Oxford University Employee Problems With Hindus

Alpesh Patel Tuesday 08th June 2021 13:59 EDT

An employee of Oxford University revels in desecrating Hindu religious statues and states, in terms, Hindus are not welcome at Oxford, and Oxford University's blanket "we welcome Hindus" statement is hugely disappointing and their tediously long drawn out 'investigation' in the face of matters being raised by UK MPs, and in the Indian Parliament, suggest stone-walling.

As a Former Visiting Fellow I find the University's lack of desire to defend its reputation and make any comment other than defending the employee by stating it's a 'private' account as a clear sign that they support the employee.

The Head of the Department has not replied to my request asking when there will be any action taken. It doesn't take a Don to read between the lines. Below are some of the comments I made in this paper months ago. Seems my singular brain works faster than that of the collective of my fellow Dons at Oxford.

I am especially protective of the traditions and values of the University of Oxford.

I am immensely proud of the traditions of British values of free speech and free thought. However, tell me, when a faculty member of the University of Oxford makes comments like the ones you see in the images, is that not incitement to religious hatred contrary to the laws, let alone Britain's values?

So Mr. Sarkar, if you're reading this, I speak for the values of Oxford University, not you. I am British, and I stand up for, and speak for British values of tolerance, not you. I understand you are here on a visa – your vile hatred is not what I want in my country.

When you write, "clearly breaking Saraswati statues have not had any bad effect on my education" – I don't have a right not to be offended. You have a right to free speech. You claim to be atheist yet target one faith – that is religious bigotry. You proclaim it, that is incitement to religious hatred.

When a girl is hounded out of her position at the Oxford Union, and the British Free Speech Union writes they regret she was so hounded and returns to India in tears; you write 'Tell Zee News that Oxford students are still not ready for "Sanatani"' with a picture of Lord Ram, that is bullying and harassment of an Oxford student by Faculty.

I care not that you are atheist, that you believe faith to be superstition – so do billions. I care you incite religious hatred. I care you do this from a privileged position at Oxford University. I care you bring disrepute to my University.

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