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Why Smriti Irani was desperate in Parliament?

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In this session, Member of Parliament seems are on avenges agenda, from Rahul Gandhi to Teesta Setalvad everyone was attacked by Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani and her other party colleagues. Rahul Gandhi is prepared to combat with his reply in Parliament and the entire nation will know the truth. Smriti Irani has launched a stinging counter-attack against the Opposition during the debate in the Lok Sabha on Rohith Vemula, the Hyderabad University student who committed suicide and the JNU students arrest and charged with sedition. Smriti alleged that she had been targeted by the Congress because of her work in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi’s constituency. Rohith Vemula, a 26-year-old research scholar, was found hanging at the Hyderabad Central University, days after he was banned from the hostel and other areas on campus for allegedly attacking an activist of the BJP-linked student group ABVP. The Congress and other parties have alleged that Rohith was punished by the university because of pressure from Smriti Irani and another minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, who had asked for action against those who had attacked the ABVP activist.

However, the statements by Smriti Irani in Lok Sabha, saying Kanhaiya Kumar and some other students had been found indulging in anti-national activities by the JNU authorities themselves. The Telegraph Calcutta exposed her lies step by step wide openly to public. I am not editing the article much but want my readers to read it carefully.

Smriti in her filmy andaaz said, “Mujhe sooli par chadhana chahte ho… Amethi ladne ki saza doge mujhe? (You wish to hang me, punish me for contesting from Amethi?) Irani had contested against Rahul Gandhi from Amethi in Lok Sabha elections 2014.

I am not certifying your patriotism but don’t demean mine. I have my idea of India, don’t demean it.

A mother who gives birth cannot take lives.

Some people say children have committed mistakes and we should forgive them. In JNU some children have been mobilised against the state.

One pamphlet in JNU hails Mahishasur and says Durga, a sex worker, was hired to kill him. Is anybody willing to take this discourse to the streets of Calcutta? Who, I want to know, is ready to talk about it in the streets of Calcutta, the Marxists?

If any VC appointed during UPA regime says I have attempted saffronisation of education, I will quit politics.”

Some of the points made by HRD Minister Smriti Irani in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday and how they fare in accuracy test. Let’s check it out:


The HRD Minister quoted a February 11, 2016, report by the security staff of JNU that named Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya and four other students as being part of a rally two days earlier that had raised a series of slogans demanding the freedom of Kashmir and the destruction of India. “The security staff of JNU has no link to the government,” Irani said.

Fact check: JNU has private security guards but they are hired by the same university administration that itself faces charges of ceding the varsity’s autonomy to police and the central government after the home minister and the HRD minister made clear they wanted strict action against the alleged sloganeers.


Irani said: “The internal committee of JNU, which includes teachers, the rector of the University… —  and we didn’t appoint any of them — concluded that these students were guilty prima facie, and suspended them for the period of the inquiry.”

Fact check: The University’s internal committee, which was appointed by JNU’s new vice-chancellor, is facing criticism because it suspended the students without giving them a hearing, and within a day.


Irani cited her ministry’s decision to forward Congress MP Hanumantha Rao’s letter on Hyderabad University to the institution. The minister did this to defend the serial letters her team wrote to the varsity, reminding it of a letter from BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya. The Opposition has pointed to the MP’s letter and the HRD ministry’s active interest as catalysts that pushed research scholar Rohith Vemula to suicide in January. “I have taken up letters from every MP, even when our ideologies are starkly different,” she said.

Fact check: Irani’s ministry did forward both letters – Rao’s and Dattatreya’s — to Hyderabad University. But equating the two letters is comparing apples with oranges. Rao’s letter aimed to alert the HRD minister about the growing number of Dalit students’ suicides on the university campus. Dattatreya’s letter proclaimed students of the Ambedkar Students’ Association (ASA) — that Vemula belonged to — as “anti-national”. While the suicide underscored the university’s failure to act on Rao’s letter, Dattatreya’s letter and the HRD ministry reminders were followed up by action from the varsity’s executive council.


The executive council of Hyderabad University decided to “expel” Vemula and the other students, Irani said.

Fact check: The executive council only suspended them and that too only from their hostels. Irani was also silent about the trigger of the crisis on the Hyderabad University campus — an alleged physical fight between student activists of the RSS body, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), and the ASA. An ABVP leader had accused ASA students of assaulting him but hospital records suggest he visited a doctor for a prior medical condition — not to treat assault wounds.


Irani referred to celebrations of Mahishasur — the demon slayed by Goddess Durga — in JNU, and wondered whether that would be tolerated in Calcutta.

Fact check: The “demon” is celebrated in many parts of southern India, and some scholars have suggested his popular, dark-skinned depiction in contrast to the fair-skinned Durga is a pointer to an Aryan-Dravidian divide. Mysore, Karnataka’s second-largest city, is an anglicised version of Mahishuru — which means the “abode of Mahishasura” in Kannada.


Quoting a Class IV teachers’ guide penned by Narendra Modi’s bete noire Teesta Setalvad, Irani said: “The book says we should not perpetuate the theory that ancient India was Hindu and medieval India was Muslim.” The minister quoted two other textbooks to buttress her argument that problematic school curricula fostered an “anti- national” mindset among college students. “The book says when we teach Shivaji versus Aurangzeb, we need to decide which Shivaji do we take into the classroom. Another book says we need to teach children about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, about Hindu- Christian riots in Kanyakumari.”

Fact check: Irani’s objections to the texts she quoted appear hard to understand since they seek to present a nuanced narrative of India’s complex history than a linear, black and white perspective. And the 1984 riots remain a political blot on the Congress, her principal opponent.

Setalvad issued the following statement on Wednesday night: “The Narrative of Shivaji, used in the Don Bosco School books and Teacher Training Manuals, was supported by the work of reputed historians like Jadunath Sarkar and Govind Sakharam Sardesai. It dealt with caste being a major hurdle in Shivaji’s coronation. By the way, it was the Shiv Sena that launched a campaign against me and the state human rights commission ruled in my favour at the time — saying that no enmity was created and it was, in fact, a rational view of history that was being disseminated.”

“Obviously like the Shiv Sena, for the RSS to even speak of caste being a factor of exclusion — even of a great figure like Shivaji — is anathema. “Remember Smriti Irani’s letters calling Rohith Vemula casteist and anti-national? She was referring to the reminders sent by the HRD Ministry to the Hyderabad Central University on a complaint from the party man Bandaru Dattatreya, cited by the Opposition, as one of the many reasons that had led to research scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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