Row breaks out over Tarek Fatah comment at Panjab University

Dhillon said Tarek mocked at the librarian and asked him to tell the students to sit. Immediately, an altercation ensued.

Written by Shubh Karman Dhaliwal | Chandigarh | Updated: December 1, 2016 5:25 pm
Row breaks out over Tarek Fatah comment at Panjab University Tarek Fatah. (Wikimedia)

A HUGE row broke out between Panjab University students and Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah after the latter allegedly called a J&K student terrorist. Tarek had been invited to deliver a Tedx talk on Balochistan. After the fracas, the organisers called off his talk, scheduled for Thursday.

Gagandeep Singh Dhillon, a PhD scholar in geography, said: “I was sitting at the physics canteen when Tarek came and began an informal interaction with students. We were discussing yesterday’s Nagrota terror attack. When he was talking to us, the department librarian came. When the students rose to show respect, Tarek told them, ‘Indians need to stop giving such treatment to their seniors’.”

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Dhillon said Tarek mocked at the librarian and asked him to tell the students to sit. Immediately, an altercation ensued. Among those arguing was Mustafa, a PhD scholar from Kargil. “Tarek was saying, ‘He would not stand up for his own father, why are you all standing up for this person’. When I objected, he told me, ‘Hey you gori chamdi, where are you from?’ When Mustafa replied, Tarek allegedly responded with ‘You’re a Pakistani terrorist, you’re an anti-national’.”

Also, Tarek allegedly told Dhillon, “You are a Khalistani.”

Another PhD student Ganeshwari said when she asked Tarek his opinion about her, he said, “You are the real patriot because of your religion.”

Tarek said he called Mustafa a Pakistani “because he was behaving like one”. He said before the altercation, the group was discussing Tuesday’s terror attack. “My view was that India needs to retaliate in the strongest terms. That upset him leading to an argument.”

According to Tarek, suddenly, “a dozen men” arrived. “This was an attack planned by the Congress youth wing and people backing Left ideology.”

A PU spokesman said, “The university neither invited anyone nor cancelled any event.”

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First Published on: December 1, 2016 4:33 am
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    T+
    Dec 2, 2016 at 10:17 am
    Tarek Fatah is an ISI agent he wants to mingle into the Indian society and destabilizing the rich Indian culture which is about respect.
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      Hussani
      Dec 5, 2016 at 8:16 am
      Great News I Salute those students :)
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        Raj
        Dec 1, 2016 at 8:34 am
        The left and the like argues all the while about freedom of speech, but they have to somehow limit free speech (or argue until it is taken away) by the right. This is the reason Clinton lost. You can stop them from talking - but not thinking. No wonder the right is so angry all of the world. Don't resort to violence - do not stop the other side from speaking.
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          Bandeep Singh
          Dec 2, 2016 at 3:12 pm
          Very good look like bhagats don't happy with this action of students
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            SurajParkash
            Dec 1, 2016 at 1:33 am
            Hope Tarek Fateh has once again understood that it is difficult, rather impossible, to have any normal discussion with a radical and a fanatic. India is a secular country, but must not remain blinded secular, and must see that fanatics do not continue to take advantage and send canard lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India must give all regards and respects to all those who consider India as their home land, and donot look to stan or Saudi Arbia for instructions.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Suraj Parkash
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              Ramesh Gupta
              Dec 1, 2016 at 10:28 pm
              The report on the face appears to be false. It presented only the view of people opposed to Tarek but not the view of Tarek. Strong action should be taken against who aulted Tarek.I think Seema Mustafa is related to this news paper who happens to be the wife of a communist leader.
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                javeed
                Dec 2, 2016 at 3:28 pm
                good deed by pu student.....
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                  Jon Matthius
                  Dec 3, 2016 at 9:55 am
                  It's the Sharia
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                    Sunil Mishra
                    Dec 5, 2016 at 9:30 am
                    Cant understand why Punjabi Student getting agitated at Tarek Fatah in support of terrorists from Kashmir who are driven Sikh and Hindus out of Kashmir unless story is misreported
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                      PG
                      Dec 1, 2016 at 2:39 pm
                      Agreed, and don't treat anyone who disagrees with you as an inferior, or an . At the very least that only strengthens their resolve...
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                        Ravi kumar
                        Dec 4, 2016 at 10:24 am
                        This person is a real hero among muslims. He has the guts to speak against the muslim fanatics knowing well that his life is in danger. He commands a great respect among the secular people of india and the world. Very few people like him have the guts to openly speak the truth and not shy away from speaking against Islamic terror and real history. We need more people like him to stand up against pseudo secular intellectuals and authors for world peace to prevail.
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                          Safi Jannaty
                          Dec 4, 2016 at 5:28 am
                          My Open letter to Tarek Fatah on his continuous rants - He did not have the courage to have it posted on his blog - i am countering him not on religious issues, but on liberty, freedom of speech and ethics:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;
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                            Safi Hyder
                            Dec 4, 2016 at 5:26 am
                            My Open letter to Tarek Fatah on his continuous rants - He did not have the courage to have it posted on his blog - i am countering him not on religious issues, but on liberty, freedom of speech and ethics:lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;
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                              Saurabh Pandey
                              Dec 3, 2016 at 6:50 pm
                              But you are not Arnab goswami....lt;br/gt;please be silent.
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                                ganb
                                Dec 2, 2016 at 10:52 am
                                This clearly looks a one sided article, looks like student who beat him has himself wrote this
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