JNU uprising: Are we losing the real picture?
Opinions on Kanhaiya's arrest and the police raaj on students have many takes from many quarters of the country. Social media is divided with students from the same university having different opinions about the entire fiasco.
But what if the entire scuffle was a way to divide attention? Create confusion and chaos? In fact, there are broken fragments that do not fit the story, giving rise to a question that may have long-felt repurcussions.
Identifying the 'Anti-nationals'
What was supposed to be a cultural event protesting the capital punishment of Parliament attack conict Afzal Guru, took a sudden sporadic turn questioning nationalism and democracy. Voicing against the "judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat" and empathising with the "struggle" of Kashmiri migrants at the Sabarmati dhaba in the campus are ideas that do not bear harm. Understood...but when did the 'India Murdabad' slogan happen and why?
It is said that a group of ABVP students buzzed off sloganeering against the event, demanding the expulsion of the event organisers. They alleged that the students at the event shouted anti-Indian slogans and released a video supporting the statement.
But do we have evidence who these students were? It is claimed that Kanhaiya, the accused arrested in the case, did not chant the slogans. As rumors go, he was protesting with a group, and a separate group joins in and starts the fiasco. Who were these people? The situation went out of control before we got an answer. Interestingly, their has been no word from the authorities too.
According to a leading newspaper, Rajnath Singh's comment on Hafiz Saeed backing the uprising in JNU was clearly unprecedented, especially when it was based on a fake post by an unknown individual.
The Tweet from the fake account @HafeezSaeedJUD invited JNU students to Pakistan "to continue their Pro-Kashmiri, Anti-India Propaganda in our Universities".
The misunderstanding was further cleared when Saeed tweeted,"Reality of all Indian allegations including 26/11 is evident from this fake twitter account scandal. Indeed a new low for Indian gov #JNU"
All said and done, has anybody paid attention to the unidentified person who started the confusion? Intelligence bureau seems to have gone in deep slumber and we too are too busy with our debate on nationalism.
The un'law'ful act
Why was the media attacked and why did lawyers land up in the scene? That too when Kanhaiya was being taken to the court! Not just that, even bystanders and the elderly were roughed-up for no known reason. Going by a journalist's version:
"am not even a JNU student. We are peacefully waiting for him. Some 6-7 lawyers, started pointing towards us and then they abused and called us Pakistanis. The lawyers thrashed a journalist. I saw them beating him up brutally. They were saying that it is not the court, but they who will decide the matter."
Is it even remotely possible that a group of lawyers are standing just to roughen up the JNUites? Do we have any evidence that these lawyers were even lawyers in the first place or normal goons in their guise? We haven't yet heard from anyone yet.
And what was the second scuffle today all about?
A new controversy
Having lost the Afzal Guru agenda, social media now speaks thunders regarding nationalism, anti-nationalism, democracy, Pakistan and Kashmir. Raging debates on Godra, Dadri can be heard, while the actual reason behind the incident is forgotten.
Students question their existence if the nation-state use police brutality, they criticize the NDA and eulogise the Congress and the meaning of the protest is completely lost.
Quite evidently, the humanitarian grounds on which the event started, protesting against capital punishment of convicts/terrorists, took a rather terrorising turn. Was keeping the fight for Kashmir alive the sole agenda? Or was it scratching long-healed wounds (read Godra, Dadri) to keep debates alive? Are we missing out on something?
Answer these, and one may have the real picture.