The university has ordered Tajuddin’s suspension and said he could not take classes till the probe was over.
1. Students wrote letter to Vice-Chancellor complaining about the remark
2. University has ordered probe into the incident
3. Professor clarified that his statement was misinterpreted
The University of Jammu has suspended a professor for referring to freedom fighter a “terrorist”.
The professor of political science at the University of Jammu, Tajuddin, referred to Bhagat Singh as a “terrorist” during a lecture. A clipping of the lecture went viral on social media, sparking outrage.
Is Bhagat Singh a Terrorist…??Listen to views of Prof. Tajudeen, department of Political Science, University of Jammu.During a lecture he said:-"Terrorism yahan bhi hua, aazadi ke daur mai. Bhagat Singh, hum unko hero bnate hain…they were also terrorist".This is where the intellectualship of some so called intellectuals limited to.Share this to spread the ideology of Md. Tajudin, Jammu University.Who thinks nd teach students that "BHAGAT SINGH WAS A TERRORIST" You guys decide,Was Bhagat Singh a terrorist?
Posted by Yuva Shakti – Hope on Thursday, November 29, 2018
Enraged at the remark, students of the university wrote a letter to Vice-Chancellor Manoj Dhar, demanding an action against Tajuddin.
The university later ordered a probe into the incident.
The university has also ordered Tajuddin’s suspension and said he could not take classes till the probe was over.
Tajuddin, however, clarified his remark, saying his intention was to not hurt the sentiments of people. He said, “I also consider Bhagat Singh a revolutionary. He is one of the people who sacrificed their lives for the country.”
He said that the video going viral was part of a longer lecture and was misinterpreted.
I was teaching about the Russian revolutionary Lenin and in that context, I said state calls any violence against it ‘terrorism’. Someone took a 25-second video out of my two-hour lecture. The terrorist word came in that, it wasn’t what I meant. Still, if anyone is hurt, I’m really sorry for it., the professor was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
A large number of students staged protests near the main gate of the university and demanded the professor’s immediate removal. “Urban Naxals have infiltrated the university campuses across the nation. Our icon Bhagat Singh has been insulted by Professor Tajuddin. We can’t tolerate it. He has made controversial remarks in the past also. He needs to be sacked from the university”, said a protesting student.
However, many students from the political science department have expressed solidarity with the professor and claimed that the video which has surfaced on social media is doctored. They also staged protests in favour of Professor Tajuddin. “Our Sir didn’t insult Bhagat Singh. He was teaching us about the Russian revolution. His remarks have been taken out of context”, said one of the students who was protesting in favour of Tajuddin.