— “Bharat desh ho barbaad, ho barbaad; Afzal Guru amar rahe, amar rahe; (May India be damned; long live Afzal Guru)
— Kashmir ki azadi ki jung jaari rahegi. Bharat ki barbaadi tak jung jaari rahegi (Our battle will continue until Kashmir is freed, until India is destroyed)
— Tum kitne Afzal maaroge? Har ghar se hum Afzal nikaalenge (How many Afzals will you kill? We will produce one Afzal in every house)
— Bharat ke tukade honge dus, Insha Allah! Insha Allah! (India will be broken into 10 pieces, God willing)
— Kashmir ko hum lad ke lenge. Bharat ko jihad se hum khatm karke rahenge (We will snatch Kashmir by fighting for it; we will finish India by waging a jihad on it)
— India Go back. India Go back
— Afzal tera karwaan hai adhura. Mil kar hum karenge poora (Afzal, you left with your journey incomplete; we will fulfil your dream)
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]hese slogans may sound like emanating from across the borders: from training camps of Taliban, ISIS or Lashkar-e-Toiba. Unfortunately, they’re coming from the heart of India in New Delhi where a programme was organised to glorify executed Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Afzal Guru. What do they mean by Afzal tera sapna hai adhura. Mil kar hum karenge poora? Which dream of Guru do they want to accomplish?
Welcome to Jawaharlal Nehru University! Once an epitome of pioneering research, world-class teaching, excellent academic output as well as healthy student politics that played a crucial role during the Emergency era has been in recent times in the news for many wrong reasons.
Under the garb of expression of free speech, dissent and democratic rights, JNU has become today a hub for promoting secessionist tendencies in Kashmir, Tamil Eelam, the Northeast — especially Nagaland and Manipur — encouraging pro-Maoist sentiments as well as organising programmes that aim to foment communal tension primarily between Muslims and Hindus as well within Hindu fold on caste lines. No wonder, Hafiz Saeed has today extended his support to communists of JNU.
Rights come with responsibilities and restrictions so does right to freedom of expression. Art. 19 (1)(a) of our Constitution guarantees right to free speech but limits it with reasonable restriction grounds like security of the State, friendly relations with foreign states, sovereignty and integrity of India, defamation, incitement to an offence and public order.
A look at JNU’s history over the last 6 years clearly points to violations of these constitutional clauses and growing nexus between varied breaking India forces. In 2010, Communists under the banner of ‘JNU Forum Against War on People’ celebrated Dantewada Maoist attacks in which 76 Indian soldiers were martyred. In what they call “cultural programme” but which are actually programmes to abuse Indian state, the communists welcomed the killing of soldiers as “victory of people’s army”. They went to the extent of stamping national flag.
In 2012, Communists attempted to divide students along religious lines within campus by trying to organise“beef and pork festival” in JNU under the name of ‘Democratic right to choice of food’. However, the organisers were forced to cancel it after an order from Delhi High Court based on a litigation filed by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), students wing of RSS. Not just ABVP, this divisive propaganda was also opposed by several Muslim students of the campus.
The following year, all Communist parties of JNU united to pay homage to 2001 Parliament terror attack convict Afzal Guru and hailed him as ‘martyr’. In the same year, we witnessed arrest of a JNU student Hem Mishra from dense forest of Gadchiroli on charges of acting as a “prominent Maoist courier” under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967, a law under which terrorist organisations like CPI (Maoist), LTTE, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaishe-e-Mohammed, NSCN, etc. are banned.
On 26th January 2014, Communist students attempted to open a separate Kashmir food stall along with Palestine and Tibet stalls in the annual international food festival and thus wanted to show Kashmir as a disputed international issue on our Republic Day. Later, after ABVP intervened and created pressure on administration, they had to step back.
Again in 2015, when Former President Abdul Kalam died in same week when 1993 Mumbai serial blastterror convict YakubMemonwas hanged, JNU Communists chose to pay homage to the person who blasted bomb on innocent civilians rather than a missile man, who chose to defend Indian nation. What do such so-called secular parties want to prove by this? Do they want to say that Muslims of India empathise more with anti-India terrorists? If yes, all so-called secular parties are gravely mistaking Indian Muslims as anti-Indians.
Apart from these, a section of Communists, in the name of backward student politics, launched a “Mahishasur Shahadat Diwas” during the Durga Puja of 2011. Their argument — propagated by the likes of Kancha Ilaiah — was that all backward communities are descendants of Dalit-Dravidian leader Mahishasura, who was seduced and killed by deceit by a ‘prostitute’ called MaaDurga on the behest of Aryan king Indra!
Communists are ignorant of the fact that the Aryan invasion/migration theory been discarded by modern scientific anthropologic, genetic as well as geographic studies. Further, it’s shameful that these people who call themselves as progressives and feminists cannot accept a woman (Goddess Durga) as more powerful than a man (Mahishasura) as for them women can only kill by deceit and seduction rather than by a direct fight in a battlefield.
Backed by Christian Missionaries and their NGOs like Dalit Freedom Network, in just three years in 2014, this illogical and absurd “martyrdom event” was celebrated across India in 78 districts. The message from their propaganda literature like Forward Press was clear: “divide Hindus within their caste lines and generate momentum for civil war”.
However, the action of Communists has been strongly resisted by common students of JNU in general and ABVP in particular, even at the expense of fake cases in Proctor’s office as well as charges of sexual harassment.
Despite growing undercurrents against nationalist sentiments, our protests have resulted in successes like the prohibition on JNU Forum Against War on People in 2010, prevention of beef and pork festival in 2012, Mahishasur Shahadat Diwas in 2015.
The recent attempt to commemorate Afzal Guru’s execution by calling it ‘judicial killing’ and raising of anti-India slogans has to be seen in the light of breaking India. It is, therefore, imperative for the University administration and Indian intelligence to handle the affairs sincerely and thoroughly investigate possibilities of a nexus between few JNU students and anti-India forces.
We understand that in the name of dissent i.e. opposing government, one shouldn’t cross the Laxmanrekha and engage in sedition i.e. opposing the state because if the state disintegrates, so will be their democratic rights. Hence, one must fulfil their duties before clamouring for rights.