Generally, the word Guru stands for our mentor, someone who guides you, someone who helps us in order to achieve our goals in life. Disrespecting Guru or teacher will be considered as a sin. There is recent news that some of the students attacked a 38 years old professor Waghmare from Khopoli in Raigad district as he dared to question on Chatrapati Shivaji’s birthday. The professor teaches at the Commerce Department at KMC College.
The important question which actually landed him in trouble was, ‘Why do we celebrate Shivaji’s birthday twice in a year?’ The occasion is celebrated twice in a year, including, in the month of February and March.
The whole episode took place during a simple WhatsApp group conversation where the professor raised a question on Shivaji’s birthday celebration. The very next day, he was assaulted by the students and his fellow colleagues.
The group admin lodged a case against the professor and is booked under the IPC section 295(A). The professor was alleged of hurting people’s religious sentiments, but he was later released on bail.
Prof Nagargoje, who filed the complaint against Waghmare said that he asked and wanted Waghmare to take back his comment. “He is senior faculty and I know him since 2012. That night on WhatsApp, when he made the comment, I asked him to take back his words but he refused. So, I decided to delete the group altogether. On Friday, when I was in the staff room, I got to know that he was attacked” he stated to Mid Day.
According to the Police Officer, Waghmare’s remark in the Whatsapp group actually fetched a lot of strong reactions against him from different group members. Due to a number of complaints by people to the KMC Commerce Department Management, they also were forced to suspend Waghmare.