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JU Student Calls For “Azadi”, BJP Said It’s A “Publicity Stunt”, Twitter Users Mocks The Student

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Slogans for “Azadi” were heard for the second time this year at Jadavpur University campus where students put up banner against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The students of the university were seen holding placards which read: “Yogi is the new Trump…Brahminical version of white supremacy” and they raised slogans like “Azadi”, “Halla Bol” and “RSS door hatao”.

A video which went viral showed the students purportedly from the university calling for “Azadi” of Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland and Mizoram outside the Academy of Fine Arts on Sunday. An International seminar on persecution of minority Hindu Buddhist Christians in Bangladesh was going on.

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“Hume kya chahiye – Azadi. Kashmir ki Azadi. Manipur ki Azadi. Nagaland ki Azadi (We demand freedom. Kashmir’s freedom. Manipur’s freedom. Nagaland’s freedom),” one of the posters said.

“This protest is against the RSS’ conducting of a seminar on the issue of minorities in Bangladesh. We think the same RSS which has been the reason for the deaths of thousands in Godhra, in Muzaffarnagar cannot address the minority issue. We doubt their credibility, rather we think they are here to evoke communal sentiments and pitting one against the other. So we are protesting here,” Debopriyo Som, a student and United Students Democratic Front (USDF) member said.

Reacting sharply to the row, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said, “This is not a new thing. The elephant keeps walking as the dogs keep barking. RSS is a big organization and is expanding in Bengal and this is why they all are worried and frustrated.”

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Condemning the protest, BJP MP Roopa Ganguly said, “The protest against the RSS is nothing but a mere publicity stunt. It is strange to see everything but studies taking place in such universities across Bengal. If they really want azadi then why don’t they take that from the scholarship, the government give them for study.”

Ganguly also urged students to gain recognition in the “right light”, rather than through these protests. “The youth should start working and earn for themselves,” she said.

“We don’t have any problem, people say. We do want azadi from RSS, BJP. But if somebody says that Kashmir wants azadi, Nagaland want azadi, we can’t endorse that. These things, giving us slogans, such slogans, that doesn’t fit with the fabric of our country, disrupts the unity of our country, that is condemnable.”

A number of Twitter users have mocked him for his poor physique.

Posters calling for “Azadi” for Kashmir, Manipur and Nagaland were put up at Jadavpur University (JU) earlier in February only to be torn down by ABVP activists, who allegedly vandalized the university complex.

Abhisikta Ganguly
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