Is JNU becoming hub for anti-national activities?

By: Lisa Jani
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Jawaharlal Nehru University or JNU as it is called by most is again in thick of controversy as some students of the university attempted to hold an event at university's Sabarmati dhaba on the occasion of Afzal Guru's (2001 Parliament attack convict) hanging death anniversary.

This comes as a big shock to all as the city along with the entire nation was praying for the speedy recovery of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad, who was buried in an avalanche at Siachen Glacier on February 3 and rescued on February 8.


All one can say is that what JNU students did is wrong. They condemn the hanging of terrorists in the same city where a soldier battled for life and they didn't care for him. The brave heart passed away today despite the best efforts of doctors attending to him.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad at RR Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

PM Modi had earlier tweeted,

"No words are enough to describe the endurance and indomitable spirit of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. He is an outstanding soldier. Team of doctors is attending to Lance Naik Hanumanthappa. We are all hoping and praying for the best."

Many people found it unbelievable that likes of Lance Naik Hanumanthappa risk their lives to protect people like JNU students who favour terrorists.

Most people found such celebrations shameful and condemned the action while demanding shutting down of the JNU.

Many questioned as to why taxpayers should fund JNU which is nurturing anti-national professors and students.

The event at JNU was hosted to call Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat co-founder of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) who was hanged in 1984 as "martyrs". The JNU students had called execution of Afzal Guru's and Maqbool Bhat as "judicial killing".

As the university did not take any action against students who organised the Afzal Guru commemoration the issue was highly discussed on social media with common man and celebrities alike shared their views on it.
Ultimately the university had to give in as the protest by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) outside the Vice Chancellor (VC) of JNU became strong. The ABVP demanded the expulsion of students who "misled" the university about nature of the event.

The organisers of the event had originally got the permission from the university but it was withdrawn after the ABVP complained. The meet was couched as a "Cultural Evening of Protest" and was hosted to show camaraderie with the "struggle of the Kashmiri People for their democratic right to self-determination". ABVP had called for a protest opposite to the venue of what they called "anti-national" activity in the campus.

JNU has ordered a "disciplinary" inquiry into holding of an event on campus against the hanging of Afzal Guru despite cancellation of permission saying any talk about country's disintegration cannot be "national".

JNU students' union (JNUSU) joint secretary Saurabh Kumar, who is the only ABVP member in the union was reported to have said that,

"How can an event on Afzal Guru, who attacked the temple of democracy, be organised here. We are demanding expulsion of those who organised it."

He also alleged that,

"This was an anti-national event. When we tried to stop them from holding a march, I was shown a gun. They raised anti-India slogans and for freedom of Kashmir."

JNU's VC was reported to have said on the issue that,

"The permission for the programme was sought by giving incomplete information, so it is an act of indiscipline. A committee headed by the Chief Proctor will examine the footage of the event and speak to the witnesses. It is on basis of the report, the varsity will take appropriate action."

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