“Keep Educational Institutions Away From Politics” Says HRD Minister commenting on CAA Protests

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India’s Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal (Nishank) today appealed the political parties that they should keep politics should be kept away academic institutions. He affirmed that for the Narendra Modi Government Students are a priority.

His comments came against the police crackdown against the students of Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) who were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019.

On Sunday, protestors set 4 of public buses and 2 police vehicles ablaze as they clashed with the police personnel near Jamia Millia Islamia University amid the protest. In the clash close to 60 people were injured, including police, fire personnel and students.

Today there will be more protests in Delhi NCR, hence to clamp down these protests Section 144 has been implemented and both Delhi Metro services and stations along with major roads have been affected.

Read the article here: Traffic on Delhi – Gurgaon Highway And Delhi Metro Services Affected

On Sunday, even the AMU students protested against the government and clashed with police personnel at the campus gate following which the University administration had to close the institution until 5th of January 2020. Even there nearly 60 students were injured according to officials.

A tow day conference was held in Dehradun joined by the chief officers of legislative bodies where HRD Minister Pokhriyal urged the political parties through a leading news agency “with folded hands I appeal to political parties to keep academic institutions away from their politics”.

He stressed on the point that for any nation, academic institutions and students holds chief importance as they are the future of a country, he termed students as “assets” and said “They (students) are out priority, and the Narendra Modi government is working day and night for their better future”.

Students from numerous academic institutions, both inside the country and outside, are condemning the police actions that were taken inside the Jamia Millia Islamia University on its students.

On the 16th of December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted saying “Violent protests on the Citizenship Amendment Act are unfortunate and deeply distressing. Debate, discussion and dissent are essential parts of democracy but, never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal life been a part of our ethos”.

Modi even appealed to the citizens of India to maintain peace, brotherhood, and unity and requested them to stay aware from the rumours floating around regarding both NRC and CAA.

On Tuesday, a peaceful protest in Seelampur, Delhi turned violent and police were outnumbered by the protesters and they were seen running away after pelting started. Later tear gas was showered at the crowd so they get dispersed.

Read the article here: Protest Against CAA Turns Violent in Seelampur

Today BJP posted a tweet from sharing a video in which Dr. Manmohan Singh said “Citizenship should be awarded to people facing or threats of facing prosecution in countries like Bangladesh, it is our moral duty”.  BJP wrote in the tweet “In 2003, speaking in Rajya Sabha, Dr Manmohan Singh, then Leader of Opposition, asked for a liberal approach to granting citizenship to minorities, who are facing persecution, in neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. Citizenship Amendment Act does just that”.

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