Ram­jas cul­tural fest in jeop­ardy af­ter vi­o­lent protests on cam­pus

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It’s the sea­son of an­nual cul­tural fes­ti­vals in Delhi Univer­sity col­leges. How­ever, for the stu­dents of Ram­jas Col­lege, a fest seems to be a dis­tant dream amid the on­go­ing protests and stu­dent clashes on the cam­pus.

The ten­sion and im­po­si­tion of Sec­tion 144 (pe­nal­is­ing un­law­ful assem­bly of more than four peo­ple) has de­railed prepa­ra­tions for the col­lege’s an­nual fes­ti­val, Mo­saic. The “fest might not even hap­pen”, says Sid­dhant Rathour, cen­tral coun­cil­lor of Ram­jas Col­lege stu­dents’ union.

The protests had be­gun over the pres­ence of Umar Khalid, the con­tro­ver­sial JNU stu­dent who came to Ram­jas for a sem­i­nar re­cently. A sec­tion of the stu­dents, in­clud­ing ac­tivists of Akhil Bharatiya pelt­ing. Stu­dents of other col­leges also joined in.

“We’ve had to put all fest prepa­ra­tions on hold ever since protests broke out in the col­lege. Abhi toh classes bhi nahi ho pa rahi hain,” says Yogit Rathi, pres­i­dent of the stu­dents’ union. “We’ll be able to re­sume any prepa­ra­tions only once things are peace­ful.”

Rathour says, “We’ve had no time to think about the fest in the past few days. I’m not very hope­ful that we’ll even be able to or­gan­ise the fest this year, given the ten­sion. The fest was sched­uled for March, be­cause later ev­ery­one gets busy with exam prep.” ■

PHOTO: SUSHIL KU­MAR/HT

Protests have paral­ysed Ram­jas Col­lege for sev­eral days now

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