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Government belongs to RSS: BHU VC Girish Tripathi

Vice Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, Girish Chandra Tripathi, said on 23 September that BHU belongs to the RSS. BHU  houses about 40,000 students making it one of the largest residential campuses in India. It is facing accusations of rampant sexism by its students. Reports suggest that with the appointment of  Tripathi as the VC, the democratic representation of students, teachers and another staff has taken a back seat. Tripathi has been accused of openly endorsing the RSS ideology. He expelled Sandeep Pandey, winner of the Ramon Magsaysay award and renowned social activist. The expulsion is speculated to have happened as a result of Pandey’s denial of agreeing to the Sangh ideology. When objections surfaced as to his use of the university as an RSS unit, he openly said that there was nothing wrong in establishing an RSS shakha in BHU, since the Indian government itself belonged to the RSS. Reports have surfaced that the college administration has banned the use of mobile phones by girls after 10pm at night. As ridiculous as this may sound, the VC topped it with banning girls to study after 10 pm. His reason for such a rule was that girls who study at night are immoral. This has resulted in the 24×7 library being shut down for girl students at night. The prospectus of the BHU states that bus service can be availed by all the students of the university. Although, it has come to light that the female students have been banned from using it. Female students are also being made to sign affidavits stating that they would not participate or indulge in any protest or agitation. This discrimination between the genders also exists in the hostels as women are not allowed to consume meat as compared to their male counterparts. VC Girish Tripathi believes that the consumption of non-vegetarian food makes women “impure” in accordance with the Malviya rules. While male students have no curfew time, women have been asked to come back to the campus as early as 8 pm. Women wearing short dresses and skirts are reported to have been reprimanded by the administration. VC Tripathi has also been seen moral policing around the campus saying that it is aginst Indian cultures for boys and girls to hang out. The university has repeatedly warned the students that any such acts would lead to a “category-A punishment”, which can be safely assumed to be a suspension. A few months ago, the university administration had denied the students’ demand for a cyber library stating the students ‘would’ use it to tune into pornography.    

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2016 on page no. 15

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