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Jamia Millia Islamia Students, Alumni Oppose PM Modi At Convocation

Withdraw convocation invite to Modi: Jamia alumni to VC

PTI | New Delhi | November 27, 2015

PTI11_15_2015_000235B(File) Prime Minister Narendra Modi
An invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be chief guest at Jamia Millia Islamia's annual convocation has triggered a controversy with a number of alumni demanding withdrawal of the invite, which the university has rejected.
Former students Asad Ashraf and Mahtab Alam have written to the Vice Chancellor a letter which has been endorsed by over 50 registered members of the alumni association of JMI. They said their demand was in view of the comments made by Modi against the varsity in 2008.
However, Jamia Spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan asserted that the invite will not be withdrawn.
"Jamia has been inviting constitutional authorities for its convocation since its inception. Similarly, an invite has been extended to the Prime Minister because of him being a constitutional authority who has also been elected by the people of India," he said.
"The students or the alumni are free to have their opinion in the democratic country but we are looking forward to host Modi at the university and will announce the convocation date as soon as we get a suitable time from him," Ranjan added.
In the letter, the former students said, "We are writing to you to express our deep anguish and grief on your invitation to Narendra Modi to be the chief guest at annual convocation. We are anguished and shocked because, he along with his party members, has been constantly involved in spreading rumours and hatred about the university.
"We have a very simple request to you, withdraw the invitation or at least ask him to render a public apology about his own malicious and incorrect statement before he attends the convocation."
Jamia had earlier this month sent the invite to Modi. However, the varsity is yet to receive any acceptance or acknowledgment from the PMO in this regard.
Modi had attacked Jamia in 2008 after the Batla House encounter in September that year.
Addressing a gathering in Gujarat, he had said, "There is a university in Delhi called Jamia Millia Islamia. It has publicly announced that it will foot the legal fee of terrorists involved in act. Go drown yourself. This Jamia Millia is being run on government money and it is daring to spend money on lawyers to get terrorists out of jail. When will this vote bank politics end?"
Modi's comments had come following a statement by then Jamia VC Mushirul Hasan that the university would offer legal aid to two of its students arrested for their suspected involvement in terror activities.
The letter by the alumni also quotes senior BJP senior leader V. K. Malhotra's comments made ahead of Lok Sabha polls last year that "Jamia and Batla are safe houses for terrorists".
The letter further states that, "Modi's comments had led to an environment, where every student of Jamia or its ex- student was seen with suspicion of being potential terrorists".

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