A senior professor of a government college in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh ran after some activists of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and touched their feet after they called him an “anti-national”, a video widely circulated on social media has revealed.
In the video, Professor Dinesh Gupta of Government Rajeev Gandhi Post Graduate College, Mandsaur, was seen running in the college corridor, touching the feet of some ABVP activists even as they tried to stop him.
According to a senior staff member of GRGPG College, a group of ABVP activists entered Prof. Gupta's classroom on Wednesday and raised anti-administration slogans over the delay in announcement of fourth semester (science) results.
Sloganeering in class
Prof. Gupta, according to the staff member, told the protesters not to raise slogans and leave the classroom. This prompted the ABVP activists to allege that the professor stopped them from saying 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai', and they then called him an “anti-national”. Before leaving the room, the protesters allegedly warned Prof. Gupta that they would lodge an FIR against him for his “unpatriotic” act, the staff added.
Hurt by the words of the protesters, Prof. Gupta rushed out of the classroom and caught hold of the activists one by one, touching their feet and asking them to explain his “unpatriotic” act.
“The ABVP activists humiliated Professor Gupta to such an extent that he decided to touch their feet and ask them to explain his 'unpatriotic' act,” alleged State Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja.
Reportedly upset over the incident, Prof. Gupta went on a three-day leave, said a college staff member. State Higher Education Minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya was not available for a comment on the incident. No action has been taken by the college administration in this regard yet.