JUN Row: Sedition or freedom of speech?

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 Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced.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

Aman Pasari, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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JNU(Jawaharlal Nehru University) on of the oldest universities in India came under spotlight when students from their university raised ‘Anti India’ slogans for the parliament attack mastermind Afzal Guru , calling him a martyr.

This whole protests from a bunch of students at JNU created a stir all over the country gathering a lot attention from the government and the media.When the whole world is looking to India to take the charge of development in the coming years, we are not doing justice to ourself by involving in intra conflicts among ourselves. This sends out a wrong message to the world that we are still not ready to take the charge.

Earlier, students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University organised an event on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who was hanged in 2013. This was to be done the day after Guru’s third death anniversary.

The event organisers had pasted posters across the campus inviting students to gather for a protest march against “judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat” and in solidarity with the “struggle” of Kashmiri migrants at the Sabarmati dhaba in the campus.A case of sedition against several unknown students was lodged at Vasant Kunj (North) police station. It was registered under IPC Sections 124A (sedition), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (acts done by several persons with a common intention).

The university also initiated action, barring eight students from academic activity pending an enquiry, though they would be allowed to stay as guests in the hostels.
JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on sedition charges after allegations of ‘anti-national’ slogansagainst him surfaced. He was ordered to three days of police custody.

So we cannot say that the whole thing was a sedition or freedom to talk your minds but it should be handled in such a way that no one ever should raise their voice against the pride of our country and it should not be compromised under any circumstances.

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