JNU cancels Swamy’s public lecture on Babri

| | New Delhi

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration cancelled permission to the BJP’s fire-brand leader Subramanian Swamy to deliver a public lecture on Ram Mandir at the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition at JNU on Wednesday, leaving  the organisers and guests 'red-faced'.

Besides, the administration also cancelled an event organised by JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) in which Prakash Karat, Jayati Ghosh and others were invited to speak on the occasion of Ambedkar's 61st death anniversary and also to mark 25 years of Babri demolition at Sabarmati mess.

"The competent authority has cancelled the public lectures/talks on the issue of Ramjanm Bhumi and Babari Masjid in the campus on 6th December 2017 in order to maintain communal harmony, and peace and stability in the campus. Academic discussion on various themes are always permitted that contribute to knowledge enhancement and social order," said the circular from Dean of Students’ JNU.

Following the developmnet, Swamy targetted Left faction by retweeting an user’s post, “Why are liberals so scared of @ Swamy39 speech at JNU? Ram Mandir will be built, they can try and block as much as they want.”

Vivekanada Vichar Manch, a right wing organisation, had invited Dr Swamy to be the chief speaker on topic titled as "Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya ?" at Koyna Mess , JNU. 

Simone Zoya Khan, JNUSU vice-president said JNUSU would burn effigy of administration at Sabarmati Dhaba while both office-bearers of the ABVP and Vivekanada Vichar Manch slammed the administration for cancellation of public talk.

The 'blanket ban' imposed by the administration on any programme on controversial topics has left the Left faction irked, as JNUSU from time to time organise programmes in which Left biggies like Prakash Karat and Jayati Ghosh are invited and they also stand cancelled.



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