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‘Modi go back’: JNUSU calls for protests ahead of unveiling of Swami Vivekananda’s statue

A poster released by the JNUSU calls for PM Modi to ‘go back’ and demands ‘answers’ from the MoE (ministry of education).

Shivani Arora

Shivani AroraBy Shivani Arora

Published on 12 Nov 2020 7:25 AM GMT

‘Modi go back’: JNUSU calls for protests ahead of unveiling of Swami Vivekananda’s statue
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to unveil a life-size statue of Swami Vivekananda at the campus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University here on Thursday. The statue will be unveiled by the PM via video conferencing.

The statue unveiling ceremony, at the administration block of the JNU, has been scheduled for 6:30 pm, as per a statement of the varsity.

However, a controversy has hit the ceremony hours ahead of the scheduled unveiling. The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) has called for a protest gathering at 5 pm today at the varsity’s North Gate.

Modi Go Back:

A poster released by the JNUSU calls for PM Modi to ‘go back’ and demands ‘answers’ from the MoE (ministry of education).

The protest gathering is against “the anti-education and anti-student Mogi government”, reads the poster.

It may be recalled that JNU students have been constantly attacking the JNU administration over the construction of the statue, alleging waste of funds.

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Sunny Dhiman, a JNU student, told Times Now: “Finally, Mr Modi is going to visit JNU (virtually). The BJP and the RSS hate JNU and colour it as anti-national, tukde tukde gang leader. In October 2016, we had burnt PM Modi's effigy. Today, all over India, farmers are burning his effigy. It would be the greatest disservice to the soul of Swami Vivekananda if PM Modi fails to address the problems of farmers.”

Another student Vishnu Prasad said the Modi government’s priorities were wrong.

“We are not against the teachings of Swamy Vivekananda, but the priorities must be noted here. Ever since this government has come, they have been attacking the very idea of JNU. They have been consistently increasing the cost of academic activities. They have been wasting money on unnecessary things.”

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