"All books on and about B R Ambedkar and Pandit Deen Dayal, published anytime, may also be displayed," said the letter signed by the library's professional assistant Rishabh Jain, a copy of which is with PTI.
JNU had organised the day-long exhibition on November 14. Librarian Ramesh C Gaur, however, said the exhibition had nothing to do with Nehru's anniversary, and denied that any guidelines were given to the publishers.
Ramesh C Gaur said this was the first time that such a large exhibition had been organised by the university. Sixty vendors and publishers took part in it, he said.
One of the publishers who participated in the exhibition told PTI that he had received an official e-mail from JNU which advised them to display books on the Hindutva icon and the Dalit social reformer.
"There was an official e-mail from JNU to all participating publishers telling us to display books on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya and B R Ambedkar," the publisher said.
"Over 1,000 books on social sciences, languages, and international studies were also recommended," the official said.
JNU-NSUI state president Vikas Yadav, an M.Phil student, said the university showed respect to Nehru by organising the book fair on his birth anniversary, but "disregarded Nehru's ideology" by specifically asking for books on Upadhyaya.
"Deen Dayal's ideology is completely in contrast to that of Nehru's," Vikas Yadav said.
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