India: JNU students burn Modi's effigy on Dussehra

The effigy had faces of Indian Yoga guru Ramdev, hardline Hindu leader Sadhvi Pragya, Nathuram Godse (who shot the Father of Nation Mahatama Gandhi), Hindu religious leader Asaram Bapu and JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar.? Photograph:( Facebook )

Delhi, India Oct 12, 2016, 02.59 PM (IST)

As India celebrated the victory of 'good' over 'evil on the occasion of Hindu festival of Dussehra on Tuesday, a section of  Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) students in national capital of Delhi burnt the effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amit Shah. 

The students, who were members of the Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India (NSUI), said that Modi-led government has "failed to honour its promises". The members of the student organisation also accused the ruling government of "continuously attacking  various educational institutions across the country." 

According to Indian news agency PTI, the act might "backfire" in view of varsity administration's decision last week to order a proctorial inquiry into the effigy-burning of the state government of western Gujarat state and cow-vigilantes. The administration also ordered to "issue show-cause notices to the students concerned", PTI reported.  

"The effigy-burning was to symbolise our dissatisfaction with the current government. The idea is to root out the evil from governance and bring about a system that is pro-student and pro-people," Sunny Diman, an NSUI activist and the outfit's candidate in the recently-concluded JNU students' union polls, was quoted as saying by PTI. 

"Look at what this government has done to our country. The promises it made are still on paper and are repeated only in speeches. Whenever students want to raise their voice, they are attacked by the administration, certainly on instructions from the government. This Dussehra, we wanted to put an end to these rubbish activities," he added.

Meanwhile, the effigy had faces of Indian Yoga guru Ramdev, hardline Hindu leader Sadhvi Pragya, Nathuram Godse (who shot the Father of Nation Mahatama Gandhi), Hindu religious leader Asaram Bapu and JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar. 

Pertinently, JNU was embroiled in controversy earlier this year after several students were accused of sedition for organising an 'anti-national' event. 

(WION with inputs from PTI)