IIT-Bombay students protest against ‘Hindutva vigilantism’

A peaceful march was held within the campus to condemn the increasing “Hindutva vigilantism” on IIT campuses. Students said that the protest came in the wake of recent attacks at two IITs.

Written by Priyanka Sahoo | Mumbai | Published:June 1, 2017 4:31 am
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A DAY after a research scholar of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, was attacked for being associated with a beef fest on campus, over 100 students and research scholars of IIT Bombay came out in protest on Wednesday evening.

A peaceful march was held within the campus to condemn the increasing “Hindutva vigilantism” on IIT campuses. Students said that the protest came in the wake of recent attacks at two IITs.

On Tuesday, Sooraj, a PhD scholar from IIT-M, was allegedly attacked by a group of students affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh. The scholar received serious injuries to his eyes after he was allegedly thrashed by around six fellow students for participating in a beef fest. The fest was a part of the ongoing nationwide protests against restriction on cattle trade by the central government.

Earlier, on May 27, students of IIT-BHU and BHU, who were peacefully protesting against the brutal attack on Dalits in Saharanpur during CM Adityanath’s visit, were allegedly attacked by the police.

The student community at IIT-B condemned the two incidents and urged more students to speak out against such attacks on campuses.

“These two incidents show us that IITs are quite unbecoming of democratic academic spaces. These are not just law and order problems but have social and political dimensions. We appeal to academic community of IIT-B to speak up for strict action against the culprits, be it students or the police. We demand a thriving academic atmosphere where people would be free to organize and register forms of protest in a democratic manner. We invoke the students to be alert and organised to defend our rights to speak up against suppression,” read a statement by the students.

The students holding banners that said “in solidarity with IIT Madras” marched in silence from Hostel 12 to the School of Management following which they raised slogans against “hooliganism on campus”. A couple of faculty members, too, were seen at the rally.

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  1. G
    Jun 2, 2017 at 11:57 pm
    This government thrives only on Hindu vigilantism, gau rakshak and cowdung diplomacy. There are enough bhakts supporting this.
    1. A
      Jun 2, 2017 at 8:26 pm
      You cannot call a bunch of disgruntled elements as IIT students as the clipping just showing less than 2 dozen vagabonds organized by leftist stooges .These incoriggible want peace but same time use a peaceful campus for their nefarious activities.Where ever malayalees are there these sort of protest and anti national activities will happen.Malayalees will face problem in placment and even for getting admission in good ins utions.Right from JNU , Hyderbad to Osmania it is the malayalee students who creat problem
      1. D
        Jun 2, 2017 at 6:34 pm
        As per Lau tsu, to maintain power over country, fund the 'perceived intellectuals and intellectual ins utions' to mould opinion in your favour, Congress is running that thumb rule by the book
        1. A
          Ashish Moulik
          Jun 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm
          Built your own Muslim country with out knowing the history of past Muslim invader to our land .it is easy to say slogans when security of your family is intact. Ask pak to do the same for Hindus,alive those Hindus who are the victim of Islamic rules there.don't think in isolation.
          1. M
            Jun 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm
            First of all IIT students should focus on their study and research, and should give attention on political and religious issues.They must understand that the parents does not admit them to parti te in political issues, but to study and make their career. Those students who want to make NETAGIRI should quit the IIT and play the politics on street and bark on street, what ever he wants .
            1. N
              Neeraj Kumar Vaid
              Jun 2, 2017 at 3:17 am
              The poor lot who has enough time to spare for nonsensical things. IITs should not allow political activism on campus, for that we have the likes of JNU, DU, Osmania and many more!
              1. S
                Jun 1, 2017 at 11:27 pm
                Why you people are not protesting against DU students who responsible for murdered an auto driver.
                1. I
                  Jun 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm
                  What is wrong with arranging Beef festivals. Beef was eaten in India since 5000 years. Some psychos are putting ban on beef just to gain political advantage. Eat more beef. It is a good source of protein.
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