Published: 28th February 2020
Ashamed that Kapil Mishra is our alumnus: DU's Social Work students call BJP leader a blot on DSSW legacy
The Students' Union of the Department has accused the BJP leader of tarnishing the image of the department and also their profession
The Students' Union of the Department of Social Work, University of Delhi has lashed out at their alumnus, BJP leader Kapil Mishra, and want to have nothing to do with him. The Union, in a statement, has accused Mishra of tarnishing the image of the college by 'inciting the mob' to disturb communal harmony in the city'.
Speaking to Edex Live, Anish Kumar, the President of the Union said that there had been enough evidence to prove that Sharma was responsible for the violence, "The current Union disowns Mishra and doesn't want to acknowledge him as an alumni. As long as we are here, we will not entertain him or invite him for any events." While saying he cannot speak for the department or the faculty even though many have extended their solidarity, as the Union, they are firm in their stand.
When asked why they felt the need to come out with this statement, Anish said that it was important that the larger academic also boycott him because he had brought shame to the profession as well. Calling him a 'blot' on the institution's legacy, the Union said that the BJP leader was responsible for tarnishing the community fabric and that many people had lost their lives, homes and livelihood because of Mishra. "We are ashamed of Mishra and also that he studied social work in our college. The image of our department and social work profession has been tarnished due to his provocative acts and communal statements," they said in thier statement. They went on to say that the DSSW fraternity is against 'the hatred, violence and communalism spread by Kapil Mishra who has also maligned our profession.' "We demand Delhi Police arrest him and take strict action against all such people," they demanded.
"DSSW has played an eminent role in address some of the worst situations such as the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. The social work department has given the society social workers, activists, academicians, directors, leaders, writers and buraecrats who are brining a change in their country through their work. In one way we have a glorious past and on the other hand, we also have a blot such as Kapil Sharma," the Union said.
Mishra reportedly worked in Greenpeace and Amnesty International and also has founded an organisation called Youth for Justice.