Every small time neta worth his salt is trying to cash on the JNU sedition controversy. And while the Centre ruled by BJP is being criticised for badly handling the JNU case, a BJP MLA from Alwar in Rajasthan provided great comic relief to the otherwise tense situation.
Gyandev Ahuja, a BJP lawmaker, recently stated that the citadel of education is actually a den of sin, where students, some of who are parents of two kids, indulge in sex, alcohol and nude dance.
Ahuja commented “More than 10,000 butts of cigarettes and 4,000 pieces of beedis are found daily in the JNU campus. Around 50,000 big and small pieces of bones are left by those eating non-vegetarian food. They gorge on meat… these anti-nationals. 2,000 wrappers of chips and namkeen are found, as also 3,000 used condoms — the misdeeds they commit with our sisters and daughters there. And 500 abortion injections are also found.” Ahuja added.
Besides this, 2,000 liquor bottles as also over 3,000 beer cans and bottles are daily detected in the campus, the MLA claimed. The comment drew great laughs on social media websites Facebook and Twitter. The hashtag #BJPCountsCondoms started trending in the microblogging site Twitter.
However the comments of Ahuja did him no good. After his 15-seconds of fame, he was pulled up by BJP president Amit Shah for embarrassing the party with his dim-witted comments. As if the extremely controversial remarks of BJP MPs Sakshi Maharaj and Yogi Adityanath on various other topics were not enough, the party now has to deal with yet another dumb MLA.
Ahuja’s angst against JNU can be understood. The Class 12-pass man has never visited a college and hardly has any inkling about higher education. In an inverted way, Ahuja must have gathered that a premier institute like JNU ought to be bad, where liberals come to gather knowledge.
JNU-bashing is not new. People who have no idea about the culture inside the campus quite often take it on themselves to comment on the students and faculty as a whole. Quite often, JNUites are typecast as left-liberals, indulging in social activism and open sex with equal gusto. But let me tell you, if you believe this to be true, you have never known anybody from JNU…
Years ago, when I was a student in Delhi University, condom-vending machines were installed in JNU. We were surprised by the openness of the university. But surprisingly, there were no protests of “anti-Indian culture” at that time. The media reported it as matter-of-factly, and moved on to other important issues. That must have been a decade back.
But with all the current attacks on JNU’s “corrupt culture” makes me feel we have time-traveled to the past, may be to the 50s or the 60s, where consensual sex was frowned upon by the society.
I guess someone who heard all the rumours about JNU, gave Ahuja an exaggerated account, and he must have then thought what better time than now to show his ‘patriotism’. The irony is not lost that a man who makes such mindless banter is named Gyandev (the lord of knowledge).