A day after scuffle broke out at the Delhi University campus over the installation of busts of VD Savarkar, Subhash Chandra Bose, and Bhagat Singh by the RSS-affiliated ABVP ‘without due permission’, the student body on Wednesday agreed to step back saying, that the busts should be kept in the DUSU office till the permission is granted and the busts should be installed only after the due permission of the administration.”
On Tuesday, The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) placed the busts of Veer Savarkar, Bhagat Singh and Subhas Chandra Bose outside the varsity’s arts faculty complex, without obtaining the necessary permission.
ABVP leader and students’ union president Shakti Singh, whose name was mentioned on the pillar as the person who installed it, told The Indian Express, “We have written to university officials several times asking for permission to set up such a monument – last November, this March, April and again in August – but we got no response. So we decided to go ahead and do it ourselves.”
The two-feet-long busts in white marble had been placed on a 6.5-ft-long pillar which is red in colour. The plaque on it reads “Aazadi ke naayak Veer Savarkar, Bhagat Singh, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose ki moorti sthaapna 20 August 2019 ko ki gayi,” referring to the three as “heroes of freedom”.
The move invited criticism by both, the Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and the left-wing All India Students’ Association (AISA), particularly for the installation of Savarkar’s bust. The student groups criticised the ABVP move, saying that Savarkar can not be put on the same pedestal as Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose.