Facing protests over CAA remarks at Indian History Congress, Kerala guv accuses historian Irfan Habib of 'disrupting' address

Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Saturday said eminent historian Irfan Habib had tried to disrupt his inaugural address at the Indian History Congress

Press Trust of India December 28, 2019 23:18:43 IST
Facing protests over CAA remarks at Indian History Congress, Kerala guv accuses historian Irfan Habib of 'disrupting' address
  • Kerala governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Saturday said eminent historian Irfan Habib had tried to disrupt his inaugural address at the Indian History Congress

  • Habib also questioned Khan's right to quote Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad and shouted saying he should quote Godse, the governor said

  • But when he addressed these points, the historian rose from his seat on the stage to physically stop him and this was clear from the video, he said

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan on Saturday said eminent historian Irfan Habib had tried to disrupt his inaugural address at the Indian
History Congress and this "intolerance" towards a different opinion was "undemocratic". Efforts were made to interrupt his speech on stage and from the audience during the Indian History Congress at Kannur, Khan said in a series of tweets with photographs.

Habib also questioned Khan's right to quote Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad and shouted saying he should quote Godse, the Governor said in another tweet. Khan said he had only responded to points raised by previous speakers as a personal duty-bound to defend and protect the Constitution. "Hon'ble Governor said that he had responded to points raised by previous speakers, as a person duty-bound to defend &protect the Constitution.

But trying to disrupt speech from stage & audience due to intolerance towards different opinion is undemocratic #IndianHistoryCongress", The Governor's office said. The Governor also said that the historian had pushed his ADC and Security Officer.

Khan said Habib raised some points on the Citizenship Amendment Act. But when he addressed these points, the historian rose from his seat on the stage to physically stop him and this was
clear from the video, he said.

Unprecedented protests were witnessed at the inaugural function of the Congress held at Kannur university while Governor was delivering the inaugural address. Protests were also held outside the venue.

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