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JNU cancels Kashmir webinar over objectionable subject

Last Updated on October 30, 2021 at 5:13 pm

Jawaharlal Nehru University on Friday night cancelled a webinar which was to be hosted by the Centre for Women’s Studies at 8.30 pm on Friday.

The subject was found to be objectionable and provocative as the webinar topic used the expression ‘Indian occupation of Kashmir’.

This is objectionable and a provocative subject.

JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar said in a statement that when they noticed that an online webinar titled “Gendered Resistance and Fresh Challenges in Post-2019 Kashmir” was going to be organised at 8.30pm, it was instructed to cancel it.

“JNU cannot be a platform to this kind of very questionable webinars. The matter is being inquired into,” Kumar said in a statement.

Kumar also mentioned that the faculty member did not seek the permission of the administration before planning such an event.

Rohit Kumar, secretary ABVP-JNU said, “We demand immediate action against the chairperson of the Centre for Women’s Studies, concerned faculties and JNU registrar who allowed the program and who all have mindlessly organised such an webinar by twisting facts on the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with the intention to create a distorted narrative on Jammu and Kashmir.”

The students’ body also demanded for severe action against those who were part of the organizing team of this webinar conducted by the university’s Centre for Women Studies.