Tension in JNU After Rally for Ram Temple Held; Students Union Protests

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We will not let the Sangh destroy the secular fabric of this University and this country. In an extremely shocking manner the JNU Administration allowed the RSS pracharaks and sevaks to carry out a rally inside the JNU campus campaigning for the Ram Mandir, says Students Union.

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NEW DELHI— A rally calling for construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya was taken out by some right-wing students along with some alleged outsiders inside the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Wednesday. The JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) has expressed concern over the rally at the campus and blamed the university administration for allowing the participants to “vitiate” the campus environment ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

A video that went viral on social media showed some ‘students’ carrying out a rally on bikes and other vehicles in the campus on December 5 – day before the 26th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition. From a truck, which was also a part of the rally, loud songs were being played in praise of Lord Ram. A banner was stuck with its hood advertising the upcoming ‘Dharma Sabha’ in Delhi on December 9.

Calling it a “security breach” and accusing the varsity administration of providing “political patronage” to the rightwing student groups, JNUSU said, “It has come to our notice that in the morning between 9 a.m.-10 a.m, a group of outsiders in trucks, cars and motorcycles illegally entered the JNU campus forcing themselves through Saraswatipuram gate breaching the security. We were told by the security personnel that there was no prior permission for such a rally organised by the outsiders on the campus. The rallyists with saffron flags were vitiating the campus environment with communal slogans and were creating an atmosphere of fear and violence…….it is clear the administration is showing its political patronage to a particular political party and its actions.”

JNUSU said that this was a major security breach which created an atmosphere of fear and insecurity among 15,000 plus residents of JNU that include students, teachers, staff, officers, workers and others.

Saurabh Sharma, student of JNU and member of RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), told that taking out the rally was a democratic right of students. “If students want to take out ‘Ram Sankalp Yatra’ peacefully, then it’s their democratic right,” he said.

Students Union Criticizes University Administration for Rally

In a statement JNUSU said, “We will not let Sangh destroy the secular fabric of this University and this country. In an extremely shocking manner the JNU Administration allowed the RSS pracharaks and sevaks to carry out a rally inside the JNU campus campaigning for the Ram Mandir.

JNU VC has ordered the security department to deny the entry of persons who fail to show their JNU ID card. However, in case you are a non JNUite & want to enter the campus with out the ID just say "Mandir Wohin Banayenge". Your entry will be done.

Posted by Rama Naga on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

“It is shameful that the Jagadesh Kumar administration has turned a secular and democratic campus into a Sakha of RSS. It is the same administration which does not hesitate for a moment to suppress dissent by cancelling programmes and public meetings. But they allow these criminals to take a rally inside our university who have nothing but the sole agenda of destroying the secular fabric of this country! With the 2019 elections around the corner, the JNU administration is showing its true saffron colour.”

JNUSU also held a protest demonstration at the Security Office at North Gate on Wednesday evening.

Vice Chancellor Silent

JNUSU president N Sai Balaji told Caravan Daily that Vice Chancellor Jagadish Kumar has not replied to the written complaint of JNUSU about the permission of “Ram Mandir Rally”.

 JNUSU stated, “We warn the Vice Chancellor and the administration if any harm comes on any student or member of this campus or if any violence erupts they will be the ones to be held responsible for it.”

It has demanded the university administration to file a case against the intruders and take necessary action against both the G4S security agency which is mandated with JNU’s security and Chief Security Officer for the incident.

Whether the rally participants were JNU students could not be ascertained. Nor could it be known whether they took permission to carry out the procession on the campus. University officials could not be contacted despite several attempts.

On December 1, an RSS affiliate had launched a nationwide Yatra from the headquarters of the organization in Delhi to press for construction of Ram Temple on the disputed site in Ayodhya. The yatra will culminate into a gathering in the national capital on December 9. 

The 16th century Babri Masjid was razed to the ground by a Hindutva mob in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 despite the Supreme Court order to maintain status quo. Even though the title suit of Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi is still pending in the apex court, saffron groups including RSS and BJP are pressurizing the central government to bring an ordinance for construction of the temple in Ayodhya. 

(With Inputs from IANS)

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