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Protest against Puneri pagadi at Pune university convocation

Student activists shouted slogans against the use of Puneri pagadi , a traditional headgear associated with the city, during the 114th convocation ceremony of Savitribai Phule Pune University here Friday. Police detained at least five students following the protest. Some student organisations had opposed the varsity s decision to replace the cap-and-gown worn during convocation with the traditional kurta-pyjama and Puneri pagadi. They allege that by introducing Puneri pagadi, the varsity is toeing RSS and Hindu right-wing s agenda. Some leaders have alleged that Puneri pagadi is mainly associated with Brahmins. One of the students who was detained said the varsity has first mandated kurta-pyjama and Puneri pagadi for all the students attending the convocation. After we objected, they revoked the notification and said only guests at the ceremony will wear Puneri pagadi. But we had warned that if even guests were seen donning the pagadi, a donkey wearing Puneri pagadi ...

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