Police complaint filed against JNU professor for Kashmir remark

Srinagar: A police complaint has been filed against Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) professor Nivedita Menon by the registrar of the Jai Narain Vyas University in Jodhpur over her alleged remarks about Kashmir and the Indian Army during a speech on campus, a media report said on Saturday.

Her speech in the campus has triggered protests by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members which led to the shutdown of the university on Friday, the report said. Menon is a professor at the School of International Studies at JNU and was invited by the JNVU’s English department to deliver a lecture on Thursday on the topic, ‘History reinterpreted: nation, individual and culture.’

Menon is a professor at the School of International Studies at JNU and was invited by the JNVU’s English department to deliver a lecture on Thursday on the topic, ‘History reinterpreted: nation, individual and culture.’

Vice-chancellor of JNU R P Singh confirmed her move and quoted Menon as saying that Kashmir was not an integral part of India and that soldiers worked for their livelihood and not the nation, the report added.

“The university has lodged a complaint against Nivedita Menon and one of the organisers, Rajshree Ranavat, who also announced while introducing Menon that she is famous for her views on Kashmir. Today, some children from the ABVP and some faculty members shut down the university in protest. I have set up a three-member committee to look into the matter,” the report quoted Singh to have said.

Professor Menon, however, denied all the charges and said that an “unnecessary controversy” had been created “based on rumours”, the report said.

“The entire controversy has been kicked up based on the account of one former professor…who is an RSS supporter,” the report quoted Menon to have said.

“I never said anything about Kashmir being illegally occupied by India…the organiser introduced me as someone who had said so in an earlier speech from last year. Secondly, the point about showing India’s map upside down…that was a picture from the Himal magazine, which points out that the world is round and that nations are not natural objects but imagined constructs.”

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