Student agitations are no longer self-inspired: Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi

The AICC general secretary said these days issues were raked up for political gains.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: February 28, 2017 9:43 pm
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Lamenting the recent clashes at Ramjas College and politicisation of the events, senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi today said students movements these days were “pre-planned” and not “self-inspired”. Expressing concern over deteriorating atmosphere on campuses across the country, he said it was not just the question of freedom of expression but more serious issue was the future of the coming generations.

“Today, the atmosphere in educational institutions in the country is being vitiated in the same manner as that in the society, which is being divided on caste and communal lines…

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“It is not the question of only freedom of expression. It is also the question of academic atmosphere in educational institutions and the future of our coming generations as well as the larger interests of the nation that need to be kept in mind,” he said.

The AICC general secretary said these days issues were raked up for political gains. “These days issues are not raised to solve problems. They are now first planned and then executed. Movements no longer are self-inspired. Now, a conspiracy is first hatched to rake up an issue and plans are prepared beforehand for politicisation of the issue. This leads to confrontation.

“Nobody is against the freedom of expression. However, every political party will have to take responsibility for standing in favour or against issue of freedom of expression and then politicising it and creating an atmosphere of communalism and casteism,” he said.

Dwivedi said students should be left alone to study and gain wisdom instead of imposing views and ideologies on them. Dwivedi said earlier parties would think before venturing into students movements, but now every party has a students wing and everything was decided beforehand.

The Congress leader, a former socialist, cited the example of Jawaharlal Nehru who exhorted students to focus on academics when asked by a student in Allahabad University on what should be a student’s priorities. “Nehru told us that it is ‘study, study and study’ while quoting Lenin,” Dwivedi said.

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  1. Chandrasekaran Subramanian
    Feb 28, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    Yeah sanghi mole in congress party Lyon itna kapha hai. Back room manitor congress ko kadam kardiya ab bhsshan dene laga. Student days mein hi political education hota hai air tab future generation of leaders bantha hai. Kya corporates ko employee machine banne ka factory hai kya colleges. Aise logon jab talak congress party mein hai congress mukt Bharat pskka hai.
    1. Gurram Madhava Krishna Sarma
      Feb 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm
      During Quit India (1942) agitation, Madan Mohan Malaviya, founder of the Banaras Hindu University, advised hi not to ask students to boycott cles. He even closed the gates of BHU to prevent the students from leaving the campus.Thereafter Congress shunned him. But' he has been proven right.