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Life is still full of anxieties, It is all a bit new and the area is still known locally as an enclave. “hybrid piece”. IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 8, Also read |? IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News This statement was hugely insufficient to calm people’s anxieties given the difficulties faced by not just the general public but also bank staff.1 percent. bound by a common goal of studying a discipline and excelling in the same. Will calling people who oppose organising the beef fest “sanghis” and “right-wing fascists”,further the space for a constructive dialogue in campus No And therein lies the problem I do not doubt the legality of holding a beef party I question the intention behind the same If the intention was to hold a discussion on the merits and demerits of the new rules in a bid to educate students as the organisers claimed the beef party was not the appropriate thing to do I have informed the organisers of the beef party and the members of the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle and other left-leaning organisations time and again that while their activities are legally correct the way they go about organising their activities is destroying space for dialogue on campus Posting posters calling for burning Ram’s effigy and pasting satirical posters of Purohits with the head of a cow with the caption "Mein Calf"is borderline incitement and hurtful to religious sensibilities My pleas however have fallen on deaf ears The North – South Divide between the Right and the Left Some of the students who were present when Manish and Sooraj fought are people who I describe as the right-leaning students While the left-leaning students can be encapsulated in APSC et al the right-leaning student group does not have formal organisation that can be used to describe it Rather interestingly there is a rough regional divide between the right and left leaning student groups – the left leaning students are mostly from South India especially from Kerala while the right leaning students are mostly from North India Sooraj for instance is from Kerala while Manish is from Bihar The right-leaning students have repeatedly shown complete disregard to any spirit of accommodation – they are not tolerant at all Intimidating behaviour is their way of expressing their frustration against the left-wing students and despite repeated appeals to them to desist from unruly behaviour there has been no positive change These students disrupted two meetings of the Student Legislative Council which isIIT Madras’ apex student body the second time seeing a fight between the left and the right Talking to some of them revealed that many of them like Manish are from rural areas and have been brought in a manner that makes them find acts like eating beef unpardonable That coupled with their steadfast unwillingness to accept that differences that are inherent in people destroys space for dialogue and blocks the possibility of peaceful resolution of any problem To conclude the prevailing atmosphere in the campus is not one that is suitable for dialogue Both groups of students do not see eye to eye and a feeling of biased coverage by the media impacts students on the campus This being the case it is important for the institute administration to come forward and hold a frank dialogue with these students and impress upon them the need to maintain civility within the campus Braving out the story and then trying to sweep things under the carpet —IIT Madras’ administration’s tactic till date —has only aggravated problems and I hope that this time around the administration doesn’t do the same The authoris a final year student pursuing his integrated MA in Development Studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Madras Opinions are personal

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