BHU Iftar Party: Students stage protest, allege appeasement

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Updated on Apr 29, 2022 09:25 IST
Students alleged that the Iftar party was held for the first time in the University and questioned the need to start a new tradition. While accusing the Vice-Chancellor of appeasement politics, the students raised slogans and even burnt his effigy on the spot.

 

 

 

 

 

BHU Iftar Party: Students stage protest, allege appeasement

A group of students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) staged a protest over the Iftar party at the University's Mahila Mahavidyalaya and objecting to the Vice Chancellor's presence there, recited the Hanuman Chalisa outside his house.

Students alleged that the Iftar party was held for the first time in the University and questioned the need to start a new tradition. While accusing the Vice-Chancellor of appeasement politics, the students raised slogans and even burnt his effigy on the spot.

"Iftar party was officially organised in university for the first time. All expenses were borne by University. We'll not allow organising iftar parties officially" ANI quoted one of the students as saying.

Meanwhile, the University condemned the attempt to disturb the peace and academic atmosphere and declared that breaking fast at sundown during Ramzan with an Iftaar party is a cherished tradition there.

Chandra Shekhar Grewal, the Public Relations Officer at the University tweeted, "There shouldn't be any confusion or misinformation about 2 things: 1. #Iftar wasn't organized by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain. Students & teachers invited him & he attended as head of #BHU fraternity.2. Tradition of organizing iftar in BHU dates back to over 2 decades."

The University also clarified that the VC Professor Sudhir K Jain had attended the Iftar on invitation by the students. "The tradition of organising Iftar in BHU dates back to more than two decades. These Iftars were attended by subsequent Vice-Chancellors over the years in the capacity of the head of the BHU fraternity... Iftar could not be organised for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic," the statement read.

The University's chief proctor, Bhuvan Chanda Kapri, said such Iftar parties were the norm at the university.

"No official celebrations are done... This is not the first time any college official has joined the Iftar party. The Prime Minister and chief minister have also joined the gathering before,"  Kapri was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

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