The Director, Academy of Theatre Arts (ATA) in University of Mumbai was on Tuesday sent on “forced leave” for making derogatory remarks against women and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. The university has also constituted a committee to investigate this entire matter.
University Vice Chancellor Suhas Pedenkar wrote a letter to the students demonstrating about the case. In the letter, he said that “Students of ATA also harassed by him had to resort to a sit-in agitation at the Kalina Campus since January 13, along with Chhatra Bharti and All India Students Federation, Disha Vidyarthi Sanghatana and other activists.”
Several students unions alleged that Soman had made objectionable remarks against former Congress president Rahul Gandhi and also against women in general. Professor Yogesh Soman on December 14 posted a video on Twitter targeting Rahul Gandhi for his remarks on Savarkar. He was heard saying, “You truly aren’t Savarkar. You don’t have any qualities of Savarkar. The truth is, you aren’t a true Gandhi either. You don’t have any of the values.”
— Yogesh Soman (@shriyogeshwar) December 14, 2019
He had made the video after Rahul Gandhi, at Congress’ Bharat Bachao Rally in New Delhi in December, had said that he would not apologise , amid a controversy over his ‘rape in India’ remark.
Gandhi said in a rally, “My name is not Rahul Savarkar, it is Rahul Gandhi. I will not apologies for having said something right. Modi should be the one asking for forgiveness from the nation. Modi’s assistant Amit Shah should be asking for forgiveness.”
In his letter addressed to the students, the University’s Vice Chancellor Pednekar wrote that the inquiry committee will investigate all the allegations, which have been made by the students.