A video has emerged of a professor apologising to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) workers by touching their feet in a government college in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur district.
Professor Dinesh Gupta asked the ABVP workers to stop raising slogans in front of a classroom. This is when the student leaders started calling him anti-national and sought an apology. The incident has been reported from Rajiv Gandhi Government College in Mandsaur.
As per college administration sources, the activists of the RSS-affiliated student body led by their district president Pawan Sharma were raising slogans against the delay in declaration of examination results on Wednesday afternoon when Gupta objected, saying it was disturbing his class. Since two of their slogans were ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vande Mataram’, the activists allegedly termed the professor a “deshdrohi” (traitor) for opposing these slogans.
In a meeting called in the principal’s office, the ABVP activists demanded an apology from the professor. When Gupta refused, the activists started following him on the campus. At this, the agitated professor tried to touch the feet of activists.
The ABVP workers reportedly also threatened the professor with a police complaint and kept pressuring him for an apology, as reported by News18.
When the students refused to stop taunting and commenting on the professor, he was compelled to touch their feet in disgust. He kept mumbling that he has committed the crime of teaching so he should apologise.
However, as soon as the upset professor started his ‘Gandhigiri’, the youth leaders ran away only to be chased by the teacher inside the campus. Finally some of the faculty members intervened, pacified Gupta and took him away.
“They are not students, they only engage in politics. Students kept calling me anti-national so I bowed down to them. I only want students to study and progress in their lives. I am not thinking about any action,” Professor Gupta later told the media.
News18 also reported that Pawan Sharma, the ABVP District co-ordinator, said that he was confused by what Gupta did. He said he even tried to stop him and later went to him and apologized. Professor Gupta had also prevented them from chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai which had irked them, claimed Sharma.
ABVP national executive member Ankit Garg told the channel that he has received the complete report from Mandsaur unit and claimed there was nothing like being propagated in social media.
“Whatever the senior faculty member did was an outcome of anger and irritation which he could have avoided,” Garg said also accepting ABVP workers should not have disrupted studies when the classes were on.
“As the professor objected to ABVP sloganeering inside the college, they threatened him with police case. The teacher panicked and apologised by touching their feet,” NSUI state spokeperson Vivek Tripathi said criticising ABVP and seeking a ban on the outfit.
With inputs from News18