FTII hunger strike ends but protest on

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Students of the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Wednesday (October 28) called off their 139-day-old strike and said that they will not sacrifice academics anymore for a government that is “deaf and a bully”. A representative of the FTII students body said that students will resume classes but will continue protesting what they call the “political appointments” of Gajendra Chauhan and four other members of the FTII society. “We will not engage with the information and broadcasting ministry in any talks till these appointments are revoked. We are respecting what all the students want and will rejoin classes. We have tried every democratic means to make our voice heard,” a student representative said. The students’ body has alleged that during their previous discussions with the ministry they were told that the government did not have the mandate to revoke the appointments. “We don’t know who is then running the government,” the representative said. The said that they will continue to protest but resume classes. “We will go back to cinema and our work will show what we have learnt in last 139 days. We call upon all academicians and citizens to take our voice forward,” the representative said. The students started their strike on June 12 to protest the appointments of Chauhan as chairperson and the appointments of four members to the FTII society.

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