A day after a university teacher in Karnataka was suspended after comparing a Muslim student to a terrorist, the BJP-ruled state’s education minister said it was “not a problem”. big topic”. “Most of everyone uses words like ‘Ravan‘ or ‘Shakuni’ every day. Even in the council we have said so many times. It doesn’t become a problem,” BC Minister Nagesh told reporters.
“Why does it become a problem when someone talks about Kasab?” he added. Ajmal Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist arrested after the November 26 Mumbai attacks, was executed in 2012.
During last week’s incident at Manipal Institute of Technology, a private institute in Udupi, a professor is said to have asked a student’s name and when he heard a Muslim name he blurted out: “Oh , you like Kasab!” When the students protested, he apologized. The video went viral over the weekend.
The minister said that teachers should not have made the comment, “but now it is just being politicized, corrupting the vote bank”.
In the video, the teacher can initially be heard telling the student that “you are like my son” and that he is sorry about the “joke”.
“No sir,” retorted the student, “Not fun at all; 11/26 is not fun at all. Being a Muslim in this country and having to deal with all this every day is not fun. little bit.”
He added to the teacher: “An ‘sorry’ doesn’t change the way you think or the way you describe yourself here.”
The other students watched the exchange silently, some of them surprised while some heard giggles.
After the video was widely shared, the university suspended the teacher and ordered an investigation. The student has been counseled, the institute said. “We want everyone to know that the institute does not condone this type of behavior and that this particular incident will be handled according to established policy,” the institute said in a statement. It also affirms that it prides itself on having great diversity on campus and is committed to upholding the constitutional values of treating everyone equally.
In a WhatsApp message later circulated in one of the groups on campus, the student explained the incident and said, “I talked to the instructor and realized he really wanted to talk that apology and we as a student community have to take that as an apology.” real mistake. I understand what’s going on in his head and I want to believe he didn’t mean it. It happened a mistake from a teacher, someone we admire, but this time can be ignored. Thank you for standing with me through this. It means a lot.”
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