An affiliate professor of Hindi at Lucknow College was heckled at this time by members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s scholar wing ABVP over his feedback on the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque controversy in a debate hosted on a social media platform.
Visuals from the college confirmed college students elevating slogans towards professor Ravi Kant Chandan and demanding motion.
A video shared on social media purportedly confirmed college students shouting, “Desh ke gaddaron ko…goli maaro s***** ko (shoot useless traitors)” – a controversial slogan raised on the previous by BJP supporters and even a Union Minister.
Within the debate, Ravi Kant had quoted a narrative from a e book known as “Feathers and Stones” by Pattabhi Sitaramayya, an independence activist and political chief from Andhra Pradesh, about why Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi was demolished by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.
The professor mentioned he couldn’t corroborate the story independently, including the story within the e book described a rape that occurred contained in the temple complicated when Aurangzeb was passing by Varanasi.
“He has a communist mindset and it is a illness. He used his publish to touch upon Hindu traditions. He commented about Kashi Vishwanath temple yesterday. What is that this mentality that tries to divide society?” a scholar chief from ABVP was filmed saying in the course of the protest at Lucknow College.
One other ABVP chief, Pranav Kant Singh, mentioned they need the professor to be sacked. “Such an individual spreads poison in society and we will definitely not enable that,” the scholar chief mentioned.
The Lucknow Police and the college administration intervened and saved the protesters and the professor separate. Later, the authorities began talks between the professor and the ABVP college students.
In a video assertion, Kant mentioned his voice was being suppressed as a result of he’s a Dalit.
“I made an announcement quoting a narrative from a e book about how the mosque got here to be constructed in Varanasi. That assertion and the reference to the e book was edited out and a clip shared suggesting I used to be hurting Hindu sentiments. I had no such intention. I used to be merely referring to a narrative, not even a factual account,” the professor mentioned.
“Regardless of this, college students of the ABVP and outsiders got here right here and raised objectionable slogans. With the assistance of police, I spoke to the scholars and requested them to see the entire clip and expressed remorse if anybody’s sentiments had been harm. I did publish the incident on Fb. I’m a Dalit and observe the values of Baba Saheb’s Structure and I really feel my voice is being suppressed, being from this group,” the professor mentioned within the assertion.
asking to be allowed to wish to Hindu deities in a shrine behind Gyanvapi mosque complicated in Varanasi is build up into a brand new flashpoint in Uttar Pradesh.
The ladies need unrestricted, year-long entry to the positioning of Maa Shringar Gauri, in the back of the mosque’s western wall. The location is presently opened annually for rituals and prayers. The ladies additionally need permission to wish to different “seen and invisible deities inside the previous temple complicated”.
Each Kashi Viswanath temple and Gyanvapi mosque are situated subsequent to one another.