In Kerala, students prepare ‘grave’ for Principal as ‘retirement gift’

Condemning the incident, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said it was a "disgrace to humanity".

By: PTI | Palakkad | Published: April 6, 2016 12:15 pm
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Apparently to insult their Principal, a group of Left-leaning SFI students of the prestigious 127-year-old Government Victoria College in Palakkad allegedly prepared a symbolic ‘grave’ for her as a ‘retirement gift’.

Following a complaint by the Principal, Dr T N Sarasu, who retired on March 31, police have registered cases under various sections of IPC against some SFI students.

Sarasu alleged that the students had acted on the behest of “some members” of All Kerala Government College Teachers Union, owing allegiance to the Left.

In her complaint to police, Sarasu has named at least eight SFI students who had prepared the ‘symbolic grave’ inside the college campus and had strewn it with flowers and placed a wreath at about 7 am on March 31.

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Some other students, who witnessed the act, informed the principal.

“I had been their Principal and had not given in to their unjust demands which could have angered them,” Sarasu told PTI.

“I have done my work truthfully. A lot of good work was done during my period,” she said, adding, she had worked in the college as Zoology professor for 27 years before taking over as Principal this academic year.

Condemning the incident, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said it was a “disgrace to humanity”.

“We can imagine how SFI activists will behave towards others, if their behaviour was like this towards their teacher, who had imparted lessons to them for over 20 years,” he said.

In an apparent reference to recent attacks by CPI(M) activists on BJP workers in poll-bound Kerala’s Kannur district, Rajasekharan said these students would not hesitate to physically eliminate their political rivals when they grow up.

CPI(M) leadership should take stern steps to rein in their student activists, he said, adding, the cultural leaders, who had reacted on anti-dalit incidents, were now silent on the issue and it was “disgraceful”.

Former Chief Election Commissioner T N Seshan, ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan, former Kerala Chief Minister E M S Namboodiripad, writer and cartoonist O V Vijayan were among the illustrious students of the college.

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  1. M
    Apr 6, 2016 at 7:19 am
    Dangerous species of students. They can come only from Nehruvian India! If such is the relationship what the students are going to learn and from whom? From Kanaiyas of India?
    1. R
      Apr 6, 2016 at 8:52 am
      Strict action should be taken against these student culprits They should be debarred and rusticated,. Where are their parents . ?? Where are the sicular and freedom of expression chamions. Where is Mr.Yechury,Kuljiwal????
      1. Krish Menon
        Apr 6, 2016 at 7:48 am
        This is why SFI is nominated as Stupid Fools of India - they should be given a prize for this. This is the group which did not allow campus placement by Syndicate Bank in the college. Bcos of which students who were to get a job and a career could not get it. A clic case of dog in the manger atude.
        1. R
          Apr 6, 2016 at 7:59 am
          Fringe groups like SFI have been emboldened by the support of mainstream opposition parties like congress to serve their narrow short term political ends. There is no statesman like figure in congress now. Both in 2004 and 2009 communists cheated their voters by joining hands with congress at the center after fighting the elections on an anti congress plank in the states. Though it brought short term gains for both in the short run, it has destro the credibility of both parties among electorate as seen in the elections of 2014. But these parties learned no lesson and in states like Bihar created immoral coalition of parties with no ideological or moral compatibility to defeat BJP. Though in short term they have won in the long run all these parties will again lose credibility.
          1. R
            Apr 6, 2016 at 10:19 am
            Political interference cannot be avoided to a certain extent as the politicians are ruling the country. There is nothing like complete autonomy as the universities are funded from public funds and the executive is answerable to the legislatures about the utilization of such funds. But what is required is that government follow the UGC guidelines and follow an arms length and transparent process in appointing VCs and syndicate positions. Similarly student organisations taking law in to their hands should not be allowed in any case.
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