New Delhi -°C
Today in New Delhi, India

Dec 10, 2019-Tuesday
-°C

Humidity
-

Wind
-

Select city

Metro cities - Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata

Other cities - Noida, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Bhopal , Chandigarh , Dehradun, Indore, Jaipur, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019

BHU protests: Paresh Rawal supports Muslim Sanskrit professor, appeals to students to not engage in ‘idiocy’

Actor Paresh Rawal, in a series of tweets, has extended support to the Professor Firoz Khan against whom students of Banaras Hindu University are protesting.

bollywood Updated: Nov 20, 2019 18:06 IST

Press Trust of India, Mumbai
Paresh Rawal has shown support to the Muslim Sanskrit professor in BHU.
Paresh Rawal has shown support to the Muslim Sanskrit professor in BHU.
         

Actor and former BJP MP Paresh Rawal says he is “stunned” by the protests against the Muslim professor Firoz Khan in the Sanskrit faculty of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) who is facing opposition from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

By this logic, he said, neither the legendary Mohammed Rafi nor music composer Naushad should have collaborated on bhajans (devotional songs).

The Banaras Hindu University has been in the headlines for the ABVP and many of its students protesting against the appointment of Firoz Khan as assistant professor in the Sahitya department of the Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vijnan (SVDV). Pointing out that language had no correlation with religion, Rawal appealed to the students to not engage in “idiocy”.

“Stunned by the protest against professor Feroz Khan! what language has to do with Religion!?!?!? Irony is professor Feroz has done his masters and PhD in Sanskrit !!! For Heavens sake stop this god damn idiocy! (sic)” the 64-year-old actor said in an impassioned tweet on Tuesday.

 

 

Also read: Amitabh Bachchan reveals little girl in his arms is Kareena Kapoor, internet falls in love with throwback pic

Rawal condemned the protests in a follow-up tweet, saying, “By same logic great singer late Shri Mohammad Rafi ji should not have sung any BHAJANS and Naushad Saab should not have composed it! (sic).” The singer-composer duo has collaborated on many songs, including numbers with ‘bhakti ras’ such as ‘Man Tarpat Hari Darshan Ko Aaj’ from Baiju Bawra (1952) and Madhuban mein Radhika nache re from Kohinoor (1960).

Last week, the BHU backed the appointment of Khan, saying it is committed to provide equal opportunities to everyone irrespective of religion, caste, community or gender.

In a statement, the BHU said the administration had already made it clear that the selection committee unanimously recommended the selection of the said candidate on the basis of prescribed guidelines of the University Grants Commission and the central government.

The selection committee, chaired by Vice Chancellor Rakesh Bhatnagar, had met on November 5 and recommended the most suitable candidate for the said position on the basis of the applicants’ performance in the interview, it said.

Follow @htshowbiz for more