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Ashoka University Condemns Casteist Slogans Raised by Students

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In a recent incident that has sparked controversy and concern, videos of students at Ashoka University raising casteist slogans and demanding a caste census have gone viral on social media. The university administration swiftly responded to the situation, expressing its stance on the matter.

Ashoka University’s Official Statement

In an official statement posted on social media, Ashoka University expressed its strong disapproval of expressions of hatred directed against any individual or group. The university emphasized that such actions, which create an intimidating and hostile atmosphere, are considered serious offenses. The statement further clarified that the university values freedom of expression and vigorous debate, but it also places great importance on mutual respect.

Campus Atmosphere and Measures

The videos depict students marching on the university premises, shouting slogans against Brahmins and Baniyas. Phrases like “Inquilab zindabad” (Long live the revolution), “tanashahi band karo, admin thodi sharam karo” (End dictatorship, administration, show some shame), “we want caste census,” and “we want reservation” were heard in the footage. Ashoka University has pledged to take all necessary measures to ensure that peace and harmony on campus are not disrupted.

Guidelines on Freedom of Expression

The university’s guidelines emphasize that while freedom of expression is valued, it is not unlimited. Respect for the rights and sensibilities of others is essential to maintaining the spirit of the Ashoka community. Actions that create an intimidating, threatening, or hostile environment are subject to the university’s disciplinary procedures.

Ashoka University remains committed to fostering an environment where diverse perspectives can coexist while upholding mutual respect and understanding.

As the situation unfolds, the university administration continues to engage with students and address concerns. The incident serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between free expression and responsible behavior within academic institutions.

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