First Indian Woman President of Oxford University Student Union Resigns After Controversial Social Media Posts Resurface

Rashmi Samant from Manipal, Karnataka is the first Indian woman to become the President of the Student Union at Oxford University, London. Rashmi is a student of Lincare College, Oxford University. She is doing her MSc in Energy Systems. A total of 3,708 votes were cast for the post of president. Rashmi received the highest number of 1966 votes, more than the rest of the candidates. Rashmi’s father is Dinesh Samant and mother is Vatsala. Rashmi has done schooling from Manipal and Udupi.

After that, Rashmi completed her graduation from Manipal Institute of Technology. She advocates the removal of all idols of imperialists from the University and College Conference. Rashmi has also demanded waiver of the residential fee till the end of the Corona period. For the year 2021-22, Devika of Indian descent will be the Vice President of Students Union. Meanwhile, Dhiti Goyal of Indian origin will serve as Trustee.

However, soon after Sawant had to resign from her post. This was after some of Sawant’s old social media posts resurfaced. These posts were “racist” and “insensitive.”

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The post included a holocaust reference on a post during a visit to the Berlin Holocaust Memorial in Germany in 2017. There was also an Instagram caption on a picture of herself in Malaysia that read “Ching Chang”, which upset Chinese students.