On Friday, students and staff of the Jnanabharathi campus of the University of Bengaluru (BU) staged a massive protest against the construction of the new Ganesha temple inside the premises. Hundreds of students gathered in front of the administrative block to demand that the university authorities withdraw the authorization planned for the construction of the temple.
Demonstration at Bangalore University against the construction of a temple
Notably, there was already a Ganesha temple earlier which the University had to demolish due to the widening of the road. The protesting students said that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has no right to allow the construction of a temple inside the University premises. They also said that instead of a temple, building a library or a laboratory would be more useful for students.
Karnataka Congressman Priyank Kharge said the students do not want any religious activity to take place inside the university.
“Students want better infrastructure and a state-of-the-art library for the university. They do not want religious activities to take place on the university premises. Despite this, the government has taken unilateral decisions without consultation and procedure followed by They themselves come to clear the ground for the temple constructions The students were very clear and asked not to divide them on the basis of religious lines and to let them concentrate on studies and the future,” he said.
The student body further clarified that they were not against the construction but wanted the temple to move to another side of the university. In the past, there was an uproar over the installation of the Saraswati idol.