Protest prevails at Jawaharal Nehru University library renaming event

Posted on:15 Apr 2017 10:35:21
Protest prevails at Jawaharal Nehru University library renaming event
15 April 2017 Current Affairs:

Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Central Library was renamed Dr B. R. Ambedkar Central Library amid protests and sloganeering by students on Friday.Students who were holding a dharna outside the building stormed into the library during the function that although saying they have no problem with the administration renaming the library, they had an issue with the JNU administration-MHRD-UGC nexus trying to destroy Dr. Ambedkar’s message of ‘Educate, Agitate, Organise’.“By reducing the intake of research scholars, they have destroyed the dreams of many students looking for a good education. Also, over the past year, they have banned and criminalised agitations. They have also successfully spread misinformation to divide student organisations,” said JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU), which led the protest.Initially, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar was supposed to inaugurate the revamped library and the students had prepared to welcome him with a “warm protest” and questions on “seat-cut” and attacks to shutdown and change the inclusive policies of JNU.However, the Minister's participation was reduced to a video message in which he told students to remember that it was the “poor, tax-paying people of the country due to which their education was being subsidised and that in whatever career they choose, they should aim towards giving back to society.”To add to the drama of the event, the power went off while the video message was being played.Once the electricity was back and the event continued, students from outside stormed the hall a few minutes later to interrupt the speech delivered by chief guest Milind Kamble, chairman of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries.The JNUSU said that Mr. Javedekar did not turn for the event as he did not want to face the questions from students.


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