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Is DU a University or a Political Centre?

A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindless in clothes a wantonness…
I see a wild civility…

During our first year at university, while giving a lecture on Robert Herrick's "Delight in Disorder", Prof Syed Manzoorul Islam asked us, "Do you see disorder in the university?"

All the students immediately replied in unison, "Yes, Sir, everywhere!"

Like Ulysses, a restless warrior, in our first year at DU, we were busy all day long simply having fun. University was a new world for us, DU being the centre of everything. But the joy didn't last long. Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) called an indefinite strike preceding the national elections of 2001. Now a 4-month session jam every year has become common for us at DU. We don't understand the need to close the university. Even during movements, like those protesting the police raid on Shamsunnahar Hall and the attack on Prof Humayun Azad, wouldn't the university remaining open mean more people taking part in t…