After walking barefoot, burning effigies and sitting on a relay hunger strike for 30 straight days, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association will now be screening a film on the life of Hitler, “The Great Dictator”, this Friday at the venue of the strike, right outside the Vice-Chancellor’s office.
“This is not any attempt to liken the Vice-Chancellor to Hitler but is an attempt to revive the tradition of screening movies in the open in the university. The movie is basically about a movement and we are in the middle of a movement here; we are also trying to screen shorter films on popular movements and have a discussion later on,” said History teacher and one of the organisers Mukul Manglik.
He added that the film shows the way in which a tragedy plays out because of an individual’s lust for power. “The ongoing strike is not just about the teachers’ demands but a movement that has got to do with rights and democracy,” he said.
The teachers have been angered at the Vice-Chancellor’s ambitious reforms which have rattled the very structure of the university and have been sitting on strike since October 10. “All the reforms are aimed at corporatising the education system, it is redefining the way the university used to function so that the university as we know it will cease to exist one day,” said Abha Dev Habib, DUTA member who has been involved with the agitation since the beginning.
She added that some of the reforms had hit the teachers hard with the semester system and the examination department’s regular goof-ups being an especially sore point. “One day, education will be beyond the reach of many, that is what we are worried about.”