Centre Seeks Report On PM Effigy Burning at JNU
New Delhi: Trouble is brewing at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi once again. This time, it is over alleged burning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s effigies on the campus on Dasara festival day, October 11. One could see the symbolism between JNU incident and the burning of effigies of Ravana at Ram Leela ground.
The central government has not taken the effigy-burning lightly. According to media reports, the Home Ministry has asked Delhi police to submit a detailed report. A section of students, said to belong to Congress student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI), had reportedly burnt the effigies of other BJP leaders, including party chief Amit Shah and yoga guru Baba Ramdev.
PTI quoted an NSUI activist as saying, “The effigy-burning was to symbolize our dissatisfaction with the current government. The idea is to root out the evil from governance and bring about a system that is pro-student and pro-people.”
Earlier this year, JNU hit national headlines over observing the anniversary of hanging of Afzal Guru, the 2001 parliament attack convict, in 2013, and raising anti-national slogans. Former student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and some others were charged with sedition in the case.