After the incident in Ramjas College (Delhi University), on Friday (March 3) the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), held a protest against the left organizations including the All India Student Association (AISA), Students for Society (SFS) and Students Federation of India (SFI) in Punjab University (PU).
ABVP members assembled at the campus to foil a seminar on “fascism” scheduled to be addressed by activist Seema Azad. Further, the members of the organization accused the AISA, SFS and SFI of anti-national activities and of disrupting peace in educational institutes of the city. “These organizations are dividing the student’s environment in universities and colleges across the city. The incident which took place in Ramjas college was unfortunate and shows that they are instigating the youngsters on the wrong path,” said Saurabh Kapoor, organizational secretary, ABVP.
On Thursday, the AISA held a protest in the Government College for Boys in Sector 11 against the ABVP’s involvement in turning the events violent in Delhi Ramjas College. “ABVP has resorted to violence and is harming the students. ABVP is indulging in ‘gundagardi’ in institutes for no reason and hiding behind nationalism,” said AISA president Vijay Kumar.
Workers of ABVP gathered at the student center and extended their support to the students of Ramjas college.
Harmanjot Singh Gill, member of central working committee (CWC), ABVP, said, “Now is the time that we must expose these anti-national elements in our educational institutions, student organizations like AISA and SFI should be banned for organizing these types of interactive sessions.”
Agam Chaduhary, secretary of the Chandigarh ABVP said, “We will not tolerate these things in our campuses, whenever they will organize such activities we will oppose them.”
On Thursday, ABVP leaders had warned of using “swords or lathis” if SFS invited Seema Azad to the campus.
ABVP and SFS members had clashed in the university campus on February 27 over the violence at Ramjas College.
PU’s Dean of students welfare Emanuel Nahar had said that the institution was not a political platform, where students can hold any such programmes or seminars.
“What if the speakers say something anti-national? We will be in a difficult situation,” the dean had said.
NSUI’S CANDLELIGHT MARCH FOR ‘PEACE’.
In the wake of the clash between ABVP and SFS members at PU on Monday, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) held a candlelight march starting from Student Centre, to what they termed as “a message of peaceful environment in the university”. Later in the evening, SFS supporters also held a rally on the campus against the alleged hooliganism of ABVP.
What we see now is nothing but the two extremes fighting like anything to gather the public eye while the real issue of student and teacher safety lies submerged. NSUI with its peace march, ABVP with its values and AISA with its freedom are making it difficult for the students to have a peaceful environment and now it has spread till Punjab.
PLEASE STOP AND LET US BREATHE! It’s really saddening to see our universities tuning into a playground for these political parties to garner psychological support.
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