Two recent happenings bear a very strong, yet undeliberated, connection. One is the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets by the US to Pakistan in the name of assisting the latter in combating terrorism, and the other is the protest march carried out by a group of students in Jawaharlal Nehru University followed by charges of sedition levied against them and subsequent outpour of support for the guilty from various political parties. As we know that the JNU protest, led by president of JNU student union was to mark the death anniversary of a terrorist, Afzal Guru, hanged by the Indian government over charges of militancy, we can relate the two events cited above with no trouble. Pakistan has been using its land and resources to target India’s sovereignty, and this work, when financed by foreign nations like the US, is executed by men like Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon. Then there is another incident of the avalanche in Siachen that took away from us men of courage safeguarding us from any external attempt aimed at our peaceful existence.
The irony is that all political parties, activists, journalists and intellectuals will condemn unanimously the sale of fighter jets to Pakistan, they will also recognize the martyrdom of soldiers of Siachen, but they will be divided over the issue of protests by students in campuses that are undoubtedly a slow and silent war on country’s sovereignty, this contempt of court will escape the eyes and wrath of so-called seculars and neo-nationalists. And when backing for such appalling and seditious events comes from political parties, the milieu becomes even more worrisome since men from these parties are eventually in the race to represent us in state’s and union’s legislatures, are then liable to protect the country from any external threat, leave aside the economic gains, which after decades of independence are left to the sole shoulders of the general public. Finding support in procession and demands of JNU protesters by popular mass leaders like Rahul and Kejriwal tells how bad we are sunk in political play. Ill-interpretation of our rights to protest has led to a condition that religion, caste and class have emerged as sole political weapons to grab power.
Let’s analyze this. In the pre-independence India, nationalists were able to communicate their ideas and mobilize the mass through freedom of speech and expression. Whenever the colonial government proposed any legislation that was to curtail the liberty of Press and freedom of speech, it was solidly opposed by mass movements. Nationalists of that era, even the socialists and communists, knew what freedom of expression is all about and they used this weapon to free India of the clichés of imperialism and foreign domination. But what have the socialists and communists of today made of this freedom? Or should we not say that they are just using these universally acclaimed ideologies of Marxism, Socialism and Communism to propagate just their lone idea of power and corruption. While Jawaharlal Nehru and Lala Lajpat Rai infused in the youth the spirit of Swaraj (self-rule), the so-called communists and secularists of today are instilling divisive politics and anti-nation belief in the same youth through campus politics. Sad that men like Marx and Lenin are being replaced by Afzal Guru and Yakub Memon.
Not all men from politics had the time to deliberate the conditions of soldiers fighting at the highest battlefield in the world, the Siachen Glacier, but they obviously had enough time to say that the suicide of Hyderabad University student, Rohith Vemula, was linked to oppression of the backward and to political vendetta, they had all the courage to condemn government’s action against Kanhaiya Kumar, the student leader who is linked to Left wing and was the hero of the ‘The Country without a Post Office’ exhibition that reminisced the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, the conspirator in Indian Parliament terrorist attack. No one asked for an unbiased investigation into the matter of Vemula’s suicide and his protest against death penalty for Yakub Memon, but yes, so many leaders called it an institutional murder, an evidence of oppression of Dalit. Sad, Indian politicians have such devotion for any incident that can bring them political advantage; they however have no concern for anti-India happenings and the grave misuse of freedom of speech.
Campus politics in India was endorsed by the pre-independence nationalists who saw youth as the driving force for democracy and socio-economic betterment. And that happened as well. Ills like untouchability, child marriage, landlordism and communalism were fought by politically educating the universities of India of that time, and even today we are reaping the benefits. In the post-independence India, however, when politics shifted from nationalism to attaining votes and majority, universities became a fertile ground for class-based and religion-based politics; violence and use of muscle and money power in university elections are enough to substantiate this. Slow and steady shift like this has brought us on the verge of encouraging anti-national protests in campuses with backing of the constitutional right, the freedom of expression. It is a shame that once known for its sheer academic excellence, the JNU today is infamous for scandals ranging from sex to drugs and violence to anti-national protests.
Charges have also been levelled against daughter of one of the influential communist leaders of being a part in the anti-India sloganeering in JNU. Not hard it is to imagine an India that would one day be led by student leaders with such seditious vision, if they are let free to propagate their ideas, as demanded by activists. Think of a time when these people would represent us in state legislature and in the Indian parliament; and then a bill tabled before them to exclude the judiciary from trying terrorists in courts and a provision in the same bill that would empower MPs and MLAs to set free any anti-national element and even declare the formerly hanged ones as martyrs, on public demand; and selling of fighter jets to Pakistan in the name of helping our neighbor in counter-terrorism, and also allowing undeterred infiltration at the borders. Yes, this can be a milieu one day if the government is condemned, not commended, for arresting people like Kanhaiya Kumar and for booking SAR Geelani (acquitted in Parliament attack case) for sedition. Had the Vemula suicide case been left to the discretion of media and opposition, not far was the day when the imagination as above would have turned to reality.
The legacies of Swami Vivekananda, Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi, Patel and Bose have time and again been evoked by all, do we, however, truly represent and adhere to their idea of India? Communists, who have proven themselves highly inept after decades of ruling in Bengal, have disremembered that communism was about bridging the divide between bourgeoisie and proletariats, it was never an expression of support for anti-national elements, it was never about obstructing the government from functioning inside or outside the parliament. Processions carried out in campuses or in any of the Indian states endorsing the acts of terrorism and terrorists are a shame for those who call themselves the adherents of Gandhism. Literature on ideology of Mahatma are in abundance and they are enough to tell these so-called neo-nationalists that decades of his struggle was for the betterment of the mass, for all classes, communities, castes, it was never in favor of a divided India. As proponents of civil liberties, Gandhi, Nehru, Patel or Tilak, never endorsed anti-India ideas.
There is a lot that can be state-sponsored- art, literature, sports, science and invention; why then allow these anti-nationals seek state-sponsored acts of sedition? They want the state to allow protests and processions that celebrate acts and death of terrorists, they desire freedom of speech and expression to cross all legitimate boundaries and become a weapon for political advantage. They want India to be divided basis caste, religion and class, they want nation to remain in the grip of communalism, so as to serve their political goals. Now it is up to the common man to either view acts of JNU and Hyderabad University as anti-India or as freedom of speech. It is up to you to decide whether the government is right in charging JNU conspirator for sedition. The burden is on us to protect the sovereignty of India, to respect the martyrdom of soldiers of Siachen and Kashmir, it is on us curb this rising sabotage; else, the parliamentary dream of Ambedkar will be devastated by many more Afzal Gurus and Yakub Memons.
I am pained to see this transition of much maligned freedom of speech and expression into political exploitation against the very freedom we won as a nation. Born in independent India and brought up with stories on the sacrifice and sagacity of our freedom fighters whom we we use unabashedly to claim legitimacy of political existence, turn a blind eye to assault on sovereignty of our beloved nation.
It is time we start wearing out Indian nationality on our sleeves and stand united in spirit and actions to develop our nation. It is not a moral or ethical issue, but one of patriotic fervor. All the societal imbalances would remain if people continue to divide and perpetrate hatred.
Let tomorrow be the start of a better times.
Marvelous Write Up Sir! Hats Off !
Dear Master, This is political stunt of BJP RSS combine as instead of taking stern action against the culprits they people are trying to find political land by maligning the JNU. RSS is agitated just because the JNU is named after the great Indian leader Jawahar Lal Nehru for a number of reasons.
We need to change the Imperialist British rule of two century old. Sedition law should apply to those who hurt the economic, & physical health and respectable reputation of THE PEOPLE OF INDIA not king & queen of present day BHARAT.
This is sedition, loud and clear. Rusticate these students from JNU including the daughter of Raju, MP. Congress, Communists parties have sold the country to the anti national and those who want destruction of India in the name of vote bank politics. It is high time the Hindus be united.
Totally agree with you.
I feel we should be tough with these people from the word “GO”.
If they love Pakistan so much, they should be given free one way tickets
these people should be lynched cause judiciary and government has lost its identity 🙁
The writing is complete misinformation in as much that the rally was factually a protest against increased interference in the administration of JNU. If I may remind the specific instances of aborted attempt of introducing RAM DEV, SSWAMY etc. As about Afzal Guru, don’t forget hie was one the faculty member of JNU, and as of Hafiz Sayeed things are still unfolding, but let me remind you who escorted him from Indian Jail to Indian Plane?
I couldn’t agree more with the opinions stated in your recent post.
The students need to understand that rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India comes with riders and one has to be careful with what they agitate about, Afzal Guru’s case is buried through order passed by the highest Court of the country and not open to review and making any kind of nefarious comments can also be construed as ‘contempt of court’ and proceedings initiated. What is sad about the incident that the group of students of JNU are not mere undergraduates, but are either pursuing post-graduation or doctoral courses and hence cannot be termed as novices or young minds and hence what was done by them is not only sinister, but now needs to be curbed for a better future of this nation, without bending to the uncalled for and unconstitutional comments by some political parties, whose leaders have lost their way… & heads
Your entire writing seems to be very biased and pro bjp . So please try to be neutral and let’s know the truth . If I am not wrong the same government represented by its 10th pass HRD minister had raised credential issue of IITs too. We all know how university and student union work . Afzal episode is definitely a blot but it does mean jnu need to get scrapped on this. In my perspective I just see it as way to take control over all the top university by propping all these incident by ruling government
where are ‘intolerance’ ke thhekedaar now???
Mr. Ajit, I fail to understand how saying that Raising Anti India Slogans is wrong becomes pro-bjp. Supporting people with Anti India Slogans is politics. For once why should we take nuisance from anybody in the name of revolution.
I am just waiting to see “Award Wapsi” on this issue, haven’t heard anything yet!
AS AN INDIAN WE MUST ISOLATE THESE ANTI NATIONAL AND BOYCOTT PEOPLE AND POLITICAL PARTIES WHO SUPORT THIS ANTI NATIONAL
sir,you are right . I have not found lots of Indians in INDIA all though I am 71 now. I do not have any aspiration but will remain fighting for the country I belong to.It hearts but what to do,this is our destiny .If you refer our history you will find many Man singh,Mirzaffer,Rana sanga(who invited Babar ),Nehru (who created Kashmir problem} etc but not the people like Rana Pratap,Rani Lxhamibai,Bhagat Singh,Chandra Shekhar Azad,Neta Jee Subhash Bose,sardarPatel etc. Bad Luck
Jawaharlal Nehru was such a great nationalist and it is sad that people of university named after him are imparting such seditious teaching to students. Shame on the teachers who are supporting Kanhaiya.
Why are elections held in colleges? They are places for education and not for doing politics and following any particular ideology.
If the government has arrested someone who was speaking against the country then where has intolerance come from. It was the duty of the government to do so.
To stop all such violations, government should hold a talk over Kashmir and tribal issues in India. These people have genuine problems and by curbing their voice they will become more violent.
Left and Right wing politics is totally misunderstood in India and elsewhere in the world. All parties at one time are Left-inclined while at other time are Right-inclined.
Poor students come to colleges, use the money of tax payers and indulge in politics. Then they fight MP MLA elections and start taking paybacks. Irony of India.
Does the police have any proof that JNSU leader shouted these slogans? If they have then show it on television and no one will support his cause.
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We must ask Rahul Gandhi whether he would have supported celebration of Afzal Guru’s death anniversary in JNU if instead of poor soldiers/ security guards, his mother would have died in the attack on Indian Parliament? Were those killed in the attack not anyone’s family members? Did Mr. Yechury, such a senior politician, reflect what if the attack on Indian Parliament that day was successful in killing Members of Parliament, including him? Then would Afzal Guru have been his hero? Then.why he is not showing sympathy towards Indian Martyrs– the security guards who took upon them the death which had come seeking Indian MPs? Think before you act, Indian opposition party leaders.
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