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Tamil Nadu students cry for their English teacher over his transfer



G Bhagawan, English teacher, Government High School, Veliagaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Regional news, Education news

Chennai: This is a story of a young man who was wearing a simple grey shirt and grey pants is surrounded by students-all of them crying, hanging on to him, holding him back. G Bhagawan, the beloved English teacher of the Government High School in Veliagaram.

As Bhagwan was given a transfer order for Thiruvallur from Veliagaram, and the students of the school were left heartbroken. They created a barrier with their love and affection for the 28-year-old-one student even hugging him from the back, refusing to let him leave. Touched, Bhagawan, too, was crying as much as his students.

Whole pictures of this emotional moment were published in the number of media houses, and the students’ gesture moved even the bureaucracy. G Bhagawan was transferred to the Government High School in Arungulam near Tiruttani-but this deployment has now been put on hold for ten days, after which it will be decided if he should stay in Veliagaram school or go to the new school.


 young man who was wearing a simple grey shirt and grey pants is surrounded by students-all of them crying, hanging on to him, holding him back. G Bhagawan, the beloved English teacher


Speaking to media persons, Bhagawan said, “This is my first ever job in a school. I was appointed as a graduate teacher in Government High School, Veliagaram in 2014. Actually, if you look at the teacher-student ratio I was a surplus staff. So they decided to put me in another school that was short staffed and I got transferred to Tiruttani.”

Bhagawan teaches English for students from class 6 to class 10. He had participated in the teachers’ transfer counselling that was held from June 12 to June 21, and chose Arungulam as his preferred location.

But as soon as the students got wind of their teacher’s transfer, protests broke out in the school. Parents, too, supported the children who decided that they would not attend school on Tuesday to demonstrate that they were against the government’s decision of transferring Bhagawan.


Students in Tamil Nadu cried for their English teacher over his transfer:


“They were hugging and crying and clutching my foot refusing to let me go. Watching them, I broke down. Then I took them to the hall and consoled them saying that I’ll be back in a few days,” Bhagawan said.

The headmaster of the Veliagaram School, A Aravind said that the students had fostered a parental bond with Bhagawan and hence expressed their emotions on hearing about his transfer.

“The government conducts these counselling sessions to fulfil the stipulated teacher-student ratio across government schools in Tamil Nadu. Our school had 281 students last year. The junior most teachers are usually picked and transferred to other schools, based on the counselling. Bhagawan, and one other teacher from this school, have been transferred this year,” he said.


 young man who was wearing a simple grey shirt and grey pants is surrounded by students-all of them crying, hanging on to him, holding him back. G Bhagawan, the beloved English teacher


Students have been reported as saying that though many teachers have left the school in the past, they have not felt this sad for any of them.

Explaining how he tried to create a personal bond with the students, Bhagawan told media persons, “I have tried my best to interact with students beyond just academics. I used to narrate stories, understand their family background, talk to them about their future, and show them things via the projector.”

“These projector sessions, in particular, were very enthralling for them. They felt like they were sitting in a cinema hall. It’s probably because of all these new things I tried to do that we developed a real bond. More than a teacher, I’m a friend, a brother to them.”


 young man who was wearing a simple grey shirt and grey pants is surrounded by students-all of them crying, hanging on to him, holding him back. G Bhagawan, the beloved English teacher



Ayodhya: SC orders allotment of alternative land to Muslims for mosque




The Supreme Court on Saturday pronounced its verdict in the politically sensitive case of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, includes Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.

The Ayodhya dispute, India’s longest-running historical, political and socio-religious debate, culminated on Saturday when the country’s Supreme Court ruled on the title suit of the 2.77 acre land in this Uttar Pradesh town that is claimed both by Hindus and Muslims.

There was unprecedented security in Uttar Pradesh as well as other parts of India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that the judgement would not be anyone’s ‘victory or defeat’ but ‘would give strength to India’s tradition of peace, unity and amity’.

Here are highlights from the verdict:

* Sharp at 10.30 am, the 5-judge bench assembled to read out the verdict.

* The bench dismissed the appeal of the Shia Waqf Board, pronouncing an unanimous verdict in the case. Shia Waqf board’s claim was over the disputed structure. Court says the land is held by the government, according to revenue records.

* SC said the disputed land was government land in revenue records.

* SC referred to the content of the lawsuit of devotee Gopal Singh Visharad — the first to approach court in 1950 — seeking right to worship at the site.

* Top court held that Nirmohi Akhara’s suit is barred by limitation, not a shebait or devotee of deity Ram Lalla.

* SC lent credence to the archeological evidence on the disputed site.

* SC said that terming the archeological evidence as merely an opinion would be a great disservice to the Archeological Society of India.

* The Apex court said the Babri mosque was not built on vacant land. The underlying structure was not an Islamic structure.

* Court said the fact that there lied a temple beneath the destroyed structure has been established by the ASI.

* ASI had not established whether temple was demolished to build the mosque.

* Hindus consider this place as birthplace of lord Ram, even Muslims say this about disputed place: SC

* Faith of Hindus that Lord Rama was born at demolished structure is undisputed: SC

* The existence of Sita Rasoi, Ram Chabutra and Bhandar grih are the testimony of the religious fact of the place: SC

* Title cannot be established on ground of faith, belief; they are kind of indicator for deciding dispute: SC

* Evidence suggests Hindus were in possession of outer court yard, says SC

* Extensive nature of Hindus worshipping at outer courtyard at site has been there: SC

* Evidence suggest Muslims offered Friday prayers at mosque which indicates they have not lost possession: SC

* Despite obstruction caused in offering prayers at mosque, evidence suggest that there was no abandonment: SC

* Iron railing was set up at site in 1856-1857, it suggests Hindus kept worshipping at the site: SC

* Muslims have not adduced evidence they were in exclusive possession of dispute site: SC

* Muslims were not in possession of outer courtyard of the site: SC

* UP Sunni Central Waqf Board has failed to establish its case in Ayodhya dispute: SC

* On the contrary, Hindus established their case that they were in possession of outer courtyard: SC

* SC directs allotment of alternative land — of 5 acres — to Muslims to build new mosque.

* Damage to Babri mosque was violation of law: SC

* SC asks Centre to frame scheme within 3 months and set up a trust for construction of a temple.

* SC dismisses plea of Nirmohi Akhara seeking control of entire disputed land.

* Possession of disputed 2.77 acre land will remain with central government receiver for the temple: SC

* Centre, UP govt can monitor together future actions by authorities: SC

* SC grants entire 2.77 acre of disputed land in Ayodhya to deity Ram Lalla.

* SC directs Centre and UP govt to allot 5 acre land to the Muslims at a prominent place for building mosque.

* SC asks Centre to consider granting some kind of representation to Nirmohi Akhara in setting up of trust.

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