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St Stephen’s row: Thampu hits out at detractors

In a Facebook post, the principal also hit back at political leaders saying citizens of the country had not elected them to intimidate institutions.

By: Express News Service | Delhi |
December 14, 2015 1:56:49 am

Saying that “some Stephanians posture and pontificate as though the college had produced only them”, St Stephens College principal Valson Thampu questioned the ‘funda’ behind certain alumni claiming ownership of the college.

In a Facebook post, the principal also hit back at political leaders saying citizens of the country had not elected them to intimidate institutions. The post comes on the eve of the college’s alumni meet.

“My sides split with laughter when a handful of alumni… beat their breasts in public about the Church hijacking St Stephen’s. It is as though their pockets are being picked! What, may I ask, is their funda in claiming ownership of the college? It is extraordinary thick-skinness… They had nothing to do with the founding of the college or any aspect of its struggle or growth…,” the post read.

“It is posturing without a cost or risk… This is the safest and cheapest way to media limelight and pseudo-messianism…,” stated the post. Criticising interference by certain MPs, the post added, “Creating exotic, exclusive facilities for VVIPs is nothing in comparison to destroying an institution of national stature only to prove that everything will be crushed under the juggernaut of the political might of a few MPs, if their diktat is not obeyed.”

The post also urges the college’s alumni to emerge out of the “Zamindari mentality they are stuck in”. A group of alumni and teachers of St Stephen’s, in a press briefing Friday, had opposed Thampu’s move to amend the institution’s constitution, adding that the college’s issues would be raised in the Parliament. The alumni included MPs Kirti Azad, Kunwar Bhartendra Singh, Kalikesh Singh Deo and former Union Minister Sandeep Dikshit.

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