After yoga guru Ramdev’s ‘inability’ to visit Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where he was invited to give the keynote address, micro blogging site Twittter erupted with #RamdevJNUBan trending almost immediately. The invitation extended to Ramdev had led to widespread protests by JNU students who said that he didn’t have the required credentials for a keynote speaker.
JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) vice president Shehla Rashid earlier said in a statement: “It does not befit the stature of an academic institution like JNU to have persons with such a questionable and shameful background to address an academic gathering.”
The organisers of the convention — 22nd International Congress of Vedanta — also confirmed the cancellation but refuted claims made by students that the University had withdrawn the invitation with the clarification that the yoga guru expressed his inability to attend. He nevertheless assured he would visit JNU sometime later.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy added to the Twitter debate when he said that the centrally funded university could not block the yoga guru based on “fascist and stupid arguments”.
JNU is run 100% on central Govt funds and hence has no right the block Baba RAMDEV on contrived fascist and stupid arguments— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) December 28, 2015
Discussions on social media also divided the argument between the leftist ideology of JNU and those rejoicing the students’ ‘victory’.
Why everyone so surprised about #RamdevJNUBan ? Why will a bunch of ultra-leftist naxalites w/ agenda to break India invite a nationalist?!— Srinivas Duvvuri (@s_duvvuri) December 29, 2015
#RamdevJNUBan Ramdev is no scholar, who is he anyway, he better limit himself to yoga and never think of JNU— MOGAMBO (@SoulSeeker1233) December 29, 2015
JNU always had this Maoist leaning in the garb of Intellectualism....#RamdevJNUBan— Satendra Singh (@joysate) December 29, 2015
BJP, when you are in the mood of bans, why not ban Ramdev. Everyone else seems to be doing it !!! #RamdevJNUBan !!!— Anmol Singh (@singh15_j) December 29, 2015
Height of Intolerance #RamdevJNUBan— Karuna S. Ojha (@KARUNASHANKEROJ) December 29, 2015