JNU – Let’s discuss further…

 

A couple of my very good friends for many many years contacted me after yesterday’s post on the arrest of JNU Students President, Kanhiya Kumar.  Both of them referred to Arnab Goswami’s show and the concerns raised in the NewsHour on JNU situation.

I have seen that video and agree with my friends.  The points Arnab raised were very valid and I too fully agree with the same. No one can call themselves on left of politics if they support anti-national activities.  No one can say in the same breadth they follow left-wing ideologies and also spit venom of “India ki barbaadi”.

Those who speak the language of terrorists need to be identified and brought under the full fist of the law. Period.

I am a proud Indian and always will be. Proud of the nation where I was born, in its culture, its contributions to this world and I will stand for and support its determination to fight against the demonic forces that try to bring India down.  I have the same feelings when I see the patriotic scenes from Mani Rathnam’s Roja and J P Dutta’s Border or Rakeysh Mehra’s Rang De Basanti.

Now, I invite you to see another speech – of the arrested JNUSU President, Kanhiya Kumar.   All I wish from you is to completely hear his speech from the steps of JNU’s campus.

Have you seen it? If not, please see the same before reading further.  It’s less than half of Arnab’s show, and not a single ad-break!

I request you.  It’s a Sunday today and we hopefully should have some time in our hands 🙂

Seen it?

Now tell me, how could one say that this young man supports terrorism? Where in his sharp, pointed speech does he support anti-national sentiments?

I agree there is anger and fire in his voice.  I agree there is rage and resentment in his eyes – but that is towards the injustice, intolerance and inequity of current establishment – not against India.  Each statement of this young man proudly screams out his patriotism and at same time, the oppression faced by the poor and vulnerable in India’s slums and tiny villages.

Now, instead of listening to what his generation say, what does our government do? Arrest him under the anti-terrorist law!  Spread fear among his comrades.  Instead of fighting ideologies with ideologies, try to oppress them with law and inform rest of the state that what they say is not against the wrongness of the establishment, but against India itself.  If this is not mirroring Indira’s emergency era, what else is?

Let me type, again:

I am a proud Indian and always will be. Proud of the nation where I was born, in its culture, its contributions to this world and I will stand for and support its determination to fight against the demonic forces that try to bring India down.

Why does a left-leaning person have to first give this affidavit while talking in or about India?

I invite my friends to think about it.

This is where the current Governing party’s ploys get unmasked.  This is where, when they cannot fight ideology with ideology, they misuse law and turn people against people.  If one speaks against the casteism and other evils, portrait that person not only as anti-Hindu, but anti-India itself; then use the full-wrath of establishment to confine and silence her/him.

I hope Kanhiya Kumar will come out of custody soon. I hope he will continue to speak his words from the steps of JNU, with full strength of mind and determination, describing the anguish faced by his people in India.  If he stays true to the ideologies, I am sure his voice will always be FOR India, not against it.  If any time his voice cross the borders of patriotism and anti-nationalism, I will join you to raise voice to put him behind bars.

Till then, let us hope this voice is not suppressed. If we let that happen, it will be our voice that will be suppressed in coming years, as rightly pointed out by Kanhiya Kumar to media towards the end of his speech.

 

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