Ramdev’s visit got cancelled at JNU

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NEW DELHI- Yoga guru Ramdev has cancelled his visit to Jawaharlal Nehru University where he was invited to deliver a keynote address on December 30. Earlier in the day he had indicated that he would skip the event even as the varsity rejected demand of a student group to withdraw the invitation. Sources has confirmed the cancellation.

“Me or my office has not confirmed for any talk or event at JNU. I would have surely gone to JNU if time allowed to have candid, scientific & logical discussion, even with my ideological adversaries. I will love to talk to students & faculty at JNU, whenever its possible in near future,” he said in a series of tweets. While the varsity administration maintained that it had not heard of any denial or acceptance of the invitation from Ramdev.

Stating that it does not befit the stature of an academic institution like JNU to have persons with such a questionable background to address an academic gathering, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) had yesterday demanded that the varsity withdraws the invitation to the yoga guru to attend the ’22nd International Congress of Vedanta’ or face protests. Students also alleged that JNU shouldn’t have invited him at the first place.

The three-day convention- organised by the university’s Special Center for Sanskrit Studies in collaboration with the Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, USA and the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth – began here on December 27.

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