Universities should not be a space for ideological conflict, says Amit Shah

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Universities should not be a space for competing ideologies, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in Delhi on Thursday.

“Universities should not become a fighting ground for ideological conflicts,” Shah said. “Young people should give space for discussion rather than conflict when it comes to ideology. What is best will emerge by itself. Why should we worry?

The Home Secretary made the comments during a speech at a seminar on “Revisiting Ideas of India from ‘Swaraj’ to ‘New India'” organized by the University’s Department of Political Science from Delhi.

Several universities in the country, including Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, have witnessed clashes between different student bodies. Significant clashes took place between Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad of the Bharatiya Janata Party and leftist-affiliated student associations.

On April 10, several students at Jawaharlal Nehru University were injured when clashes allegedly broke out over meat served in a hostel mess during the Hindu festival of Ram Navami.

In 2019, a scuffle broke out between student activists from the Left Front, the Trinamool Congress and the BJP during Shah’s roadshow in Calcutta.

In his speech on Thursday, Shah said that if an ideology is causing conflict, it is “not an ideology and certainly not India’s ideology”, PTI reported.

“No one remembers who destroyed Nalanda and Taxila universities,” he said. “It is said that the Nalanda University library burned down for months. But the thoughts of these universities live on even to this day.

The Home Secretary warned young people of what he said was a new movement, in which some were fighting for rights and creating disorder in the process.

“The duty that young people have towards the country, society and the poor, they must always be aware of,” he added.

Shah also claimed that India had no defense policy until Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014.

“We viewed our foreign policy as our defense policy,” he said. “Even if it existed, it was suppressed under the shadow of foreign policy.”

On demands to remove the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, or AFPSA, due to human rights abuses, Shah said those who died from terrorism also have human rights .


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