Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar said Sunday the NDA government should “focus more on formulating policies than building statues” and the “government’s interference in educational institutions” might lead to a student uprising.
Kumar was speaking at an event, ‘Rohit Act and Constitution Conference’, organised by 28 different student organisations in the city, which came together under the banner of “Progressive Students-Youth Struggle Committee”.
“For years, those belonging to weaker castes and class were kept away from education. It’s happening even now. The present government has taken several steps to make sure that students don’t get good education. They have been interfering with top institutions of the country including FTII, JNU, HCU and many other such institutes by appointing incapable people as heads. Since acquiring power they have changed the vice-chancellors of a dozen universities, replacing them with persons who only act as postmen … who don’t take any decision themselves,” said the students’ union leader.
He also said the Prime Minister was “ignoring the sufferings of the people of Marathwada” which is reeling under a severe drought. “Modiji has been travelling around the globe. Being a Prime Minister, he should. But he should also find time to go to Marathwada and see what they are going through. Why farmers there are committing suicides. He should focus on formulating policies rather than building statues (murtiyan banane ke bajaye nitiyan banane par dhyan de),” he said. He also claimed that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the BJP were playing “divisive politics” and distracting the attention of the people from real issues.