JNU row: How political discourse has stooped to new vulgarity—sex and condoms

By: Maitreyee Boruah
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The war of words between the "nationals" and the "anti-nationals" over the controversy surrounding the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) continued on Twitter on Tuesday (February 23).

However, Tuesday saw a new low after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Gyandev Ahuja from Ramgarh, Rajasthan, alleged that the students of JNU are involved in "immoral and illicit" activities like sex and drugs.
He not only levelled allegations against the students, who are currently fighting a mammoth battle against the central government to free few of their fellow students from charges of sedition, but also gave the nation a count of cigarette butts and used condoms he found on the JNU campus.

Gyandev Ahuja

Ahuja said that daily 50,000 pieces of bones, 3,000 used condoms, 500 used abortion injections, 10,000 cigarette "pieces", among other things, are found at JNU. 

He added that girls and boys of the prestigious institute dance naked during cultural programmes.
Some found these allegations bizarre, others just ignored it, several self-proclaimed nationals stood by what Ahuja claimed and many simply laughed off these controversial remarks.

These are the same JNU students, who are levelled as "anti-nationals and terrorists" by a section of media and political leaders.

The social media was astonished as how did Ahuja managed to count the number of used condoms and cigarette butts on the huge campus.

Soon #BJPCountsCondoms started trending on Twitter. Most of the tweets were hilarious and poked fun at the BJP leader for making such bizarre comments.

"Two Minute Of Silence For That MLA Who Counted The Used Condom. #BJPCountsCondoms #SexAndDrugsAtJNU," tweeted Sir Ravindra Jadeja ‎(@SirJadeja).

"If you Dont condemn it Condom it #BJPCountsCondoms," tweeted SANJAY HEGDE (‎@sanjayuvacha).
"What is BJP trying to say? "Abki Baar, Condom Ginne wali sarkaar?"#BJPCountsCondoms," tweeted Vinod Mehta (‎@DrunkVinodMehta).

One more hashtag, #SexAndDrugsAtJNU, trended on Twitter. These tweets mostly supported what Ahuja alleged against JNU students without providing any proof.

"Is JNU an educational institution or some kind of a pleasure resort for commies? #SexAndDrugsAtJNU," tweeted Shanta Chari (@newagesong).

"ICCs Report: "JNU registers highest number of sexual harassment cases in India", out of 101 cases JNU alone have 51 cases #SexAndDrugsAtJNU," tweeted Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul).


"3000 condoms being used in JNU per day, thank them, nahi toh hostel ke har room se Afzalnikatla.#SexAndDrugsAtJNU," tweeted Enlighted Monk (@XLR8ted_MIND). 

We don't know how we are going to be benefitted by these tweets and counter-tweets, but one thing is for sure, our political discourse has not only become chaotic, but vulgar too.

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