Tuesday 23 February 2016

The JNU Controversy : Everything you ought to know

- Naba Raj Chetri

Date : 9th February 

Students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi clashed over an event organised late Tuesday on the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s death anniversary. The event was organized by ex-members of a student organization DSU, short for 'Democratic Students Union' a leftist organization, led by Omar Khalid, protesting against what they called the "judicial killing of Afzal Guru and separatist MaqboolBhat" and in solidarity with "struggle" of Kashmiri people for their right to self determination. Democratic Students Union (DSU) is an ultra-leftist group in the campus that believes in the ideology of Maoism. Their name has surfaced in the FIR launched by Delhi Police as the principal organizers of the meet along with "Democratic Student Federation".

Twenty minutes before the meeting was going to start, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad, a right-wing all-India students' organisation, reached out to the administration asking it to withdraw the permission of the meeting as it was "harmful for the campus atmosphere". The administration fearing clashes sent security guards and refused to allow microphones. DSU then asked JNUSU (Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union) and other leftist student organizations such as the SFI (Students Federation of India), and AISA (All India Students Association) to help them hold their meeting.  "We had earlier granted permission for a cultural evening, because we were not informed about the topic. When we were told it was in favour of Afzal Guru, we had to withdraw. The government of India hanged him after declaring him a terrorist. How could we allow them to organise an anti-Indian programme,” said the registrar Bupinder Zutshi. As campus politics goes, ABVP’s protest saw other groups including the All India Students’ Association (AISA), All India Students’ Federation (AISF) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) jumping to the spot in support of  DSU.

When the groups began their march to Ganga Dhaba, ABVP members blocked their way even as security personnel tried to maintain order. Police had to be called in eventually from the nearby VasantKunj police station.

Sensing the protest was meant to be symphatising Kashmirs cause of freedom, ABVP started chanting "Kashmir Hamara hai, saara ka saara hai."
What followed this was totally unexpected n boiled the blood of Indians across the nation,
The organizers countered them with the slogan: "Hum kya chaahte? Azaadi!"
The slogan shouting by the organizers did not end there, further slogans like
'Har ghar se Afzal niklega'
"Bharat ki barbaadi tak, jung rahegi, jung rahegi" continued in the campus.

However, this is not the first time that the students have organised an event on death anniversary of Afzal Guru.
As the storm at the Jawaharlal Nehru University intensified overnight with protesters locking horns with the government over the arrest of students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges.
“Kanhaiya was present at the event, where he delivered a speech and participated in an unlawful assembly which indulged in anti-India sloganeering. It was because of his involvement, and the evidence we have collected so far, that he has been arrested under charge of sedition" BS Bassi the Delhi Police Commissioner said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh citing intelligence sources said that the Afzal Guru event in JNU had the backing of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba. He called upon the entire nation must speak in one voice when "anti-India" activities take place.

Controversy took a BJP-versus-opposition colour with politicians making a beeline for JNU campus on Saturday.

Leaders with no business in the campus like Rahul Gandhi, D Raja, Sadhvi Prachi, Anand Sharma arrived in JNU. "These are the same people who called Rohith (Vemula) anti-national.They thought that by crushing you, they are destroying Vemula. But they don’t know that they are making you stronger,” said the young Gandhi, known to speak on topics which he had little understanding of. Social media didnot let him off lightly.

"The RSS and its wings don’t have any moral right to speak about nationalism. We don’t believe in Hindutva nationalism, but we stand for a democratic republic, according to the Constitution. The attack on JNU is an attack on the constitutional idea of India,” said D Raja the leftist leader whose daughter was also allegedly present along with the organizers.

Till the filing of this report there was a crack in the JNUTA ( Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association) with Pro-Afzal faction falling in minority within the campus.

Penfreaks opinion : While we don't support the #shutdownjnu campaign completely (presently trending at no.1 spot), as many students with sole purpose of studying are still in campus,  the fringe elements on campus needs to end. Ending campus politics may not be a solution but taking politics so low that people are out there to defend anti india chants is a shocker. Freedom of expression is guaranteed (section19) to every citizen and anti govt protest is a sign of a healthy democracy, but when the protester starts chanting anti India slogan, it is nothing less than sedition. India at present has stooped so low that the PM is called a psychopath and terrorist called Afzal Guru Ji (by Cong spokesperson). The present India has a widow of a soldier asking the nation, how it could defend her husbands killer. When soldiers die, hardly any politician reach the spot, when a terrorist is hanged there is mourning in campuses and thousands attend the last rites (yakub mamons funeral was attended by around 15000 people).

Isn’t it ironical that in the same week that 10 Indian soldiers have died in the freezing heights, these men who have been funded for education by the same Indian state are asking for its break up.

The BJP which has taken a strong stand here did allow its leader to take law in its own hands ( as MLA O.P. Sharma was seen hitting a CPI(M) supporter, actions against the lawmaker needs to be taken to send a positive message). The Congress meanwhile for once needs to wake up from its slumber, their sole motto should not be to oppose whatever the BJP does, forgetting political differences it is high time it knows that nation is before party and not the reverse way round. Rahul Gandhi needs to understand the sentiments of the common people or the Congress will be at receiving end of peoples wrath. 

While the present #antinationals seem to have taken advantages of the weak definition of sedition, it is high time, India unites together to show the world that a few fringe elements can't break the Indian within us. We are not Hindus, Muslims, Christians, neither we belong to any party. We are all INDIANS. United we stand, divided we fall.

As someone rightly said " Toothpaste may namakh ho ya na ho, deshvakti ka NaCl har waqt ragon main dourta rehta hai" 

- inputs from huffintonpost and Indian express

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