Is Jamia University BJP’s next target?

Ram Madhav tweets on Jamia University sparks fear of it been the next target.

New Delhi: Fears of the BJP turning its guns on Jamia Millia Islamia, a central university in the capital, gripped its teachers and students as BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav tweeted an old report on a Pakistan-origin Canadian author calling it a “mini Pakistan.”

The government is already engaged in a debate with the university authorities to cancel its minority status and hence the tweet of Ram Madhav, who comes from the RSS, caused concern that it may be targeted as the next stoppage of crackdown the way the JNU is under attack for alleged anti-national activities.

Madhav tweeted Tarek Fatesh’s statement in April 2013 when he was invited to speak on naming of a university hall after former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The event was cancelled because of protests by some Muslim radicals in the university that prompted Fatesh say: “mini Pakistan (was) growing in Delhi itself, at Jamia.”

In an immediate reaction, the Jamia Teachers Association’s secretary Prof. M S Bhatt said: “The government wants to capture and run institutions in the manner they like. This tweet shows something is cooking at the government level about Jamia.”

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