New Delhi: Agra University Vice-Chancellor Arvind Dixit has stirred a controversy for his remarks questioning the wisdom of Rajputs in getting Jodhabai married to Mughal Emperor Akbar. However, he later issued a clarification for his controversial remark.

The incident happened on Wednesday during Balmiki Jayanti celebration. Dixit had said, “Our role models should be those who refused to be converted to other religions, and not those who got Jodhabai married to Akbar, to save their empire.”

Dixit was lauding the contribution of Balmikis when said that even under extreme pressure, some leaders of the Balmiki Samaj had refused to be converted. But Rajputs got Jodhabai married to Akbar to buy peace.

Reacting sharply over his statement, local historians had said this was a normal practice those days. Women were offered in matrimony to foster cordial relations among warring states. It is well known that Akbar used matrimonial alliances with defeated Rajput kings as a political strategy.

But Dixit’s remark didn’t go well with some group. Vice-chancellor’s effigy was torched and angry protesters demanded his dismissal. Members of the Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha also slammed the VC, accusing him of insulting the community that has a glorious past.

Some Brahmin groups have also joined the chorus to demand action against the VC. The Vice-Chancellor swiftly offered an apology amid a sharp backlash and explained that he had been misquoted and misunderstood.

(With agency inputs)