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Left, Right, and Centre: JNU sedition case has made people change views so often

The JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) controversy is growing bigger and murkier by the day. There are too many claims and counterclaims, videos, fake tweets and rumours that make it impossible to figure out who’s the victim and who’s the perpetrator now.

Amid all this chaos, the Delhi High Court has let some sanity prevail by rejecting the request by a lawyers’ group to transfer the sedition case against Kanhaiya Kumar from the Delhi Police to the country’s top anti-terror agency, the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Shouting anti-India slogans, and calling for the breaking of a state is not going to take us anywhere up, students participating in this event must have realized by now. But the incident was in no way a terror threat to our nation that would merit examination by NIA.

JNU President Kanhaiya Kumar
JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar is held for sedition charges.

Political parties have already jumped into the JNU battlefield with loud battle cries, calling each other names and what not! When we waited for law to prevail, the very law-keepers decided to take things into their hands by thrashing and intimidating JNU faculties and news reporters alike. Do these men think they dispense justice outside the courtroom just because they were wearing the black coats?

With so much of cacophony, mischief-makers are having a field day too. At first, there was the fake twitter account of LeT chief Hafiz Saeed rendering support to JNU, to which the home ministry fell a prey to. In a matter of some hours, news surfaced of Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata stating that the company would not hire anyone from JNU. While people talked of the magnate’s nationalistic stance, cynics shook their heads in disbelief. The air was cleared when the Tata Group officially disclaimed that its chairman had made any such remark.

BJP MLA OP Sharma at JNU
Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma beats up CPI activist Ameeque Jamai, in Delhi’s Patiala House Court complex.

The scenario has now become similar to a pre-nursery classroom, where the Centre is the strict headmaster; the Delhi Police assumes the role of a class monitor, and all other in the periphery creating a ruckus by raising complaints about each other.

The families of those who died in the 2001 attack on Parliament wanted to meet home minister Rajnath Singh. They are unhappy that JNU students have shown solidarity to Afzal Guru, the Parliament attacker. Reporters, who were assaulted by the lawyers, have expressed that they want an audience in the home ministry to hear their grievance. The lawyers, who were caught on camera thrashing JNU teachers and reporters, will have now to face an ex-High Court judge for displaying such bad behaviour at the court premises.

Protests at JNU
Local residents of Munirka area protest outside the gates of JNU.

While curbing anti-national elements is utterly important for a state to function, a deep probe is also required to figure out where the rot has emanated from. Till the Court delivers justice, we shall wait and watch.

About the author


Whether it’s women issues, politics or the paranormal, Rubi has an opinion on everything. Art and entertainment interest her, too. Hindu College alumni, she has written for The Hindustan Times and The Financial Express. Every now and then, she loves picking up her camera to capture life and its various shades.

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