New Delhi: A senior professor from the University of Jammu and Kashmir has come under fire for referring to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh as a terrorist during a lecture.
Furious over the remarks, which were made during a two-hour lecture, the students are demanding the resignation of M Taj-ud-din, a senior professor and head of the political science department at the university. “We have demanded the resignation of professor Taj-ud-din. Our voice is being suppressed by the authorities. If Bhagat Singh was a terrorist, who is the hero, Zakir Musa?” said one of the students.
According to a report in The Tribune, Vinay Thusoo, official spokesperson of the university, said professor Manoj K Dhar, Vice Chancellor, had constituted a high-level committee headed by the senior-most professor of the university, to look into the complaint of students.
Dismissing speculations of his suspension, professor Taj-ud-din told News 18: The V-C has not suspended me but formed a committee to look into the complaint. Since exams are nearing, I have no more classes to teach as of now.”
Taj-ud-din said he was delivering a long lecture and made several references which are now being projected in the wrong context. “In a university, things cannot be monitored like this. My intention was not to call Bhagat Singh a terrorist. I respect him as much as any other Indian does. If people’s sentiments are hurt, I regret it. A two-hour lecture cannot be seen in the context of just two minutes,” he said.
The professor later, also issued a clarification to the news agency ANI. "I also consider Bhagat Singh a revolutionary. He is one of the people who sacrificed their lives for the country," he said.
Prof. Mohammad Tajuddin, University of Jammu, on complaint lodged against him in Univ. for calling Bhagat Singh 'terrorist': I also consider Bhagat Singh a revolutionary. He is one of the people who sacrificed their lives for the country. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/yCD4vgBE7a— ANI (@ANI) November 30, 2018
Apologising for hurting the sentiments of people, he went on to explain that he was taking a lecture on the Russian revolutionary Lenin and in the context of that he said that the "state calls any violence against it 'terrorism'"
"Someone took a 25-second video out of my 2-hrs lecture. Terrorist word came in that,it wasn't what I meant. Still,if anyone is hurt,I'm really sorry for it," he added.
I was teaching Lenin (Russian revolutionary) & in that context, I said state calls any violence against it 'terrorism'. Someone took a 25-second video out of my 2-hrs lecture. Terrorist word came in that,it wasn't what I meant. Still,if anyone is hurt,I'm really sorry for it. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/jotmc3OGWf— ANI (@ANI) November 30, 2018