This is one form of protest that isn’t going down too well with the otherwise protest-friendly students of Delhi University. The statue of Sri Vivekananda in Arts Faculty in North Campus, has come under attack yet again.
While campaigners had climbed atop the statue pedestal during the DUSU elections, this time, the pedestal has been painted with red colour, with the letters “SFI” [which stands for the Students Federation of India, a political party] written on it.
The surrounding benches, too, have been similarly treated, with a slogan saying that SFI protests the hike in exam fee.
Students are outraged at the “vandalism” that is repeatedly hurled upon the statue in the name of students’ welfare. Says Priya Sharma, a Hans Raj College graduate, “Nothing less than a ban on whoever is behind it will do.”
MA student, Mukesh Adhikary adds, “Ruining your own campus defeats the purpose of helping students.” However, SFI state chief Robert Raman defends the action, “To put our point across, we’ve to resort to such campaigns. The exam fee has been doubled. Such things are necessary to be heard in DU.”