Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that Independent thinking and free Expression are now under threat in India’s universities” at the Presidency University’s bicentenary celebrations.
He himself was a brilliant student and studied economics at Panjab University and then at, University of Cambridge.
“We are witnessing around the world a rise in new nationalist tendencies responding to populism and directing hatred against backward classes and minorities. These tendencies could be extremely dangerous. We must protect India from this trend. And universities have a vital role to play,”
Mr.Singh focussed on the freedom of students in pursuing education and a kind of knowledge they wanted, irrespective of the supremacy set by traditional and ruling educational systems.
He further added-:
“We must guard this freedom very zealously. We must make every effort to protect the autonomy of our universities and to foster the right of our students to express ideas that powerful interests may not always agree with,”
He also pointed out incidents happened at University Of Hyderabad(HCU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) by saying-:
“Recent attempts to interfere with free expression of student community at the HCU and JNU are of particular concern”
On a lighter note, Mr.Singh also shared that he wanted to become a teacher but some conditions pulled him into politics. At the same time, he without saying directly criticized the current central government and their policies.