Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University students are carrying out marches and counter-marches along with a Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) organised symbolic one-day hunger strike at Arts faculty followed by a ‘Mashaal’ rally in protest over violence at the Ramjas College clashes.
Students and teachers of DU and JNU, along with AISA members, are staging a march from Khalsa college on North Campus to Arts Faculty against the calling off a street play competition following “threats” from DU Students’ Union.
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The march, which is being promoted using hashtags like ‘FightbackDUmarch’ and ‘DUagainstGoondagardi’ will also see participation of groups such as ‘Pinjra Tod’ which have been fighting discriminatory hostel rules.
After the ABVP Tiranga march yesterday, the DU and JNU campuses are set to witness more marches and counter-marches as Left-affiliated AISA, Congress -backed NSUI and JNU teachers also plan to register their anguish against the Ramjas College violence.
The ABVP, which objected to a seminar at Ramjas College last week where JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited, took out a ‘Tiranga march’ from the college to Delhi University’s Arts Faculty raising slogans of ‘Vande Mataram’ and calling it a ‘march for the nation’, the ABVP members carried the national flag as they marched inside the Ramjas College campus.
“While we stand against the ABVP strongly in their attempts to curb students’ freedom of expression and misusing ‘nationalism’ to further their agenda, we also condemn the violent ways of the Left in handling of the situation,” a statement by NSUI said.
Ramjas college had last week witnessed large-scale violence between members of the AISA and the ABVP.
While Left-affiliated groups have been protesting since then demanding action against ABVP and lodging of FIRs on complaints of injured students and teachers, the ABVP has conducted various marches reiterating they will not allow any “anti-national” activity on campus.