After Ramjas college violence, students wonder: ‘Is this the new normal?

Some said they have been getting worried phone calls from their families, asking them to lie low and not venture out of the hostel.

Written by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi | Updated: February 27, 2017 1:25 pm
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TWO DAYS after violence and stone-pelting was witnessed at Ramjas College, with students being beaten up by police, North Campus was eerily deserted and lifeless on Friday. Outside the college gates, barricades had been put up by police. A dozen officers stood guard, checking each student and hosteler’s identity card before allowing them to enter or leave the campus. A group of day scholars tried in vain to convince the officers to let them enter to practice for the upcoming inter-sports meet, but were turned away.

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Meanwhile, after rumours about raids in the area and stray incidents of scuffles, half of the 200 boarders at the Ramjas hostel left to spend the weekend with friends and local guardians. The rest decided to stay put in their rooms. According to a hosteler, the only topic of discussion doing the rounds is how Ramjas has changed from a “normal” college to one “like JNU” this past week.

Some said they have been getting worried phone calls from their families, asking them to lie low and not venture out of the hostel.

Sai Dheeraj, a second-year student from Andhra Pradesh, said he has been receiving at least four calls from his parents every day since clashes broke out between student unions over a seminar inviting JNU’s Umar Khalid as a speaker.

“My father told me not to get into any debates or arguments with anyone. They have been hooked to the television for developing news,” said Dheeraj, whose friend was injured during Wednesday’s stone-pelting at the college.

Others lamented the lack of security on campus. “We are furious that outsiders could come into our college and disrupt a seminar. When we go to St Stephen’s or SRCC, we are asked to show our identity cards. But anyone can walk into our college,” a second-year student from the political science department said.

Dheeraj said he is shaken by the violence. “Ramjas is a good institute, just like JNU… But now, it will be be known more for the controversy than anything else.”

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    Lalit
    Feb 25, 2017 at 7:25 am
    Recently RSS/BJP leader was arrested for or being ISI agent.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;ISI is using their agents RSS/BJP to suppress and destroy India from within.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS/BJP are indicted in 17 RDX bomb cases against Indialt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS member Godse killed the father of the nation - hijilt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS/BJP opposed India growth for 70 years!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;RSS/BJP opposed lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;consution lt;br/gt;Equal rights for women lt;br/gt;Equal rights for dalits lt;br/gt;English lt;br/gt;Computers lt;br/gt;Pro development policies in 90slt;br/gt;GSTlt;br/gt;FDIlt;br/gt;Land billlt;br/gt;Nuclear deallt;br/gt;Aadharlt;br/gt;MNREGAlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now we know why ISI agents RSS/BJP hate congress... it's cause congress didn't let them destroy India and turn us into Hindu version of stan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;We have arrested 1 ISI/RSS/BJP agent for anti Indian activities, but others are still at large flooding Internet with lies and conspiracies to destroy India from within.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;See the ISI/RSS/BJP traitors down voting my comment cause I exposed them.
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      SubbuI
      Feb 25, 2017 at 8:17 am
      YES.YES,YES,YES,YES , BIG YES, THIS WILL BE NEW NORMAL IN ALL NATIONAL UNIVERSITIES INCLUDING IITs, IIMS. AIMS AND OTHERS. ONE MAN, ONE RULE, ONE IDEOLOGY. RSS IDEOLAGY,AKHANDA BHARATH, SAMPOORNA HINDU RASHTRA AND ALL UNEDR SAFFRON DICTATOR NALAYAK N MODI.WE ALL VOTED FOR HIM NOT FOR NOTHING?
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        ak dev
        Feb 25, 2017 at 10:39 am
        It's not new low. Leftists have not yet learned lessons. They need more kicks.
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          ansuman
          Feb 25, 2017 at 4:43 am
          If the writer do not like it -then fine,stay home and let other student study peacefully. Fact is communist mindset has failed all over the world and this is high time for its burial in India too.
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            Rakesh Pandit
            Feb 25, 2017 at 8:13 am
            Buddy, wake up once in a while..... Your congress is all but finished !!!! Maharashtra just used it to wipe its backside and throw it. Take some meficine. Come back to real life from silly dreams.
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