Protesting against the illegal installation of the sculpture of Veer Savarkar, along with Bhagat Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose, Delhi state president of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) Akshay Lakra blackened Savarkar’s sculpture and garlanded it with footwear.
The president of the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), Shakti Singh of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), on Tuesday installed busts of the three historical figures at the North Campus of the university without taking permission from the university or civic authorities.
He called the authorities mute spectators and he attacked the attempt to glorify Savarkar. “He was a traitor. He was implicated in the assassination of Gandhiji. And you put his statue up next to freedom fighters like Bhagath Singh and Subhash Chandra Bose?” asked Mr Lakra.
“Despite having filed complaints with the police and the university, no action had been taken after 48 hours of installing the bust,” NSUI member Nikhil Kamble argued.
“It was a long-standing demand to have the status of freedom fighters installed but had not been heeded by the university. The current installation was a mark of protest,” said Shakthi Sing.