The protests initiated by the students of Film and Television Institute of India will enter its 100th day on coming 19th. Alleging the government on the issue of ‘Saffronisation’, FTII students were joined by some students from other universities for a day-long symbolic hunger strike in Delhi. The protesters, who gathered outside the office of I&B Ministry were forcibly removed by the Police. The Police officials professed that the action was taken as they had not taken prior permission for the demonstration which is mandatory.FTII students were today joined by students from Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamia Millia Islamia University for the hunger strike against the controversial appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the Chairman of the Institution.
It has been informed that a total of 12 students have been detained for holding demonstrations without permission. A Senior Police Official informed, “They had no prior permission to stage any sort of demonstration. The detention has been done considering law and order issues.”
Defending the cause, a student, Sakshi Gulati said, “Our students are on hunger strike. Some have already been hospitalized but there has been no response from government which shows they do not care for students at all.” She accused the government representatives of the careless behaviour stating, “Arun Jaitley can tweet about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mark Zuckerberg, but he cannot talk on our issue.”
It is clear that the protests have turned political after some senior politicians like Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal have supported the protests. Kislay, another students from FTII said, “It is the government which is saffronising FTII and other institutes. We have appealed all political parties to extend their support to our cause.”
He also clarified that the protests will be intensified in coming days and the students will hold a similar strike in Mumbai on 16 September and in Patiala on 18 September. He said that to mark the 100th day, the protests will turn nationwide, “On 19th, when the agitation will enter its 100th day, nationwide protests will be held. In Delhi, the protesting students will carry out a rally from Mandi house till Jantar Mantar.”
He further added, “We have also invited people from the artistic community in Delhi who will also participate in the rally on 19th.”
The protests have received support from some famous Bollywood personalities. Earlier, actor Salman Khan came in the support of the protesting students asking for the resignation of Gajendra Chauhan from the post. Recently, Aamir Khan also supported the students and said that the government must listen to the students’ grievances and find a better solution.