New Delhi: The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) might witness another uproar as a road in the prestigious varsity has been named after after VD Savarkar, the Hindu nationalist leader known for promoting the philosophy of Hindutva. The decision to name a road ‘VD Savarkar Marg’ was taken in a meeting, wherein it was decided to hike the hostel fees for students last year.Also Read - JNU Entrance Exam to be Held Between September 20-23, Candidates Can Start Registering Online from Today @jnuexams.nta.ac.in
The board is erected adjacent to a signboard showing way to the Subansir hostel in the campus. Taking to Twitter, JNUSU’s student union leader Aishe Ghosh tweeted the picture of the signboard and said that it’s a Shame to the legacy of JNU that this man’s name has been put in this university. Also Read - JNU Entrance Exam to be Conducted When its Safe for Students
“Never did the university had space for Savarkar and his stooges and never will it have(sic),” she added, followed by hashtag #RejectHindutva.
Echoing similar remarks, General Secretary Satish Chandra Yadav said this was an attempt to tame the character of JNU.“The people who joined with colonial powers at the time of freedom movement are being given this treatment in JNU. We won’t accept it,” he added.
In August 2019, ahead of the Delhi University students’ union polls, the outgoing President of DUSU, Shakti Singh had installed statues of Veer Savarkar, Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh without due permission outside the gate of the varsity’s Arts Faculty in north campus. Also Read - A Year After JNU Campus Attack, Controversial Vice Chancellor's Term Extended
The move drew flak from different student wings and was ultimately removed by DUSU after Savarkar’s bust was blackened by Congress’ student wing NSUI.
(with agency inputs)