Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University has withdrawn its own order issued on Holi. The university faced protests from students, faculty as well as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad over its order not to celebrate Holi on the campus, after which the order banning the celebration of Holi inside the campus has been withdrawn.
Varanasi: Banaras Hindu University has withdrawn its own order issued on Holi. The university faced protests from students, faculty as well as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad over its order not to celebrate Holi on the campus, after which the order banning the celebration of Holi inside the campus has been withdrawn. The chief proctor of BHU said, “Regarding gathering at public place to celebrate Holi, the order issued on February 28, 2023, is being withdrawn in the light of the response received through social media and other means of communication. Everyone is expected to celebrate the festival of colours with due dignity in a cordial atmosphere.”
On 28 February, the Chief Proctor of BHU issued an order stating that playing Holi or playing music in public places in the university premises is prohibited and action will be taken against those violating the rules. The order said that all directors, heads of faculties and administrative heads should inform the students about the order and ensure compliance of the order.
Students as well as teachers became angry with this order to curb the organization of the festival of colours. Vishwa Hindu Parishad also condemned this order. Vinod Bansal, a VHP spokesperson, said the university had approved Iftar during Ramadan, but was now rejecting Holi celebrations. Bansal wrote on his Twitter account, “Yeh circular hai Tughlaki farman? Kya Kashi KA Hindu University Jihadi Jamia ki raha Jihadis protested Holi in Jamia!”
Bansal demanded the withdrawal of the order banning the playing of Holi in the university premises, writing, “Is this a circular or a Tughlaqi order? Has Hindu Vishwavidyalaya of Kashi started following the path of Jihadi Jamia? Jihadis oppose Holi in Jamia. Playing music is completely banned in Kashi and its Shiksha Mandir? Holi is not just a festival, it is also a mantra for social harmony around the world.”
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चाहे 4 दिन बाद ही सही, @bhupro को यह एहसास हो ही गया कि उनका कोई तुगलकी फरमान अब और नहीं चलेगा…!!
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— विनोद बंसल Vinod Bansal (@vinod_bansal) March 4, 2023
Meanwhile, after withdrawing the order banning Holi on the university premises, the Chief Proctor of BHU said that the only three places on the campus are the hospital, the New Vishwanath Temple and the roads are public places. The previous order banning the celebration of Holi was valid only for these three places. “Students are playing Holi in the campus. There is no problem and so far we have not received any complaint from any student.”