested outside the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Left-backed student groups demonstrated at Jantar Mantar.The ABVP condemned the police action against BHU students and demanded a fact-finding committee to probe in to the matter. “It is high time that HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar acts on the issue and ensures justice for BHU girls. We demand constitution of an inquiry committee and strict action against the administration,” ABVP’s National Media Convener Saket Bahuguna said.Nearly 150 ABVP members participated in the protest and submitted a memorandum to Javadekar. “BHU must immediately reopen its women hostels and address all issues of women students,”ABVP member and former DU President Amit Tanwar said.Slamming other student groups for calling ABVP’s protest “symbolic” because BJP is leading the government in Uttar Pradesh, he said, “ABVP works for the student community and not for any political party, and we are proud of it. We may support a party on national issues but we also have enough guts to fight for genuine student issues.”The move is being seen as a change in ABVP’s politics after a string of defeats in student elections, including at the Delhi University (DU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Guwahati University, and Punjab University.At the same time, NSUI demanded an inquiry under a sitting High Court judge and resignation of the BHU Vice-Chancellor. Nearly 50 members of the student group took out a protest march from the Raisina Road to MHRD, even as they were stopped by the Delhi Police near Shastri Bhawan.”While police put up barricades to stop NSUI members from reaching the HRD Ministry despite us having the permission, ABVP members were allowed to protest there. Police also detained some of our members,”NSUI National Media Incharge Neeraj Mishra said.

BHU crackdown: NSUI and ABVP stage protests against baton-charge on students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged demonstrations on Monday against the baton-charge on students in Banaras Hindu University (BHU).The RSS-affiliated ABVP condemned the police action against the students and demanded constitution of a fact- finding committee, while the Congress-backed NSUI demanded an inquiry under a sitting high court judge and resignation of the BHU vice-chancellor.The two student organisations had separately announced their plans to stage demonstrations outside the office of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). However, the NSUI claimed that it supporters were detained much ahead of the venue, while ABVP activists were allowed to reach the site.The Congress-affiliated student body accused Delhi Police of favouring the ABVP.”Despite having all permissions, we were detained without citing any reason. This shows how Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to use the police for curbing and stopping protests against him and his government,” NSUI media in-charge Neeraj Mishra.Mishra also criticised the ABVP and said its protest was “always about symbolism”.ABVP national media convener Saket Bahuguna said on Twitter, “Those wondering why a protest at MHRD, should remember @ABVPVoice works for student community, not for any political party and we are proud of it.”When contacted, a senior Delhi Police officer said permission was not granted for any protest near the ministry and that both groups were detained.A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathicharge by the police in BHU where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve- teasing incident turned violent.The violence erupted after some students, protesting against the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsity’s vice-chancellor at his residence.Security guards of the university stopped the students and informed the police, according to university sources.A BHU spokesperson had said that some students wanted to “forcibly” enter the VC’s residence but they were stopped by the BHU security guards.Subsequently, there was stone pelting by “outsiders” who had joined the students, he said.The police baton charged the students in a bid to disperse them.

Delhi HC issues notice to DUSU president and NSUI’s Rocky Tuseed after plea by ABVP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to recently-elected Delhi University Students Union President Rocky Tuseed after a plea by ABVP’s Rajat Choudhry stating that the aforementioned shouldn’t have contested due to an FIR against him.In his plea ABVP’s Rajat Choudhry stated that NSUI’s Rocky Tuseed has FIR against him in 2014 for attempted murder & criminal trespassing.Reacting to the news, BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya tweeted: “Court issues notice to Rocky Tuseed, just elected DUSU Prez, questioning his election on ground of criminal antecedents. #KnowYourLegacy”Delhi University authorities had earlier rejected the nomination papers of the NSUI presidential candidate Rocky Tusheed who contested after the intervention of the Delhi High Court and won with a big margin.”This is not the only instance (where NSUI won in student elections). The atmosphere in the country is changing. Those who misled the youth, The youth are today teaching them a lesson. The NSUI won the Panjab University election and prior to that in Rajasthan University the NSUI sounded the victory bugle. It is a reflection of the changed atmosphere in the country,” Tewari said.In the past, there has never been an incident where nominations have been cancelled in students’ polls and one has to move the court to get them restored. This is the manifestation of subversion of varsities by the BJP-led NDA government, he claimed.With inputs from agencies

Minor’s rape case: Barmer police call entire episode a concocted story

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The local police have taken a U-turn in the gang rape of the six-year-old student of Jalipa Kendriya Vidyalaya in Barmer. Despite registering an FIR against unknown accused, the police have termed the crime against the girl a concocted story.According to the police, the time of the incident which the child is telling is not right and she did not even recognise the accused. Because of this, police officials are now claiming that the rape was not confirmed in the report of the medical board. The report said it was fungal infection.However, the doctor of a private hospital, who informed the police about the girl’s rape, has expressed doubts on medical board’s report. Meanwhile, the alleged role of the police has sparked protests in the city.The ABVP staged a protest by rally in Barmer this afternoon. In the evening, local schoolgirls and college students and their parents together with People of the Group gathered in the stadium and decided to protest against the incident.The father of the victim said he is not going to sit quietly and added that he will raise the voice in Lok Sabha. At the same time, in an attempt to suppress the matter the school administration has banned the entry of the media persons on the school premises.Manan Chaturvedi, chairman of the Rajasthan Child Rights Protection Commission, said that Barmer SP informed her that rape was not confirmed in the report of medical board and it was a matter of fungal infection. She believes that the child may have seen or heard such a matter, then she must have made this whole story in mind. When asked that if the medical report had not revealed the possibility of rape and the girl has made the story, then why did the police filed an FIR of the gang rape?On this she said that “I do not know about filing such a report. If something has actually gone wrong with the child, then I will send my field team to meet the child and her family. If needed, the medical of the child will be done again and I myself will go to Barmer.”

DUSU Election Results 2017: Congress’ NSUI wins 2 out of 4 seats including that of President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) has won the posts of President and Vice-President. BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has won the post of Secretary. Re-counting is on for the post of joint secretary. According to PTI, ABVP has won the jt-secy post. Last year, ABVP had won the post of president, vice president, and secretary. NSUI candidate was elected to the post of joint secretary.Rocky Tuseed of NSUI winning the post of president is being seen as a major setback for ABVP as it was hopeful of retaining this position. NSUI has won the post of president after four years. Students’ outfits had contested for a total of four positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary. A total of 43% voter turnout was recorded. Here are the total number of candidates who were in the fray: 24 Presidential candidates; 10 Vice-Presidential candidates; 5 Secretary candidates; 5 Joint Secretary candidates.NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed won the president’s post by a margin of 1,590 votes, while the party’s Kunal Sehrawat defeated the ABVP candidate by 175 votes. ABVP’s Mahamedha Nagar defeated NSUI’s Minakshi Meena by 2,624 votes to win the post of secretaryLive updates: 3:35 PMCongress VP Rahul Gandhi congratulates NSUI for winning in DU. 3:00 PM2:00PM 1:18 PMClose contest in Delhi University Students’ Union. ABVP is leading on Vice President and Secretary posts; NSUI is ahead on President and Joint Secretary posts.1:02 PMThe main contestants for the DUSU presidential post are ABVP’s Rajat Choudhary, NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed, AISA’s Parul Chauha, independent candidates Raja Choudury and Alka.Earlier, the Delhi High Court gave a go-ahead to the Delhi University to declare the results on Tuesday for the post of President in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election. The court’s order came on a plea by the University seeking modification of its September 8 interim order by which it had allowed National Students Union of India (NSUI) presidential candidate Rocky Tuseed to contest the election but directed the varsity not to declare the results for the post of the President. ABVP candidates: President candidate – Rajjat Chaudhary, VP – Parth Rana, Secretary – Mahamedhaa Nagar, Jt. Sec. – Uma Shankar. NSUI candidates: President – Rocky Tuseed, Vice President – Kunal Sehrawat, Secretary – Minakshi Meena, Jt. Sec. – Avinash Yadav. AISA candidates: President – Parul Chauhan, Vice President – Aditya , Secretary – Jaishree , Jt. Sec. – Akash Gupta

Tight security as students cast vote in DUSU polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) polls were conducted amid tight security on Tuesday, which recorded a total voter turnout of 43 per cent.The turn out in the morning shift was 45.3 per cent. The polling percentage of the evening shift, however, saw a drop.According to the DUSU election committee, a large number of students turned out to vote since in the first half in around 40-morning colleges, polling for which ended at 2 pm. Voting in the evening colleges began at 3 pm and went on till 7:30 pm. “As per the information collected from various colleges, voter turnout was good in both the phases,” said Chief Election Officer S B Babbar.At the Varsity’s north campus, candidates and supporters of RSS’ student wing ABVP, the Congress’ NSUI and left wing outfits were seen making last-minute efforts to garner votes.However, voting at several morning colleges including Shahid Bhagat Singh started late as there were some technical glitches in the EVMs. “The voting get delayed as the EVMs were not working,” a senior official said.The polls have been watched closely in the backdrop of the violent clashes that broke out Ramjas College earlier this year. Among students, “violent-free” campus remained the major demand this year. “We don’t want anyone in the union who was involved in the violence. ABVP has fielded a candidate who thrashed our teacher during the Ramjas clash. It is not acceptable,” said Yogita Malhotra, a Miranda House student.Many students were complaining about the student groups and their supporters for defacing the campus. “The candidates and their supporters have created a mess as posters plastered across almost every inch of the campus,” said another student.Meanwhile, some colleges did not allow any loitering at its campus. “Students of our college have taken a pledge to not litter the campus. Candidates our campaigning in our college as well but you will not find pamphlets in the campus.”, said Dr Rama Sharma, Principal of Hansraj College.The main contestants for the DUSU presidential post are ABVP’s Rajat Choudhary, NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed and AISA’s Parul Chauhan. The counting will begin on Wednesday morning.

JNUSU prez debate: Fiery candidate steals the show

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of student union polls, the Jawaharlal Nehru University organised the much awaited presidential debate late on Wednesday night, with a differently abled independent candidate Md Farooq Alam outshining others with his satirical attacks, doted with one-liners on all student political groups for doing “petty” politics at campus.At around 9:30 pm, the entire stretch to Jhelum lawns from Ganga dhabha was flooded with students as they were heading to hear what all the presidential candidates had to say. Amid the thrilling sound of dhaflis and tambourine, conch shell was also played each and every time a candidate delivered some catchy one liner.Seven candidates are competing for the top post of the JNU Student Union (JNUSU) for which polls are scheduled on Friday. Alam’s turn, however, came after three candidates but he left audience in fits of laughter as he ripped apart all left, right and Ambedkarites. “Five years back when I joined JNU, left showed me a dream of azaadi. But, when I actually started speaking about it, I was told not to expect to turn that dream into a reality,” Alam said.He also lambasted Ambedkarite student group Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) and RSS-affiliated ABVP. “BAPSA played ‘Shakuni mama’ in JNUSU movement throughout the year and the ABVP has taken a charge to issue certificated of ‘nationalism’ at the campus,” Alam said, with supporters cutting across all political groups gave him standing applause.Among the major issues raised in the debate that went on till 1 am, was missing student Najeeb Ahmed, seat cut in research courses, fund cuts in central university’s and the rise of “saffron forces” across the country. Geeta Kumari, the presidential candidates of the left alliance– All India Students Association (AISA), Students Federation of India (SFI) and Democratic Students Federation (DSF) — and BAPSA attacked ABVP for indulging in violence in Najeeb issue.Amid slogan, taken from a bollywood movie ‘Naam Shabana’, BAPSA’s Shabana Ali traded guns at the left alliance for indulging in “castiest” politics. Presidential candidate of AISF, which is a part of alliance, CPI leader D Raja’s daughter Aparajitha Raja raised issues of Tamil Nadu farmers, Chattisgarh adivasis and murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

DUSU polls: ABVP fields controversial candidate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The only woman candidate fielded by RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for the much-hyped Delhi University Students’ Union polls had allegedly hit a teacher during the violent clashes at Ramjas college.Various student organisations and teaching faculty have criticised the party for choosing Mahamedha Nagar for the post of Secretary in the polls scheduled for September 12.Nagar, a student at University’s law faculty, had allegedly assaulted Abha Dev Habib, an Assistant Professor at Miranda House early this year during the clash.”This is a new low in the history of Delhi University. Those who assaulted their teachers in the name of ‘nationalism’ are being promoted by the ABVP,” said Habib.Violent clashes broke out at Ramjas College between two groups of students on February 22 leaving several students, teachers and journalists injured. The clashes followed the cancellation of invitation to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid Shora at an event a day before.Mocking the manifesto released by ABVP on Tuesday, Habib said “They are promising violent free campus when they themself are fielding someone who is audacious enough to hit her teacher,” Habib said. The manifesto released by the student political party focussed on having a ‘fear-free’ campus.Irked over her selection,the members of left-backed All India Students Association (AISA) are planning to write to the Vice-Chancellor and the election committee. They also claimed that Nagar’s name was mentioned in the PIL filed by a section of students in the Delhi High Court seeking action against those involved in the clash.”We had submitted pictures and videos where Nagar was seen hitting the teacher,” said Kawalpreet Kaur, president AISA, DU.However, ABVP’s national media convenor Saket Bahuguna claimed that all these are mere allegations and nothing has been proved against Nagar.”Those who are alleging that she had assaulted a teacher could not prove anything against her. According to Lyngdoh Committee’s recommendations, a student can not compete in elections if she or he has faced some disciplinary action. However, there no such action has been taken against Nagar,” he said.

ABVP triumphs in varsities’ polls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Results for students’ union elections were declared at universities and affiliated colleges across the state. It had been for the first time that the results have been declared within a week of the universities going to polls, as for the institutes of Udaipur region the polling and result declaration took place on the same day. Polling for the student union elections were held across the state on August 28, the process was postponed at Udaipur in consideration of prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit.The day of ballot counting largely remains peaceful across the state with a few exceptions. At evening police had to resort to use of light force at Sukhadia University as hundreds of jubilant students attempted to enter the university campus after the victory of their candidate.The process of ballot counting commenced at universities across the state soon as voting ended at colleges of Udaipur region around 1 pm. As results kept flowing till late night, the student wing ideologically associated with ruling BJP had secured the post of president at six universities of the state. The student wing of Congress – National Students Union of India (NSUI) – had won seats of president at two universities, while independents proved their mettle at the prestigious seat of student union president at Rajasthan University and MDS University, Ajmer. The ABVP despite with ideological ties with ruling party was at a slight advantage on Apex seats, however, the Vidhyarthi Parishad officials claimed of sweeping support at affiliated colleges.“We had contested elections at 10 universities and 180 affiliated colleges, out of which we won president seats at six universities and 145 colleges,” claimed Naresh Paliwal, state office secretary of ABVP. “Overall our 470 candidates have emerged victorious in the results,” he added. As for the regional trends, NSUI clean swept elections at JNVU of Jodhpur. Here it was also an individual victory for the president elect, Kanta Gwala who was disqualified from contesting the elections by a recent government circular and had been able to contest after interim relief extended by the high court. At MDS University, Ajmer the independent candidate won the president’s seat with a margin of 213 votes, while at Rajasthan University it was a defeat for ABVP as its rebel Pawan Yadav won as president.

RUSU Elections 2017 results: Setback for ABVP, rebel Pawan Yadav to be President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major setback to the ruling party, ABVP the student wing from its stables has suffered a major setback in the Rajasthan University students union elections. ABVP lost out in three of the four major posts. Adding salt to the wounds, the winner on the president post, Pawan Yadav, happens to be the rebel from ABVP. This is the second time in a row that an ABVP rebel has won the elections in Rajasthan university. General secy post was won by Manvendra Bhudania while Mahima Choudhry was declared winner on the vice president post. Both Bhudania and Choudhary are from NSUI, while Manisha Meena of ABVP managed to score a win on the post of joint secretary. The university has a total voting strength of 23662 and merely 12205 had cast their vote in the election that took place on August 28. Election to various universities across the state had taken place on August 28, however the elections for varsities in Udaipur division had been postponed to September 4 due to Modi’s Udaipur visit on August 29. Counting for all universities had been scheduled to take place on Sept 4, when Udaipur universities went for polls.

JNU students react to Sitharaman as defence minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nirmala Sitharaman’s appointment as Union Defence Minister, on Sunday, was the subject for much discussion among student political parties in JNU. The discussion was especially heated, as Sitharaman herself is a JNU alumni.Reacting to Sitharaman’s appointment, Saurabh Sharma, president RSS-backed ABVP JNU said, “We really welcome the appointment of JNU alumni Nirmala Sitharaman ji as India’s first woman defence minister. We are hoping that the communist forces of JNU will start respecting the Indian Army now,” Saurabh Sharma, President ABVP JNU.Sharma was referring to an issue which has sharply divided students here — the installation of an army tank on campus. Students who have opposed the installation of the tank have been dubbed as “anti-national,” a debate that many are getting tired of.Shikha Singh, a first year MPhil student summed up the views of many when she commented on Sitharaman’s appointment. “It’s a proud moment for all JNUites to have her as our defence minister. And it is all the more welcoming to have a woman defence minister. We are hoping that she will do something to change the ongoing ‘anti-national’ rhetoric against our University,” she said.But while everyone here has welcomed the idea of woman defence minister, some left-wing students still criticise Sitharaman for being a part of the BJP-led government.”Her being a JNU alumni does not make any difference as she will continue to remain a political opponent for us. The BJP government at the Centre considers JNU students as anti-national. They should first install a tank in her home now,” said Geeta Kumari, AISA’s (All India Students Association) presidential candidate for JNUSU.Political rhetoric is especially high as JNU goes to the polls on September 8.

ABVP asks for reforms to avoid ‘impracticality’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS-affiliated ABVP on Saturday demanded for reforms in the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations to avoid ‘impracticality’.The demand for reforms was put forth as the BJP’s student body felt that the committee’s recommendations in confining the election process to 10 days was “impractical” considering the number of voters and colleges which are affiliated to Delhi University Students Union (DUSU).The elections for various posts in the Delhi University will be conducted on September 12. The ABVP are being blamed for disfiguring the city with posters in their run up to the upcoming elections.According to Saket Bahuguna, the national media convener of ABVP, posters are a way to connect with students of 51 colleges spread across the city.”DUSU is a large election and there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach confining it to just 10 days,” he said.The body also said that it was urging DU election authorities to allocate separate democracy walls in colleges for putting up posters.Bahuguna termed the Rs-5,000 cap on poll expenditure as “impractical” as it was too less to contest elections in a large scale, adding that campaigning on a single autorickshaw in all colleges would cost more than Rs 5,000.He said that social media would be able to help reduce reliance on posters in the future but not at present.

DUSU elections: Unions log on to social media

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the DUSU elections on September 12, various student outfits are making the most of social media applications and platforms in order to garner support and make their campaigns more effective. “We are going to use Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram extensively. It is the only solution to reach out to a larger audience in a short period of time,” Saket Bahuguna, the National Media Convener of the ABVP said. RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) plans to benefit from social media by making the students aware about their achievements.The Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) is taking its message to the audience with #TakeBackDU. “Social media has become entirely money-driven… to make one’s presence felt in the name of promotion. We do not have that kind of money, so we advise our activists in various colleges to share the work as much as possible. We use WhatsApp as a tool to reach every individual,” said Prashant Mukherjee, president of the CPI-M’s Students’ Federation of India (SFI), Delhi unit.With the hashtag #DUofmyDreams, SFI is trying to promote its “extensive” groundwork.The All India Students Association (AISA) national president Sucheta De said, “We are uploading every activity on our Facebook page. We will also reach out through WhatsApp.”

It was just a regular day at JNU

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As India celebrated its 71st Independence Day, the students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had no special celebrations at the University. Since last year, JNU has been under scanner when a group of students allegedly shouted anti-national slogans, but the students are of the view that they need not organise programmes to show their patriotism.Deep Bagchi, a student of School of Physical Sciences, said that there are no special celebrations to mark the day of Independence. “Independence Day is important to all Indians including us, but we need not organise special events to show our patriotism,” he said.Another student, Ramzan, hailing from Ladakh, said that just because they did not participate in the flag hoisting ceremony at the Vice Chancellor’s office, they cannot be called anti-nationalist.”We did not participate in the flag hoisting ceremony, does not make us anti-nationals; we were awake till late night and could not wake up at 6.30 am,” he said.The University bore a calm look with only a handful of students seen on the streets. However, as the day progressed more people were seen.Meanwhile, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had organised Dahi Handi Utsav at the campus. The event which is being organised from the past six years, had seven teams participating from the various hostels of the University and alumni of Sainik Schools from the country studying at JNU.According to the organisers, the event was a step to mobilise the youth and renew the culture which has been lost in the politics.”We can connect the event to history where freedom fighter Bal Gangdhar Tilak mobilised the youth during the struggle. This is also not a religious festival but an attempt to revive the sportsmanship spirit in the youth which has been lost due to politics,” ABVP leader Umesh Kumar said.Saurabh Sharma, another ABVP leader said that the Left should also organise such festivals.”We have seen the Left organising events for Eid and other festivals but no celebrations are held for Hindu festivals. I believe festivals are fun and we should participate in its celebrations ,” he said.The varsity has always been on the brink of controversies.On 9 February 2016, students of (JNU) held a protest on their campus against the capital punishment meted out to the 2001 Indian Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, and Kashmiri separatist Maqbool Bhat.The event was followed by clashes between the student groups with anti-national slogans allegedly being raised during the protest.

Ramjas row to set tone for DUSU elections

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Months after the Ramjas college incident rattled the entire University, it will now set the tone for this year’s Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) elections. The Student wings of all the major political parties — that have already been milking using the incident as a protest plank — are set to draw their manifestos revolving around the incident. The ABVP, which drew criticism for ‘instigating’ the clashes in Ramjas, will float “nationalism” as its main campaign theme.”There will be no compromise with our nationalist ideology. We can never allow anti-national elements or slogans at our campus,” said Saket Bahuguna, National media convener, ABVP.”ABVP will try to polarise students on the Ramjas issue, but we need to make students aware of the misinformation that was fed to them.Delhi police also informed the court recently that the footage of the alleged anti-national slogans were doctored,” said Kawalpreet Kaur, President, AISA, Delhi. The student wing of Congress — National Students Union of India (NSUI) — which is set to give a cut-throat competition to ABVP, will also tow the Ramjas line.”We will soon start a campaign titled ‘Take back DU’ wherein we will ask DU students to help us fight ABVP’s hooliganism,” said Akshay Lakra, President, NSUI, Delhi.Meanwhile, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti, the student-wing of the Aam Aadmi Party will once again not contest in the DUSU polls.”We may contest in college-level elections. We can’t be a part of DUSU polls knowing that it is contested on money, muscle power,” said Anmol Panwar, Spokesperson, CYSS.In the pastIn February, violent clashes broke out in Ramjas College when several students with left-backed AISA and RSS-backed ABVP attacked each other.The clashes followed the cancellation of an invitation to JNU student leaders Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid at a seminar after ABVP objected.

ABVP showing muscle power is regular affair in DU: AISA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting to an attack on a professor of the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) under the Delhi University (DU), left-wing students’ organisation AISA today alleged that the ABVP perpetrating such crimes and showing off its muscle power had become a regular affair. “This is not the first time the ABVP has abused its position of power and has beaten up a professor. The incidents of violence by the ABVP are increasing day-by-day. They have made the campus unsafe,” alleged Kawalpreet Kaur, the DU AISA president, in a release. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is the students’ wing of the BJP. The Maurice Nagar police station had, on July 14, filed an FIR against ABVP member and a student of SRCC, Pradeep Phogat, for allegedly assaulting Professor Ashwani Kumar for giving him ‘zero’ in the internal assessment. The college administration had said Phogat was denied marks because of his poor attendance. The release also referred to a previous instance, in which the ABVP’s Satindar Awana had allegedly thrashed a professor on being denied permission to use the swimming pool on the SRCC campus. “When a students’ union representative assaults professors openly, how can common students be safe? We demand Phogat’s immediate rustication,” said Kaur, adding that it was nothing but a “display of muscle power”. The AISA also accused Delhi Police and the DU administration of “sitting on the issue”, which it claimed had resulted in the frequent occurrence of such incidents. “The DU not just silently watches these incidents of goondaism, but gives full impunity to these groups. We believe that such acts of violence and intimidation of professors cannot be done without the full support of Delhi Police, who takes order from the BJP government,” the students’ body said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Trainee journalist accuses DU deputy proctor of heckling her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A trainee journalist of a newspaper was allegedly heckled by a Delhi University deputy proctor, who refuted the allegations, saying it as a case of mistaken identity. Deputy Proctor Swasti Alpana, against whom the allegations were raised, said she mistook the trainee journalist for a Delhi University Student’s Union (DUSU) member, who was clicking her photographs without her permission. “I remember all regular journalists who visit the campus and this one was not carrying any identity card and I mistook her for DUSU member who was trying to click my photographs without my permission,” Alpana said. Another journalist who witnessed the entire incident alleged that despite informing them about our identity, two deputy proctors including Swasti Alpana never stopped heckling at the trainee journalist. “The trainee was trying to take photographs of ABVP-led DUSU members who were breaking a few pots. The deputy proctor saw this and snatched the phone and started screaming at the her,” the journalist alleged. The DUSU today visited dean’s office demanding ways to resolve issue of 400 final year B.Com. students who had failed in Computer Applications practical examination. After the discussions, the members of the students’ union allegedly broke flower pots and vandalised the property for delaying the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ramjas College clashes: Court dismisses police’s transfer plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has dismissed a plea filed by the police seeking to transfer to another court a complaint to lodge an FIR in the Ramjas College incident in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Satish Kumar Arora rejected the transfer application of Delhi Police Crime Branch after the investigating officer failed to appear in the court for the second time. The matter would come up for further proceedings on July 19 before Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra, who has been hearing it. The police filed the transfer application saying the power to deal with the cases of Delhi Police Crime Branch was vested with the CMM and the magistrate had no jurisdiction to try the matter. It is pertinent to mention that after the filing of the complaint by advocate Vivek Garg, the CMM had marked it to the court of magistrate Malhotra. Complainant Garg opposed the police’s plea saying it has been delaying the matter and hesitating to file a proper action taken report as it was not willing to probe the incidents. During the hearing of the complaint before the magistrate, the police had earlier said the Commissioner of Delhi Police has constituted an enquiry committee which has been probing complaints relating to the incidents of February 21-22 this year and has so far examined 62 witnesses, including student groups and police officials. Garg has filed the complaint seeking lodging of an FIR into the incidents during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at Ramjas College by members of students groups AISA and SFI. Maintaining that a similar incident had taken place in JNU last year, the plea alleged that “massive anti-national slogans/activities were being carried out by leaders/students of AISA/SFI in Ramjas College, shamelessly and openly which supported India’s enemy i.e. Pakistan. The criminal acts of accused were also boosting morale of terrorists against our country.” It has claimed that the organisers of the seminar had misled the college administration to obtain its nod for the event and “conducted activities against the nation and tried to wage a war against the country”. It has sought lodging of an FIR for the alleged offences of sedition, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State and defamation under the IPC. On February 21, members of RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Omar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited. The ABVP members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar. The next day violent clashes erupted between Left and ABVP students leaving several students and three teachers injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DU college lodges police complaint against ABVP, DUSU for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College today lodged a police complaint against the ABVP, DUSU and a section of parents for “manhandling” the principal and “vandalising” her office. Principal Savitha Roy, in her complaint lodged at the Maurice Nagar police station, alleged that members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the students’ wing of the BJP, and Delhi Union Students’ Union (DUSU) barged into her office and misbehaved with her. “They used abusive language, manhandled me and threatened me with dire consequences if I did not admit the students,” she wrote in her complaint. “Despite requesting the mob to send two representatives to settle their issues, they started misbehaving with me,” she added. Roy sought an FIR against six persons for their alleged involvement in the incident and requested for police protection to proceed with the admission process. However, ABVP central working committee member Saurabh Sharma refuted the allegations and claimed that they were approached by the parents of students, who were denied admission to the college even after certificate verification. “The parents of students, who were confused after being denied admission even after the verification of certificates, approached the ABVP and DUSU members. All of them went to the administration to ask why were they denied admission,” he said. Sharma termed the charges in the police complaint as an “excuse” by the administration to hide its “arbitrary denial” of admissions. DUSU president Amit Tanwar, whose name was mentioned in the complaint, was not available for comments.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court to hear plea for FIR in Ramjas College incident in July

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court today fixed July 19 for hearing a plea seeking the lodging of an FIR in the Ramjas College incident in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised in February this year. Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra listed the matter for further hearing on the next date after the court was informed that a transfer application filed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch was pending before the chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM). The transfer plea is listed for hearing on July one. Police has said that the power to deal with the cases of Delhi Police Crime Branch was vested with the CMM and the magistrate has no jurisdiction to try the matter. It is pertinent to mention that after the filing of the complaint by advocate Vivek Garg, CMM Satish Kumar Arora had marked it to the court of magistrate Malhotra. Complainant Garg has vehemently opposed the police’s plea saying it has been delaying the matter and hesitating to file a proper action taken report as it was not willing to probe the incidents. Police had earlier said in its status report that the Commissioner of Delhi Police has constituted an enquiry committee which has been probing complaints relating to the incidents of February 21-22 this year and has so far examined 62 witnesses, including student groups and police officials. The court was hearing the complaint seeking lodging of an FIR into the February incidents during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised at Ramjas College by members of students groups AISA and SFI. The plea had said a similar incident had taken place in JNU last year. It alleged that “massive anti-national slogans/ activities were being carried out by leaders/students of AISA/SFI in Ramjas College, shamelessly and openly which supported India’s enemy i.e. Pakistan. The criminal acts of accused were also boosting morale of terrorists against our country.” It has claimed that the organisers of the seminar had misled the college administration to obtain its nod for the event and “conducted activities against the nation and tried to wage a war against the country”. It has sought lodging of an FIR for the alleged offences of sedition, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State and defamation under the IPC. On February 21, members of RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Omar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited. The ABVP members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar. The next day violent clashes erupted between Left and ABVP students leaving several students and three teachers injured.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Iranian student studying in JNU allegedly manhandled, files police complaint against 10 people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Iranian studying in JNU on Monday filed a police complaint against ten people for allegedly manhandling him while a ABVP member claimed that they were roughed up for celebrating India’s win over Pakistan in a cricket match.”Vinay, a resident of room number one of Damodar Hotel’s D Block, was bursting crackers in gallery. When the guard intervened, he started arguing,” the student claimed in a complaint to the hostel senior warden and chief proctor.”While I was observing the situation, one of them pushed me and Vinay punched me on the nose. It was a group of 10 people at least, including Vinay and another person Saurabh Sharma,” the student, who wished to remain anonymous, alleged.”The whole group was drunk,” he added.He alleged that there were many complaints against the unruly behaviour of the student and requested the authorities to take appropriate action against him.The Iranian national has filed a complaint with Vasant Kunj (North) Police Station, a senior police official said.ABVP member Saurabh Sharma, whose name was mentioned in the complaint, claimed that he was celebrating India’s victory against Pakistan in the cricket match yesterday when a few persons, some of whom maybe foreign nationals, not happy with the result, manhandled him.

CBI registers FIR to probe Najeeb Ahmed missing case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI today registered an FIR to probe the mysterious disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed who had gone missing from his hostel on October 16, 2016. The Delhi High Court handed over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after Najeeb’s mother, Fatima Nafees, approached it as the Delhi Police failed to trace him. According to Fatima, Najeeb, a student of M.Sc Biotechnology, had returned to the university after holidays on October 13, 2016. In the night of October 15-16, he had called his mother and told her that something wrong has happened to him, the woman had said in her FIR. His room partner Kasim had told Fatima that there was a fight and he was injured, she had said. Next day, she took a bus from Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandhshahr to meet Najeeb. When she reached Delhi, she spoke to him and asked him to meet at his hostel, Fatima had said. In her complaint, she had said after reaching his room in Mahi Hostel room 106, there was no trace of Najeeb. Since then there is no trace of Najeeb. When the Delhi police failed to trace him, Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees had approached the Delhi High Court demanding CBI probe into the matter. Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for Najeeb’s mother Fatima Nafees, had expressed reservations with the police continuing with the investigation. A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Rekha Palli had handed over the investigation to the CBI with a direction that it has to be monitored by an officer not less than the rank of DIG and posted matter for hearing on July 17. The Delhi police has faced severe criticism from the judges for failing to trace Najeeb who went missing after he had an altercation with some students belonging to the RSS- affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). The police had said that some students and Najeeb had a fight among themselves in the campus and later the ABVP members had denied any involvement in his disappearance. During the hearing, Gonsalves had said nine students despite being suspected of brutally assaulting Najeeb were never taken into custody. His plea for setting up of an SIT comprising officers from outside Delhi was not accepted by the bench which said officers from other states would not be answerable to the Delhi High Court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

VK Singh fails to turn up for ABVP’s ‘tobacco-terrorism’ event at JNU

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh, failed to turn up for an event at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where he was invited as the chief guest by RSS-affiliated student group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), on Wednesday.The event, titled ‘Na Tobacco, Na Taliban, Naye Bharat ki Nayi Pehchan’, was organised on the occasion of World Tobacco Day. The event was held amid a demonstration by members of the Ambedkarite student group Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA), who were protesting against the invitation to Singh.”How could they invite such an inhuman and anti-Dalit minister to our campus, who once compared Dalit children to street dogs?” asked BAPSA member Rahul Sonpimple. In October, 2015, Singh had triggered a controversy when he said: “If somebody throws a stone on a dog, is the government responsible?”, in the backdrop of an incident in which two Dalit children were burnt alive in Faridabad.The organisers, however, waited for Singh till the very end. Later, when the minister did not reach the venue, the agitating students burnt his effigy and raised slogans against him.Meanwhile, on being queried on the theme of the event and the connection between tobacco and Taliban, ABVP’s Lalit Pandey said: “We all know that opium traders fund the Taliban in Afghanistan. In this way, all tobacco traders and consumers indirectly support terrorism.””We don’t only need to raise our voice against tobacco but also need to fight against those raise anti-national slogans at educational. This is just the beginning of our campaign against tobacco and terrorism,” Pandey added.

JNU students welcome HC order on Najeeb, but still wary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students today welcomed the Delhi High Court order transferring the Najeeb Ahmad case from the Delhi police to the CBI, but wondered if the government’s investigation agency would be given a free hand to probe the disappearance of the JNU student. “It is a good move, but we were demanding an independent enquiry monitored by the court. Even the CBI functions under the ambit of the central government and can be influenced as we have seen in several cases,” JNU students’ union (JNUSU) president Mohit Kumar Pandey said. Former JNUSU vice president Shehla Rashid said the order was a “vindication” of the contention that the Delhi Police had failed to do its job in finding Najeeb, who has not been seen for the last seven months. “The High Court’s order is a welcome move. But the question is, will the central government allow the CBI to function independently,” she asked. Rashid said a court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) — “something that is free of Modi government’s influence” — would have been a better move. A bench of Justices G S Sistani and Rekha Palli today transferred the case to the CBI on a plea from the student’s mother after the Delhi Police said it had no problems with the case being moved. The court said the probe by the CBI would be supervised by an officer, holding a rank not lower than that of a DIG. The student disappeared on October 14, 2016, a day after he allegedly had an altercation with students of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, a students’ group affiliated to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. The ABVP has denied any involvement in Najeeb’s disappearance. “It is a very good step. We have to trust the system. We hope Najeeb is found,” the general secretary of the Alumni Association of JNU, Devendra Choubey, said. JNU student Rahul Rajkhowa, who mentioned Najeeb in a rap song that went viral on the social media last week, said it was “essential” that the CBI took over the case. “They might not be the best ones to handle it, but will be better than the Delhi police,” he said. He hoped that there would be no “political pressure” on the CBI. “We hope the investigation is taken up in a fair manner,” he added. JNU Teachers’ Association president Ayesha Kidwai hoped that the CBI would take up the search for Najeeb with an “earnestness” that “nobody, neither the police nor the JNU administration”, had exhibited so far. “The JNU community is looking for Najeeb as well as for accountability for the torture that his family has been put through,” she said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Student polls in Maharashtra postponed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students unions across the state might have to wait for yet another year for elections to start in college campuses, as the state government is likely to take longer to release statutes with respect to student elections. Over a month after the Maharashtra Public University Act came into effect from March 1, 2017, the government has still not released statutes under the Act. State officials have recently confirmed that the statutes under the Act are still in process in response to a query filed by RTI activist Anil Galgali. A senior official in the government said “Statutes with respect to student elections would come in the end, after the more urgent ones on appointments and eligibility criteria for teachers and non teaching staff are released”. “Even after the Act is in place, we have not been informed about when the student elections would start. If the government postpones them further, we would protest this delay strongly” said Rohit Chandode, ABVP Mumbai Secretary. Rameshwar Shere, President SFI, Mumbai said “The government hastily announced its decision of bringing back elections and is now silent on the step” said Shere.

ABVP ‘match’ controversy in Jammu a ‘wake up call’ for Govt. Kashmiri activist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after Akhil Bharatiya Vikas Parishad (ABVP) disrupted football match in Jammu University, Kashmiri activists sought government?s intervention while asserting that such incidents are wake up call for them. ?This is yet another wake up call. Every news in Jammu and Kashmir is a warning to the state government and central government that things are going out of control and citizens, concerned youth are reacting to it as vigilante group because they cannot see the apathy of the authorities and the government. So it is a time when authorities need to wake up and set the things right before it is too late,? Kashmiri activist Sushil Pandit told ANI. Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader R.K. Singh said every citizen should respect National Anthem, saying that it is a sentimental matter. ?National Anthem is very important for every citizen and a sentimental issue. Everyone should respect it but forcing anyone to sing national anthem when it is not required is not right,? he told ANI. The ABVP activists yesterday disrupted football match between Jammu University and Islamic University of Science and Technology alleging some Kashmir students had insulted the ?National Anthem.? Expressing ire over a picture which purportedly showed few students talking to each other during national anthem at the inaugural function on April 3, the members of wing disrupted the ongoing inter-university sports championship. However, the students and the Jammu University reportedly refused the allegation. Besides football match, the ABVP activists also disrupted the volleyball final between Kashmir University and Jammu University, as well as the basketball final between NIIT Srinagar and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board University.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Need to defend universities as ‘free spaces’: Vice President Hamid Ansari

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The freedom of our Universities has been challenged by “narrow considerations” and there is need to defend them as “free spaces” and as sources of renewal of liberal values, Vice President M Hamid Ansari said today.”In a period of rampant distrust of matters intellectual there is an imperative need to defend the universities as free spaces, as independent, critical repositories of knowledge, and as sources of renewal of liberal values that provide avenues of social mobility and equality to people,” Ansari said.Delivering the 66th convocation address at the Panjab University here, the Vice President said that recent events in our country have shown that “there is much confusion about what a university should or should not be”.The rights to dissent and agitation are ingrained in the fundamental rights under our Constitution, which sets out a plural framework and refuses any scope to define the country in narrow sectarian, ideological or religious terms, he said.”Except in cases of illegal conduct or violence, a University should never seek to silence or influence faculty members or students to adopt or renounce any particular position.”Indeed, universities should take all legal action necessary to defend their academic integrity and freedom,” he emphasised.The strong words from the Vice President come in the backdrop of a raging debate about incidents in educational institutions including a recent clash at Delhi University’s north campus between students belonging to the the RSS-backed ABVP and the Left-affiliated AISA.A university must foster an environment that prizes intellectual freedom, Ansari said.”Intellectual dissent has the power to clarify differences and elucidate competing assumptions. It enables each of us to recognise the strengths and weaknesses in our thinking,” Ansari said.The Vice President said a university has the responsibility of speaking out without the fear of intimidation or giving offence, even at the cost of inviting protests.”Not doing so would be to deviate from the path of rational enquiry and undermine our curiosity about the world by embracing ill-defined orthodoxies, which would impoverish our pursuit of knowledge,” he said.The Vice President said academic freedom is the foundation of a university’s mission to discover, improve, and disseminate knowledge.”This is to be done by examining different ideas in an environment that encourages free and scrupulous debate. The ideas, no matter how uncomfortable or disturbing to the accepted status quo, can and must be challenged, modified and even discarded – on their merit, but may never be muted or suppressed,” he said.He said academic freedom requires a robust tolerance for disagreement and criticism, a willingness to have one’s assumptions questioned, and openness to new ideas that may prove offensive.This tolerance always has the potential to conflict with other virtues and causes, so it needs to be defended repeatedly and vigilantly.”We need to revisit these commitments today because we are again in a climate that questions the value and scope of academic freedom,” Ansari added.We need to remind ourselves of the democratic aspirations of pragmatic liberal education while recalling that ‘our finest universities help fulfill the dreams of our best selves as a people’,” Ansari said.Strong intellectual work can only be done in an atmosphere where scholars feel free to take risks, challenge conventions, and change their minds, he added.The Vice President said that a University has to be more than a mere polytechnic. Even in disciplines with obvious professional connections, the university should first aim to build a profound understanding of the discipline, he added.Ansari said that a University has the twin responsibility of providing instruction on matters of intellectual importance and conducting research on those very matters.He underlined the important role of social research in questioning and deconstructing ‘social and cultural mythologies’ that circulate and proliferate in any society, especially during phases of change and uncertainty.Ansari also said that the University has become not only a catalyst of scientific and economic change but also vehicle of equalization of chances and democratization of society.He called the Panjab University as one of the premier institutions of the country and “has to play its role of a neutral assembler of talent, an unmatched idea factory where the passion, creativity and idealism of young minds can be applied to meeting the transitional needs of our society, polity and economy.

UP: ABVP alleges prof called RSS chief a ‘terrorist’, vandalises college

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) reportedly vandalised the venue of a seminar in Bareilly college, alleging that a former professor of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) called RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat a ‘terrorist’, reported Times of India.The incident took place on Sunday, when the new UP cabinet under Yogi Adityanath was being sworn in at Lucknow.A seminar on the ‘Contribution of information technology in development of Hindi language’ — was organised by the Hindi department of the college and former head of the department of Hindi at BHU Chauthi Ram Yadav, was the guest speaker.The ABVP members vandalised the furniture in the auditorium and threw books around in a protest, said a report.“It is unfortunate that the seminar had to be discontinued because people smelled an agenda which just wasn’t there,“ said Vikas Pradhan, a professor from Pilibhit.The organisers have dismissed the allegations. Police have filed an FIR against the professor and are yet to receive any video evidence.

Frontrunner or dark horse? Here’s a list of probables who could be Modi’s pick for UP CM?post

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hushed whispers echoed in the BJP corridors about who will be the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. If the past is any indication, it could be just anyone.Having won the battle for Uttar Pradesh with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the party’s campaign, the BJP is now faced with the task of selecting a chief minister.”The decision on the chief minister will be based purely on capability,” BJP chief Amit Shah told reporters on Saturday. He said Modi will be felicitated at the party headquarters on Sunday evening after which the Parliamentary Board is expected to take a decision on chief ministers in UP and Uttarakhand.Given the caste equations that have swayed elections in UP, BJP decided against putting up a face, repeating its tactic for Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Bihar.The party came to power in the state for the first time in 1991 winning 221 of the 425 seats in the wake of the Ramjanma bhoomi movement and its first chief minister was Kalyan Singh, a Lodh leader. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, an upper caste leader, was the last chief minister of the state from 2000 to 2002. Since then, the state has been ruled alternately by Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and Mayawati’s BSP.It is after 14 years that the BJP has captured UP. With the BJP’s strategy for elections revolving around winning over the support of the non-Yadav OBCs and non-Jatav Dalits, OBC candidates constituted nearly 35 per cent of the list. However, party sources said the decision on a chief minister need not necessarily be dictated by caste considerations.Around half a dozen aspirants are already in the race, with Manoj Sinha leading it, amidst suspicion that it could turn out to be a dark horse.Manoj Sinha: Telecom minister and Ghazipur MP, the 57-year-old Poorvanchal leader is an upper caste Bhumihar, which constitutes just around one-two per cent of the total population of the state. Untainted and considered close to party chief Amit Shah, Sinha is a frontrunner for the post. An engineer from Banaras Hindu University before joining politics, he has been an agriculturist. Sinha, who began his political career with ABVP, is a frotrunner for the post.Keshav Prasad Maurya: The BJP’s state president and MP from Phulpur represents the non-Yadav OBCs, a section the party counted on to win the UP election. Maurya, 47, came from a humble background and had participated in the Ramjanma bhoomi movement with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.Rajnath Singh: There was speculation ahead of elections that the home minister and MP from Lucknow could be projected as chief ministerial candidate. A former UP chief minister, he was seen as the only name who could be projected to take on SP’s Akhilesh Yadav and BSP’s Mayawati. According to sources, Singh, also an upper caste leader from the Thakur community, was disinclined to move to the state from the Centre. Singh’s son Pankaj Singh has fought the election from Noida.Dinesh Sharma: The 53-year-old mayor of Lucknow is understood to be close to Shah. He is part of Shah’s team as national vice-president of the party. He was a professor of commerce in the Lucknow university.Yogi Adityanath: A politician and a priest, the 44-year-old saffron-clad head of Gorakhnath Temple has won the Gorakhpur seat five times. At 26, he was the youngest Lok Sabha member. There was a buzz that he could be projected as chief ministerial face, but the BJP decided against it, keeping its fight caste neutral. The firebrand leader who floated the Hindu Yuva Vahini, a rightist Hindu platform, has often courted controversies. Upset that the BJP did not project him as chief minister, his team put up candidates in several seats to upset the party’s calculations.Mahesh Sharma: The culture minister and MP from Gautam Budh Nagar, he is a physician by profession. The 57-year-old has made a series of controversial statements leaving the BJP red-faced. A Brahmin, Sharma was involved with the RSS since childhood and was with its students’ wing ABVP.Dark Horse: Several in the BJP believe that the post of chief minister could go to a dark horse, on the lines of Haryana, where Manohar Lal Khattar, a former RSS pracharak and a Punjabi was made the first non-Jat chief minister of the state. Khattar had won his first election.

Slain RSS man’s daughter shares video on plight on social

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The video of a 12-year-old daughter of an RSS worker, stating that her dreams have been shattered following her father’s murder allegedly by CPI(M) workers has gone viral on social media. In the video, the girl, Vismaya, is seen holding placards in Hindi, stating that her dream was to become an IPS officer and serve her village in Kerala’s Kannur. The girls is a class VIII student at a school in Kannur, a politically volatile district where CPI(M)-BJP-RSS clashes are a frequent affair. “I see only darkness in my future,” she says. She says her dream was to become an IPS officer and serve people of her village and her father, Santosh, was making every effort to get her dreams realised. But the family’s dreams were shattered in a single night when her father was killed in January this year, she says. “My father’s only mistake was that he was a RSS/BJP follower. Now I can only see a dark future lying ahead of me. They killed not only my father, but our entire family, our dreams, our future, my aged grandfather, our food, our water,” she says using placards during the 2.50 minute video. “Why did they kill my father?. I have not received any answer so far. Our blood and tears are giving them happiness?” she asks. Notably, a similar Facebook post by a martyred soldier’s daughter, Gurmehar Kaur, stating that she was not afraid of ABVP, had gone viral recently and brought her in the centre of a countrywide debate on free speech.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajasthan High Court stays JNV University order to suspend professor for organising controversial lecture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan High Court stayed the suspension order and formation of a committee for termination of the assistant professor of the Jai Narain Vyas University of Jodhpur, on Monday.Assistant Professor Raj Shree Ranawat was suspended for organising a seminar on JNVU campus in February during which JNU professor Nivedita Menon allegedly passed controversial remarks on Indian Army and Kashmir. The incident led to protests by the ABVP at JNVU which led to the university filing a FIR against Menon.”We have filed a complaint with police against Menon and the organising secretary of the seminar, Assistant Professor Raj Shree Ranawat. We have also set up an inquiry team which will look into the entire episode,” said Jai Narain Vyas University vice-chancellor RP Singh at the time.According to a report in Indian Express, a single-judge bench stayed the university order and issued a notice to its vice-chancellor and registrar.The JNVU registrar, on the other hand, told the daily that they have not received any kind of communication from the High Court about the matter. “As of now, I am not aware of this development,” said registrar BS Sandu.The university had accused Ranawat of encouraging Menon to deliver such remarks during a conference titled ‘History Reconstructed through Literature: Nation, Identity, Culture’, hosted by its English department on February 2, reports the daily. Ranawat was suspended on February 16. Professor Menon had denied the charges at the time saying that an unnecessary controversy had been created based on rumours.

Was it okay to shame the girl like that?: Gurmehar Kaur slams trolls over fake viral video

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a viral video of a girl, falsely identified as Gurmehar Kaur, made the rounds on the social media, the Lady Shri Ram college student has spoken about the issue.Asserting that the girl in the video was not her, Kaur slammed those who shamed the girl in the video. “The girl in the car wasn’t me. But whether she was or she wasn’t.. was it okay to shame her like that?In the video the girl was seen partying with a group of people in a car.Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of Kargil martyr’s Captain Mandeep Singh, made news for her campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP”, following the violence in Delhi University’s Ramjas college. Her video went viral and received massive support from students across various universities.However, after receiving rape threats, Kaur withdrew from the campaign saying she had been through a lot.

Digest for domestic stories for week Feb 25 – Mar 3, 2017

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Saturday Mumbai: Differences in the Congress over considering the option of enabling a Shiv Sena candidate to become mayor of Mumbai comes to the fore as a senior party leader strongly opposed the idea. New Delhi: The Delhi Police files its status report before a court here in connection with its enquiry into a criminal complaint filed against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his brother-in-law and a government official in the alleged PWD scam. New Delhi: Against the backdrop of some politicians allegedly making statements invoking religious sentiments, the Election Commission dubs it as an unhealthy trend and asked them to desist from such remarks. Sunday New Delhi: The seizure of suspected cash, liquor and drugs during the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Punjab this year witnesses a huge jump from last polls. New Delhi: India needs more scientists to harness technology for the benefit of the common man, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi while hailing the scientific community for the record launch of 104 satellites and the successful test-firing of a new missile. Chandigarh: The Jats observ’Black Day’ across Haryana amid tight security arrangements, even as the agitation by the community passed off peacefully. Monday New Delhi: The campaign of a Kargil martyr’s daughter against the ABVP draws controversial reaction from BJP leaders with Union minister Kiren Rijiju wondering who was “polluting” her mind and another comparing her with wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim. New Delhi: With pellet guns leaving hundreds of protesters in Jammu and Kashmir with severe eye injuries, a modified version of the weapon will now be used to ward off any protest ahead or during any anti-militancy operations. Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) issues fresh summons, also possibly the last, to controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik in connection with its money laundering probe case against him and others. Tuesday New Delhi: A special court here confirms the Enforcement Directorate order to attach Rs 4,200 crore assets of liquor baron Vijay Mallya and others, paving the way for their confiscation by the agency. New Delhi: DU student Gurmehar Kaur pulls out of a protest march against ABVP, requesting to be “left alone”, and left for Jalandhar to be with her family Imphal: Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi demands that the contents of the Naga Accord, signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, should be made public and accused the PM of “spreading hate and lies” wherever he went. Wednesday Patna: A Bihar minister has been caught on camera asking a crowd at a note ban protest to hit with shoes the photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sparking condemnation and kicking up a ruckus in the state Legislature. Ahmedabad: Eminent humorist and playwright Taarak Mehta, best known for his Gujarati column “Duniya Ne Undha Chasma”, passes away at the age of 87 following a prolonged illness. Balasore (Odisha): India successfully test-fires its indigenously developed supersonic interceptor missile capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Panjab University row over fascism seminar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension was palpable in Panjab University (PU) after its decision to deny permission to Left-leaning Students For Society (SFS) to hold a seminar on fascism on campus, drew protests from the student organisation which alleged that permission was withdrawn due to pressure from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which had threatened to oppose the event.Hours before the seminar was to begin, as many as 14 members of the SFS including the President, Damanpreet was detained by Chandigarh police and kept under preventive arrest. Activist Seema Azad who was invited as the main speaker at the seminar was also prevented from reaching the venue.However, SFS claimed that Azad had visited and addressed the students, dressed up as a Sikh woman wearing turban, escaping the attention of ABVP which had threatened not to let her speak. Azad was introduced to students as ‘Preeti’. “University is the right platform to raise such issues, and SFS has shown that they understand what it means to be educated,” she is seen speaking in a video which went viral after the protest concluded peacefully.”Authorities withdrew permission after ABVP threatened to protest. When we decided to hold the event in the open, they detained our members. But we succeeded and Azad was able to address the students,” said Ramanpreet, SFS member.SFS members alleged that representatives from Dal Khalsa, All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF), Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), Sikhs for Human Rights and otherss expected to attend the seminar were also detained and could not reach the university.Heavy police security was deployed at all the entry gates of the university and the entry of outsiders was under check. Undeterred by the detaining of its members, SFS held a sit-in protest outside the VC office and invited its speakers to address the students, which included Professor Jagmohan Singh, nephew of martyr Bhagat Singh.”We denied permission in view of the prevailing tension between the student groups on campus. We cannot allow any outsider to visit campus and deliver speech that could lead to tension between student groups. Peace on campus should not be disturbed,” said Emanual Nahar, Dean Student Welfare (DSW), PU, while talking to DNA.ABVP had threatened to oppose the seminar. “We will never allow any anti-nationalist to speak on our campus. The speaker Seema Azad was charged for sedition and faces life imprisonment. How can we allow an anti-national to vitiate the campus?” said Harmanjot Singh, member Central Working Committee (CWC), ABVP.SFS concluded the sit-in protest peacefully, soon after Azad addressed the students.The seminar titled ‘Smash the rising head of fascist forces’ was initially scheduled to be held in university auditorium. However, days after Delhi University (DU) succumbed to clashes between student organisations over swirling nationalism row and freedom of speech, PU authorities seemed wary of any tension and denied permission to hold the seminar on campus. A clash was also reported between ABVP and SFS on PU campus on February 27.

Facebook page deletion by student won’t affect probe: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The probe into the alleged rape threats received by an army martyr’s daughter won’t be affected despite she deleting her Facebook account, the police said today. A case of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation against unknown persons has been registered by the police in connection with the “rape threats” received by LSR student Gurmehar Kaur. Kaur, a first year student of English, is at present in her home town Jalandhar with her family and has deleted her Facebook account. “She is communicating with the probe team through phone and email. The police is trying to identify the accused. Since the Facebook and Twitter accounts are linked, the texts haven’t been lost. Deactivation of her account won’t hamper the investigation,” said a senior police officer. He said that she has shared screenshots of the threatening messages she allegedly received on her social media profiles and the team is working to identify those accounts. The FIR was registered under sections 354A (sexual harassment), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 67 of the IT Act relating to publishing or transmitting of obscene material in electronic form against unknown persons. Kaur, daughter of martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, started the campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” following violence at Ramjas College here. It went viral and received massive support from students across universities. She had changed her Facebook profile picture to one in which she was holding a placard reading, “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP.” Ramjas College had witnessed large-scale violence between members of the Left-affiliated AISA and the RSS student’s wing ABVP. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’ which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the ABVP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Why the hounding of Gurmehar Kaur shouldn’t deter youngsters from speaking their minds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Not many had heard of 20-year-old Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur till last week. Some of you may have seen, shared or discussed her video on Indo-Pak peace at some point last year, when doing so did not result in an angry swarm of people descending around you, quick to raise their fists and brand you as an “anti-national”. The video was an account of how the daughter of a Kargil martyr had made peace with the heart-wrenching pain of her father’s death, after hating every Pakistani in the past and even trying to stab a burqa-clad Muslim woman when she was six. Coming to this understanding was not easy, she says, but she learnt to let go of her hatred and finally saw the bigger picture. She says it dawned on her that “Pakistan didn’t kill my dad, war did.” For anyone who has lost a loved one, it’s a moving point in the video, which resonates with that single profound thought or moment that finally allows you to make sense of the world around you after your loss and helps you move forward to live your life fully again. That one sentence about war and loss probably provided a healing succour for young Gurmehar. Yet, it is that very same image of her holding a placard saying those words, that has been splashed across social media and WhatsApp groups, twisted out of context and merged alongside pictures of the likes of Dawood Ibrahim, Osama bin Laden and even Hitler, to lash out at her. Or then, a cricketer decides to make light of something that helped her come to terms with not having enough memories of her father, by comparing it to his bat, to elicit a few laughs. Applause! Retweets! Whistles! Very “facetious” indeed.Who cares if Gurmehar was talking about the campus violence this time? Since the issue is steeped in controversial student politics, the slate which now read “I’m not afraid of ABVP” was rubbed off and the old pro-peace slate was dug out, dressed up with the choicest abuses and presented to the world as her shining certificate of “anti-nationalism” to negate any opinion she might have on the current topic.
ALSO READ Don’t call me a martyr’s daughter if it bothers you: Gurmehar KaurWhat followed was everything you wouldn’t wish on any young student, male or female, growing up in this country, with or without having sacrificed a family member in a bloody war. From online rape threats, Union Ministers asking who was “polluting her mind” to medal-bearing wrestlers questioning how her deceased father would rest in peace if he knew the thoughts swirling around in his daughter’s mind. Even the eminent lyricist who spoke up for her, regrettably only ended up showing his own privileged, elite side. In the media frenzy that each celebrated tweet, counter tweet and Facebook post brought on, Gurmehar finally bowed out. “This is all that my 20-year-old self could take. .. I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone, I said what I had to say. This campaign was never about me but students. Please go in huge numbers for the march. I request to be left alone,” she said. While one can empathise with how difficult it must have been for her to deal with rape threats and the political slugfest that followed, one does wish that she had stood her ground and not retreated. Too often, women are shut down, drowned out, forced to bite back their words, or threatened with violence when they decide to speak up.
ALSO READ Gurmehar Kaur triggers a political slugfest“My father took a bullet for the country, I will take a bullet for the country,” Gurmehar had said in a TV interview when the issue first exploded. So it was important to send a message that she would not be silenced even though the going was getting pretty rough.In a world where everyone yearns to be the next viral sensation, not many know how to deal with it once you strike gold and everyone’s finally listening. If Gurmehar had stuck to her guns, like a soldier that she said she would like to be, she could have leveraged the attention to drive home her point. She could have been a shining beacon of inspiration, even if she had not started out with those intentions. That said, there is a lot left wanting in the kind of discourse we have around us these days. It’s an endless cacophony of name-calling, being branded a ‘bhakt’ or a ‘liberal anti-national’, a ‘sanghi’ or a ‘traitor’. Where is the space for nuance? Whatever happened to encouraging students to question and debate and engage with each other? We can scarcely hear each other over the furious chaos of Twitter hashtags and slogan shouting. This is not to doubt Gurmehar’s courage or ability who, as anyone who has suffered deep personal loss and overcome it, has already shown plenty of grit. And one cannot really begin to imagine the pressures on a 20-year-old when one becomes the topic of primetime news shows and front page headlines. But it’s the price we must be willing to pay if we want to bring about any change. If you start a revolution, one should be prepared to follow it through to its conclusion, not abandon it mid way. That’s the thing with movements, you have to really want it, even when the trolls come calling. Be ready for the bouquets, but also the brickbats.To all the Gurmehars thinking twice about letting your voice be heard now, don’t step back. Speak up and don’t be afraid to step out. Stay put, engage with the opposition, change your stance if you realise you have to, change their minds if you manage to. But don’t let anyone make you leave the stage. It’s yours, it belongs to you, you’re here to stay and don’t make it easier for those who want to wish you away. In her original post on Facebook (which has since been deleted or hidden from public view on her profile), Gurmehar had said it was her way of “protesting against the tyranny of fear”. Here’s hoping that the young girl goes on to unshackle the fear and move past any lasting scars that this incident may have left her with.

PU campus tense after permission for left-leaning event denied

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tension prevailed on the Panjab University (PU) campus today as left-leaning Students For Society (SFS) activists staged a demonstration after they were denied permission by the authorities to organise a seminar. SFS had proposed a seminar on the campus today which was to be addressed by human rights activist and journalist Seema Azad. She, along with her husband, was arrested by the UP Police in 2010 after being charged with sedition for alleged Maoist links. They were later released on bail. Even as Seema was not allowed for the event, police took SFS president Damanpreet Singh into preventive custody so as to maintain law and order on the campus. However, SFS activists staged a protest outside the office of Vice Chancellor, demanding they should be allowed to hold the event which was to be addressed by Seema, party members Arshdeep Singh said, adding police should immediately release Damanpreet. The SFS activists threatened to hold the event outside the office of the Vice Chancellor even as rival ABVP opposed. Yesterday, activists of ABVP had staged a Tiranga Yatra on the campus against the SFS for allegedly including Naxalite extremists in the audience. “We will not allow Seema to enter the university,” ABVP member Harmanjot Singh Gill said. “How can SFS dub Army as rapist,” he said? SFS members said they expect support from the authorities of PU for peacefully conducting the seminar. “When PU authorities allowed the ABVP to hold Tiranga Yatra yesterday, we expect them to cooperate with us too,” SFS member Harman said. “It is surprising to see the name of Naxal leader Seema among the speakers in the seminar. The PU authorities have withdrawn the permission to SFS for the event,” university syndicate member Subhash Sharma said. The stalemate over holding the seminar continued as SFS members were adamant to hold the event. Earlier, security was beefed up at the university to avoid any untoward incident in view of the SFS proposed event. Heavy police force has been deployed on the campus, officials said. Earlier on February 27, the echo of the violence in Delhi’s Ramjas College was felt on campus of PU where activists of ABVP and rival Students For Society (SFS) clashed with each other. The incident took place when the ABVP activists were staging a protest against certain ‘derogatory comments’ allegedly made by some SFS activists against the security forces.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Despite orders from JNU admin, poster demanding ‘Azaadi for Kashmir’ remains on campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration ordered the security to remove the controversial poster demanding ‘freedom for Kashmir and Palestine’, the poster has still not been removed from the university campus.The poster with “Freedom for Kashmir! Free Palestine! Right to Self Determination Long Live! DSU” written on it was pasted on the wall by the Left-leaning Democratic Students Union (DSU).Meanwhile, the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Prashid (ABVP) has issued a statement saying that even after the February 9 incident, the administration has not woken up and posters are still pasted on the SSS-3 building.ABVP has also written to the Lieutenant Governor expressing disappointment and regret towards the conduct of Delhi Police.”It has been more than a year since the case was registered against students of JNU under sedition charges. However, police have not been in a position to file a charge sheet against the accused till date. The charges were serious and the entire country condemned the anti-national sloganeering that took place in JNU campus on 9- February, 2016,” it said in a letter.It also alleged that the accused got bail from the court on certain conditions, but they are openly spreading “intellectual vehemence” in academic spaces contrary to the conditions imposed in the bail order. The letter signed by state president Avneesh Mittal and State Secretary Bharat Khatana also said that the act of anti-national sloganeering is “spreading like an infection in the name of freedom of speech and will act detrimental in the future for the integrity and sovereignty of the country”. The organization has also requested the governor to intervene in the matter and call upon Delhi Police to act swiftly in filing charge sheet in the JNU in the case. DSU’s former members Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and others had organized the controversial event last year against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at the JNU during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.Khalid, Bhattacharya and former student union president Kanhaiya Kumar are out on bail in a sedition case over the event.”We don’t know who put up the poster as this has been the pattern in JNU. However, the administration has asked the staff to bring it down,” a senior university official said.The administration was unable to function for over 17 days due to the blockade of the administrative building by students in protest against changes in the admission policy and it was only early this week that the staff got access to the building and resumed work.

Arun Jaitley joins debate on Nationalism, Cong decries him

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday followed his ministerial colleagues Venkaiah Naidu and Kiran Rijiju by joining the ongoing nationalism versus free speech debate, saying nationalism is a bad word only in India. “Nationalism is a good word, ye toh kewal iss desh mein hai ki rashtravad bura shabd hai (Nationalism is a bad word only in this country),” he was quoted by TV channels. Congress Party immediately slammed Jaitley asking as to why his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is portraying itself as the champion of nationalism, while asserting that it is neither the custodians nor inheritors.Jaitley, at a press conference in Varanasi, said the debate was not initiated by the BJP government but the party will participate whenever there is a discussion on nationalism.On the Ramjas College row, he alleged, “The row was the deliberate creation of the Opposition which fuelled a debate on nationalism ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections just like the ‘award wapsi’ controversy had broken out during the Bihar Assembly polls.””As soon the Bihar Assembly elections were over the award wapsi row had died down,” he said.On Wednesday, while addressing the ‘Varanasi Vyapari Sammelan’ (traders meet), Jaitley had alleged that some people had raised anti-India slogans in a university, and said those who want to weaken India have sided with the opposition parties. “When I was abroad I read on the Internet that a row has erupted in India. Some separatists and communists raised slogans against the country in a university,” he said. “Could anyone have imagined that the Congress of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi, is holding rallies in support of separatists and Maoists,” he said.”Could anyone imagine the party’s senior leaders making such mistakes,” he said, adding that now the responsibility of keeping the country together has fallen on the shoulders of the BJP. Those who wanted to keep the country united were supporting the BJP while those who wanted to weaken the country had joined the opposition parties, he alleged.Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, was also not be left behind. He said he supported freedom of expression within legal restrictions. His remarks elicited a sharp retort from CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury who questioned Parrikar: “What defines legal restrictions of the Defence Minister and his whims and fancies? Restrictions are defined by our Constitution.”The ministers have reacted to the clashes between ABVP and AISA members in Ramjas College on the Delhi University campus and the subsequent social campaign launched by the Lady Shri Ram College student, Gurmehar Kaur, against the ABVP.Targeting Jaitley, Congress questioned the contribution of BJP and RSS in championing nationalism. “Today they are maculating that they are the nationalists which is an insult to those who respect the contribution of India’s leaders during the freedom struggle,” said Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma.

When we brutalise a woman, we wound the soul of our civilisation: President supports Gurmehar Kaur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee has given a strong statement about the ongoing controversy, where a Kargil’s marty’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur was trolled on social media for speaking out against alleged violence by ABVP in DU campus.Pranab Mukherjee speaking in Kochi said that, “There should be no room in India for intolerant Indian.India has been since ancient times a bastion of free thought,speech & expression.”Alluding to the current debate, where Gurmehar has been panned for saying it is war not Pakistan which killed her father, President said that, “There must be space for legitimate criticism and dissent. When we brutalise a woman,we wound the soul of our civilisation.Acid test of any society is its attitude towards women and children”.Pranab Mukherjee also weighed in on the ‘anti-national’ debate saying, “The time has come for collective efforts to re-discover the sense of national purpose and patriotism”.

Left leaders using Gurmehar Kaur to demoralise PM: BJP MLA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP MLA from Goa today alleged the “Left wing leaders” were trying to “demoralise” Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar by “using” youths like Gurmehar Kaur, a Delhi University student who is trolled over her stance against the RSS-backed ABVP. “Indian Armed forces have given an apt reply to Pakistan through actions like surgical strike. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar have boosted morale of Indian Army. “However, some Leftist leaders are trying to demoralise the PM and Parrikar by using youths like Gurmehar Kaur,” Panaji MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar said while addressing a ‘Tiranga Yatra’ organised by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad which controls the Goa University’s students wing in the state capital. The BJP leader, who had served as the PA to Parrikar, said the youth of Goa will not allow such “divisive forces which speak of dividing the country which is our motherland, to rise in the state.” “We refer to India as our mother. How can we keep quiet when someone is trying to cut our mother into pieces?” the MLA questioned. Kaur has been subjected to intense trolling on social media over her stance against ABVP and a video campaign advocating peace between India and Pakistan. The 20-year-old daughter of a martyr had also complained of receiving “rape threats”, following which a FIR was registered against unknown persons. Kuncolienkar said Gurmehar was being “misguided by the Left organisations.” “She was misguided to such an extent that she started saying her father was not killed by Pakistan but was killed by war…Who forced war on us? Look at the history of India, we never invaded any country. We are a peace loving nation,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ramjas College clashes: Crime Branch records statements of 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police’s Crime Branch, which is probing the clashes at Ramjas College, has recorded the statements of two St Stephen’s College students who were allegedly beaten up by supporters of ABVP. The two St Stephen’s students- a boy and a girl- have alleged that they were beaten up outside the Ramjas College canteen by ABVP supporters, said a senior police officer. The girl has also alleged that she was hit with a stone by the ABVP supporters, he said. The Crime Branch team has till now received 25 complaints from the both the sides and is contacting students to record their statements. “We have contacted students to join the probe. AISA activists have said that they will come together to record their statement. We had also shared our email IDs with the students and in all, we have received 25 complaints,” he said. The complaints mainly pertain to being roughed up and that of molestation. “There are some complaints that have claimed that while they were being roughed up, policemen were standing there. But none of the complainants have alleged that they were beaten up by the policemen,” he said. Meanwhile, senior Delhi Police officials also met Ramjas college authorities and requested them to ensure “peaceful coexistence of students of different ideologies”. “Since Ramjas College witnessed large-scale violence last week, officers had a word with representatives from the college. We told them to engage with students, irrespective of the ideologies they believe in. “It was also discussed that a debate between different ideologies is essential for democracy but it should not be allowed to become violent,” an officer said. Cops are also in the process of meeting principals of other Delhi University colleges to ensure peace in the campus area. Ramjas college had recently witnessed large-scale violence between members of the AISA and the ABVP. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’, which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by ABVP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurmehar Kaur row: Nationalism considered a bad word only in India, says Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the ongoing political slugfest over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur continues with more leaders taking side on either end of the ‘nationalism’ debate, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said nationalism is a good word and only in India is it considered a bad word. “Nationalism is a good word, ye toh kewal iss desh mein hai ki rashtravad bura shabd hai,” said Jaitley. While Haryana’s outspoken minister Anil Vij said that those supporting Kaur’s campaign against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) were pro-Pakistan and should be thrown out of the country, Congress demanded resignation of Union Minister of State for Home, Kiran Rijiju. “Gurmehar Kaur is not only a daughter of Punjab but a proud daughter of India. Kiren Rijiju’s job is to protect her as government should protect a martyr’s daughter.Instead, he has questioned her credentials, which is very unfortunate. If Kiren Rijiju has any iota of shame left, he should immediately tender his resignation,” Congress leader Manpreet Badal said at an official news briefing.Even as many Central ministers tried to wriggle the government out of the controversy, denying any clampdown on freedom of speech, Haryana Minister Vij stoked controversy further by blaming the young student for trying to do politics over her father’s martyrdom. He further said, “Pakistan, ever since its inception, has been fighting direct or proxy wars with India. And a martyr’s daughter is giving clean chit to Pakistan, it is not appropriate. Such people have no right to live here and should be thrown out of the country.” Vij added that those who are supporting Gurmehar Kaur too are pro-Pakistan and should be thrown out of the country.Lamenting at such statements, the Congress leader said it is a result of the polluted mindset and ideology that is dividing the country. “It is this government which is dividing the country. I demand the MoS’s resignation,” said Badal.The Congress seems to have deliberately fielded Badal, a senior leader from Punjab. Badal said the behaviour of the ABVP is an insult to the armed forces, to the martyrs, and to the culture of India. He said Punjab has a centuries-old tradition of defending the culture of India and this is an “attack on a daughter of Punjab”. Kaur, 20, had started the campaign ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’, following the violence at Ramjas College. The campaign went viral and received massive support from students of various universities. She posted her pictures on Facebook holding different placards including ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’ and ‘Pakistan did not kill my father but war did’.

Ramjas ruckus | PIL filed by DU students against police likely to get hearing in HC today

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court on Thursday is likely to take up the plea filed by Delhi University (DU) law students against police in Ramjas row.Students from Delhi University’s law department on Wednesday approached the Delhi high court for action against policemen who allegedly assaulted students and journalists at Ramjas college during a protest. Two of Delhi University law students Tarun Narang and Deepak Joshi have filed a public interest litigation. The PIL seeks formation of an independent committee of senior Delhi Police officials to investigate what led to massive protests in Delhi University last week.It also demanded that police lodge cases under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) (assaulting a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) against the Police officers.
ALSO READ Ramjas Ruckus: Respect Gurmehar Kaur, but I have a different view: Yogeshwar DuttThis development comes in the backdrop of unrest in Delhi University, following disruption of an event themed “Cultures of Protest” at Ramjas College.A Tiranga march was organised by the ABVP on Monday, to invoke nationalist sentiments on the campus. The students of Delhi University students staged a protest against the ABVP at the SGTB Khalsa College on Monday, in the North Campus. Last week, the All India Students Association (AISA) and the ABVP engaged into a scuffle over cancellation of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid’s talk at Delhi University’s Ramjas College.

Indo-Pak forum supports Gurmehar; says BJP-RSS ‘hounding’ her

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Indo-Pak civil society forum today came out in support of Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur and condemned the RSS-affiliated ABVP for “targeting” her. In a statement, the Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD) said, “Through her statement ‘Pakistan did not kill my dad. War killed him’ she was underlining the futility of war. “The reality is that war and hostile relations kill people while lakhs suffer. India and Pakistan along with other super powers need to make a move towards living in peace. The ruling alliance is openly supporting ABVP and hounding a young girl,” it said. Gurmehar, daughter of martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, had recently started the campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” following violence at Ramjas college. The campaign went viral and received massive support from students across universities. She, however, pulled out of the campaign yesterday after receiving “rape threats” allegedly from ABVP members. Ramjas college had last week witnessed large-scale violence between members of the AISA and the ABVP. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’, which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by ABVP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch: Kiren Rijiju shares emotional video of patriotic jawan berating those who say ‘Bharat Murdabad’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the storm over the campus violence in Delhi University continues to rage, Minister of State (MoS) Home Kiren Rijiju posted a jawan’s video on Twitter in which a soldier can be seen berating those who want to break up the nation. The unidentified jawan in the video can be heard saying: “We fight against terrorism, Maoists to keep our country safe. But now it looks like the threat is from those who live in this country but give slogans of Bharat murdabad. We don’t feel sad to see Afzal Guru being hanged. But we are sad to see people chant slogans that Afzal hum sharminda hai, tere qatil zinda hai.”Rijiju tweeted: “Pain runs deeper than the ocean. Very sad that our jawans are forced to speak with heavy heart.” In the video, the jawan adds: “We feel sad when thousands of people come out in support of such people (Guru sympathisers). I feel sad when thousands of people join the funeral procession of a terrorist.”Earlier, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said his remark on who was “polluting” the mind of an army martyr’s daughter was aimed at “the Leftists” and noted that she was free to express her views. Rijiju’s comment came a day after he questioned whether someone was polluting 20-year-old Gurmehar Kaur’s mind that drew flak from opposition parties.”I stand by my comments. Anybody who tweets on social media platform should be careful. But anyone with a contrary view should be allowed to speak. Gurmehar is a young girl and she should be allowed to speak her mind,” he told reporters here. “When I said somebody is polluting her (Gurmehar’s) mind, I meant the Leftists,” he said.Kaur had started a video campaign ‘Not Afraid of ABVP’. The Union minister of state for home said if there was any threat to Kaur, it should be dealt with sternly.”But someone is playing politics over the issue,” he said. Rijiju also slammed the Leftists for their stand, saying whenever Indian soldiers die, “they always celebrate”. “In 1962 when the Chinese were fighting with us, the Leftists supported the Chinese. Even today when our soldiers die, they celebrate. They also go to the universities and try to mislead our youth,” he said.Rijiju described Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as an “anarchist”, saying he was siding with some students who were creating turmoil in Delhi University. The minister asked the Congress to stay away from the universities as they have “no ideology”. Rijiju’s comments yesterday had come amidst the ongoing row over the clashes between the Left-affiliated AISA and the RSS-backed ABVP in Ramjas College here. Kaur, daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh, who was killed by militants in Jammu and Kashmir in 1999, made a video asking India and Pakistan to amicably settle their disputes.She had held a placard, saying, “Pakistan did not kill my dad, war killed him.” Kaur had claimed that she was getting “rape threats” from unknown persons after she spoke against the ABVP.With inputs from agencies

Punjab Police provides security to DU student in Jalandhar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, in the centre of a countrywide debate on free speech post her campaign against ABVP, was today provided security by Punjab Police at her native place in Jalandhar. Jalandhar Commissioner of Police (CP) Arpit Shukla said, “I have put up two lady constables at her residence.” The security has been provided in the wake of “some threats” she had received earlier, he added. A case of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation was registered by Delhi Police against unknown persons in connection with the alleged rape threats to Kaur after violent clashes at DU’s Ramjas College between ABVP and AISA members. She had started the campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP” following violence at Ramjas college. The campaign went viral and received massive support from students and teachers across universities. A case with her complaint to Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) was also registered yesterday, even as she pulled out of a protest march against ABVP yesterday, requesting to be “left alone”, and came to Jalandhar to be with her family. Senior officers had earlier said Gurmehar had submitted a screen shot of the message she received on Facebook from a man who allegedly threatened her with “gangrape” and “making porn videos of her”. Kaur, a student of Lady Shri Ram College, affiliated to DU, is the daughter of Captain Mandeep Singh who was killed in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on August 6, 1999, four days after Pakistani troops withdrew from Kargil.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two women constables of Punjab Police deployed for Gurmehar’s security

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Two women constables of the Punjab Police have been deployed on duty for Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, who received death and rape threats after her campaign against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) youth wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Praishad (ABVP) went viral. This comes besides the security provided to the 20-year-old student by the Delhi Police. Earlier on Monday, Gurmehar met Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal and said that she has been receiving “rape threats” on social media, allegedly by the ABVP members. The Delhi Police also filed an FIR against the rape threat to the Lady Shri Ram College student. Gurmehar, the daughter of Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh, sparked a controversy for her social media campaign against the ABVP following which she also received rape threats. Clashes erupted last week after the ABVP students allegedly manhandled and thrashed students protesting the cancellation of an event at Ramjas College at which controversial JNU student Umar Khalid was scheduled to speak.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gurmeher Kaur row: Everyone has right to express opinions, people issuing rape threats ‘lowest form of life’, says Sehwag

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After facing flak on social media for posting an image ridiculing an army martyr’s daughter, former Indian cricketer Virendra Sehwag on Wednesday said his tweet was an attempt to be facetious rather than to bully anyone over their opinion.Gurmeher Kaur, a Delhi University student, had started the campaign “I am not afraid of ABVP”, following the violence at Ramjas college, which went viral and received massive support from students across various universities. However, on Tuesday, she withdrew from the campaign after getting rape threats. Taking to micro-blogging site, in a series of tweets, Sehwag said, “My tweet was an attempt to be facetious rather than one to bully anyone over their opinion. Agreement or disagreement wasn’t even a factor.” Further stating that she (Kaur) has a right to express her views, Sehwag said, “Anyone who threatens her with violence or rape is the lowest form of life.” “Everyone has a right to express their views without being bullied or threatened. Gurmehar Kaur or the Phogat sisters,” Sehwag tweeted.
ALSO READ Ramjas Ruckus: Respect Gurmehar Kaur, but I have a different view: Yogeshwar DuttEarlier, Sehwag had stirred controversy after posting an image holding a placard saying: “I did not score two triple centuries. My bat did.” This was in response to an earlier video by Gurmeher Kaur in which she had expressed that “Pakistan did not kill my father, war did.”Following Sehwag’s response, some like actor Randeep Hooda agreed with his point of view while others like Javed Akhtar criticised him for bullying an Army martyr’s daughter.The whole issue then took a political turn on Monday after Union Minister Kiren Rijiju’s comment questioning who was polluting the young girl’s mind. Later, Kaur withdrew from her campaign stating that she had been receiving rape threats. “This campaign was never about me but students. Please go in huge numbers for the March. Best of luck. To anyone questioning my courage and bravery I have shown enough. One thing is for sure that we will think twice before resorting to threats and violence and this is all that this was about. I request to be left alone,” Kaur said on Tuesday.Ramjas College had last week witnessed large-scale violence between members of AISA and ABVP workers. The genesis of the clash was an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar on ‘Culture of Protests’ which was withdrawn by the college authorities following opposition by the RSS student wing.

Gurmehar Kaur supporters are pro-Pakistan, says Haryana Minister Vij

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In what may spark off another controversy, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Haryana?s Health Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday branded people supporting Kargil braveheart Captain M. Singh’s daughter Gurmehar Kaur as ?pro-Pakistan. ?Those supporting Gurmehar Kaur are pro-Pakistan and therefore, such people should be thrown out of the country,? Vij told ANI. Contrary to Vij?s remark, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad yesterday came out in defence of Kaur, saying people who are politicising the issue are misusing freedom of speech. “Gurmehar Kaur is a martyr’s daughter and we should respect this fact. Those who are politicising the matter, I want to ask a question from them as what they have to say about her father who was killed by terrorists?” Prasad said. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju alleged that Leftists were misleading the youth, and added, that Kaur is the daughter of a Kargil martyr whose soul must be weeping on seeing his daughter being misguided by those who celebrate over the bodies of martyrs. “She (Gurmehar Kaur ) is a young girl, creating controversy over her isn’t right. It is about Leftists who celebrate when our jawans die. They mislead the youth and it is not right,” Rijiju told media. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge defended Kaur, saying she is being portrayed as if she was under someone’s influence. Earlier, Kaur’s grandfather, Kanwaljeet Singh lashed out at politicians saying they should refrain from giving out any statement. “Drama is being created which shouldn’t be highlighted. Politicians must refrain from giving statements,” Kanwaljeet told ANI. Kaur, who is a Delhi University student, invited a wrath by posting a message against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on social media. Kaur also visited the Delhi Commission for Women alleging that she received rape threats on social media for posting the message. The Delhi Police also filed an FIR against the rape threat to Kaur. The entire controversy gained momentum after last week’s clash that erupted between Left-affiliated All India Students Association (AISA) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) backed ABVP over cancellation of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Umar Khalid’s talk at Delhi University’s Ramjas College.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ramjas row: DCW asks Facebook to deactivate accounts threatening Gurmehar Kaur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Commission for Women has asked Facebook to deactivate the accounts which were used to allegedly issue “rape threats” to DU student Gurmehar Kaur.20-year-old Kaur had on Monday approached the women’s body complaining that she has been receiving rape threats allegedly by members of ABVP after she initiated a social media campaign against the RSS’ student’ wing.The campaign went viral and attracted support of students from various universities.The DCW wrote to Delhi Police demanding security for her and her family and lodging of an FIR.The Delhi Police has registered an FIR against unknown persons in connection with the case.DCW Chief Swati Maliwal in the letter said that Kaur has been subjected to “extreme abuse and rape threats” on her Facebook profile.”We are in the receipt of a complaint from her which is self-explanatory and contains relevant screenshots of rape threats and abuse as evidence. The same is being forwarded to you for your perusal and necessary action,” she wrote.”Urgent action needs to be taken against the abusers by Facebook and their social media accounts need to be deactivated immediately,” she said.The DCW chief also asked the Facebook to provide complete contact details, IP addresses and other information of the abusers available with it which can help identify the abusers.Ramjas college had last week witnessed large-scale violence between AISA and the ABVP members over cancellation of an invite to JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid to address a seminar.Kaur, a literature student of Lady Sri Ram college and daughter of a martyr, had started a campaign ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’ after the violence.However, as the controversy grew, she withdrew and left for Jalandhar to be with her family, requesting that she should be “left alone”.

Ramjas ruckus | ‘Motivated campaign’ by Congress to make itself relevant: BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Coming down heavily on the Congress Party for blaming the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of suppressing the right to dissent in regard to the recent violent clashes in Ramjas College, the ruling dispensation on Wednesday accused the grand old party of blowing the situation out of proportion in view of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and called it a “motivated campaign”.In a veiled attack at the Congress Party, BJP leader S Prakash said that the parties which stood with Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar are now with the same forces in the Delhi University. “After disturbing the peaceful atmosphere of JNU by the separatist elements now they have moved over to Delhi University to create confusion and mediate the atmosphere there. It is very unfortunate that a student’s remark is creating a huge controversy and several political parties jumping into the fray in support of the people who have insulted the martyrs. A small incident is repeatedly blown out of proportion in view of Uttar Pradesh election, earlier it was Bihar election. But this motivated campaign is sure to backfire,” he added.Echoing similar sentiments, another BJP leader Sudesh Verma alleged that the Congress leaders have lost at the national level and are trying to make themselves relevant by trying to join the students. “When they are protesting they should be allowed and there should be no political interference. The way things are going it seems that there is a wider political design to create trouble all across the campuses in the country. The same way as they have created boggy out of India being intolerant and the award wapsi brigade has come out. This is the same pattern,” he said.Verma said the Congress is trying to give a political tinge to a situation which was strictly about the internal matters of students. “These people can always fight with us ideologically we are ready and we have won the elections because we have won the ideological fights. They are losing the narratives. But we will not tolerate when anybody talks about disintegration of India. We are committed to the nationalist cause. And our people will definitely oppose any such slogans raised anywhere in the country,” he added.A war of words erupted between the BJP and the Congress-Left parties amidst hundreds of university students and teachers taking out a protest march against ABVP on Tuesday as a row over free speech gathered pace. The BJP claimed that the Congress and the Communists were “disturbing” the atmosphere of varsities and “supporting anti-nationals”.The Congress and the CPI (M), however, alleged that it was the saffron party which was “curbing” the freedom of speech and “unreasonably” imposing their ideologies on others. Hundreds of students and teachers hit the streets of Delhi University on Tuesday afternoon to protest against campus violence as more political leaders and sports people joined the swirling nationalism row.A crowd of about 2,000 — comprising people from several DU colleges and other city universities — marched from SGTB Khalsa College to arts faculty, shouting slogans against the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) that allegedly thrashed several students last week.
ALSO READ ‘Cheeky ABVP why so creepy’: DU reverbates with protest after Ramjas ruckusThe march gained further prominence as a political slugfest has erupted after Gurmehar Kaur, a student of Lady Shri Ram College, started a campaign against the ABVP.Prominent among those who attended the march were CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, JD (U) leader Thyagi and Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav. In addition to students and teachers from JNU, Jamia Milia Islamia, Ambedkar University and various others, former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and ex-vice president of JNUSU Shehla Rashid Shora attended the event.

Why are you entering it? Delhi court rebukes lawyer for getting involved in Ramjas ruckus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court wondered as to why a criminal complaint, seeking lodging of an FIR in the Ramjas College incident in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, was filed before it. The court expressed its anguish over the complainant and said, “It’s all between students. Why are you entering into it?””If you are so agitated with these words and slogans, why are you again saying them in the open court? Is it expected from you to reiterate such issues and saying these things in the open court,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Satish Kumar Arora told complainant Vivek Garg, an advocate. “There are so many other pertinent issues to deal with. If you are so much concerned, come in my court as a legal aid counsel or do cases pro-bono (doing legal work without any charge). Already, there is so much of pendency in courts,” the court said.When Garg made submissions by detailing the allegations of alleged anti-national slogans being raised on campus, the court said it was not expected from him to reiterate such words in the open court.When the counsel said the complaint was in national interest, the court remarked, “Delaying judicial process is also not in national interest.”The CMM thereafter transferred the plea to the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra for hearing on March 6. During the hearing, Garg said it was a serious matter as anti-national slogans were raised at Ramjas College allegedly by members of students’ groups AISA and SFI and a similar incident had taken place in JNU last year which had a massive impact on the nation.The complaint alleged “massive anti-national slogans/ activities were being carried out by leaders/ students of All India Students Association(AISA)/ Students’ Federation of India (SFI) in Ramjas College, shamelessly and openly which supported India’s enemy i.e. Pakistan. The criminal acts of accused were also boosting morale of terrorists against our country.”The plea alleged that such slogans were shocking, damaging for the country and an open challenge to its unity and safety and the judicial system.It alleged that organisers of the seminar had misled the college administration to obtain nod for the event but they “conducted activities against the nation and tried to wage a war against the country”.Though the college administration withdrew the permission, the leaders committed the crime by raising “anti-national slogans” and some of the students of JNU and Ramjas College also came in support of these anti-national activities which needs to be investigated, the plea alleged.It sought lodging of FIR for the alleged offences of sedition, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State and defamation under the IPC.The complainant said he had earlier given a complaint to the SHO of Maurice Nagar Police Station but no action was taken, following which he moved the court.On February 21, members of RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited. The ABVP members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar.The next day violent clashes erupted between Left and ABVP students leaving “several students and three teachers injured”.

Protesting DU students represent India, not Virender Sehwag who played for BCCI: Umar Khalid

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a sensational facebook post, JNU student Umar Khalid has claimed that noted cricketer Virender Sehwag only played for BCCI and doesn’t represent India. Khalid whose name cropped up in the JNU row last year claimed that thousands of students and teachers who came out in Delhi University today, represent India – a vision of a New India based on equality, justice and freedom! Former Team India batsman Virender Sehwag, whose tweet trolling DU student Gurmehar Kaur triggered an outrage on social media, today claimed his post was “plain fun” but was misconstrued. However, Olympic medalist Yogeshwar Dutt and wrestler sisters Geeta and Babita Phogat, joined the bandwagon of celebrities who took to social media to question Kaur’s views.Kaur, 20, had started the campaign ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’, following the violence at Ramjas College. The campaign went viral and received massive support from students of various universities. She posted her pictures on Facebook holding different placards including ‘I am not afraid of ABVP’ and ‘Pakistan did not kill my father but war did’.While the literature student’s classmates and peers started sharing the post, prompting students from various universities across the country to change their profile pictures with similar placards, Sehwag shared an image of his holding a placard saying, “I did not score two triple centuries. My bat did.”After his post created a social media flurry, Sehwag today clarified, “My tweet wasn’t intended for Gurmehar. It was plain fun but people construed the other way.” Dutt posted an image of Kaur along with Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden and a black buck.Here’s Umar Khalid’s full post: With agency inputs

Ramjas ruckus: DU students, professors take out rally against ABVP, Gurmehar stays out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Angered by what they say is “stifling of voices,” hundreds of university students and teachers took out a protest march today aimed at the ABVP as a controversy over free speech in the country gathered pace.Faced with alleged rape threats and a virulent social media backlash, the young woman at the centre of the storm, Gurmehar Kaur, withdrew her protest against the ABVP, the ruling party-affiliated students group, which has been accused of browbeating those who support free speech. The large-scale participation of Delhi University students, said to be largest in recent times, was remarkable given that the institution is not known for volatile students activism like the Jawaharlal Nehru University, whose students also added their voice at the march besides many eminent academicians and scholars of other colleges.”The protest is essentially against stifling of voices on campuses across the country including the Delhi University. We want to reclaim the space to discuss and dissent,” said All India Students Association leader in DU, Kanwalpreet Kaur. ABVP, which is also backed by the RSS, faced criticism after it was involved in violence at Ramjas college last week.(PTI)Several students and teachers of the college were beaten, allegedly by ABVP members, for inviting JNU students Umar Khalid and Shela Rashid to a seminar on free speech which was eventually cancelled. The 20-year-old Kaur became the centre of the controversy after she launched a social media campaign against ABVP, which immediately drew threats of rape, allegedly by ABVP members, and ridicule by a Union minister, a BJP MP and former cricketer Virender Sehwag. In comments that drew sharp criticism from the Opposition, Union minister Kiren Rijiju wondered rhetorically who was polluting her mind. He later said his remark was aimed at Leftists, and that Kaur was free to express her views.”I stand by my comments. Anybody who tweets on social media platform should be careful. But anyone with a contrary view should be allowed to speak. Gurmehar is a young girl and she should be allowed to speak her mind,” he told reporters. Kaur is the daughter of Capt. Mandeep Singh who was killed in a militant attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district on August 6, 1999, four days after Pakistani troops withdrew from Kargil.”She is the daughter of a martyr. But his soul must be crying as she is being misled by people who celebrate when our soldiers die,” he told reporters here. As the controversy grew, Kaur ended her campaign and left for Jalandhar to be with her family, requesting that she should to be “left alone”. In a series of tweets, Kaur announced her decision saying she has been through a lot and “this is all my 20 year self could take (sic)”. Kaur earlier urged people not to identify her as a “martyr’s daughter” if that bothers them.Today, as the march made its way through the North Campus of Delhi University, with hundreds of students of JNU, DU and Jamia, she tweeted, “All my friends. Our lovely faculty! how I wish I was there.” In an earlier tweet, she had urged people to join the march, which is “about students and not about me”, in large numbers.”I’m withdrawing from the campaign. Congratulations everyone. I request to be left alone. I said what I had to say. I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take. To anyone questioning my courage and bravery… I’ve shown more than enough,” she said.Meanwhile, New Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Lt Governor Anil Baijal who in turn promised action against those who violated the law. The Delhi Police said it has registered a case of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation against unknown persons in connection with the “rape threats” allegedly received by Kaur. The case was registered following Kaur’s complaint to the Delhi Commission for Women.The Delhi Police has also requested their Jalandhar counterpart to provide adequate security to Kaur. In a related development, the National Human Rights Commission today issued a notice to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik over allegations of “police excesses” at North Campus and “threats” received by some students on social media.In a statement, the Commission said the notice has been issued on a complaint that police personnel attacked a female student and snatched cameras from media persons, who were recording the incident outside Ramjas College. “Allegedly, some journalists, covering clashes, were slapped, punched and kicked by the policemen. The Commission has taken on record complaints as well as media reports making similar allegations including threats to some students on social media,” the NHRC said.JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar, who is out on bail in a sedition case, also joined the anti-ABVP protest march at DU. “You (ABVP) can’t enforce one particular ideology on anyone and their should be room for discussion,” he said while addressing the protesters. The ongoing row in Delhi University reverberated at a meeting of a Parliamentary Standing Committee, which questioned Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik, leading to registration of an FIR in the case.The Delhi University issue was vociferously raised by Opposition members at the meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, amid protests by ruling BJP members, who claimed that the issue cannot be discussed at the meeting. However, Chidambaram ruled that the Committee can indeed discuss the issue as it may be raised even in both Houses of Parliament and allowed members to speak on it.The MPs asked Commissioner of Delhi Police what action has he taken on threat given to DU student Gurmehar Kaur, who is the daughter of a martyred Army officer, sources said. The Members also asked whether security has been provided to the girl, they said.The Commissioner of Police explained the MPs about the prevailing situation in the Varsity and action taken so far for maintaining peace. Within an hour of his being quizzed, Patnaik conveyed to the MPs that an FIR has been registered against unknown persons in connection with Kaur’s complaint that she was receiving “rape threats” allegedly from ABVP members.

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