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Who are ‘some people’?: Shah: Ghanshyam Shah, social scientist and retired JNU professor was reportedly told by MSU staff that, “Some people are likely to create chaos and disturb the programme; so we have to postpone it” Shah told Mirror, “I fail to understand the reason for the university’s failure in securing the workshop from these ‘some people’. There was nothing controversial about the subject.”
Authorities, however, refused to come on record to confirm reasons for cancellation of the event. While Lajwanti Chatani, head of MSU’s department of political science, confirmed cancellation of the workshop, she refused to reveal the exact reason for the decision. A member of the organising team told Mirror, “The workshop has been postponed indefinitely. We don’t know when it will conducted.” The member refused to be named by the publication. As per sources from the Department of Political Science where the workshop was to be conducted, around 60 students had paid Rs 500 each to participate in the workshop.
As per a notification posted on the website of MSU’s Institute of Policy Research and International Studies, the noted social scientist was to conduct a workshop titled ‘Reading the Margins: Politics of Caste and Social Movements in India’. Divided into two sessions, the first session was a discussion on ‘Politics of Caste in India’ with sub topics ‘Political Economy of Caste and Democratic Politics’ and ‘Dalit Question and Egalitarian Social Order.’ The second session on ‘Politics of Social Movements in India: Understanding its Role and Relevance’ with the sub subjects ‘Social Movements and Democracy’ and ‘Discussing Anti-Corruption Movements: From Nav Nirman to Anna Hazare, Anti-Nuclear Movement in South India and Grassroots Movements of Farm Labourers’.
The Ramjas controversy: Student politics took a violent turn at the Delhi University in February this year after ABVP members sought exclusion of JNU student Umar Khalid from Delhi University's Ramjas College's seminar. Students and professors of the college, however, protested this move. The rally turned violent with clashes between ABVP and Left-affiliated AISA members ; Ramjas college staff and student were also assaulted. Asocial media campaign started by Gurmehar Kaur, daughter of a Kargil martyr, also went viral with support and brickbats in equal measure. Claiming she had received ‘rape and death threats’, Kaur lodged a complaint with police and returned home even as political parties shared their viewpoints over the matter.