In response to the IIT Bombay (IIT-B) faculty’s condemnation the politicization of educational campuses saying that the IIT-B campus was not for politics or to serve a political propaganda, the students of the educational institute carried out a Tiranga Yatra on the campus on the eve of Republic Day during which they carried a 1000-foot long flag and sang the national anthem.
A student organizer of the march told reporters, “The Tiranga rally was held to strengthen students’ unity on the campus since the divide along ideological lines became evident especially after the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The rally’s objective was to respect the Constitution and understand what it stands for.”
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#BharathaMathaHarathi A 1,000 ft long Tiranga was carried by about 1,500+ students, staff, faculty members and families through about 4.5 km route on IIT Bombay campus for 2 hours. At the conclusion everybody did a Shubh Sankalpa to rise for the nation.
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More than 1,500 students, teachers, non-teaching staff and their family members participated in the march.
The students also planned a cultural event at the campus on Republic Day to conclude a 10-day lecture series on the Preamble to the Constitution which was organized keeping in mind the nationwide protests against the CAA, reported Mumbai Mirror. They had earlier too staged a protest condemning the violence against students and faculty at the Jawaharlal Nehru University who were brutally attacked by a masked mob in a bid to threaten them to stop their fight against the fee hike.
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A faculty member told the paper, “Inspired by Aristotelian thought, we want to create a culture where people can ask questions, have discussions and make a better society. One needs to know why the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) are against the constitutional ethos. It is a way to understand political expressions and redefine our political understanding. Our larger narrative is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the universe is one family). All those on the margins should have a voice.”
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