JNU cancels another programme on Ram Mandir
New Delhi Dec 6 (IANS) Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) cancelled another programme on the Ram Mandir issue on Wednesday saying it wanted to "maintain communal harmony".
The event "Reclaiming the Republic" was organised by the JNU Students Union where Communist Party of India- Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary Prakash Karat women rights activist Kavita Krishnan and economics professor at JNU Jayati Ghosh were scheduled to speak among others on the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992.
"The competent authority has cancelled public lectures/talks on the issue of Ram Janmabhoomi and Babri Masjid in the campus on December 6 in order to maintain communal harmony and peace and stability " a letter from the Dean of Students read.
"Academic discussions on various themes are always permitted that contribute to knowledge enhancement and social order " it added.
Another lecture "Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya" on the same issue was cancelled by the university late on Tuesday evening. In a letter issued by the Senior Warden Koyna Hostel where it was listed to take place the varsity had ordered the cancellation without citing any reason.
BJP parliamentarian Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said his lecture on the Ram Mandir issue was cancelled by the JNU authorities because they feared his "powerful" arguments in favour of the temple.
The events were scheduled on Wednesday for the day marked 25 years of demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.