Banned KUSU Condemn Rahul Visit

India’s Corporate Leaders To Join Cong Leader At KU Today

Srinagar – Banned Kashmir University Students Union Thursday vehemently opposed and condemned the visit of Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi’s visit to the University and said it would hold protests against it.

“Roping in big-wigs of Indian corporatocracy for an apparently economic agenda is nothing but a façade aimed at stamping Indian hegemony in the varsity. Considering the disputed nature of Kashmir, any kind of investment by Indian business community seems beyond prudence. Also economic offerings cannot satiate the political aspirations of Kashmiris in general and Kashmiri youth in particular,” a Union member told Kashmir Observer said, adding “Visit of Indian industrialists should be of academic nature and not political and propagandist.”

“Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Talat Ahmad, has repeatedly and hypocritically asserted that no politics will be allowed on campus. However, time and again Indian political parties have been allowed to carry out their activities at the university. Days before the scheduled visit of Rahul Gandhi, NSUI (a Congress backed student body) put up posters in the campus and as always the administration feigned ignorance about it. It is in fact with the active support of the university authorities that NSUI and other such groups have carried out their activities at the varsity while the premier students union, KUSU, remains banned,” another member said, pleading anonymity.

Pertinently, several corporate leaders, including Tata Group chairperson, Ratan Tata, and Aditya Birla Group’s Kumar Mangalam Birla, arrived here Thursday to interact with university students along with Congress general-secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Besides Tata and Birla, Bajaj Auto managing-director, Rajiv Bajaj, Wipro Group chief Azim Premji and HDFC’s Deepak Parekh are among those interacting with students at Kashmir University Friday. This is the first time since 1947 that such a delegation of business leaders would be in Kashmir in a group.

Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, and Assam chief minister, Tarun Gogoi will also be present on the occasion.

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