The Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) have set up a panel to decide whether the poem “Hum dekhenge lazim hai k hum bhi dekhenge”, written by Faiz Ahmad Faiz, is against the Hindu religion and its ideology.
The panel was formed in response to a complaint by a faculty member who claimed that the students, during a demonstration, sang the poem, which is anti-Hindu. The panel will also examine whether the students violated the prohibitive orders imposed in the city on the day of the march, whether they posted objectionable content on social networks, and whether the poem Faiz is anti-Hindu.
The poem reads—‘Lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhenge. Jab arz-e-Khuda ke kaabe se. Sab but uthwaye jayenge, Hum ahl-e-safa mardood-e-harm. Masnad pe bithaye jayenge. Sab taaj uchale jaenge. Sab takht giraye jayenge. Bas naam rahega Allah ka. Hum dekhenge.’
It was remembered when the news came that Faiz’s youngest daughter, Muneeza Hashmi, who had been invited to participate in the 15th Asia Media Summit organized by the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development and organized by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Prasar Bharati, was allegedly debarred from attending the conference without giving any reason. And the question kept troubling the mind: why is Faiz so loved by the masses and hated by leaders?
The students of IIT-Kanpur had taken a peaceful march on campus on December 17 to support the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and during the march; the students sang the Faiz poem. According to IIT deputy director Manindra Agarwal, in the video, students recite the Faiz poem which can also be seen as anti-Hindu. “
The IIT faculty member, in his complaint, alleged that the students made anti-Indian and community statements during their protest in solidarity with the students of Jamia.
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