” Pondicherry University has banned the Students’ Council Magazine ‘Widerstand’ alleging that it criticizes the central government and its fascist policies. The University administration has sealed the Council room where 4000 copies of magazine were kept. The BJP and other Sanghparivar organizations has started protest against the magazine and have burned several copies at university premises. The ABVP has pasted posters naming the Students’ Magazine Committee as anti-nationals across the campus. The MHRD and Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry, Kiran Bedi has issued notice seeking explanation from University administration. They also felt intolerance and get provoked as the magazine has mentioned the death of Rohith Vemula as an ‘Institutional Murder’.
The present Students Council is an alliance of ASA and SFI who took uncompromising stands against the Sanghparivar in various issues happened in the country. This is for the first time that a magazine has been published in the ever history of Pondicherry University. Students have expressed their solidarity in the protest seeking justice for Rohith Vemula, the issues happened in JNU and many more. The BJP government had been widely criticized for their fascist attitudes from the beginning of the time when they took power. ASA stated that through the ban of magazine the state really tries to impose ban on Freedom of expression in this country. ”Students have a lot of similar issues including Perumal Murugan, Kalburgi, Dhabolkar, Govind Pansare etc. The attitude of the central government is really disgusting as it wants to overthrow the dissent voices.” Ambedkar Students’ Association of Pondicherry University has decided to conduct a mass protest by uniting the entire student’s community if the authority is not ready to revoke the ban”
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