Jadavpur University (JU) vice chancellor Suranjan Das told governor Keshari Nath Tripathy, who is also the chancellor of the institution, that he will not file a police complaint against the slogan raising students and argued that the few students who displayed the wayward temerity can be tackled through dialogue and discussion.
At a meeting with the governor, Das made it clear that the tradition of deliberation, debate and discussion should be maintained in the university campus. He also said that he told the governor that filing a police complaint was not the tradition of JU.
“I will not reveal my conversation with the honorable chancellor. But all I can say is that filing FIR against our students is not the tradition of Jadavpur University. We would rather address the issue through discussion and deliberation,” he said.
Das had gone to meet the governor to explain what happened in the campus on February 16 when several students were seen raising slogans for azadi in Kashmir and Manipur and also in favour of Afzal Guru and Hafiz Syed.
The VC made it clear that he would stand by the students. Only a few students raised slogans and the entire university should not be hauled up, he said, arguing the problem can be resolved through dialogue and that most of the students disapproved of the Tuesday’s agitation.
During the day Raj Bhavan became a theatre for a tussle of ideas as BJP leader Rahul Sinha asserted just after meeting the governor that the university authorities should file a police complaint. “Those who raised anti-national slogans should not get away without punishment. There should be NIA probe. These students are anti nationals and my have support from foreign terrorist groups. The teachers too are supporting these students,” said Sinha who met Tripathy within an hour of Das.
Speaking on the cancellation of his meeting with the vice chancellor of JU on Thursday evening Sinha said, “The VC has cancelled appointment with me out of fear. I thank those patriotic students who rushed into JU campus and tore all the anti national posters.”
Stating that it would be unfair to make the entire student population of the university take responsibility for the act of a few Das said, “The students union representatives have made it very clear to me that they do not endorse the anti national slogans. It would be unfair to tarnish the entire university community for the act of some fringe elements.”
Das made it very clear that the university would be solving the matter through deliberation. “The chancellor asked us to submit him a report, which we will do after discussions in the executive council meeting on Monday. We will solve the problem by staying within the laws of the university and by protecting its autonomy,” Das said.
“We must keep in mind that for democracy to exists their can be various voices, while we do not endorse students giving anti national slogans but we will tackle the matter through debate and deliberation, which is the spirit of this university,” he added.
Das would soon call a convention where all the stake holders of the university would take part.