Pune: Around 350 students belonging to different colleges and organisations organised a silent protest march, ‘Abhivyakti Vidyartji Morcha’, on Tuesday. The protest was held to raise a voice against the assault on the freedom of expression, in context of the brutal murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.
Students of renowned colleges in the city like Fergusson College, Ranade Institute, Modern College, Garware College, Sir Parshurambhau College, ILS Law College, Karve Institute and Dhole-Patil College, along with those residing in several hostels in the city, participated in the protest march. Some faculty members from Savitribai Phule Pune University too were present.
The students marched from Goodluck Chowk on FC Road to Vitthal Ramji Shinde Bridge near Omkareshwar Temple. Student representatives of the colleges and different organisations likeMANS, Rashtra Seva Dal, Lokayat, etc. expressed their opinion without banners.
Speaking on behalf of all students across Pune who participated in the protest, Rishabh Anjankar, one of the coordinators of the protest, said, “We are protesting against every act where rational voices that stand for amity and against hatred are systematically silenced. We have decided to react in a democratic, peaceful way, to raise a voice against injustice and intolerance, thereby inculcating values of the constitutional spirit and rational enquiry into students.”
Veteran social activist Baba Adhav and journalist Ashwini Satav Doke were also present. Adhav interacted with students after the march and guided them. He expressed his concerns over the fundamental freedom of expression in our country.
“Dr Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh are all immortal. We might need to face many more of such fascist acts, but we should not discourage ourselves. We need to continue to raise our voices against unjust acts, that is all that matters,” Adhav said.