JNU students up in arms over move to appoint Subramanian Swamy as VC
New Delhi: Up in arms
over reports of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy being offered the JNU Vice
Chancellor post, the student community of the varsity have threatened to “resist
any attempts with all its mights” to saffronise the campus, terming the BJP
leader as a “regressive figure.”
“Be it Mr Swamy or any
other regressive figure, the student community will resist any attempts at
saffronisation of JNU with all its might,” Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’
Union (JNUSU) said in a statement on Thursday.
It said Swamy’s
appointment would be gross violation of rules as the age criterion fixed for
the applicant for the job is 65 years. Swamy is well past that age.
HRD Ministry is
believed to have offered him the VC post, but he has put some conditions before
accepting the coveted post.
It is learnt that HRD
Minister Smriti Irani spoke to Swamy about the offer. However, there was no
official communication from the Ministry. It also remained unclear what riders
the BJP leader has placed before the Ministry for accepting the offer.
“JNUSU has consistently
raised its voice against the blatant attempts by the present government at
backdoor appointments of RSS members to key institutions.
“It has raised voice
against Hindutva myths being passed off as ancient science, against
introduction of regressive content in textbooks and against the homogenisation
of culture in the name of vegetarianism, linguistic uniformity,” the student
body said in their statement.
Stating that JNU as an
institution stands for values of social justice, gender justice and excellence
in research, the statement said Swamy and his saffron affiliates stand against “reason,
against justice and are regressive and patriarchal.”
regressive mindset is reflected from his comments against homosexual persons
and minorities, calling them all sorts of derogatory names,” the students’ body
they alleged, had also acted against him in 2011 by discontinuing two courses
that were being taught by him following his remarks against minorities.
Meanwhile, Swamy in a
tweet today suggested setting up of an anti-narcotics bureau office in the JNU
campus supposedly to arrest naxals and jehadis.
“I think JNU needs an
Anti Narcotics Bureau campus branch office to raid dorms and arrest Naxals, Jehadis
and Elis. BSF camp also,” he tweeted. (With inputs from Agencies)