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#Hokkolorob movement takes social media by storm; 1 lakh Jadavpur University students march against the VC to protest against sexual assault

#Hokkolorob movement takes social media by storm; 1 lakh Jadavpur University students march against the VC to protest against sexual assault

Hok kolorob or 'let there be noise' is a revolution that spread like wildfire in the country through social media.

Hok kolorob or 'let there be noise' is a revolution that started in Jadavpur University and spread like wildfire across the country. It all began when a female student was molested and assaulted on campus a few days ago. The students were outraged by the Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University Abhijit Chakrabarty's inaction and complained that he was protecting the culprits instead.

The Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee dismissed the entire episode as a 'chhoto ghotona' (an insignificant event).

The students of the university were further irked by Trinamool Congress Leader and Education Minister Partha Chatterjee's comment: 'I won't be responsible if members of Chhatra Parishad, professors and others who want normalcy in the education sector also launch a movement of their own. We are requesting them (students of JU) to resume the classes and not waste their academic year by this movement. They have voiced their protest and now they should go back to their classes.'

The #HokKolorob movement is now taking social media by storm as students from across India are expressing their solidarity with Jadavpur University students. The hashtag #hokkolorob on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram shows photos and strong views of the students against the administration.

Police and 'plain-clothed' people had beaten up students who were participating in a sit-in protest against the authorities over the sexual assault of a woman on August 28. 1 lakh students took to the streets this Saturday demanding the resignation of the VC of Jadavpur University. Students also posted a list of colleges that were going to be a part of the huge protest.

In the backdrop of protests in the Jadavpur student molestation case, TMC leader and West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee has sparked off a row. Posting on his Facebook page, the TMC leader suggested that students are protesting following the ban on liquor and other illegal substances and not the molestation.

Witty slogans were seen in the protest that is among the biggest student-initiated protests of our times. 'E shatabdir duti bhool, CPM ar Trinamool' (CPI-M and Trinamool are the two biggest mistakes of the century); 'Ei VC ke chine ne/OLX-e beche de' (Pick up this VC and sell him on OLX).

On Facebook, students even posted a VC rap and a screen shot of Quickr where someone had actually put up the VC of Jadavpur University for sale! The authenticity of the picture is questionable, but the students still have a sense of humour even as they angrily protest.

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Hok Kolorob was a famous 2006 song by Bangladeshi singer Shayan Chowdhury Arnab that he composed while he was studying in Shantiniketan, Kolkata. It is now the anthem for the movement and has been recreated by Rupam Islam, a rock star in Kolkata, in support of the students. The song voices the students' determination with the words, 'Andoloner Shuru Aacchey, Shesh Nei' (This movement has a beginning, it has no end).

Ex-students and teachers have also joined the protests condemning the incident. Students also met West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to take action against the molesters. 'The governor sir gave us a patient hearing. He expressed his moral support to our cause and said that he will look into each and every aspect including the barbaric police action on the students,' a JU students' representative said after he met mediapersons.

An apology message that read 'I am sorry' was seen on JU VC Abhijit Chakrabarti's page on the university's website. However official sources denied the apology, claiming the website was hacked.

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