Jaipur: As the controversy around appointment of Sanskrit Professor Dr Firoz Khan deepens, with the Sanskrit Vidya Dharma Vigyan (SVDV) students continuing their sit-in, and students associated with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of BHU taking out a march on Wednesday night in support of the Muslim Sanskrit scholar, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has come out in support of the professor and said that members of the Hindu community should be proud that a member of the Muslim community has studied Sanskrit and become a scholar.
Gehlot tweeted on Thursday and said, “I am in contact with Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Deputy CM as well. The issue surrounding Firoz Khan in BHU should be ended soon and the CM and Deputy CM should intervene in this.”
In another tweet Gehlot said, “The BJP and RSS should welcome the fact that a member of the Muslim community has become a Sanskrit scholar.
This should be a moment of pride for the Hindus. Banaras has always been considered the flag-bearer of “Gang-Jamuni” tradition. There have been several Hindu Shayars in our country and when we keep so much interest in each other’s religion and hold expertise, the scope also increases.”
Interestingly, on Wednesday a group of saints from various spiritual places met Firoz’s father – Ramzan – and offered their support to the professor and his family. The group, involving religious leaders from Jugal Darbar and Saurabh Raghvendracharya Pithadheeshwar Dham condemned the opposition to Firoz’s appointment and said that it is wrong to connect education with religion.
“When the agitating students learn of my family’s background, I am sure they will be contented. My ancestors have been singing songs of Rama and Krishna for over a hundred years. All my four sons have studied in Sanskrit University and my daughter was born on Diwali day, hence, we named her Laxmi,” Ramzan said. Notably, Firoz’s grandfather – Gafoor Khan – used to sing devotional songs on Rama and Krishna at Jugal Darbar temple at Bagru while the family has also been looking after bovines at the temple for over two decades.