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.

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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Some have already written to the V-C, asking that either the invitation should be withdrawn, or Modi should be asked to apologise.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.

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