The lawless and the fanatical gathered in JNU in early February, pleading for a man responsible for the 2001 Indian parliament attack. Mohammad Afzal Guru, the key perpetrator on whose direction innocent Indians were killed had found solidarity, even in death, at the core of India’s next generation.
Whether they were outsiders or part of the institution, we will know once the investigation is over, but even so, it is sad that JNU’s budding social scientists of repute allowed the staging of seditious protest in their own backyard.
The campus has a 10,000 population. They could have driven the anti-nationalists, whether insiders or outsiders, out with sticks. Either they chose to remain uninvolved, which makes them insensitive, or were enjoying the spectacle of a disgraceful kind.
Calling Afzal a martyr is a declaration of allegiance to forces opposed to India. No one is answering this humble question: Even if Kanhaiya, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and a few more did not raise anti-India slogans, what did they do to cripple those that did?
The trio is under scrutiny for role in the treasonable dissent, but I could believe that they are all innocent, in that they did not personally voice out disloyalty, but would I not ask why, as student leaders, they allowed the rot to fester? The police should start asking the right questions and the students should give relevant answers. It’s a matter of national security; they shouldn’t only just try to prove their personal innocence and get away with it.
The campus rallied to Kanhaiya’s call, delivered feverishly on a slightly chilly Feb 9 evening. Some say the video is doctored, while others are shocked at such brutal display of anti-nationalism (watch the video). Students, teachers and the others are calling it ‘suppression of freedom of speech’… but this is becoming a little too ‘convenient’ an agenda…
Meanwhile, Delhi Police’s systematic and unyielding pursuit of the case is understandable. Afzal Guru, for whom the voices were raised, was the man responsible for the killing of six Delhi Police personnel in 2001. Their own had been murdered. Perhaps, it’s retributive justice they are seeking?
It has become all too convoluted now. The Left, naturally, is in support of their own without paying attention to the core issue of rebellion. Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, has found a fresh issue to engage in, however motivated it may be, and the ruling BJP is standing firm on its commitment to nip dissent in the bud.
It’s a struggle that must end soon. The students need to get back to what they joined the university for. Or have priorities changed completely?