Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi has cancelled Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s talk on the Babri Masjid-Ram-Janmabhoomi issue on Wednesday, reported ANI. Swamy was supposed to talk on the topic “Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya?” at the university’s Koyna Hostel.
The scheduled talk comes on a day that marks the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, and security has been heightened across the country. In a notice, the university dean of students said the decision was taken to maintain peace and harmony on campus.
Swamy told News18 that the JNU authorities only informed the organisers – School of Languages and Sanskrit Centre – about the cancellation. “Height of tolerance in JNU and now we know what the university’s tolerance level is,” said Swamy.
He accused Left-wing supporters of putting pressure on the vice chancellor to cancel the talk. “They must have mounted pressure on VC and most VCs are spineless so they cancelled my talk in JNU. Possibly the Left-wing students didn’t want to hear my arguments,” Swamy added.
The authorities have called off another event where Communist Party of India (Marxist) former General Secretary Prakash Karat was scheduled to speak. Initially, students had said that Karat’s talk at the university’s Sabarmati hostel on Wednesday has not been called off. After that, BJP National Secretary RP Singh told Times Now said that JNU’s decision “shows bias”.