Tejasvi Surya event cancelled; universities and companies pull out of event following protest

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Surya, whose meteoric rise in the Saffron Party took many by surprise, recently made headlines for leading a ‘mob’ that attacked the Delhi home of CM Kejriwal.

According to NRI Affairs, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC), the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) and the Australian No Hate Alliance (AAH) have called on event partners to withdraw their support citing anti -Muslims of Surya.

“Surya expressed clearly inflammatory anti-Muslim views and stirred up hatred and violent feelings against our Indian Muslim brothers, sisters and children,” the ACEC said.

Demanding the cancellation of Surya’s participation, protest groups wrote letters to Australian universities and businesses, sponsoring the event.

“As evidenced by his profile on the AIYD website, Surya identifies himself as an RSS Swayamsevak…Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is a Hindu militant organization that borrows from the tactics of European fascism to turn different people into ‘enemies’ . Groups that have suffered discrimination and violence related to the RSS for decades include Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Adivasis (indigenous) and Dalits (historically positioned at the bottom of the hierarchical caste system),” the letter reads. .

After the protest, Deakin University, University of Sydney, Macquarie University and Monash University disassociated themselves from the event and withdrew their sponsorship, NRI Affairs said.

Held in India and Australia every other year, AIYD is a dialogue of young leaders between Australia and India. According to their website, AIYD “enables a rich exchange of ideas among emerging leaders to think creatively about how the Australia-India relationship can be strengthened through their own work and efforts.” It claims to host “the best and brightest young minds from every country at an annual conference”.

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