Our college will lose its identity: Hindu students
Delhi University’s Hindu College authorities have decided to prune, and possibly chop off the 50-yearold Virgin Tree on campus. The decision has left both former and current students shocked, with a protest being planned against the possible chopping of the tree.
“It feels terrible that we are losing a part of our college’s identity. On the one hand we say we don’t want deforestation and then you see this happening right here,” says Vidushi Verma, a student. Filmmaker Luv Ranjan of Pyar Ka Punchnama fame, who is also an ex-student, says, “I’ve spent three years sitting around that tree. I just don’t like the idea of stripping an institution of its identity. There are some things that need to be preserved. When I go back to the college now, that place will be alien to me.” Varun Yadav, another student says, “Our college has been famous for hosting the V-Day puja, and such a change is both shocking and sad.”
The tree has been an integral part of the Valentine’s Day rituals and the Damdami Mai puja — a desi version of celebrating the day of love, in DU for a long time. Every year, students from across colleges troop into Hindu on V-Day to witness this ritual, and also to see which Bollywood heroine is christined Damdami Mai for the year.
The Virgin Tree after being pruned; A file picture before the pruning (inset)