Imphal, July 6,
As no sign of solution now foresees with no response from either the Union HRD Ministry over the 35 plus days old impasse at Manipur University, teachers community of the University now prepare to follow up series of relay hunger strike inside the Manipur University Complex from July 9.
“We have to continue the agitation to save the University and the students, I could not understand what make our Chief Minister so weak to interfere to our University’s issue”, said a Professor who did not want to disclose his identities.
“ CM N. Biren Singh is now a tame tiger of the BJP regime in front of VC Pandey - the man of the RSS”, another said in a mockery way. He however said that the Chief Minister have nothing to do to the affairs of the Manipur University but as it is the students of the state as it is matter which he can pursue with the HRD Ministry, the reason for his silence is nothing but similar one with a tame tiger in front of Prof. AP Pandey.
Faculties of the Mathematics and statistic department will begin the relay hunger strike at the Traffic point of the Manipur University on July 9 from 11 am said a statement released by the teachers’ body of Manipur University- MUTA. The relay hunger strike will continue till July 21 by faculties of every departments on simultaneous days, general Secretary of MUTA , Prof. Sanjukumar Singh said in a released.
Meanwhile, the fight against the autocratic universities authority, suppression of students rights and saffronisation of education was the subject of a discussion ‘Public discourse on Manipur University crisis’ held at the Manipur Press Club in Imphal today that was attended by the National General Secretary of the All India Students Federation (AISF), Vishwajit Kumar who is in Imphal.
The Manipur State Council of the AISF resolved on the occasion to support the demand for the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor of the Manipur University that has been the topic for a hot debate among intellectual circles, academia, the Manipur University teachers and has been fought tooth and nail by the Manipur University Students Union (MUSU) that has passed vehement comments against the Vice-Chancellor.
On the other hand, report submitted by the independent body selected by the Union HRD Ministry regarding the impasse at Manipur University has not been given any response, a source said. Some among the BJP members seems not happy with the attitude of the HRD Ministry to the issue of the Manipur University as they were expecting immediate response no matter the VC Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey has been replaced by some other competent authority or not.
Another highly placed source said that Union HRD Ministry too has been under undue pressure from some BJP leadership to side with the VC Prof. Pandey which the MUTA, MUSU and MUSA have been demanding for removal. This gave a real headache to the state Unit BJP leadership as they cannot make any decisions without approval from the central leadership.
This source from the state unit BJP suggested that the impasse at Manipur University is likely to continue for another months and students of the states will face the worse music.
Meanwhile, the issue is likely to spark another wild fire with the Meira Paibis and local clubs from Singjamei to Kakwa has extended support to the demands of the MUSU, MUTA and MUSA.