New Delhi: In a unique show of solidarity, about 500 students of Jamia Millia Islamia from across faculties, centres and departments took out a long procession to condemn the ever-increasing terror attacks across the world on Wednesday, 18 November, 2015.
The procession intended to give out a message of global peace began at the main entry gate of Dr. Zakir Husain Library. From there it went through the main gate of the University to the nearby Holy Family Hospital and then to the Maulana Mahmud Hasan Gate of Jamia Millia School where students put the lit candles at the foot of a pillar stone to pay homage to the victims of recent terror attacks in Paris and elsewhere in the world. It began at 5pm and ended at 5:30pm.
The students were also joined by some faculty members and other university staff to stand for the cause. The main banner read “JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA STUDENTS AGAINST ISIS & GLOBAL TERRORISM”. The peaceful candlelight march made a hashtag appeal to “#Save Humanity”.
One banner read “Terrorism has no Religion” and the hashtag on it had names of different places and countries like Gaza, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Paris, Mumbai, Yemen, Turkey, Afghanistan, Burma, Myanmar, etc with appeal to #Save humanity #Save the World.
When asked, a Ph. D. student of International Studies said that Jamia Millia Islamia was founded against the backdrop of freedom struggle to promote education, universal peace and brotherhood. Students of the university condemn all forms of terrorism in which innocent people are killed, be it by the Islamic State or any one or group of states or non-state actors.
What happened in France is wrong and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms but the attacks in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan in which innocent people are being killed, is also wrong and condemnable, said a management student.
Most of the students this correspondent spoke to maintained that terrorism cannot be countered by terrorism and therefore world leaders need to rethink and re-strategize their plans and policies in a way that innocent people are not made to suffer for no fault of theirs in this war against global terrorism.
(Manzar Imam is a freelance journalist based in Delhi)