Achchhe Din : Once a terror accused to get honorary D. Litt. In Lucknow

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Once a
terror accused to get honorary D. Litt. In Lucknow

While the
adamant Bhartiya Janata Party government by refusing to enter into a dialogue
for the past 25 days with the agitating students demanding rollback of fee hike
at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, continues with the process of
seriously damagining the quality of what used to be a world class academic
institution, there are more disturnging incidents on other campuses which
indicate deterioration in general quality of academic activity because of open
interference of elements close to Rashtriya Swayansewak Sangh or its ideology.

While
students subscribing to sectarian Hindutva ideology are protesting against the
appointment of Dr. Firoz Khan in the Department of Sanskrit Vidya Dharm Vigyan
of Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, merely because he is a Muslim, the
University authorities confirm that he fulfills all the critieria for being
selected as a Assistant Professor at the university. Some protesting students
have claimed that appointment of a non-Hindu teachers is against the tenets of
the university set up by Mahamana Malviya. But Madan Mohan Malviya had said
that, ‘This country doesn’t belong to Hindus alone. It belongs to Muslims,
Christians and Parsis too. It will become strong and developed only when there
is communal harmony among different communities living here.’ Malviya is known
to have brought scholars of different ideological backgrounds from around the
world to teach at BHU. The protestors need to ask whether the founder of the
university would have agreed with their logic.

In another shocking development the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Urdu Arabi Farsi University at Lucknow has decided to confer honorary D. Litt. on RSS leader Indresh Kumar in their convocation to be held on 21 November, 2019, ironically once an accused in a 2007 bomb blast incident at the Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah in Ajmer itself and also who had been an accused in the murder of another Hindutva worker Sunil Joshi. The Vice Chancellor of this university Mahrukh Mirza, whose own educational quaifications are alleged to be suspect, should be asked what contribution Indresh Kumar has made to the society to deserve a D. Litt.? Indresh Kumar serves as margdarshak of Muslim Rashtriya Manch associated with RSS and Mahrukh Mirza is associated with MRM.

{Press release issued by Advocate Mohammad Shoaib, President, Socialist Party (India), U.P.,  and Sandeep Pandey, National Vice President, Socialist Party (India). }

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