Jamia University…this is why Faridkot is not coming to you.
A little bit of inside information. Faridkot was heading down Jamia Millia Islamia to rock out in the University campus for the annual fest. Negotiations had been concluded. The band was eager to perform. We always love College shows, they give us a chance to connect one on one with the youth of this nation; allowing us to really get into our zone. A good crowd always does brings out the best in our music.
Come Monday, and we are informed the show is cancelled.
We were given a reason so unbelievable that it made no sense. To put it politely, the show was cancelled thanks to “Security Concerns” for the band.
We do not wish for any student of Jamia to be singled out by the administration or any nefarious elements in the College due to this post, so we won’t be taking any names. The university is having its first festival, thanks to the efforts of the students involved; negative publicity will only lead to its cancellation. Which is something that will surely please the conservative elements in the University. Conservative elements who were, allegedly, willing to disrupt a musical performance over something as trivial as religious differences, just so that the festival could be permanently canned.
We are just extremely saddened that this is the state of our people, a music show has to be cancelled because of security concerns in the heart of NCR. It is disappointing that people wanting to have a good time have to run through these bureaucratic loops and hoops before getting what they want.
If, they get what they want.
We hope that Jamia has a smashing and super successful festival. We hope they rock out so hard that these festivals become a norm in their campus culture instead of an exception. Hope they broaden their horizons a little bit and learn to have a good time without worrying about security so much. Hope the people in the University realize that music knows no religion, and appeals across cultures, societies with equal ease.
Good luck Jamia, maybe some other time.