While the country celebrates the victory of good over evil on Durga Puja every year, a group of students in the Jawaharlal National University have been observing it as ‘Mahishasur Martyrdom Day.’
Addressing the Parliament yesterday, Union HRD Ministry Smriti Irani read out a statement by a group of SC, ST, OBC and minority students of JNU posted on the 4th of October 2014 which is extremely derogatory and offensive.
The statement reads, “Durga Puja is the most controversial racial festival where a fair-skinned beautiful Goddess Durga is depicted brutally killing a dark-skinned native called Mahishasur. Mahishasur, a brave self-respecting leader tricked into marriage by Aryans. They hired a sex worker called Durga who enticed Mahishasur into marriage and killed him after 9 nights of honeymooning during sleep.”
NDTV Journalist Sunetra Choudhury was slammed on twitter after citing such derogatory remarks as an alternate reading of Durga.
@sunetrac calling Durga a “sex worker” is alternative reading? By this standards Kamlesh Tiwari should be a professor at JNU.
— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) February 24, 2016
The big question is, do we really need such freedom of expression and speech?