How Leftist Students Tried Preventing JNU Professor Makarand Paranjape From Entering His Own Office

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Updated on 4 Sep, 2017 at 3:10 pm

In the Left bastion of Jawaharlal Nehru, Professor Makarand R Paranjape is, perhaps, one of the few voices deeply critical of the unnecessary drama staged in the name of right to freedom of speech by the so-called seculars and liberals of the University.


Paranjape, a professor of English at Centre for English at the School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, was heading for his office when his path was blocked by a group of Leftists students. Unlike how they clamour for right to freedom of speech, the students tried preventing Paranjape from his right to enter his own office.

The professor did not create a ruckus and tried to reason with the students. He narrated his ordeal in a series of tweets.

One of the tweets contains a video showing the students telling him to “scoot”. When asked what their ideology behind this uncharacteristic display is, one of the students says “social justice”.


Professor Paranjape narrates how he managed to enter his office and was also the only one who could do so.


When asked who they are, they said they are Najib.

Najib Ahmed is a JNU student who went missing in October 2016 from the campus. He has still not been traced. The Leftists have created a political issue in the campus over his disappearance.


Professor Paranjape slammed the security, too:


In the end, this is how he managed to enter his office:


At the same time, he posted this message for those Leftist students who are not letting him speak or raise issues that they disagree with.


Writer Hindol Sengupta condemned the “cultural terrorists” taking over the prestigious University.


Writer and columnist Anand Ranganathan condemned the incident in a strongly worded tweet:


Professor Paranjape had in 2016 pointed out the factual errors in Kanhaiya Kumar’s ‘historic’ speech after he was released from prison. Later, in an interview the professor had shed light on misguided student politics and how there were targeted attempts at hurting Hindu sentiments across India.