Row in Ramjas: A timeline

Everything you need to know about Ramjas College controversy

GN Bureau | March 1, 2017


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  • Ramjas College organised a seminar on ‘Culture of Protest’ in which JNU’s Umar Khalid and Shela Rashid were invited as speakers.
     
  • ABVP leaders were against the invitation to Umar Khalid stating that he was charged with sedition last year. Their protest led the college administration to cancel the seminar.
     
  • Questioning freedom of speech, students and groups like AISA, NSUI carried out silent protest march against ABVP, which later turned out violent. A mob had attacked the protestors and a professor and few students were severely injured. The protestors demanded action against ABVP's disruption.

     
  • Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju commented: "No anti-India slogans will be allowed in the name of freedom of speech. Freedom of expression in the country does not give anyone the right to make college campuses hub of anti-national activity."
     
  • A student of Lady Shri Ram college Gurmehar Kaur launched a social media campaign "I'm Not Afraid of ABVP" and it went viral on the internet. Gurmehar is Kargil martyr Captain Mandeep Singh. Within hours, she started receiving support from other university students as well.
     
  • Meanwhile, Gurmehar's earlier video campaign on war and peace, which she posted in 2016, went viral. In the poster campaign, she said, "Pakistan didn't killed my father, war did." This particular segment of the video was circulated on the internet and she was trolled heavily and attracted reactions from across the country. Celebrities and politicians also commented  on her video. Gurmehar also tweeted about receiving rape threat on social media.
     
  • Left, Congress and other university students carried out a peaceful march in Gurmehar's support and against ABVP after she announced withdrawing from the Save DU campaign. “I have been through a lot and this is all my 20 year self could take," she posted announcing that she would be leaving Delhi.
     
  • Meanwhile, BJP leader Shazia Ilmi was dropped from the list of speakers for the seminar on Triple Talaq at Jamia Milia University. According to her, the seminar which was supposed to be held on February 16 was rescheduled to February 28 and her name was missing from the fresh list of speakers. According to reports, the agenda of the issue was also changed and it turned out to be a discussion of women empowerment.
     

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