"This is Modi's Emergency": Sitaram Yechury On Protesting JNU Students

Clay Curtis
November 19, 2019

The entry and exit to Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Central Secretariat metro stations have been closed in view of the JNU students' protests.

"The students of JNU can not survive with the present structure of fees that are sought to be pushed down their throat".

The students from Jawahar Lal Nehru University are chanting slogans and attempting to cross police barricades. This, even as the JNU administration announced a partial rollback of the hike.

"The number of police personnel present at the spot of the protest is higher than what we saw during an emergency", Sitaram Yechury said during a press briefing.

Ten companies have been deployed outside JNU, police said.

Indian police fought street battles in New Delhi on Monday with thousands of students who stepped up protests over fee increases at one of the country's top universities.

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The varsity's students have been protesting for almost three weeks against the draft hostel manual, which has provisions for the hostel fee hike, dress code, and curfew timings.

Here are some pictures of the protest:Jawaharlal Nehru University students clash with police during a protest march towards Parliament on Monday. The police later stopped the march around 500 metres from the varsity's gates. "The definition of the BPL with an annual income of Rs 27,000 means that they absolutely can not afford the fee hike", it added. "We urge you to consider our plight and endorse our demands", the JNUSU appealed in the memorandum.

The protest march comes on the first day of the Parliament's Winter Session, which will end on 13 December.

Another languages student Shivraj Jagtap said university costs would be roughly tripled, reaching 12,000 rupees ($167) a month for some.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has set up a high-level committee to hold a discussion with students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and resolve all issues peacefully. There are many others like me.

"Students took out the march carrying banners which read "save public education", fees must fall" and "ensure affordable hostels for all".

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