After Akademi, student refuses to accept MBA degree from Smriti Irani


After protests over growing religious intolerance by India’s celebrated writers and scholars, now a student in Kashmir has refused to accept his MBA degree from the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

Samir Gojwari suspected that Irani was likely to be the chief guest in his university’s annual Convocation this year. This prompted him to announce that he will not accept his MBA degree from the ministet.

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He posted the following message on his Facebook page,

“When India’s writers are returning literary awards to protest diminishing freedoms and 41 writers across the country have given back most prestigious awards; unofficial reports say that ‪#‎IslamicUniversity‬ of Science & Technology on its 1st Convocation have chaired a Minister from Central Ministry ‪#‎BJP‬ most likely Mrs.Smiriti Irani.

“Though for a student receiving a master’s degree is no less than any prestigious award. But on 19th October 2015 (Convocation Day) I Sameer Gojwari won’t accept it.”




More than 40 renowned writers have returned their Sahitya Akademi awards in protest against Dadri lynching and the murder of MM Kalburgi in Karnataka.

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