news Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 05:30
A day after the IIT Madras derecognized a student body after the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) forwarded an anonymous complaint against the group, things took an ugly turn with protestors belonging to student bodies being taken away by the police from outside the college campus on Saturday. The protests have struck a chord with activist-author Arundhati Roy who has said that the students have her “unhesitating support”. The Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle (APSC) was derecognized for allegedly creating caste divisions and spewing hatred towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following an anonymous complaint received by the MHRD. IIT Madras has said in a statement that the reason for derecognising was because of the group not following certain guidelines. Students with the Democratic Youth Foundation of India (DYFI) and RSYFF had taken to the streets in protest and were taken away by the police. In an e-mail sent to the APSC, Roy has a message for the students concerned, saying that “You have touched a nerve—what you are saying and seeing i.e. that casteism and corporate capitalism go hand in hand is the last thing the authorities and the government want to hear. Because they know that you are right. It is THE most dangerous thing for them to hear right now.” Read- Full text of Arundhati Roy's new statement Read - Groups protest at IIT Madras against ban of Ambedkar Periyar student body The students of the APSC had written a letter in response to their de-recognition where they had had earlier written a letter saying that they have not misused any privileges given by the institute. “So far our activities are engaged with the healthy discussion on socio-economic issues on scientific basis to promote the scientific temper among the student which is allowed by the Indian constitution ,” the letter added. Read- The nursery rhymes we know are not innocent, they are about death and destruction Read - Full Letter: IIT Madras APSC students respond to derecognition

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