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I’m not your child but political opponent: JNU student to Smriti Irani

Asserting that he is not a “child”, a term used by HRD Minister Smriti Irani to refer to Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula in Parliament, one of the six JNU students accused of sedition has said in an open letter to her that he is instead her political “opponent”. “I heard the speech you gave in Parliament. I want to make it clear that this letter is not from a ‘child’ to a ‘motherly’ Minister but from one political person to another political person,” said the open letter by Anant Prakash. “I also want to make it clear that I do not judge a person’s merit by her educational qualification. In fact, I reject the concept of merit,” he further said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prakash said that while the minister asserts her identity as a woman, she had failed to stand with Vemula’s mother. “You assert your identity as a woman and you must do that because women are among those groups who have been oppressed for long. But Vemula’s mother, a Dalit woman, fought with this patriarchal society to raise her kids and gave them her identity but why is your government associating the identity of her children to her husband. “Are you standing with a Brahmanical and patriarchal society? Why are you snatching away her right to have an independent identity,” the letter said. Prakash also asked Irani to read Manusmriti and said that he hopes she would leave BJP once she reads it as a woman.”You said in your speech that politics is happening over Rohit’s murder but you are not so naive to not understand that he died due to saffron politics. “Don’t you know the process of natural justice that a decision cannot be taken without listening to the party concerned. We were debarred by an inquiry committee without even listening to us. Should you not have been cautious to not announce our names in the Parliament in the most unconstitutional manner,” he added. Students and teachers have alleged that Irani had quoted in Parliament from a “half-cooked” report submitted by the university without any investigation. “Rohith’s mother is not begging you for justice, my mother is not crying for me too. She is concerned of course but she is encouraging me to fight against the fascist forces and is advising me to not be scared,” he added. Anant, a former JNU students’ union vice president, is among the five students police were looking for in connection with a sedition case over an event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.They had disappeared following the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on February 12 and resurfaced back on campus last Sunday. While Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya surrendered before police, the remaining three — Ashutosh, Anant and Rama Naga — are residing on campus. They have refused to surrender but asserted that they are open to questioning by police during the course of investigation.

Mahishasura event: JNU students strongly deny Smriti Irani’s claims

The student organiser of the Mahishasura event in JNU, Anil Kumar on Friday accused Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani of “lying” and “denied” that the statement she quoted from in Parliament was not “released” by him or his colleagues.”The pamphlet that Smriti Irani was reading in Parliament on Wednesday was not written by me or any of my mates. The pamphlet she is seen holding in the speech is a colourful one which is never used in any JNU protest due to high printing costs. It is a fake document and the minister is lying,” said Anil Kumar, who was a PhD student at the varsity when the event took place in 2014. Meanwhile, BJP MP Udit Raj was caught in the wrong foot when images of him addressing the same event in 2013 surfaced.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Confirming his participation in the meeting, the BJP MP said he wasn’t a member of the party then and wondered how BJP was accountable in that case. “I participated in mahishasura program in JNU in 2013 & joined BJP in 2014 & there spoke about social discriminations. How BJP is accountable? Not noticed there was blasphemous comment about Goddess Durga,” he said in a series of tweets.Irani while giving clarification about her Ministry’s stringent action on ‘Anti-National’ forces, had read out a pamphlet in Parliament earlier this week, which said, ” Posted on October 4, 2014. A statement by the SC, ST and minority students of JNU. And what do they condemn? May my God forgive me for reading this”. “We organised the event for three consecutive years and the idea was not to celebrate his martyrdom actually but because Mahishasura is worshipped as their ancestors by a certain tribe. Why the government wants to dictate us whether we should worship Durga or Mahishasura,” said Anil, a member of the All India Backward Students Forum (AIBSF), which organises the event. The festival has been observed on the campus every October since 2011 to debate caste issues as a tribute to the “demon” king Mahishasura, who was slain by Goddess Durga. Many backward communities worship Mahishasura and believe that the Gods plotted to kill him because, as a backward caste ruler, he had threatened Brahmanical dominance.JNU witnessed clashes in 2011 over the hosting of the Mahishasura festival by the AIBSF. However, the event continued to take place till 2014. HB Bohidar, a member of the university panel probing the current controversy, was then chief proctor. He had sent a show-cause notice to the organisers, who were injured in an alleged assault by the ABVP.Explaining the significance of the annual event, JNU Professor Harish Wankhede said the students were essentially making an argument for cultural plurality and questioning the Brahmanical hegemony over cultural symbols and proposed symbols related to Dalit societies.”There are different cultural orientations and multiple narratives of mythology. Singular sense of history cannot be imposed. In the nationalist Hindu narrative, Asura worship has not been welcomed. However, an alternative narrative that includes ‘Asura’ worship is also part of the Indian culture,” he told PTI.”This very possibility that other cultures can exist is being demeaned by the state by terming it as anti-national. One single culture cannot become the symbol of the nation,” he added.

Afzal Guru row: JNU sends status report to HRD ministry

JNU on Monday sent a “status” report to HRD ministry about the situation in the campus and the action taken by the varsity in connection with an event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, during which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.The HRD ministry had last week sought a report about the February 9 incident which has sparked a widespread outrage among various quarters. “We got a communication from the ministry seeking information about the investigation being conducted by the university about the incident. A response has been sent today,” JNU Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The varsity has stated the sequence of events in the report beginning from how four students had taken permission for an event titled ” Poetry-reading-The country without post office”. “On the day of the event, it came to notice of the administration that the poster of the event was captioned ‘Against the Brahmanical Collective conscience, against judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat and in solidarity with the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self determination,” the report said. “…despite the university deciding to withdraw the permission the students went ahead with the programme where allegedly certain objectionable slogans were raised. The organisers also invited the media to cover it without permission from university authorities.”The varsity constituted a high-level enquiry committee comprising of three members to enquire into the incident. On basis of the interim report, eight students identified by the panel have been debarred from academic activities while allowing them to stay in hostel as guest,” the report added. The varsity has also told the ministry that the final report of the committee will be submitted by February 25.Informing the ministry about the apprehension among faculty members about police presence on campus, JNU has said, “a letter was sent to police requesting them to take utmost precautions before entering the university campus if required under law. Police officers gave us assurance that police will enter the campus only if absolutely necessary as per law and authorities will be informed in advance”.The university administration is facing flak from teachers and students who have alleged that the issue was “manhandled”. The JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on February 12 in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over an event at the varsity against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

JNU sends status report on row over Afzal Guru to HRD ministry

New Delhi: JNU on Monday sent a “status” report to HRD ministry about the situation in the campus and the action taken by the varsity in connection with an event against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, during which anti-India slogans were allegedly raised.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

The HRD ministry had last week sought a report about the 9 February incident which has sparked a widespread outrage among various quarters.

“We got a communication from the ministry seeking information about the investigation being conducted by the university about the incident. A response has been sent today,” JNU Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi said.

The varsity has stated the sequence of events in the report beginning from how four students had taken permission for an event titled ” Poetry-reading-The country without post office”.

“On the day of the event, it came to notice of the administration that the poster of the event was captioned ‘Against the Brahmanical Collective conscience, against judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat and in solidarity with the struggle of the Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self determination,” the report said.

“…despite the university deciding to withdraw the permission the students went ahead with the programme where allegedly certain objectionable slogans were raised. The organisers also invited the media to cover it without permission from university authorities.

“The varsity constituted a high-level enquiry committee comprising of three members to enquire into the incident. On basis of the interim report, eight students identified by the panel have been debarred from academic activities while allowing them to stay in hostel as guest,” the report added.

The varsity has also told the ministry that the final report of the committee will be submitted by 25 February.

Informing the ministry about the apprehension among faculty members about police presence on campus, JNU has said, “a letter was sent to police requesting them to take utmost precautions before entering the university campus if required under law. Police officers gave us assurance that police will enter the campus only if absolutely necessary as per law and authorities will be informed in advance”.

The university administration is facing flak fromteachers and students who have alleged that the issue was “manhandled”.

The JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on 12 February in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over an event at the varsity against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

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