New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday criticised activists of the right-wing student body Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for insulting a senior professor of in Madhya Pradesh. Taking it to the micro-blogging site Twitter, Gandhi wrote, “A teacher was insulted by student leaders of ruling party in Mandsaur. A professor is touching the feet of the students who are threatening them. What kind of sacraments is being followed in the country where teachers are regarded as God. What kind of treatment is this…”
Gandhi reaction came after a video of a senior college professor touching the feet of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists had gone viral. The incident took place in Mandsaur’s Rajiv Gandhi PG College. Reportedly, the activists called the government college professor “anti-national” when he asked them not to raise slogans outside his classroom.
As per reports, students had alleged that were stopped by the professor from raising slogans like ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. However, Principal of the college, Ravindra Sohni said that nothing as such happened and that the professor only stopped from raising any slogans. Sohni had said the ABVP activists even asked the senior teacher to apologise.
Govt Rajiv Gandhi PG College Principal RK Sohni had said Dinesh Gupta was teaching when he heard ABVP activists raising slogans. The activists were on their way to submit a memorandum to the principal to protest the delay in announcement of results of BSc fourth semester exams. Dr. Gupta had told them not to raise slogans as he was facing difficulty teaching due to the noise.
The activists thereafter called him an “anti-national” because he stopped them from saying Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai. They allegedly threatened to file a police complaint about his behaviour and made him apologise.
Dr. Gupta is apparently upset over the developments and has applied for a three-day leave because he felt humiliated.