Ahmedabad, January 8: After India Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K), Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) students on Monday also recited Pakistani poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz's poem “Hum Dekhenge” during their protest against the attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students on the campus. The faculty members and students of the management institute raised slogans and held up banners in support of the JNU students. IIM-A Director Errol D'Souza had condemned the attack. D'Souza termed it as “very low point in country’s history since independence.” IIM Ahmedabad Students, Professors Barred by Police From Using 'Democracy' Word in Their Protests and Gatherings.
In a tweet, he said, “A university stands for tolerance, dialogue and an agreement to disagree. Violence is anathema to the idea of a university and violates the foundations of a civilization. The incidents yesterday on the JNU campus are a very low point in our post independence history.”
IIM Ahmedabad Director's Tweet:
A university stands for tolerance, dialogue and an agreement to disagree. Violence is anathema to the idea of a university and violates the foundations of a civilization. The incidents yesterday on the JNU campus are a very low point in our post independence history.
— Prof. Errol D'Souza (@proferroldsouza) January 6, 2020
On Sunday, a mob of around 50-masked men entered the JNU and thrashed students on the campus. JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh also sustained injuries in the attack. The student union blamed BJP's student wing organisation Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for the attack. However, the ABVP rejected the claims. Till now, no arrest has been made.
Here is the Video of IIM Ahmedabad Students Reciting Faiz Ahmed Faiz's Poem:
Earlier this month, a complaint was also registered against students of the IIT-K with the director of the Institute for singing the same poem. The complaint was filed by Dr Vashimant Sharma, a faculty member along with few others. The top engineering institute last week constituted a probe panel to ascertain whether students leading an anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in the campus offended religious sentiments by singing late Pakistani poet's famous work - "Hum Dekhenge". Watch: Anti-CAA Protesters in Ahmedabad Caught on Video Pelting Stones at Two Policemen.
The students of the IIT-K sang the poem on December 17, during the peaceful march. Reacting to the controversy, Lyricist Javed Akhtar rejected the claims about the poem being 'anti-Hindu'. He had said that calling Faiz Ahmed Faiz “anti-Hindu” is “absurd and funny”.