JNU controversy over patriotism

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 Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced.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.

Noor Mohamed M, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


In the row of controversial sequences, current one is Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students arrested inside the campus. Last week of Jan, 2016, JNU students began an indefinite hunger strike in the campus and demanded justice for alleged suicide of Dalit Research Scholar Rohith Vemula. On another night, JNU student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar organized students protest inside the campus and raised slogans against government atrocities, discrepancies and Judgement on parliament attack convict Afzal guru. It created fire on the controversy.

Next day, Opposition group Akhil Bharathiya Vidyarthi Parishad ABVP taken the matter seriously and counter protested students acts of last night and their controversial slogans in the campus. Later, they went along with parliament member Maheish Girri police station and filed sedition case against the president Kanhiya Kumar and others. Then Police arrested the president inside the campus which added fuel against the matter further.

At Same time, News reached in Media. It spread over the nation and touched common people emotion. People started to criticize the students through social media and some of them shown sympathy over students. News channels increased their TRP by periodically flashed video that slogans against India. Massive debates happened in TV news channels. Politicians taken their matter and criticized each other. Ruling and Opposition leaders took the matter into parliamentary discussion. It faded intolerance issue and given birth to patriotism. Kanhaiya Kumar is brutally attacked by lawyers while he was producing to the court and Many more incidents happened.

Important part of issue is students are against patriotism and shown them as anti-nationalist. Actually JNU Students shown contempt over the issue but, not raised against our nation. Recent video released by various sources clearly prove that. Bitter truth is they voiced for Afzal Guru. It doesn’t mean that the students are not patriotic. Afzal guru was Kashmiri and convicted for the parliament attack. No sources proved that he is involved in the attack but hanged him due to judgment stated that “Based on common sense of Indian”.

Moreover, a controversial video shows that actually some ABVP students were raised slogans and made the issue big. Whatever it is, if anything happen inside the college campus, it should go under university administration investigation and they take prompted action. Not by Right wings or MP.


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