Politics mixed in recent student protests: Gajendra Chauhan

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman Gajendra Chauhan says he will implement new syllabus from the upcoming season


A file photo of students protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
A file photo of students protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

New Delhi: Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman sparked a row, on Sunday said politics was “mixed” in the recent students protests in the country.

“If you see, there is a mild rage among students across the country, but it is only in certain groups. For instance, if a group of 50 students in an institute or university exhibit such behaviour it is not that all students there are involved in it,” Chauhan said on the sidelines of a conference at the Constitution Club in New Delhi.

“Why don’t the others participate? It shows that there is a certain amount of politics mixed in this,” he said when asked about the recent student protests in some parts of the country.

Chauhan, who will play the character of Nishadraj at Luv Kush Ramleela in the Red Fort this year, shared the dais with former cricketer Manoj Prabhakar, his wife Farhaan and others who will also be participating in the 12-day event starting 1 October.

Chauhan took a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav, who were among the first to visit the FTII campus amid the student agitation. He also did not spare Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal who tweeted his statements expressing support for the students around the same time.

“Yogendra Yadav was the first big political leader to visit the campus, then came Rahul Gandhi. Arvind Kejriwal too gave quite a few statements of the issue revolving around FTII. I want to ask them all what they have done since then for the institute?” Chauhan said.

Chauhan, who is known for his portrayal of Yudhishthira in the Mahabharat television series aired in the late 1980s, said, “On 5 July we had our second governing council meeting, in which several new things were passed which shall be implemented in the 2016 batch... I assure that I shall complete a lot of pending things by the time my tenure ends.”

“From the past two years no annual report was tabled in Parliament, that we have completed; new syllabus was pending for 10 years, that we are going to implement from the upcoming session,” he added.

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