New Delhi: Professor, author and poet Makarand R Paranjape, a faculty member at the School of Languages in the Jawarharlal Nehru University shared on both Facebook and Twitter, how a group of JNUSU students stopped him from entering the office this morning.
Saying, “I was prevented from going to my office this morning by striking JNUSU cordons of students,” in a Facebook post, Paranjape also shared a video from his social media profiles
Narrating the incident on Facebook, Paranjape wrote, “The stand-off continued for a long time. They shouted slogans against me, called me names, and hinted that I was outnumbered twenty to one. But I also shouted slogans that I would fight for my democratic rights and the rights of all those who wish to dissent.”
In a series of tweets, Paranjape said, “when I asked one of the students his name, he said “Najeeb”, and others repeated that they were all Najeeb. Responding to it, Paranjape said, “I am Najib too, but I want to go to my office; you can’t stop me.”
Blaming the security personnel present at the spot, the professor said, “Security was so ineffective; it was their responsibility to ensure that those who wanted to go inside the building should be allowed. Even the security backed off. I said, “Why aren’t you doing your duty? You can see that they have blocked the entrance.” Clear the way.”
Paranjape continued his narration both on Facebook and Twitter saying, “In the end, I succeeded, but only after I had offered satyagraha myself, sitting down in dharna, and holding the students’ feet to push them away from the door.”
He tweeted saying he didn’t mind touching studnets’ feet for a good cause. When the protesting students said that they were preventing him from entering his office on “social justice ideology”, Paranjape could be heard saying that they cannot force their opinions on him. He tweeted that at one point, he told the students that he has been teaching since before they were born, that he has been a professor for 16 years and asked them not to teach him what JNU’s culture is.
He also said, “If I disagree with you, you have to let me discharge my duties, to teach, read, and write; that is JNU culture too, not bullying.”