Bengaluru: Days after JNU teachers held a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the university has asked them not to sully the image of the institution and help prevent the spread of coronavirus, as reported by Hindustan Times. 

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However, one should note that the university authorities have made it clear that they are not against the right to protest, but asked them not to resort to agitation during the pandemic as it may set a wrong example. 

The protest had taken place on June 3. 

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“The protesting faculty members are requested not to sully the image of the university by violating the Covid-19 guidelines when the nation is working hard to contain the spread of coronavirus,” a press release said. 


And on the contrary, the JNUTA secretary Surajit Majumdar had something else to say: He said, “It is ridiculous to say people shouldn’t protest because of Covid-19 when unjust arrests are being made in the midst of the pandemic. The image of the university will only be sullied if the University community is silent with regard to the injustice seen all around.” 

The CAA which was passed in December last year grants citizenship to non-Muslims of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh like Sikhs, Hindus, Christians among others. 

Why only non-Muslims from Pak, Afghanistan and Bangladesh?

This is a very valid question. But the answer to this lies in a simple logic. All the three countries have declared Islam to be their official religion. So even if a Muslim is persecuted, it can’t be assumed that they are persecuted religiously in a country with Islam as the official religion. That is precisely the reason non-Muslims are being given preference.

Moreover, these Muslims who are religiously persecuted can seek citizenship under other existing laws.