Ground Report | New Delhi
A road in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus has been named after VD Savarkar, the Hindu nationalist leader known for promulgating philosophy of Hindutva. The decision to name a road ‘VD Savarkar Marg’ was taken in November 13 last year.
JNUSU’s student union leader Aishe Ghosh tweeted the picture of the Marg board. “It’s a shame to the legacy of JNU that this man’s name has been put in this university. Never did the university had space for Savarkar and his stooges and never will it have(sic),” she tweeted.
The board is erected adjacent to a signboard showing way to the Subansir hostel in the campus. General Secretary Satish Chandra Yadav said this was an attempt to tame the character of JNU.“The people who joined with colonial powers at the time of freedom movement are being given this treatment in JNU. We won’t accept it,” he said.
Last year in August, ahead of the Delhi University student union polls, DUSU President Shakti Singh had installed statues of Veer Savarkar, Subhash Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh outside the gate of the varsity’s Arts Faculty in north campus. She had done this without obtaining any permissions.