A talk organised at Fergusson College by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad on the topic ‘Truth of JNU’ gone bad on March 22 when a a group of students who called themselves Ambedkarites disrupted the talks.
The matter led to heated exchanges between the two groups, with the college administration finally have to call the police for help.
The principal, Ravindra Pardesi, had in a letter dated March 22, 2016, claimed that the event was not granted permission.
Pardesi had urged the Senior Police Inspector of Deccan Gymkhana Police station to take action against those who raised “anti-national slogans” in premises of Fergusson College campus.
However, surprisingly, less than 24 hours after writing to the police, the principal has retracted the letter saying it was a ‘typo error’.
The talk delivered by Alok Singh, head of ABVP wing at Jawaharlal Nehru University, was part of a series of such events organised at five different college campuses in Pune.
During the discussion a group of 30-40 students landed there and started their protest, raising slogans, and the two groups got involved in a verbal duel. In the group of students opposing ABVP’s event was Sujat Ambedkar, son of Prakash Ambedkar and great grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.
Reports suggest that the students, who had gathered under the Ambedkarite ideology group, raised slogans for JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Dalit research scholar Rohith Vemula, and even slogans demanding “azaadi” from Manusmriti.