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IIT Bombay Students Want PM Modi To Speak Out Against Those Supporting Lynchings And Growing Atrocities Against Muslims, Dalits

Students also pointed out that joblessness and fee-hike are "genuine concerns" that should be addressed by the Prime Minister.

In a Facebook post on Friday, a group of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay students underlined that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must speak against growing incidents of atrocities against Muslims and Dalits, and an increase in the cases of lynchings across the country.

However, during the 56th Convocation Ceremony on Saturday at the premier institute, Modi choose to merely praise  IITs and did not address rising hate crimes. Now, other students have also expressed disappointment, echoing the statements posted by their peers on social media.

The Facebook statement was signed “Students of IIT Bombay”. Several students told The Telegraph that those who had made the statement on behalf of “Students of IIT Bombay” were justified in “expressing their discontent”.

A day after Modi addressed the college, an IIT Bombay student told The Telegraph, “How can any sane person support the incidents of lynching and its glorification that is being carried out by some sections of the society?”

“The prime minister should personally address these issues and speak more often and rein in the elements who make a mockery of the justice system by glorifying such criminal acts,” the student added.

Besides the hate crimes-related issues, students also pointed out that joblessness and fee-hike are “genuine concerns” that need to be addressed.

“There are some genuine concerns among a section of the students, especially those who need scholarships to continue their higher education. The hike in fees and dwindling government support is a cause for concern,” another student said.

The administration is not making the names of the students who had posted the statement on social media public yet as it might impact their future.

Another article, posted on Facebook page Insight, IIT Bombay, noted that it was wrong for the administration to invite Modi for the event. “One is forced to question the rationale behind inviting such a high profile guest from the political realm, as illustrious personalities drawn from academia, research and industry would perhaps be a more appropriate choice,” the post read.

It also mentioned, “What should have been a day for them to celebrate with their family and friends, albeit with a touch of nostalgia, is being turned into a harrowing experience for the graduating students. We feel disrupting normal campus life for such events is not justified.”

Ironically, over 80 per cent of the students among the nearly five lakh of all the IITs, IIMs and other business schools, law schools and other universities, had voted for Modi in an online poll as the leader they wanted to hear post-2014 elections.

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