The nation is happy when it should not be. It is wrong on issues it should not be. We are unaware of facts we ought not to be. We are silent when it is crime to be so. We are trusting people who are back stabbing. We don’t know but we are on the course of a civil war.
As the semester draws to close, the great Indian conspiracy of the vilification of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the premier bastion of sheer intellect and knowledge by a series of scandals of ABVP and deliberate inaction and political hypocrisy of the NDA government aided by the amenable Police Force and certain biased television channels seeking sensationalism can be viewed as one of the most remarkable events in the intellectual circuits. It has been one of those few phenomenons in the history of independent India where the entire nation has so beautifully formed an unquestionable biased opinion on such a massive scale. This undeniably portrays the penetrative power of forced opinions of a majoritarian government but at the same time it shows the utter failure of media and opposition as the watchdogs of the largest democracy on the earth. To utter dismay, the entire definition of nationalism has been hijacked, mutilated, and corrupted by the help of a majority and silence of the remaining. Unfortunately, what should have been a grand retaliation by the opposition remains an unchallenged battle. The divided opposition parties continue to act like a deer caught before the headlights.
The JNU episode hasn’t been any out-of-nowhere opening of any Pandora’s Box. Every little detail seems to have been meticulously planned to gradually decimate the charisma and the reputation of the single resistive institution in the whole of nation.
The 9th Feb incident was the crescendo of a heinous opera, which was the first episode of the series broadcasted on world television. The series of events gave the government enough opportunity to take action against JNUSU as they started picking up students illegally from inside and outside the campus.
The entire orchestra had been aimed to malign the dreams of countless students to be a part of the institution which has produced the best of politicians, bureaucrats and scholars. Certain media houses earned huge TRP portraying certain students as terrorists, calling the university “den of desh-drohis” and oversimplifying things to the people of India as ” a choice between the support to the sacrifice of Hanuman Thappa and these ‘anti-nationals’.
Evidently, the 9th Feb. reporting was a bitter pill to swallow. The pertinent smile on the face of Umar Khalid when being bashed on the Newshour Debate quite nullified and mocked the allegations.
After our countless detours around the campus, things started becoming horribly clear. We came across students who had no record of political career to get to the roots of the February 9th events in an unbiased manner.
“I have been keeping a close scrutiny right since day 1. It all started when a group of 10 left winged students organised a peaceful event in solidarity with the people of Kashmir. The event was about to start when a group of ABVP activists, with some Zee News people, started sloganeering against the leftist gathering there, calling them anti- nationals. As the slogan war got heated, some people with their faces masked joined in with the separatist slogans. They were immediately asked to stop by the organisers,” a postgraduate student and her friends were quoted as saying, on the promise of being kept anonymous.
This is the true picture. But the internal conspiracy, who those masked men were, still remains blurry.
“Since the Feb incident, random people ask us if we’re here study or backstab the country. This narrative has spread so fiercely that people have stopped using their sense, their logic.” tells Priyanka, a PhD scholar.
“Mr. Narendra Modi needs to realise that by defaming institutions and instigating hollow nationalism, he cannot hide his failures. He has also got to check the spoiled brat in ABVP, which in addition to damaging the party beyond repair, is costing the nation its cultural fabric. ABVP can only lead to Kashmir like situation in the rest of the nation,” said another anonymous faculty, waiting on the bus stand.
Feature Image Credits- hindustantimes.com