A controversy has erupted over disciplinary action against a guest lecturer at Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth following his social media post about why women shouldn’t participate in the Hindu festival of Mahatma Gandhi. Navratra.
Dr Mithilesh Kumar Gautam, a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, was fired and banned from the campus after he wrote on social media that women should read the Indian Constitution and the Code Bill. Hindu “instead of fasting for nine days in Navratra“, the annual Hindu festival in which Goddess Durga is worshiped for nine nights.
While some students supported the action, saying it was justified, others alleged that the lecturer became a victim because of his Dalit identity.
University Registrar, Dr Sunita Pandey told NDTV that Dr Gautam’s comments were objectionable. He said no one has the right to make such comments about any religion or to make such comments about women. “What he said is not true. A teacher should always avoid making such remarks,” added Dr. Pandey.
The PTI news agency reported that Dr Gautam could not be reached for comment despite repeated efforts. His phone is off.
In his social media post in Hindi, Dr Gautam writes: “For women, it is better to read the Constitution of India and the Hindu Code Bill instead of fasting for nine days in Navratra. Their lives will be free of fear and slavery. Jai Bheem. “
Dr Pandey said: “On September 29, students complained through a letter, saying that Dr Gautam had posted some material on social media, which was against Hinduism.” Dr Pandey cited “widespread outrage” among students against Dr Gautam for his actions. He explained that given the prevailing situation, guest lecturers were advised not to enter the campus for their own safety.
According to university authorities, several students also met with the vice-chancellor and asked him to allow the alleged guest lecturer a chance to present his side of the case. These students were assured by the Vice-Chancellor that both sides would be heard and a committee was established for this purpose.
Anuj Srivastava, head of the office of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the BJP’s student group, said Dr Gautam’s comments were “wrong” and the university had taken an “appropriate step”.
However, Ravikant Chandan, Associate Professor of Hindi at Lucknow University, questioned the action against Dr Gautam. He said: “I have seen that post. There is nothing unconstitutional in it. Our constitution says there should be a scientific India. We have freedom of speech and that post is related to that. women’s freedom It’s a simple and normal thing Now the question is whether logic will cease to exist in the new India Second, he (Dr Gautam) is a teacher by Dalit.”
He added: “First they (BJP) attacked Muslims. Now they are targeting Dalit activists, teachers and social workers.”