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IIT Bombay professor, guest lecturer face police complaint over pro-Palestine speech

A professor and a visitor speaker on the Indian Institute of Know-how (IIT) Bombay have been the goal of a police criticism from college students who declare they spoke in favor of Palestinian militants throughout a digital lecture, an official stated on Friday.

In a criticism filed on Wednesday, the scholars sought disciplinary motion towards visitor speaker Sudhanva Deshpande and Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) division professor Sharmistha Saha for his or her discuss on November 6.

A scholar informed PTI, “We denounce Professor Sharmistha Saha’s blatant attempt to host such hateful speakers to indoctrinate students with biased and factually false stories under the pretext of academic course ‘HS 835 Performance Theory & Praxis.’”

Of their criticism letter to the police, college students claimed that Saha had “inappropriately used her position to invite Deshpande (a radical Leftist as part of her course work HS 835”.

They alleged that Deshpande had glorified Palestinian terrorist Zakaria Zubeidi, and this has troubling penalties for the educational integrity and security of IIT Bombay.

“During the event, Deshpande made a statement that has raised significant concern. He not only admitted to having met Palestinian terrorist Zubeidi in 2015 but also defended and glorified violence and armed rebellion. Zubeidi is a known figure associated with the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an organisation designated as a terrorist entity by various governments and international organisations, including the United States, the European Union and Israel,” the letter acknowledged.

The al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades have been linked to quite a few acts of terrorism and assaults focusing on civilians, making their affiliation deeply problematic, it stated.

The letter quoted Deshpande as saying that “the Palestinian struggle is a freedom struggle. And there has been no struggle in the history of the world, in the history of colonialism that is entirely 100 per cent nonviolent. It is never! Indian freedom struggle was not 100 per cent non-violent and so on and so forth”.

The scholars expressed concern in regards to the influence such actions would have on the impressionable minds of younger college students and the potential safety dangers related to selling ideologies linked to terrorism and appealed to the police to research the matter.

(with inputs from companies)



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