Students’ group banned for inciting protest against the Modi government? Is this where IIT heading?

| Friday, May 29, 2015 - 16:33
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MADRAS: It appears that any criticism against the Modi government is not going too well with the Centre. Following an anonymous complaint to the Centre that it was trying to ‘spread hatred’ towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi by distributing provoking pamphlets and posters in the campus, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has reportedly pulled out the privileges of a student’s discussion group.

Union Human Resource Development Ministry has reportedly instructed IIT-Madras to ban a discussion forum which was critical of the Modi government. The Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle has been ordered to stop using the auditorium, the IIT email and the notice board from holding the event. 

The group has been alleged of influencing the students from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes against the policies of the Modi government publicizing Hindi and banning cow slaughter. The student group asserted that they were refused a chance to put up their case by the IIT authorities.

Sources from IIT Madras inform that the group accused has not been derecognized and has just been deprived of some privileges. 

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