Bengaluru, (DHNS): Students of the University of Mysore (UoM) and activists on Monday staged a protest against the varsity, University Grants Commission (UGC) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for forcing them to compulsorily participate in the live telecast of the prime minister’s speech.
Modi spoke on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address at the World’s Parliament of Religion in 1893 and BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyay’s birth centenary celebrations.
Yashaswini, a student, said, “We are not interested in such speeches. But, the authorities are forcing us to watch. The Centre is violating our right to food, right to freedom of expression, etc. The authorities locked the classrooms after we kept our bags inside, to make us to attend the speech”.
Though a section of the students staged a protest, the live telecast programme received good response. Hundreds of students and faculty listened to Modi’s speech at the Senate Bhavan in Manasagangothri.
CM seeks details
Speaking to reporters at his residence here, Siddaramaiah said that if the speech is about ‘Hindutva’, it is wrong to impose it on the student and faculty, to watch it. “I will get details from the universities in this regard,” he said.
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