While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking part at a Dussehra celebration in Lucknow on Tuesday, a section of Jawaharal Nehru University burnt an effigy with 10 heads that included those of Prime Minister, BJP president Amit Shah, Baba Ramdev and their own Vice-Chancellor.
In the wake of Uri attack and surgical strike, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, 26/11 mastermind Hafeez Saeed and heads of several other militant organisations were also the faces of Ravana effigies, that were burnt across the country.
According to media reports, members of the Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) celebrated Dussehra by burning the effigy of Modi as Ravan, claiming that it was a protest against the Centre’s “failure” in honouring its promises and the continuous attacks on various educational institutions across the country.
Following the report, the university has said that it’s “investigating the matter”, Indian Express reported.
The JNU administration had last week ordered a proctorial inquiry into the effigy-burning of the Gujarat government and ‘gau-rakshak’ (cow vigilantes) and issued show-cause notices to the students concerned.
Media reports said, besides BJP top guns Modi and Shah, the effigy had faces of Yoga guru Ramdev, Sadhvi Pragya, Nathuram Godse, Asaram Bapu and JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar. The students also carried placards with the slogan, ‘Truth shall prevail over evil’.
“The effigy-burning was to symbolise our dissatisfaction with the current government. The idea is to root out the evil from governance and bring about a system that is pro-student and pro-people,” said Sunny Diman, an NSUI activist and the outfit’s candidate in the recently-concluded JNUSU polls.
“Look at what this government has done to our country. The promises it made are still on paper and are repeated only in speeches. Whenever students want to raise their voice, they are attacked by the administration, certainly on instructions from the government. This Dussehra, we wanted to put an end to these rubbish activities,” he added.
The report said the effigy was burnt at the famous Saraswati Dhaba on the JNU campus.