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Student protesters to greet Gajendra Chauhan with cultural programme at FTII meeting today

Pune,Amrita Nayak Dutta: Television actor Gajendra Chauhan, who will be assuming charge as the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman on Thursday, is likely to be greeted by another round of ‘peaceful’ protests by the students of the institute. This is despite a notice sent to 17 students by the Pune Police, warning them of action against relevant sections of the CRPC if they attempt protesting on Thursday.

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FTII students say they will hold a cultural programme to protest ‘contentious’ appointments that includes Chauhan’s as well as those of Anagha Ghaisas, Narendra Pathak, Rahul Solapurkar and Shailesh Gupta.

“Aside from shouting slogans and raising placards, we are also planning to organise a musical play to express our message of resistance. As we had said earlier, we will continue to protest the arbitrary appointments,” one of the students said.

Students say their core demand was to set up a proper criteria and procedure to appoint the FTII society, but it still remains the same.

“Despite a 139-day-long strike in the campus, several meetings with the ministers and the officials of information and broadcasting ministry, the questions we have raised have largely remained unanswered,” a statement released by the FTII students’ body read.

Chauhan, who will visit the campus for the first time since his appointment, will chair the FTII society’s meeting in which 14 members of the Governing Council will be selected.

The meeting was scheduled for December 18 but had to be postponed because some members were unavailable.

Chauhan’s appointment was vehemently opposed by the FTII students, who called it a political appointment. They were on a 139-day-long strike, starting June 12.

They ended their strike after numerous rounds of talks with government, despite which there were no changes in the appointments. They had also protested at the IFFI in Goa by holding a parallel exhibition of films made by them.

Core demand
Students say their core demand was to set up a proper criteria and procedure to appoint the FTII society, but it still remains the same.

“Despite a 139-day-long strike in the campus, several meetings with the ministers and the officials of information and broadcasting ministry, the questions we have raised have largely remained unanswered,” a statement released by the FTII students’ body read.

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