Kejriwal to meet agitating FTII students on Tuesday amid political ruckus


As students demanding the ouster of Gajendra Chauhan as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman took to Jantar Mantar in the capital on Monday to continue their agitation, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday promised to meet the students to discuss the issue tomorrow.

Kejriwal’s government has been at the forefront in promoting the cause of education. The AAP government in Delhi recently doubled its budget to promote health and education in the national capital.

Earlier in the day, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore alleged that the FTII students’ protests were directly influenced by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Rathore said that the whole source of the protests took its root in politics.

“Somewhere a small segment of students was being misled by a political party or person. Had Rahul Gandhi visited FTII earlier in the last ten years, probably the situation would have been much better in the institution,” Rathore told reporters.

Last week, Gandhi had visited the institute in Pune to discuss problems the students were facing. During the two-hour long meeting, Gandhi said that the present BJP government was continuously promoting mediocrity in not just FTII but across all prominent educational institutes of the country.

Meanwhile, eminent film actor Anupam Kher who had earlier voiced his opinion in support of the students, on Monday urged the students to stop their protests and return to classes.

“Their parents have spent a lot of money on them. Now, the world is aware of their problem. Chairman has nothing to do with their day-to-day problems. There are millions of ways to stage protests. Now, they are stretching it too far,” Kher told a TV channel.

In the past, film personalities such as Kher, Resul Pookutty, Kiran Rao, Amol Palekar, Rajkummar Rao, Sudhir Mishra, Rishi Kapoor have all voiced their opinion against the appointment of Chauhan as chairman.

Students of the institute have now been protesting for 53 days. Some are even boycotting classes.





  1. This battle will have to be fought against these fascist forces no matter what the costs.
    We will never surrender.


    How has the controversy thickened?

    Apart from Mr. Chauhan’s appointment, students and progressive filmmakers have looked askance at the choice of the reconstituted FTII panel where four of the eight are RSS propagandists. These include Anagha Ghaisas, who has made several documentary films of Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Narendra Pathak, a former president of the Maharashtra ABVP; Pranjlal Saikia, an office bearer of an RSS-linked organisation; and Rahul Solapurkar, who is intimately associated with the BJP.

    Who are backing the students’ fight?

    The battle has brought the ideological contest between the right and the left into sharp relief, with left-wing students’ organisations like the All India Students’ Association (AISA), the Kolkata-based Satyajit Ray Film Institute and students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) all coming out strongly in support of the striking students.

    Besides, eminent personalities such as filmmaker Anand Patwardhan and academic-politician Yogendra Yadav have visited the FTII campus in Pune to express solidarity with the students and register their protest against Mr. Chauhan’s appointment.

  3. On one hand is SHAMELESS BJP/Congress Govt known for Suppressing every voice of dissent and on Other hand, is this Delhi CM, who, despite restricted Powers, is a HOPE to Millions, IN n OUT of Delhi…


  4. Good that Kejriwal is going and standing with the protesting students, so that BJP does not anymore tell that the students are henchmen of Rahul Gandhi. In fact, if BJP is scared of anyone today in India, it is Kejriwal and spread of AAP across India. Delhi slap on the face of BJP has been too hard and symbolically very powerful. Having said this, FTII needs total revamp of syllabus and infrastructure, and students staying beyond tenure of course need to leave campus and overall discipline has to be developed a lot more. But, that is NOT by imposing a person of the calibre of Chauhan on the students.


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