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.

 

Saturday Thoughts on JNU arrest and Spain’s General

 

What is the connection between the arrest of JNU’s Student Union President and Spain? Other than both news were on media on the same Friday? I will explain.

First, on the news from JNU.

It is very clear from JNU news that Modi government is using Indira Gandhi’s emergency-era tactics to systematically silence the left and liberal voices who do not agree to his party’s and RSS Hindutva agenda.

What else is the reason for arresting Kanhaiya Kumar, who is an ASIF worker and elected President of JNU Students Union?

Kanhaiya Kumar has clearly stated that he does not support or agree to the extreme ideologies and dissident voices of those mere 10+ students, but went to resolve the dispute between them and ABVP activists – whom he defeated in Student’s Union elections. As the elected president of the university, he has all the rights to pacify a volatile, potentially violent argument in the campus.

Using words like terrorist and anti-national for those with different ideologies other than Hindutva and arresting them under UAPA, and other anti-terrorist laws to silence them shows the coward-ness and inability of BJP and Sangh Parivar to participate in open discussions and justify their viewpoints.

It is ironic that it is Modi’s party and Government that accuses others as terrorists!

It is the same BJP which supports those who admire Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin by building temples in his name and commemorate the day Godse was hanged as “Balidan Diwas”! It is the same party that has alliance in J&K with PDP who advocate for self-rule in Jammu and Kashmir – For argument sake, is this not the same topic the 10+ JNU students had a discussion on?  If their voice cannot be tolerated by BJP, how can they share power in J&K with PDP?!

The arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, charged with sedition, is just another example to the intolerance under Modi Government that is being discussed by intellectuals, Bollywood actors and other independent thinkers in the country. Whether it is the arrest of an elected President of a prestigious college union, or killing of an innocent father for having meat in his fridge are the examples of same intolerance which is being nurtured and cultivated by the Hindutva hooligans who years ago burned Graham Staines and his two sons at tender ages of 10 and 6.

India prides itself in its Unity in Diversity and being the biggest democracy in the world. The beauty of India’s unity and democracy lies in its diversity and the free, independent democratic voice of each and every one of its citizens.

While desperately using Mrs. Gandhi’s emergency-era tactics to suppress and saffronize this unity and democracy, BJP and Modi Government should take some time to read what happened to Indira’s election results just after the end of the emergency. The same people who admiringly made her Prime Minister ruthlessly defeated Mrs.Gandhi in the very next election after emergency; not only she lost power, but also many of her senior leaders and hundreds of thousands of common people deserted Congress.

This brings me nicely to Spain and the very Friday’s BBC magazine article on “Erasing Franco’s memory one street at a time”.

As you can read, no government could suppress the free minds and voice of any country for all the time. Nazis, Mussolini and Gen Francisco Franco learned it in harsh ways. If BJP and Modi continues this intolerant attitude towards the free and independent voice of India, future will see a repeat of history.