The secular nature of India as claimed by the constitution has been questioned time and again since Independence, and sadly continues to be. Recently a student was openly discriminated against on the basis of his religion by none other than the professor of a famous college.

The incident has drawn sharp criticism from a wide spectrum of society, as the professor’s remarks were insensitive.

26/11 Is Not Funny

In a recent viral video, a student can be seen protesting against an insensitive remark by a professor at the Manipal Institute of Technology in Udupi, Karnataka. The faculty apparently compared the student with the 26/11 terrorist, Ajmal Kasab, after hearing the student’s name.

Kasab had been convicted and hanged to death for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

Footage of the incident

In retaliation to the offensive remark, the student can be seen objecting vehemently. “26/11 was not funny. Being a Muslim in this country and facing this every day is not funny. You can’t joke about my religion, that too in such a derogatory manner”, the student said.

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The professor is subsequently seen trying to calm down tensions, and telling the student that he is just like his son. But the student retorted, “Will you talk to your son like that? Will you call him by the name of a terrorist?” Later the student posted on social media that he is satisfied with the professor’s ‘genuine’ apology.

Action and Response

The professor has been debarred from taking classes for the time being, according to a statement issued by the institution, which has “already initiated an inquiry into the incident and the concerned staff has been debarred from classes till the inquiry is over.

We would like everyone to know that the institute does not condone this kind of behavior and this isolated incident will be dealt with in accordance with the laid down policy.”

Official statement issued by Manipal Institute of Technology

Afwan B Hoode, President of the Student Islamic Organization (SIO) of the Udupi district, condemned the incident.

“The mindset of the professor to spread hatred against a religion is worrying and causes damage to the foundation of the constitution. This kind of attitude by a professor will further create fear in the minds of students from minority communities”, he said.

Disclaimer: This article is fact-checked

Sources: The Quint, Scroll, The New Indian Express

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