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St Xavier's principal removes controversial email from college website

Mumbai: After the St Xavier's College principal Dr Frazer Mascarenhas's strongly-worded email to the students criticizing the Gujarat model of development went viral on the web and kicked up a political storm last week, the letter has now been removed from the college website.

When Mascarenhas sent the email to the students and posted it on the college website, political parties like the BJP immediately saw red and said that the college principal has no business politicizing the college campus.

 St Xaviers principal removes controversial email from college website

Frazer Mascarenhas. IBN Live.

The email titled, 'In the Background of Elections - The Development Debate', slammed the Gujarat model and asked the students to choose wisely while voting.

"That was something meant for reading and thinking over before the elections. Now that the polls are over in Mumbai, it has been removed from the website," Dr Frazer Mascarenhas, the principal of St Xavier's college, told Firstpost on Tuesday.

"The Gujarat model has been highlighted for our consideration...Is the growth of big business, the making of huge profits, the achievement of high production – what we seek? Or is it the quality of life for the majority in terms of affordable basic goods and services and the freedom to take forward the cultural aspirations of our plural social groups that make up India?" the email had said.

The BJP had raised the objection over the email and lodged a complaint with the Election Commission calling it a violation of the model code of conduct. "If the Father would have made statement in his personal capacity I would have had no issues. As principal of an institute funded by the state government, he is trying to campaign against a party," Ashish Shelar, president of Mumbai's BJP unit had said.

"The content is totally untrue and not well informed. If as an academician he wants his students to be well informed, then there should be debate. He has conveniently used his position as principal," Shelar added.

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Updated Date: Apr 29, 2014 21:36:08 IST