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Striking FTII Students Ready to Talk With Government Without Conditions

Graffiti at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) where students have been on strike since June 12

Graffiti at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) where students have been on strike since June 12

Striking students of the Film and Television Institute of India have agreed to talks with the government without any pre-conditions. This offer was made even as the strike completed 100 days on Saturday.

The students’ offer for talks came after a letter from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry dated September 16. “We respect your expectation of not having any preconditions towards the prospective dialogue, but we would like to sincerely request the same from your side as well,” said the letter from the FTII Students Association. This opens up a possible window to breaking the impasse between the government and the students, who are protesting against the appointment of actor Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the Institute as well as four others to the Institute’s panel for their close links with the RSS.

The government’s letter had said, “In case you are keen to end the stalemate and resume academics, you are welcome to discuss the issues with the ministry without preconditions.” The students are now waiting for a word from the government about the date and venue for talks.

Meanwhile, the hunger strike by three students continues. The students currently on strike are Himanshu Shekhar, Abhijeet Khuman and Priyankar Basu. Four other students who were earlier on strike have been discharged from the hospital and have returned to the campus with strict instructions to rest.

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