New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union General Secretary Aejaz Ahmad Rather has alleged the faculty of Center of Law and Governance Prof Amita Singh of calling him a terrorist. Aejaz speaking with Newsd alleged her of being vindictive and called her islamophobic.
Aejaz said, “I was having tea with three of my friends and suddenly Amita Singh came in her car and started asking us for our identity and when we confronted her, she started hurling abuses towards us and said that you guys are terrorists and responsible for the bomb blast in this country. Termites like you needed to be cleaned up from this country. After that, I said fine whatever you wanted to say you have told us, and then we left from the place.”
The incident took place on Wednesday near the special Sanskrit Study Center when the General Secretary was having tea with three friends and CLJ faculty Amita Singh was en route to her department had a verbal exchange with them, said Aejaz.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union has condemned the incident and demanded Amita Singh resignation.
In their pamphlet released by JNUSU said, “The communal venom of Amita Singh of Centre for Law and Governance was yet again exposed when she viciously entered in an argument with Aejaz Ahmad Rather, the General Secretary of JNUSU when he was having tea with his friends near the canteen of Sanskrit Centre. She passed a comment that Aejaz looked like a terrorist who has committed ten bomb blasts. This atrocious statement is yet another blatant display of the communal venom of Amita Singh and also exposes the full impunity she enjoys under the Sanghi administration. She further said that the students at the university are vulgar and illiterate. The professor had earlier made remarks against the SC/ST and minority students calling anti-nationals. She was also the author of a racist dossier a few years back. This remark exposes her casteism and communal hatred and should be seen together with the spread of venomous Hindutva in the country. It is highly condemnable that such professors continue to teach here only to spread their hate and venom.”
On the other hand, Amita Singh has denied such allegations and called it baseless propaganda.
Speaking with Newsd Amita Singh said, “They have gone venomous crazy in search of a new item of disturbance on their plate. Four boys were vehemently smoking in front of the canteen and I was driving to my center. I asked them not to do so in a public place. I asked them to stop smoking due to repeated incidents of fire in our forest area which has been killing porcupines and rabbits who cannot run very fast. I called up security office and spoke with Naveen Yadav and informed him about the issue. But in the meanwhile, they uttered something obnoxious and highly objectionable comment and drove away on their motorbikes.”
In 2016, Amita Singh sparked a storm after a dossier was made public and she was allegedly one of the authors of this. The dossier claimed to have details of programs which were allegedly anti-India or mostly organized by Left-leaning groups or individuals. The dossier sparked off a huge controversy and drew the international condemnation.
In the same year in March Singh was in the thick of another controversy and was alleged to make statements with caste and religious prejudices against students of JNU. The university authority later sent her a notice to clarify her statements. While she had maintained that her statement was taken out of context.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association has condemned it in strongest terms.
Here is the official statement of JNUTA:-