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Anti-Brahmin slogans on walls of JNU spark controversy

A notice issued by Registrar, JawaharLal Nehru University reads: “The administration condemns these exclusivist tendencies on campus. Such incidents will not be tolerated as JNU belongs to all.”

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

Yet another controversy has erupted at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) where unknown miscreants defaced some walls with slogans asking the Brahmins and Baniyas to leave the campus.

Slogans against the Brahmins and Baniyas were seen on the walls of JNU’s School of International Studies. Some of the slogans on the walls read: “Brahmins Leave The Campus”, “Brahmins-Baniyas, we are coming for you! You will not be spared” and “Go back to the Shakha”.

Many students and student organisations of the varsity have expressed displeasure over the development.

Meanwhile, JNU Vice-Chancellor Prof Santishree D Pandit has taken a serious note of the defacement of walls and faculty rooms in the School of International Studies (SIS).

A notice from the Registrar, JNU reads: “The administration condemns these exclusivist tendencies on campus. Such incidents will not be tolerated as JNU belongs to all.”

Meanwhile, the Dean of the School of International Studies and Grievances Committee has been asked to inquire and submit a report to the Vice-Chancellor at the earliest.

“JNU stands for inclusion and equality. The VC reiterates zero tolerance for any violence on campus,” the notice asserted.

In view of the slogans threatening a community, a Delhi-based advocate has filed a complaint with the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West). The complainant has requested the police to file an FIR against the “unknown persons” under Sections 153A & B, 505, 506, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code.

According to the Supreme Court advocate Vineet Jindal, who is also a social activist, casteist slogans against the ‘Baniya’ and ‘Brahmin’ were written on the walls of the School of International Studies-II building on the university campus.

The slogans on the wall of the chambers of several Brahmin professors, including Nalin Kumar Mohapatra, Raj Yadav, Pravesh Kumar, and Vandana Mishra read, “Brahmin-Baniya, we are coming for you, we will avenge you, Brahmins leave the campus, Brahmins leave India, now there will be blood, go back to Shakha”.

Advocate Jindal said the slogans are not limited to targeting Brahmin students and teachers but also threaten to kill them. Meanwhile, the university authorities have issued a statement condemning the incident and blaming “unknown elements” behind the defacement of the campus.

An inquiry into the incident has also been ordered. “While the Left-Liberal gang intimidates every dissenting voice, they appeal to elect EC representatives that ‘can assert the values of mutual respect and civility, & equal & just treatment of all.” ‘civility’ & ‘mutual respect’. Highly deplorable act of vandalism!,” the JNU Teachers’ Forum tweeted.