Stu­dents call off FTII strike, say fight to con­tinue

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yo­gesh Joshi yo­gesh.joshi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The stu­dents of Film and Tele­vi­sion In­sti­tute of In­dia (FTII) called off their 139-day­long strike on Wed­nes­day, say­ing they will con­tinue to protest un­til the gov­ern­ment re­vokes what they termed the “po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ments” of Ga­jen­dra Chauhan and four oth­ers.

The FTII stu­dent as­so­ci­a­tion said they have de­cided to re­turn to aca­demics. “We are re­turn­ing to aca­demics from to­day it­self. How­ever we will con­tinue to raise is­sues which we have been rais­ing since 139 days,” said Vikas Urs, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the FTII stu­dents as­so­ci­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the stu­dents, they will con­tinue their protest through art and cin­ema. “We will call upon artist, academicians and com­mon cit­i­zens to take our voice for­ward,” said Urs.

The stu­dents were on strike since June 12 to op­pose the ap­point­ment of Chauhan, a tele­vi­sion ac­tor-turned-politi­cian, as FTII chair­man. The

stu­dents ac­cused Chauhan of lack­ing “stature” and “vi­sion”. The stu­dents also op­posed the ap­point­ments of Anagha Ghaisas, Naren­dra Pathak, Rahul So­la­purkar, Shailesh Gupta and Pran­jal Saikia, claim­ing that they are as­so­ci­ated with the RSS and its af­fil­i­ated or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Chauhan wel­comed the stu­dents’ de­ci­sion. “I am happy that stu­dents have called off their strike. I am plan­ning to visit FTII soon to un­der­stand the is­sues there and work on them as the chair­man,” Chauhan told HT.

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FTII stu­dents ad­dress the me­dia af­ter call­ing off the 139-day strike on Wed­nes­day.

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