The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah’s recent statement at Delhi University has given enough indication that the ‘conflict’ at the varsity level is not going to be entertained in any manner.
Shah’s statement has made it clear for the students that there should only be room for the discussions rather than paving way for the conflict. The use of the word ‘discussion’ as an alternative to ‘conflict’ by the Union Home Minister, is certainly an excellent doctrine but not without drawbacks.
The ideological differences among the people, especially the students could be there always, but there should be no space for the ideological conflict at the universities and other educational institutions, but the place could be used to share the view and ideas for the betterment of the education, society and indeed for the nation as well.
The student activism from time to time resulted in conflict within the varsities between the separate groups, but the declaration is enough to put an end to the conflict, which is indeed a step towards the right direction as the educational institutions are the places where the conflict comes from.
However, at some point of time, the sharing of the ideas or coming up with the differences have led to the aggression, which ultimately takes toll on the students and also puts the question mark over the government claims.
The educational institutions are really apolitical and any statements and pronouncements by the political class should be apolitical and there should be no room for political stunts.
If the students are asked to sit on a table for sharing for discussion rather than opting for a conflict, then there is a need to have apolitical system within the educational institutions and there should be no space for any agency to disrupt the process of sharing ideas to ensure that the pronouncements are implemented in letter and spirit without the support and interferences.