Chennai, May 29: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has taken action against a students' study group after receiving an anonymous complaint that it was criticising the policies of the Narendra Modi government and spreading hatred against him, reports said.
The Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle was stopped from using the auditorium, the IIT email and the institute notice board.
The Human Resource Development Ministry wrote to the institute's director on May 15 saying an anonymous letter alleging serious complaints was received from students. The letter contained a pamphlet of the study circle criticising the Modi government, said the reports.
The students' group denied the allegations and said it was never allowed to speak in its defence. It said the constitution of the country allows criticism of the government and its policies and accused the IIT authorities of trying to stifle the democracy.
A section said the episode had nothing to do with PM but reservation issue
The action by the IIT authorities sparked a debate on the social media. While some condemned the act, saying criticism is an essential part of democracy, others said the episode had nothing to do with the PM but was related to implementation of reservation.
(#2) So now groups are being derecognized on anonymous complaints that they have criticized Modi’s government. http://t.co/l7i0hcknw9— Dilip D'Souza (@DeathEndsFun) May 29, 2015
Dear IIT Madras students, will you soon have military police turning up at your hostel for combing operation #BJPruinsIIT— WithRG (@CongressFans) May 29, 2015
In IIT Madras or any educational institutions, groups with political agendas should not be encouraged in the name of Freedom of expression!— Jeril Jacob George (@jeriljacob) May 29, 2015
Just read IIT Madras correspondence. student grp protesting alleged failure to implement reservation, no mention of PM. #IITMadras— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) May 29, 2015
My god what crap is being dished out on IIT Madras issue .. such false news being spread.— shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) May 29, 2015