Students of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), who have been protesting since June 12, have now decided to take their battle against what they term as “faulty appointments” in the FTII society to New Delhi. The students have decided to capitalise on the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.
They have contacted leaders of various political parties, including those in the Opposition and part of the ruling alliance, urging them to use their powers as MPs to raise the FTII issue in the House. Among those contacted by the students are Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, JD(U) leader K C Tyagi, CPM leader Mohammed Saleem, BJP minister Prakash Javadekar, TMC leader Derek O’Brien and actor-turned politicians Shatrughan Sinha and Vinod Khanna.
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“We have been told by the newly appointed Director, Prashant Pathrabe, that the government will neither open a dialogue with us, nor will it reply to the communication sent by us so long as we stick to the demand of removal of Gajendra Chauhan from the post of FTII society president. We are hopeful that our elected representatives will intervene in this matter and raise questions in Parliament,” said the students.
The students said a group will also travel to Delhi and stage a protest in the Capital on August 3, along with “like-minded people and artists” from various institutes and organisation in the city.