If Tuesday was a "march for azaadi", with students and professors targeting the ABVP in the name of "slamming violence on DU campus", Thursday saw the Right wing students responding with an even stronger protest march, taking the streets of Delhi University by storm.
Amidst a heavy police presence, the ABVP students took out the protest march and demanded a strong action against "anti-national elements invading varsity's campus."
The ABVP protest, which started from and ended at the Arts Faculty passed through Vishwavidyalaya metro station, Khalsa College, Patel Chest Institute, Maurice Nagar and Ramjas College, drawing huge numbers on the way.
"Anti-national slogans raised on the campus are wrong. Priority has to be given to nationalism over academics now. The anti-national JNU virus should not creep into Delhi University's campus," Sunil Ambedkar, national organising secretary of ABVP told Mail Today.
He was supported by Saket Bahuguna, ABVP leader and media coordinator, who demanded "termination of communism virus from spreading into the university premises".
"We will not allow anti-national slogans on the campus or anyone who will glorify Maoists waging a war against India. It is not just the February-22 incident which is condemned by ABVP. ABVP workers will always object to anti-national elements on the campus. We're proud of fighting a national fight," Bahuguna said. "Why are questions about communist violence not asked? While ABVP invites a vicharo ki ladayi (fight of opinions), it strictly objects to any thought which will divide India," he added.
Even the students protesting along with ABVP volunteers in the Thursday march told Mail Today that they are in full support of the protest by the Rightwing group. As said a student Gaurav Gera: "We are against anything on the campus that divides the nation."
Added Delhi University Students Union president, Amit Tanwar, "It is a protest by the students of Ramjas College against those who have labelled our Indian army rapists."
The ABVP leaders feared that any delay in action from Delhi University against an incident like Ramjas College, can possibly trigger an outpouring of students on the streets which will be difficult to control.
"Freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh and Swami Vivekananda are ideals, not Umar Khalid, who is the prime accused in the protests that shook JNU.
"It is time Delhi University chose its ideals," Bahuguna said in his speech.Also Read