How Viral Photos on Social Media Busted Communal Propaganda in Jamia Millia Islamia

May 9, 2018

New Delhi: After the rally taken out by some Hindu right wingers outside the Jamia Millia Islamia University yesterday against the alleged discrimination of the Hindu students, many Hindu students of the university have taken social media to express their response on the issue of alleged discrimination at the university.

Minutes after the rally, around hundred students gathered in the campus near Gate No 7 to express the anguish over the rally that was organised. The students irrespective of their religion showed their anguish upon the rally that was taken out by some stundents.

Many students posted their pictures on Facebook holding placards debunking the misconceptions after the rally. Students were found using Hashtags like #We are one,  #I stand with Jamia, and #We are safe here.

Anubhav Chakraborty, a post graduate student wrote on Facebook, “I’m a Hindu and I love this university. Never felt safer before within the company of such diverse set of people. To all those who claim they are voicing the concerns of the ‘Hindu community’.”

Speaking at the issue Anubhav said, “Around 20-25 students took out the rally at Jamia, if we don’t respond it could grew to 100-200 the next time. Therefore it should be students like us who should come forward and speak up. We have chose social media as it has a wider outreach.”

Another students Soumyadeep Guha held a placard saying, “I am a Hindu and I feel safe at Jamia #No to saffron terror”. Speaking at the response he said, “As an individual students I haven’t felt discriminated at Jamia. The rally was organised on the basis of sheer lies. To register my opinion I use social media platforms like Facebook as there is no other platform for a common student to speak up.”

Tripti says, “Jamia Milia Islamia is a blend of diverse culture. It reflects india in one frame. No one can judge my university on the basis of religion without being a part of it. I am a Hindu and I don’t feel neglected here, infact I feel like being home here.”

Rishabh Gupta, a former student at Jamia Millia Islamia, also wrote “I have been a student of Jamia Millia Islamia for three years and never have I ever faced discrimination of any sorts on the basis of religion. And so, when I see young adults marching outside the campus carrying banners like ‘Hindus are not safe here’, I feel weird.”

Here are some photographs from Social Media campiagn

(Written by Majid Alam, He is pursing Convergent Journalism from Jamia Millia Islamia)