Isn’t JNU the only university that makes news for assaults on soldiers and for glorifying traitors? Those who got ideologised in Britain and backed the British war effort during Quit India in 1942, and had trouble backing India during the 1962 war with China, they were seen helping those who assaulted Indian sovereignty the day the nation was mourning the death of brave Siachen soldier Hanumanthappa. The irony couldn’t have been more cruel and demeaning. When ‘Jai Hind’ was on our lips and eyes moist for our martyrs, they were shouting slogans like ‘Bharat ki barbaadi tak jang chalegi’ and ‘Har ghar se Afzal niklega’.
A section of the media that uses the army for a cosmetic show of affection for the forces has also joined the left-supported thugs. One channel showed the faces of JNU alumni and asked ‘Are these anti-nationals?’ As if speaking against a group of terror-supporters means assaulting the university. None but these very left ultras working to violate the Constitution are demolishing the credentials of a reputed university. Such is the politicisation of the media that those who were silent on the killing of journalists in UP and Bengal took to the streets to support JNU-based groups supporting violent, separatist movements—in Manipur, Nagalim and Kashmir. Video footage with me shows frenzied leftist students shouting slogans against India, the land of their birth, which gives them the freedom to have independent opinions.
A university that has produced some brilliant minds in public life and diplomacy stands kidnapped by a small, vocal group of denationalised leftists. The fact that Rahul Gandhi, in his desperation for political survival, has joined the Afzal apologists is a cruel joke on his great grandfather, who had put Communists behind bars for their seditious support to China during the Indo-China war. Nehru had also invited the RSS to participate in the 1963 Republic Day parade to salute their patriotism.
This is the JNU where left groups would organise a “cultural programme” at the height of the Kargil war in 1999 and invite Pakistani artistes to virulently abuse India and get away with it. Two army personnel present there protested, but could escape only after one of them pulled out a pistol. JNU also saw the same radical left groups—especially DSU—openly celebrate the killing of 75 CRPF personnel in the 2010 ambush by Maoists in Dantewada. After this latest assault on India, it’s time JNU is debugged of these de-Indianised groups.
Most students at JNU come for studies. It’s only these leftists who break the dreams of their parents. It is surprising how leaders like Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat visit the campus and provoke students as if in the backyard of their politburo! They fail to answer when asked if their favourite student leaders were involved in sedition. What did they do to stop those distributing pamphlets and putting up posters supporting Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru? Why are they seen in the video getting into a scuffle with those who were filming the traitors?
The noises are loud and clear—see the posters—“Against the judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat and in solidarity with the Kashmiri people and their democratic right to self-determination....there will also be an art and photo exhibition portraying the history of the occupation of Kashmir.... We invite you for a cultural evening.” And this was not in Pakistan.
Anything new? No sir, it is in their political genes. The mocking of Subhash Chandra Bose by the CPI in 1940s as the “lapdog of (Japanese admiral) Tojo” and the chilling support of the Communists to the Chinese aggression in 1962 came full circle in JNU when Communist student groups supported a condemned terrorist in 2016 and mocked the RSS. The division is clear: tricolour burners versus tricolour upholders.
Dissent must flower, not just here but everywhere. It’s the salt of democracy. Let there be a million voices of dissent. But can treason be equated with dissent?
(Tarun Vijay is MP, Rajya Sabha, and president, parliamentary group on India-China Friendship.)