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Two sides of JNU Controversy

JNU Controversy
New Delhi: JNU students agitating for the release of the Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on Tuesday. Courtesy: PTI Photo

Have you gone through the Constitution of India? Have you found there India as a “Hindu Rashtrya”? My friend rather we claim that we are the citizens of a secular democratic country. What is the meaning of this secularism in India? Actually we are now in an awkward situation where we all might become disloyal to our beloved country by just making a strong opinion against the government. And therefore we are not the citizens of a democratic country although we become happy in every five years thinking that we have the power to elect the government. The elected government takes oath to the Constitution of India and then does own jobs by the name of “Bharat Mata”. They can kill someone; disrespect anybody with the help of so called self-proclaimed security personals who are engaged in saving the respect of this country. They actually do not save the respect of “Bharat Mata”, they always try to make the firm notation of Hinduism for the interest of a Hindu Rastra. Here you can give your opinion about the governance, but if it becomes against the government, then you would be asked to leave your own country. How embarrassing it is! I have been talking so much on the recent controversial incident that is going on at the premier university of India – JNU – Jawaharlal Nehru University.

We have some fundamental rights:

Being the citizen of India everyone has some fundamental rights. The important rights are freedom of speech, freedom to associate, freedom to organize. It is true that these rights are executable until it would hamper the sovereignty of India. But, nowadays this limitation is constrained to the governmental sector because the governmental authority is now the representative for the sovereignty of India and if any speech would hurt the government, better to say the sentiment of Hindutvabad, then you are disloyal and would be punished or banished, whatever would be the wish of the guardians of Hindu culture of India. Let’s keep these statements aside and come to our real business, to the incident of JNU.

The debate between tolerance and intolerance:

We elect our government and therefore we have logical right to ask any question to the government. We have the right to get the answers from them. On the contrary we are being punished for the queries. Is it for the Constitution? The Nobel laureate AmartyaSen has truly told that we are now becoming too much tolerant of intolerance. Recently the students of JNU have made the protest and debate against the death sentence awarded to YakubMemon and Afzal Guru. There is a debate of two things. The first one is about the logical murder and the second one is about the fair trial. What is the problem of the government? We can surely ask that question. I am not going inside the facts of the recent controversy of JNU because it has been happening for some days and is somewhat known to all. I am just trying to draw the attention of all to the fact that we have full right to criticize the working procedure of the government because it is for our security, for the wellbeing of Indian citizens. It is also to be noted here that the trial of any case should involve the human rights. Different news agencies and intellect personalities would make evidences of different case histories. However I am just trying to draw a picture to make a sense about the fundamental rights and what we expect from the government.

Asking questions is not a guilt or crime:

It is true that asking questions is the important character to have to be a scholar of higher education. But when you ask a question on behalf of your fundamental right, you would become a guilty. How embarrassing fact it is! If I would ask you about the responsibility of the universities, what would you say? Just forget the texts that are written in the books. The simple answer would be that the duty of universities is to secure the security of education. This is done by the Vice Chancellors of the universities who are the guardians of the institutions and they look after the matters of students. Now they are becoming the watchdogs of the government and the educational sectors are losing its freedom. It has been happened in many universities recently and JNU is one of them. Therefore the main point is that we are losing our fundamental right in all aspects. Is it logical to call ourselves as independent citizens of an independent democratic country? I think the answer would be a big “No”. Lastly it is to be told that we all love our country and that is why we have this much of right to criticize the policies. And those who are asking questions to the government, they are not disloyal. They are Indians by their heart.

Another side of JNU controversy:

I have talked about the one side of the protest and the controversy of JNU. Is it logical to make the view of such controversial matter from one side? I should make myself neutral so that I would be able to review the matter as much as I can. I have already stated that our constitution permits us the freedom to speak, but we are permitted to do so until it hampers the national security and prestige. It is also well known fact the JNU is one of the prestigious academic institutions of this country. And the scholars are promoting the anti-national protest. Some of them are making Afzal Guru a hero who has committed to sacrifice his life for big interest of India. Is it true? The students should understand that the politicians and so called social activists are doing this type of protest to raise their TRP. The scholars, at least, should not fall in the trap. It is very rational to fight for the fundamental rights, but they should also respect the government, rather the decision of the Supreme Court and the President. Here I am not telling about the respect for the politicians. I am telling about the respected designations.

Here I want to tell that the protest might be a pre-planned program to affect the peace of the country. There might be flaws regarding the trial of the two persons, but should we make this type of slogans against the government where Afzal Guru is being made a hero. Should we do this? After all he has committed guilt against the national security. Therefore we, the citizens of India should become the “Citizen” in true sense and the government also makes their decisions giving the human rights preference. It is also true that the government is not the sole responsible to make our beloved tolerant country intolerant, we also are responsible. The both sides should be aware of the future scenario; otherwise the time is not so far when India would become divided into many small parts. Do you want to divide your home land? If not, then be logical in doing anything for the sake of your country. The government should do their jobs for the people and the citizens should be Indians rather being mere “citizens”.

Latest Updates on JNU Controversy

Kanhaiya is being sent to judicial custody till March 2. He will be lodged in cell number 3 of Tihar Jail under high security cover. Image Courtesy: Google
Kanhaiya is being sent to judicial custody till March 2. He will be lodged in cell number 3 of Tihar Jail under high security cover. Image Courtesy: Google

JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar has been arrested on February 13, 2016 with the charges of sedition and taken to Tihar jail from Patiala House court amid tight security and sloganeering by lawyers last Wednesday.  He was produced to Patiala House court for hearing that he condemns what happened on February 9, 2016, in JNU and requested to each not to disturb the peace of the country, society and institution.

On the other hand Supreme Court on Wednesday formed a 5-member advocate panel as Court Commissioners to visit Patiala Court and review the circumstances there when it was unable to get information on developments in Kanhaiya’s case. The 5-member advocate team on Wednesday presented their findings to the apex court. Their report shows Kanhaiya was beaten up while he was brought inside the court.

In the meantime, JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar has been sent to judicial custody till March 2, 2016.

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