New Delhi, March 16 (KMS): The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU) in Vadodara city in the Indian state of Gujarat cancelled a seminar after members of the Hindutva organization Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) disrupted it over the participation by a professor from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.
The MSU’s Faculty of Social Work had organized the seminar on ‘Respecting diversity through joint social action’ on its campus on Wednesday afternoon.
As per the invitation, one of the invited speakers was Prof Zubair Meenai of the Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia University. But soon after the event started, members of ABVP – a student organization affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – reached the spot and started shouting Hindu slogan ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’, compelling the organisers to cancel the event.
In a video which went viral, the ABVP members can be seen confronting the Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, Dr Bhavna Mehta.
One of the ABVP members claimed that Meenai is known for making anti-India comments and why the organizers invited him.
“Meenai is a communist and known for making anti-India comments. He even made such comments against (late RSS ideologue) Nanaji Deshmukh. How come the Faculty did not find a worthy academician in Gujarat to speak on the subject that they had to invite him? ABVP will never tolerate such persons who have the anti-India mindset,” said Dhruv Parekh, the ABVP’s MSU unit president.