In a University fed by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), where people from the lowest strata of the Indian society are given chance prove to their mettle, comes a protest (the so-called Right to Freedom) where the students being given the opportunity of quality Higher Education are protesting for something Anti-National.
Knowing the fact that the Indian Government is personally feeding them notwithstanding, they feel that the Section 124 imposed on several of them is actually wrong. Had they tried doing the same in a neighbouring country known as the Pakistan, they have faced the real music. Hadn’t they?
Being a tolerant nation, India, we have several self-help groups, NGOs and members of the civil society, who in the name of public good, screw what is called Nationalism.
Remember the day when Netaji files were made public, though only a handful in place of some other hundreds! There appeared a senior journalist, who holds the helms of a brand called Jansatta. Yes! Om Thanvi, the guy who was brutally manhandled the same after bitiching his evil soul in front of a senior scribe, the one who not only happened to be a senior colleague, but also, the husband of the woman he was talking about. He got what he deserved. Thrashed publicly!
Om Thanvi, despite being shown his place on the spot, time and again, has not been a good student. Committing the same mistake, time and again, he came up with a similar mistake; a ridiculously Photoshopped image of a letter what he claimed to be Netaji’s.
In a country , where pseudo-intellectuals, including the likes of Mulayam Singh Yadav, one of the chiefest patrons of nepotism in India, are not just tolerable here, but revered! Tipu bhaiya and Dimple Bhabhi stuff, that comes along with Saifai Mohotsav, a place that has been doomed to hold such extravagant functions despite having several needy stomachs, that too starved! Point taken?
After all this, came the incident of JNU. The people, better to say some among India’s best, came with a bunch of lovely ideas. Occupy UGC, FTII and then came sedition. Is this the reason why the Indian tax-payers, the lot who work ‘a lot’ and cut their expenses to feed those studying? Who are they to misuse our (public) money? No way! They do have no such right!
Meanwhile, Delhi police on Thursday (February 12) arrested JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and booked other students for sedition following the orders from the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh where he asked the Delhi Police to take “strongest possible action” against those who were allegedly involved in anti-India acts in Jawaharlal Nehru University campus recently.
Kumar who was produced in Patiala court today was sent to three-day police custody.
Earlier today, Rajnath Singh had warned of “strongest possible” action against those involved in raising anti-India slogans at an event in JNU campus here, saying such activities will not be tolerated.
“If anyone raises anti-India slogans, tries to raise questions on country’s unity and integrity, they will not be spared. Stringent action will be taken against them,” he said.
Taking serious note of the incidents, Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University M Jagadesh Kumar, after consultation with the Dean’s Committee, said that appropriate action will be taken in the case and that a high-level inquiry will also be done.
A statement from the VC: “Committee has been constituted to investigate the matter and take appropriate action as necessary. While the JNU community upholds the right to free debate on campus, the University strongly condemns the use of the University as a platform for activities that violate the Constitution and the laws of the land. However, there could be aberrations where fringe sections misuse the freedom provided. While that problem would be appropriately addressed in this case, the University would also take steps to protect the academic atmosphere and the environment for vibrant discussion that JNU has always provided and stands for. All sections of the JNU community including representatives of the students, teachers and karmacharis have assured that they uphold the values and ethos of this University. lt is an appeal to all sections to go beyond this incident and return the campus to normalcy.”
JNUSU vice president said, “They want to witch-hunt and target us, like they targeted Rohith Vemula. They want us to hang ourselves like Rohith did”. What they don’t know is that the opinion of the deceased’s father. He claimed that such politics make “no sense” and his son avoided talking to him due to the same.
“Police are doing rounds of the campus and mindlessly witch-hunting activists. RSS is running campaigns to shut down JNU,” the JNUSU VP added.
Sitaram Yechury compared the incident to what happened during the time of Emergency. He said, “What is happening in JNU? Police on campus, arrests and picking up students from hostels! This last happened during Emergency.”
Delhi Police today registered a case of sedition in connection with an event at JNU against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru following complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and RSS’s student front ABVP.
Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said an FIR under Section of 124 A of IPC (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) has been registered against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj (North) Police station and the video footage of the event was being examined for further action.
Marking the death anniversary of Guru, a group of students on Tuesday held an event on the campus and shouted slogans against government for hanging him, despite varsity administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by ABVP members, who termed the activity as “anti-national”.
The JNU administration has already instituted a “disciplinary” inquiry as to how the event took place despite withdrawal of permission and said it will wait for the probe report before taking any further action.
Meanwhile, Girri has written to the JNU Vice Chancellor as well as the HRD Ministry seeking action against the organizers and participants of the Tuesday event. He also filed a complaint with the police today.
ABVP members had already filed a police complaint yesterday and submitted a purported video of the event showing the organizers shouting slogans calling Guru a “martyr” and clashing with the protesters, to both police and the VC.
Earlier in the day, the left-dominated JNU students union distanced itself from the controversy, saying ABVP was opposed to it and not the union. Of the four top posts of the union, three are held by Leftist AISA and AISF and one by ABVP.
The Left leaders of the union also termed the ABVP complaint as an attempt to curb the “democratic traditions” of the university.
There were protests on the campus for the second day today with slogan shouting by the two groups.
Meanwhile, BJP National Secretary Shrikant Sharma has condemned the event, saying there were a handful of people who were trying to “pollute the atmosphere” in JNU.
“Slogans against India were raised and a terrorist was called a martyr. This is unfortunate and BJP condemns it in strongest terms. We hope that the university administration will take strong action against such people,” Sharma added.
The controversy at JNU erupted earlier this week when some students had pasted posters across the campus inviting people to a protest march against “judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt” and in solidarity with “struggle of Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self determination” at varsity’s Sabarmati dhaba.
Members of the ABVP objected to the event and wrote to the Vice Chancellor that such kind protest should not be held on campus of an educational institution, prompting the university administration to order cancellation of the march as they “feared” it might “disrupt” peace.
While taking note of the seriousness of the ‘anti-India’ slogans that were raised on campus on February 9, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor on Friday suggested that it was the work of ‘fringe sections’ who ‘misused’ the freedom. He issued an appeal asking people to ‘go beyond’ the singular incident and ‘return the campus to normalcy’.
“All sections of the JNU community including representatives of the students, teachers and karmacharis have assured that they uphold the values and ethos of this University. It is an appeal to all sections to go beyond this incident and return the campus to normalcy,” JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar said in his statement.
He suggested that it was the work of ‘fringe sections’ which ‘misused’ freedom, and said the University would take steps to ‘protect’ the environment of ‘vibrant discussions’ in JNU.
“Along with the Deans Committee, the University takes serious note of the incidents on campus on the evening of February 9th. A high-level inquiry committee has been constituted to investigate the matter and take appropriate action as necessary. While the JNU community upholds the right to free debate on campus, the University strongly condemns the use of the University as a platform for activities that violate the Constitution and the laws of the land,” the VC said in statements.
“However, there could be aberrations where fringe sections misuse the freedom provided. While that problem would be appropriately addressed in this case, the University would also take steps to protect the academic atmosphere and the environment for vibrant discussion that JNU has always provided and stands for,” he added.
Meanwhile, Aparajitha Raja, leader of All India Students Federation (AISF) said Kanhaiya Kumar, JNUSU president, was picked up from the campus by two policemen in plainclothes. A Delhi Police bus is inside the campus.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) lashed out at the Centre for ordering the arrest of its President Kanhaiya Kumar. The students’ faction alleged the government of deliberately targeting ideological opponents. They have further accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of attempting to push the leftist students to take the extreme step, similar to the one taken by Hyderabad University’s deceased scholar Rohith Vemula. (ALSO READ: JNU Afzal Guru row: Police register sedition case, protests continue)
“Police are doing rounds of the campus and mindlessly witch-hunting activists. They want to witch-hunt and target us, like they targeted Rohith Vemula. They want us to hang ourselves like Rohith did. But we want to remind them, every dead Rohith will further intensify the students’ movement and people’s unity,” said JNUSU Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora.
Shora claimed that the student’s union was not responsible for organizing the anti-India protests. “We stopped these slogans that called for India’s division and destruction. Because we don’t believe in politics of division,” he added.
Right-wing groups have demanded the closure of JNU, citing the extreme leftist intellectuals dominating the academia in the University. However, retired JNU faculty Prof Anand Kumar claims that JNU does not the supports the Maoists and quite arguable, it is the only University which is void of left and right extremists.
“Let us not castigate a campus where absolutely opposite groups like AISA and ABVP, RSS Shakhas and Maoist associations, Students for Equality and Social Justice Forum are found to be making their best efforts to attract the young India in quite open and dialogical manner. A handful of violence supporters must not be taken to represent the time tested JNU culture,” he said.
Despite of being grateful, they are now raising slogans, do they remember they are being taught to raise the GDP. We, the taxpayers, are paying them to understand the needs of the world’s largest democracy and to serve their (and our) own brethren. They are not being fed for Rs 1800 a month with a tuition fee of Rs 283, a semester. Still they may have their own grievances.
They must, however, remember, that is India, a place where Eklavya gave his thumb to Dronacharya just as mark of respect. Neither their lies a Drona now, nor lies an Eklavya. Still being a BESHARAM is another thing altogether. No need! Still, there must exist a sense of respect must reflect. Remember! India First!
Meanwhile, all missed to followed what is the condition of the minor (JNU profsy’s maid) who was gangraped recently. Even Mr Kejriwal, the Delhi CM, could not find some time to go and see her. or even console her, if not promise immediate action against those involved in the ghastly act. Politics, bloody politics!!