Ramjas cultural fest in jeopardy after violent protests on campus
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.” ■
Protests have paralysed Ramjas College for several days now