Jammu professor calls Bhagat Singh terrorist
A professor of Jammu University triggered a controversy by allegedly referring to freedom fighter Bhagat Singh as a “terrorist”, prompting authorities to set up a panel to probe the matter. While delivering a lecture at the department of political science on Thursday, Prof. Mohammad Tajuddin allegedly made the reference. Soon after the students took up the matter with the Vice-Chancellor. “Some students met the Vice-Chancellor on Thursday evening and told him about the incident. They submitted a CD as a proof,” Jammu University spokesperson Dr. Vinay Thusoo said. Taking immediate action, V-C Prof. Manoj K. Dhar ordered a probe and ordered disassociation of Prof. Tajuddin from teaching. “Following the complaint, the University on the same day constituted an inquiry committee, headed by University’s Dean Academic Affairs Prof. Keshiv Sharma,” Dr. Thusoo said. He said the committee has been asked to submit its report within 7 days. The matter triggered protests from students who demanded that the professor be suspended from the university. Prof. Tajuddin said his remarks were taken out of context and a 25-second clip was made from his two-hour lecture. Prof. Tajuddin said he was talking about Lenin (Russian revolutionary) in the lecture and in that context, mentioned that the state calls any violence against it as “terrorism”. “Someone took a 25-second video out of my 2-hour lecture. Terrorist word came in that. It was not what I meant. Still, if anyone is hurt, I am really sorry for it,” he said. “I also consider Bhagat Singh a revolutionary. He is one of the people who sacrificed his life for the country,” he said, adding that he did not intend to hurt anyone’s feelings and apologised.