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Dissent is Agreeable, Not Disintegration: Naidu on Ramjas College Violence

In the wake of the violent clashes at Delhi University's Ramjas College, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday told reporters that the Center doesn't support or endorse any violent group or activity.

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Updated:February 27, 2017, 7:03 PM IST
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Dissent is Agreeable, Not Disintegration: Naidu on Ramjas College Violence
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New Delhi: In the wake of the violent clashes at Delhi University's Ramjas College, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday told reporters that the Center doesn't support or endorse any violent group or activity.

"The government doesn't support any violent group or activity,” he said.

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The Union Minister's statement came hours after Gurmehar Kaur, the daughter of Kargil martyr Mandeep Singh, alleged that she received rape threats on social media after launching a social media campaign against the ABVP. On February 22, Ramjas College witnessed violent clashes after members of the ABVP allegedly forced the suspension of an event where one of the invitees was JNU student Umar Khalid, who was charged with sedition last year.

The political slugfest became even more violent the next day when members of the ABVP allegedly disrupted a protest march organized by students of the JNU and Left-leaning AISA.

Supporting the RSS-affiliated ABVP, Naidu on Monday said “dissent is agreeable, not disintegration”. "The ABVP is a nationalist organisation. Other organisations have different views and let them express it. Why should outsiders go disturb peace of campuses?" he questioned.

"Having a different opinion apart from majority opinion is agreeable, but not disintegration. Nobody can advocate disintegration... The Congress and Left, who supported Emergency, are criticising us now. There are 7,000 institutions across the country and peace reigns everywhere... Freedom of speech is important, but it shouldn’t be used to advocate separatist policy," he added.

The Union minister said certain misguided sections were trying to mislead the youth. He said: "Frustrated people are misleading youngsters. Some elements are misleading the young population of India. You want to make universities as labs for separatist experiments?"

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