New Delhi: In the name of maintaining communal harmony, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which often remains in limelight for propagation of communist ideology, cancelled two programmes on the Ram Mandir issue. The events were scheduled on Wednesday for the day marked 25 years of demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
The first, a lecture, “Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya?” on the Ram Mandir issue was cancelled by the university late on Tuesday evening. BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy, among others, was scheduled to speak on the occasion. In a letter issued by senior warden of the Koyna Hostel, where it was listed to take place, the varsity ordered the cancellation of the talk without citing any reason.
Second, a lecture on “Reclaiming the Republic” was canceled on Wednesday. It was organised by the JNU Students Union where Communist Party of India-Marxist [CPI(M)] general secretary Prakash Karat, women rights activist Kavita Krishnan and economics professor at JNU Jayati Ghosh, among others, were scheduled to speak on the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992.
A letter from the Dean of Students read, “The competent authority has cancelled public lectures/talks on the issue of Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid in the campus on December 6 in order to maintain communal harmony and peace and stability.”
However, it added, “Academic discussions on various themes are always permitted that contribute to knowledge enhancement and social order.”
BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said his lecture on the Ram Mandir issue was cancelled by the JNU authorities because they feared his “powerful” arguments in favour of the temple.
Hindusthan Samachar/Amit Kumar