An Enemy within…

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Gaurav Singla, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”- Marcus Tullius Cicero quoted by Hon’ble HRD Minister Shmt. Smriti Irani in Lok Sabha on 24.01.2016.

The new enemies wait at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. The new happenings at JNU has led to a row of events that has raised many questions among the different sects of people who believe they have right to speak because they belong to secular, democratic nation called INDIA.

These sects have different questions about the very fabric of the world we live in and have been rightfully demanding answers from each other. This involves the “rightful” people such as you who read and discard these as everyday events, while other belonging to the “miscreant” groups who we perceive as the one creating the nuisance.

Questions that have been raised are: Can the democrats, intellectuals, free speech activists can debate over right and wrong while they sit in their hot seats sipping coffee? Should a nation be allowed to go at war with itself without guns? Do the media have the right to invent, manipulate and create their own version of news that is misleading and invigorating?

National armed forces have been asking: Is army personal giving away their lives daily on the front just so that nationals can have liberty to develop views that divide the nation within?

And the so-called termed as “Anti-Nationals” asks: Does the Freedom of speech and debate be allowed and termed as Sedition or Anti-Nationalist views. What is bigger: Freedom of speech or Nationalist views? Should media trial allowed in midst of fight over viewpoints?

I ask: Can this debate and speech ever become more than just shouts and rallies? Can one not be more judgmental in a debate to allow a healthy discussion?

Well, History has taught us one thing that two different groups has never been able to settle their differences unless one has completely eradicated the other. Also, this has led to division of people on grounds that are not based on religion, caste or color. This development and education system has started to pose new set of problem; I term it as “Evolution”. Evolution in terms of views that develop in society far deep from the obvious differences than those based on the on genes, race and culture. JNU has developed itself as a new sect and if withdrawn from society and condemned will become a new religion.

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