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Jamia invites Modi as chief guest, students up in arms

New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia Univerity has sent an invitation to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be its annual convocation’s chief guest. PMO, however, has not given any confirmation yet.

Jamia Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmed said that they have not received any confirmation in this regard.

A number of students and alumni are apparently not in favour of inviting PM Modi as the chief guest. For after the 2008 Batla House encounter, Modi in a gathering in Gujarat had said that Jamia was the breeding ground of the terrorist. According to students, he thus accused university’s students of being terrorists.

Reports of Modi being invited as the chief guest has created a lot of resentment; many students are planning to write to VC on this issue or even going to the extent of boycotting the convocation ceremony.

The invitation also received support as some called it a bold and welcome move saying that “things have changed since 2008.”

PM Modi, the then CM of Gujarat, was just a state leader then but today he represents India. PM Modi on Friday in parliament said that his government’s only religion was India. If he goes to Jamia, the move will promote harmony in the country.

It is also important that in the future such controversial statements by top leaders are avoided which stoke nothing but conflict and leave a bad taste.

Jamia Millia Islamia is one of the leading, noted universities in the country.

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