Watch: Jamia students divided over the university's invite to PM Modi
Words once spoken have a life of their own. They may hound you forever. And if you happen to be a public figure, the world will never let you forget, no matter how hard you may try.
It's the same with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In 2008, he gave a statement where he publicly called Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), the Delhi-based central university, 'a breeding ground for terrorists'. This was after the then-JMI vice-chancellor, Mushirul Hasan, announced legal aid to two of its students arrested for suspected terror links in the Batla House encounter.
Now, the statement is back to haunt Modi. The present vice-chancellor, Talat Ahmad, has invited the PM as the chief guest for this year's convocation. And many students, including alumni, have started protesting.
Some have already written to the V-C, asking that either the invitation should be withdrawn, or Modi should be asked to apologise.
"I will never take my degree from a person who does politics of hatred," says Zakir Reyaz, an ex-student who will get his degree this year.
But there are some students, who want Modi to come. "If Modi comes and Jamia's student fraternity accepts him, it will give a good message of tolerance. It will imply that 'you might be intolerant, but we are not like you'," says Rajeev Yadav, a student of M.Phil.
Catch spoke to many students at JMI to talk about the invitation. Here's what they had to say.