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Another political Iftar on Jamia campus; students divided

It was more than a week ago when an Iftar Party at Jamia Millia Islamia had courted controversy with students holding protest on the campus as RSS leader Indresh Kumar was the chief guest. Even before the Iftar was stared, the card had gone viral on the social media.

Though Vice Chancellor Professor Talat Ahmad name was also there on the card, he didn’t turn up, according to media reports. And as the dust of the Iftar is yet to settle, another Iftar card is doing the rounds on the social media. This time around the protest online is mooted as the invitee is Delhi Chief Minister Arnvind Kejriwal.

Jamia student Daud Arif said: “I feel that university spaces should remain neutral. This is possible only if there is less intervention of political parties in the campus. On one hand the Administration asks students to concentrate on studies when we demand for students’ union. On the other hand it goes on giving space for events such as this one.”

It is to be noted that the university has nothing to do with it as it has only provided space at Ansari Auditorium as per the card being circulated online.

“There are other means to feed oneself. Is it important to kill someone? Is killing someone secularism? People can have the milk of the cow, which is considered as medicine across the world and stay happy. If they will follow this path, then the hatred across the world will end soon,” said Indresh Kumar after attending an Iftaar Party organised by Muslim Rastriya Manch.

“Cow is not sacrificed in any of the holy places in the world. In Mecca, sacrifice is banned and to consume beef is considered as a crime,” he said. Even days after the Iftar was over, some students had protested outside VC office seeking assurance from his side that political Iftar should not be held on the campus. After protesting peacefully on the campus they submitted a letter marked for the VC.

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