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Hindu but never threatened, Jamia Millia Islamia students tear into right wing hate campaign

Students of Jamia Millia Islamia, both Hindus and Muslims, had on May 03 staged a protest march in support of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students who were brutally assaulted by the Uttar Pradesh Police a day before

Saturday May 12, 2018 10:54 AM, News Network

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New Delhi: Scores of Hindu students of Jamia Millia Islamia on Thursday came out strongly in support of their alma mater sending a strong message to the right wing extremists Hindu groups that despite being Hindus they are totally safe in the campus and they should stop spreading lies.

Students of Jamia Millia Islamia, both Hindus and Muslims, had on May 03 staged a protest march in support of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students who were brutally assaulted by the Uttar Pradesh Police a day before.

However, in an attempt to give it a communal color, a group of 20-25 people reached the Jamia Millia Islamia campus on May 08 and raised provocative communal slogans. Holding placards that said “Stop Threatening Hindus”, they also accused that Hindu students are meted out indifferent treatment at Jamia Millia Islamia.

Jamia Millia Islamia authorities played down the provocation saying whatever happened was outside the university campus hence the university should not take note of it. “Currently annual exams are going on and we don’t want any trouble in the campus”, Media Coordinator Saima Saeed said.

Also Read | AMU Hindu students debunk reports of beating, molestation

BJP’s student wing ABVP also distanced itself from the trouble mongers. “Such communal slogans should not have been raised. We condemn this,” Asif Aftab, Jamia ABVP unit secretary said.

However when a section in the media started exaggerating the march by mere 20-25 people outside the Jamia Millia Islamia campus and gave an impression as if Hindu students are actually being threatened, scores of Hindu students took them upon themselves and started an online campaign to rubbish all charges.

With placards in their hands, the Hindu students came in front of the camera and said that they don’t support the communal forces and feel safe in Jamia. “I am Hindu. I am safe in Jamia. #WeAreOne #StandWithJamia”, says the online campaign.

“My name is Ritu. I am a Hindu. I am safe in My Jamia. #We ARE ONE. #I STAND WITH JAMIA”, said a student flashing the message with her phograph and posting online.

“My name is Vinita Pandey. I am a Hindu. I feel safe in Jamia. #Say No To Bhagwagardi. #I Stand With Jamia”, said another.

“My name is Mukund Jha and I am safe in Jamia”, yet another student said.

Interestingly, a number of Jamia Millia Islamia past students too opened up and shared their experience at the Jamia and saying they never faced any kind of indifference or bias during their stay in the campus. “I lived two years in JMI and found nothing as the right-wing outfit claims”, Pavan Nagasamige, a former student of AJK MCRC said.

Keshav Dev, an alumnus of the Jamia said, “People at Jamia are more civilized than people at other highly-rated inivesrities. I cannot imagine the situation which the recent slogans proclaim.”

The string campaign by the Hindu students of the Jamia Millia Islamia came simultaneously with an equally strong message sent by the Hindu students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Refuting the allegations of bias, beating and molestation Hindu boys and girls living in the AMU campus spoke in front of camera and condemned the report published by a section.

AMU erupted in protest on May 02 after armed Hindutva extremists barged in the university and tried to disrupt a program organized to honor Former President of India Hamid Ansari. The AMU students objected to the armed extremists reportedly associated with Hindu Yuva Vahini – an outfit floated by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath. When the protesting students approached police demanding action against the armed goons, they were mercilessly beaten by the police.

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