Our col­lege will lose its iden­tity: Hindu stu­dents

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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)

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