New Delhi: A bridal-themed event will be held in the on-campus residence of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor (V-C) M. Jagadish Kumar Saturday evening.
The event, titled ‘Aayi Milan ki Bela — Brides of India’, is being organised under the aegis of JNU Women’s Club (JNUWC). The V-C’s wife, and wives of JNU teachers are part of the club which organises social activities and events, such as Diwali Mela, for the employees and their children.
Both teaching and non-teaching staff of the university have been invited to the event, but they have to pay an entry fee — Rs 200 for adults and Rs 100 for minors, JNU sources said.
A number of teachers ThePrint spoke to confirmed getting an invitation to this event.
Women are expected to dress up in bridal costumes worn in different parts of the country to showcase the diversity of Indian culture. Sources said the university administration is also bringing in artistes from outside who will perform at the event.
The women’s club in the university was set up in 2018 on the lines of other women’s clubs that the Indian Army and police forces have.
JNU’s official spokesperson refused to comment on the matter, saying the administration has nothing to do with it, while calls and messages to JNU registrar Pramod Kumar went unanswered.
‘They’re trying to push RSS agenda by doing such events’
JNU students severely criticised the V-C over the event.
“The V-C does not have the time to meet students who are protesting for the hostels and they are doing absurd things like a bridal show. What do they want to even promote by doing things like this?” asked N. Sai Balaji, former president of JNU Students Union (JNUSU).
“They are just trying to push regressive RSS agenda by doing such events under the aegis of a women’s club,” he charged.
Another student Kashmira Dutta said, “Having events like a bridal show on campus and that too in the official residence of the V-C is very absurd. The V-C says that he does not have money for the university when students demand, but he has all the money for events like these.”