Some alumni express displeasure over Dalai Lama visit to Jamia and his speech on non-violence
OT, September 13, 2012 04:10 IST
Okhla Times Campus Reporter/JMI
The Dalai Lama’s talk on the Importance of Non-violence and Ethical Values at the Faculty of Engineering and Technology of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) on Wednesday went on smoothly.
But some alumni expressed their displeasure over the authorities’ decision to invite him to deliver lecture on non-violence at a time when the Dalai Lama maintained silence on recent killings of innocent civilians in Burma.
Middle East-based JMI alumnus Ali Arshad wrote on Facebook on Tuesday: “JMI came into existence when Gandhiji gave a call for Non-Co-operation. Tomorrow, Dalai Lama will deliver sermon on Non-Violence to the students of the Jamia Millia Islamia. His silence on recent killings in Burma has hurt everyone who believes in humanity and disapproves violence.
“We expect a word from Dalai Lama for those innocents who lost their lives and those alive have lost a right to live with dignity. In the absence of any word from Dalai Lama till tomorrow, I urge Jamia Biradri, students, teachers, non teaching staff, alumni to practice what Gandhiji asked practice Non-Violence in our lives and Non-cooperation to the programme…”Let us stay away from listening someone who doesn’t speak against wrongdoing at the right time. His effort to control the damage and repair his image will never ever happen unless he extends his genuine sorrow, grief and regret. Jamia Biradri, time to act and non-cooperate.”
His post on Facebook was well received with Qamar Khan writing: “This is the least we can do (or avoid doing)...”
Zubair Irshad wrote: “I echo with Ali.”
Murshid Kamal wrote: “I fully agree with you.”
Ghizal Mahdi wrote: “Here comes the key role of the Students Union – a legitimate body that can take up the issue and convey the feelings of all of us highlighted by Ali Arshad. The departmental association does exist but useless as they cannot stand on their own feet.”
New Delhi-based alumnus Asad Haider Zaidi wrote: “I agree with you and hope you will make the same request when Saudi King comes to Jamia next. Even he kept quiet in face of killings in Bahrain and instead sent his forces to help the dictators there.”
Despite the call given on Facebook, there was no protest on the campus or outside on Wednesday.
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