Several such suicidal messages prompted All India Students’ Association to reach out to many of them to ensure they don’t take a drastic step. “Several of us have not slept for many days. We go through responses of the students and speak to them to get them through this phase. We have been appealing to students that no matter what happens they should remain positive about their future. This should not stress them out. We have been appealing to students to not think of taking any extreme steps, because exams are not everything at the end of the day,” said N Sai Balaji, AISA national president.
More than 4,000 students had sat on a one-day hunger strike and satyagraha on August 23 against the government’s decision to conduct these entrance exams. AISA had also organised live broadcast of a press conference where the concerns of students from at least 15 states were raised. They questioned the standard operating procedures issued by the NTA.
“The students are under stress only because of the Modi government. The Parliament is not functional, the government departments are functioning virtually and so is the Supreme Court, but they are expecting students to give a physical exam,” underscored Balaji.
AISA’s involvement in the campaign has irked the BJP IT cell, which has been reaching out to students urging them to trend Subramanian Swamy’s posts, tweets and hashtags. Additionally, they derided and discredited AISA for helping students. According to recordings and calls accessed by National Herald, several people were urging students to trend ‘WeBelieveInSwamiji’ hashtag. When it didn’t go viral, the students were castigated.