AHEAD OF the ‘big meet’ in New Delhi on October 20 with Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Rajyavardhan Rathore, otherwise vociferous students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) have gone uncharacteristically silent.
Although most of them are displeased by Union I&B Minister Arun Jaitley’s decision against visiting the institute campus which has seen a four-month long students strike, the students have chosen to remain silent.
The atypical stance by the students can be linked to the “repeated requests” by the I&B delegation, which is holding talks with them, not to talk to the media and avoid “controversy”.
Students confide that they do not want to antagonise the Ministry just ahead of the October 20 meeting which is being touted as the “final” one and expected to end the stand off.
“It certainly is a matter of dismay that the Minister who is a father figure for the institute is attending a function just about a kilometre from the Institute but doesn’t care to drop in to listen to us.” said a student, who did not wish to be named for obvious reasons.
“It’s beyond our understanding why the Ministry is so reluctant to visit this campus which should be a matter of great interest to them,” the student added.
On his part, the Minister too avoided the subject completely. Jaitley participated in as many as five events during his day-long tour of Pune District – three in Baramati and two in Pune – but did not refer to FTII even once.