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Kerala: ABVP holds protest against college professor in Kozhikode over ‘pro-Godse’ remark

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Monday held a protest in front of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Kozhikode, urging action against faculty member Shaija Andavan for allegedly expressing support for Nathuram Godse.

The protest, led by the ABVP Kozhikode district committee, saw activists burning photos of Godse as they demanded disciplinary measures against the teacher.

“There are many misunderstandings regarding Gandhi’s assassination, but the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has nothing to do with Gandhi’s assassination,” ABVP National Executive Committee member Yedu Krishnan said.

Yedu Krishnan added that they will file a complaint with the University Grants Commission (UGC) against Shaija Andavan.

On January 30, professor Shaija Andavan commented on advocate Krishna Raj’s Facebook post, stating, ‘Proud of Godse for saving India.’

Advocate Krishna Raj shared a post on Facebook, saying “Hindu Mahasabha activist Nathuram Vinayak Godse. Hero of many people in Bharat”.

A case has been filed against Andavan based on a complaint from the Students’ Federation of India (SFI) member.

Simultaneously, the NIT director announced that the registrar had been instructed to seek an explanation from Professor Shaija Andavan regarding the ‘pro-Godse’ comment made on Facebook.

In response to a letter from Kozhikode MP MK Raghavan, NIT director Prasad Krishna assured the MP of a detailed investigation and would convey the findings after taking further actions.

Meanwhile, the Kozhikode NIT campus, which previously closed due to student conflicts over the Ram Temple, reopened today. Earlier, various student organisations voiced opposition against the suspension of a student who protested against the ‘Pran Pratishta‘ (consecration ceremony) at Ayodhya’s Ram Temple.

Published By:

Aditi Sharma

Published On:

Feb 5, 2024

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