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Rahul Gandhi, Bollywood¬†celebrities condemn FTII student arrests…. reports Asian Lite News

Rahul Gandhi with the protesting students in Pune (File)
Rahul Gandhi with the protesting students in Pune (File)

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhgi and celebritie Bollywood celebrities condemn the crackdown oin protesting Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students in Pune.

“They (FTII students) have come into the institution based on their capabilities, but people who have been placed on top of them do not have the same capability. The people who have been placed on top do not have merit,” Rahul had said.

The only merit they have is that they have sung the praises for the Prime Minister, of the BJP and believed in the ideology of the RSS,” he said.

Hindi film celebrities including Shekhar Kapur, Resul Pookutty, Anand Gandhi, Hansal Mehta, Nikhil Advani and Anubhav Sinha on Wednesday condemned the arrest of protesting FTII students, and said the government should “respond with solutions not muscle”.

They said the arrests in Pune in a post-midnight swoop following a complaint by the film institute’s director was a shame, “absolutely condemnable” and sad.

Students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) have been protesting for over two months against the appointment of BJP member and TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as the facility’s chairman.

The midnight arrests, on charges of rioting and more, came after some students confined FTII director Prashant Pathrabe and other staffers in his office for eight hours and vandalised office furniture and fittings on Monday.

Opposing the decision to arrest the students, the celebrities took to Twitter, where the issue was trending under the #FTII hashtag.

Here’s what they tweeted:

Hansal Mehta: Dear government, respond with solutions not muscle.

Shekhar Kapur: There was a time FTII was considered one of the best film schools in Asia and produced some brilliant talent. What happened?

Vivek Agnihotri: FTII is a complex issue. But politicians riding on it makes it more complex. Fair people must condemn it.

Swara Bhaskar: Is this right??? What is wrong with our state??? Shame!!!

Anubhav Sinha: ABSOLUTELY CONDEMNABLE!!! You can’t ARREST dissenting students…. A Government that can’t talk through a matter with 500 students (or less???) will resolve border crisis and such???

Resul Pookutty: A senior official from I&B ministry talked to me at length at 8 p.m. about how to solve the impasse and he said they are coming to FTII in a couple of days. Then why this arrest in the middle of the night? That too including girls?!

Nikhil Advani: FTII students mid-night arrest. SAD!!!

Vishal Dadlani: Never seen a government fall so low, so quick. Family-packs of lies being sold as achievements, while freedom is crushed daily. JaiHind

Anand Gandhi: Here’s another course of action: Hear the students + experts out, accept mistake, revise appointment, kindly take leave.