Members of the All India Backward Students Federation (AIBSF) observed Mahishasur martyrdom day on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus on Monday evening.
Students from other states,including those from Bhim Rao Ambedkar University,Bihar,and Lucknow University participated.
The programme saw a discussion on the legend behind Mahishasur,the demon king who was slain by Goddess Durga.
Last year,the event had caused a furore on campus and ended in a clash between members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). A case was also registered and a showcause notice was issued to AIBSF President Jeetendra Yadav.
Members of the AIBSF alleged that some of the posters relating to the event was torn this year on the campus. However,ABVP members denied any hand in this.
The aim behind observing the day is to attract attention. It is just a handful of students who are organising the event. It is up to the administration to look into the issue. Moreover,there is space for everyone to hold meetings and discuss their views on this campus, Sandeep,an ABVP member,said.
AIBSF president Jeetendra Yadav said unlike the common belief that paints Mahishasur as a demon king,symbolising evil,the Asur community in Jharkhand looked at him in a different light. They believe that Mahishasur was a kind and benevolent ruler of the region,which is now a part of Bihar,Jharkhand,Orissa and West Bengal.
When outsiders came to the region,they tried to conquer it because of the fertility of the soil. Mahishasurs forces,however,put up a fight and he could not be defeated. Seeing this and taking advantage of Mahishasurs resolution that he will not kill animals or harm women,the surs or gods sent Durga who slayed him. Durga is called shakti because by killing Mahishasur she did something which the gods were unable to do, Yadav said.
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