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 Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced.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.
Sujoy Nandy, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
On February 9th, 2016, a bunch of JNU students had organised a meeting to mourn and discuss about the so called “Judicial Murder” of Afzal Guru, the perpetrator of 2001 attack on parliament. The gathering also discussed about the issue of “Free Kashmir”. It was reported that several anti India slogans were chanted.This led to a nationwide hatred towards JNU, arrests, charges of sedition and further protests.
There are various versions of the story from here and there. It is said that the anti Indian slogans were raised by outside students, not by the insiders of JNU. People involved in the protest were alleging that police action against the students is acting against the freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is granted by our Indian constitution but it doesn’t mean misusing it any form that would harm the peace of the country. Freedom of speech doesn’t allow us to speak and chant anything that would be against the national interest. The protesters should be glad that they were doing this in India! Had it been in any other country like China Or U.S.A., they would have to pay a heavy price for that.They would have been punished and put under a surveillance programme for the rest of their lives.
It is a well established fact that Afzal Guru was responsible for the parliament attacks in 2001. Speaking against capital punishment is fine but branding a terrorist as a martyr is never accepted. It is always insane to speak against the motherland which gave you food , clothing, shelter and education. When we see that our brave soldiers like Hanumanthappa dies in extreme cold on his duty towards motherland, we become sad but the sadness increases more when we learn that our own countrymen speaking against their own motherland. On the issues of banning the university, I would say that it should not be banned as innocent students should not suffer due to few miscreants. However this should be dealt strictly so that such instances do not get repeated in future.