The seminar on Ram Janmabhoomi Temple at Delhi University began on Saturday amid protests and heavy police deployment,The Hindustan Times reports .
Meanwhile BJP leader Subramanian Swamy lashed out at those opposing the seminar and dubbed them as “intolerant.”
“There has been a lot of hue and cry about the so called intolerance, where has that intolerance gone? This is a seminar on a topic which is very important, it is not being attended by politicians but by historians, researchers and academicians,” he said.
Swamy on Saturday argued that the issue surrounding the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya should not be seen as a political stunt.
“Suppose we don’t do it this year, the next year is the election and then we have to do it the following year which is 2018. Then you will say it is for the Lok Sabha elections. Every year there is an election. So, we can’t stop our activities just because there is going to be an election,” Swamy said.
Swamy had earlier said that the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya would begin by the end of 2016 with the cooperation of the Muslim community.
Various student groups and teachers have been opposing DU’s decision to offer its campus for the non-academic event saying it is an attempt to communalise the campus and are demanding that the request be withdrawn.
“There are numerous more important issues of discussion including poverty, education and unemployment rather than discussing something that has always been a bone of contention between the people of different communities. We will hold a protest against it tomorrow,” Krantikari Yuwa Sangathan said in a statement.
DU professor Shaswati Majumdar said, “University is not a place for such kind of divisive seminars or lectures, which propagate only one-sided ideology. Academic institutions are places where students from different castes and religions feel comfortable to be in. This seminar will only create an environment of hostility and discomfort”.
Delhi University authorities are maintaining that they have nothing to do with the subject of the seminar and the organisation had booked the venue for the event which is available to outsiders for hiring.