Bengaluru, Feb 21: For the proud nationalists to hold heads high, the Union HRD (Human Resource Development) Ministry has passed an order to fly the National Flag on a 207-feet mast in all 46 central universities taking the definition of nationalism to a 'new height'.
However, here is a group of ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) protesters, who has been protesting since Feb 16 against the alleged 'Anti-National' activities perpetrated in JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University). The ABVP owe its allegiance to a political party, the BJP and the party which is now holding the helm of the county. The protests will continue for a whole this week as is informed by the office bearer of the ABVP.
The ABVP wing of Puttur (one of the RSS stronghold in the country) of Dakshina Kannada hailing from Vivekananda Law college run by the RSS affiliated management (Vivekananda Vidyavardhaka Sangha) held a protest on Feb 16. Interestingly the banner read they are protesting against the anti-national activities occurring in the JNU, while no members of the ABVP holding the Tricolour but only saffron flags of the ABVP.
While the Union Government is of the view that flying national fag will reaffirm national unity, integrity and nationalism in the central varsities, it has forgotten the fact that how many RSS affiliated colleges and schools in the country adhered to this idea of popular minister Smriti Irani after India became free nation.
The college, to which the protesting ABVP lads belong, has not adopted this policy of showcasing nationalism by flying the national flag in full mast since its inception. The collage has many sister concerns, like engineering college, graduation college and even schools.
In none of the places, the idea was implemented to display nationalism. The OneIndia contacted the district (Dakshina Kannada) convener of the ABVP to talk on the order on the national flag and why protesters are not holding Tricolour?
The district convener Yatish Shetty says the protest was organised by the ABVP and the flag of the ABVP is must to hold as it was directed by the state ABVP office bearers. When asked about does ABVP welcomes government's move, he said the ABVP is very much happy to see national flag flying high.
When asked why only in central universities, why not in all colleges including private institutions, he said, "since anti-national activities are being taken out only in central universities it is impending to do so."
For a question on why Vivekananda College was not hoisting the flag, he said after a pause the ABVP will sit and talk on this and decide whether to send a proposal to the institution in this connection. He also said the Delhi police has done a right thing by charging Kanhaiya with sedition and no anti-nationals can be tolerated.
When sought to know about JNU ABVP joint secretary's resignation episode, he said the ABVP is just trying to enter the campus which is still dominated by the left ideologists. The resignation was as a result of the relinquished ABVP office bearer has not lost temptation for the left ideology.