“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 as 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. The traitor is the plague.”
|—-Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.)
Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
|(The 58 BC, Speech in the Roman Senate)|
The Media is at it again. It’s whining almost for a week now, how Kanhaiya has been erred, even the investigation is not completed and court declared its verdict.
The overcharged media, which has orchestrated for over a month, on a mofussil happening, in Greater NOIDA rural, ignoring all other events under the sun. The local news was manufactured into a national news and then international news, even before the investigation was started. Journalists sitting in a roadside Dhaba, outside the village, concocting stories and theories, of some cliché topics relating ‘Beef Eating’, while the local villagers were saying that motive could also be some personal enmity, land dispute or love rivalry!
In the pure Goebellian manner, news had been manufactured day and night, in tandem the cultural Reward Wapsi brigade, quite obviously to consolidate the fractured Muslim vote in Bihar, for the winning logic, in favour of so called-Mahagathbandhan!
And surprisingly when the Bihar election had ended, the Media suddenly found no interest in the topic of Beef eating! No more Reward Wapsi happened thereafter!
Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, one of the most important political personalities of the world and from one of India’s largest Business partner country, visited India with a large delegation. The Indian media hardly mentioned her visit and ignored its importance. From Delhi to Mumbai, Kolkata to Chennai, the Dadri remained the only news, ignoring all other developments in the financial, political, social or global arena.
German media found this ignorance, rather strange and inexplicable!
And now this Kanhaiya Leela, which has became the only Indian news around!
Not A New Episode In JNU!
On 9th February 2016, members of Leftist student organisations, Democratic Students Union (DSU) and Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) had called for a protest on the third anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru, a terror mastermind convict of 2001 Parliament attack. The event was organised despite cancellation of permission by the University.
During the February 9 protest, DSU activists, according to police report, began shouting anti-India slogans and singing songs eulogising Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt. Some outsiders too, joined in sloganeering and reportedly addressed the meet, eulogising Afzal Guru as a martyr.
The Left supported students were allegedly using anti-India slogans like, “Bharat Ki Barbadi tak Jang rahegi jang rehegi”( the fight will continue till India is destroyed), “Kashimire ki ajadi tak jang rahegi, jang rahegi,(the fight will continue till Kashmir is liberated)”, “India go back”, “Hum Lekar Rahenge Azadi Azadi,” (We will take freedom come what may)” “Pakistan zindabad”, “Kitne Afzal maroge ghar-ghar se Afzal niklega (Afzals will come out from every home)”.
According to Police report, students Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar, Anirban Bhattacharya, Anjali, Anvesha, Riyaz, Bubina, Samar and others, and the members of All India Student Association(AISA) and Students Federation of India(SFI) were also present in the protest meet.
A situation report prepared by the Intelligence wing of the Delhi Police has said that some of these Student organisations in JNU were volatile and reactive and indulged in anti-national activities earlier too. They are seen prone to insult Nationalistic and particularly Hindu ethos, beliefs and icons quite often .The report stated that on February 9 the protest was attended by 80-90 students.
Incidentally, the mainstream media is referring this happening as: Freedom of Expression and JNU tradition of open ideas etc!
The aforesaid report has also stated that there were many Left-supported student unions active in JNU which often raised slogans and held protests on different national as well as local issues, there was tense atmosphere in the campus during such gatherings.
Similarly, the report also mentioned that it had submitted a report in October last year and the ACP of the Special Branch had met the then vice-chancellor Sudhir Kumar Sopory. During this meeting, discussions were held on various subjects, including CCTV surveillance in the campus to avoid untoward incidents.
The Left Residue!
JNU was established in 1969, to keep afloat the ideals of Jawaharlal Nehru(who died in 1964),and under the shadow of growing Russian influence on India and influences by the following Education Minister, Nurul Hasan of Indira Gandhi Cabinet, JNU was conceived with a Leftist tilt.
Hasan began as a Professor in the Department of History at Aligarh Muslim University, of which he was a Chairperson as well. He contributed to the growth of the History department in Aligarh in its initial years. Later he became the General Secretary and then the President of the Indian History Congress.
His Ambassadorship to Russia and his appointment as the Governor of Leftist West Bengal on two consecutive terms was attributed to his proximity to Russian Lobby in India.
All these years, the Union Government funded University maintained the Leftist incline. Its faculty included mostly left minded intellectuals like Romila Thapar, Bipan Chandra, S. Gopal, K. N. Panikkar, Prabhat Patnaik, Satish Chandra and others for whom Hindutva is an anathema .
Over all these years, the Leftist Student organisations ruled the roost and created an environment, according to their belief, bent and benefits.
As a Central University, JNU has never been in short of money or in radical hoi polloi. In the pretext of promoting free thought, a motivated and doctrinised students and teachers community, in association with a special type of intellectuals indulged in whims and waywardness in the campus.
Leftism has become a way of both morbid intellectual expression and coercion. If the students are not toeing the line, they are the part of “Fascist Hindutva Lobby”!
Only the Commies are perceived as enlighted and liberated. For the others, there are cynicism, abuses and allegations.
It ‘s anybody’s guess that the 90-odd enlightened students who gathered last Tuesday to observe the ‘Martyrdom Day’ of Afzal Guru, a terrorist who was executed following elaborate and due process of law, for masterminding the attack on Indian Parliament , represented the most liberal part of the JNU intellectuals!
They think they are free to deride the Indian Government and the Judiciary in harshest possible terms, militate against the Indian State and join the ranks of subversive elements, well within the comfort of a tax-funded subsistence. And, wantonly exercisising their impulsiveness, they must not face any consequences!
Strange logic indeed!
9 February Was Not An Isolated Incident
After the Kargil War, in April 2000, JNU students organized a Mushaira, within the University campus. where Pakistani poets Ahmed Faraz and Fahmida Riaz were invited. Two army officers present in the function, protested against anti-Indian content and insult to Indian soldiers in the event. They were assaulted by a large gathering of students for protesting and could only manage to escape after one of the officers fired in the air, from his service revolver, to disperse the violent mob.
On May 2, during the Zero Hour BJP MP Maj. Gen. Khanduri (Retd.) raised the issue in Parliament and demanded a “high-level” probe into the incident at the Jawaharlal Nehru University where two Army officers were badly beaten up by the students after they protested against “anti-India” contents of the Mushaira.
Congress MPS including Sonia Gandhi and her deputy, Madhavrao Scindia, did not utter a word. The Left MPs also remained silent on the issue.
On December 5, 2005, the ‘Dawn’ newspaper of Pakistan, in an article, ‘Of myopic cultural exchanges’, raised this incident.
The Indian Journalist Javed Naqvi wrote in this article: “It was perhaps easier to explain the fascistic attack on Fahmida Riaz five years ago. After all she was a Pakistani poetess, who was trying to bring her message of peace in a badly poisoned atmosphere of post-Kargil Delhi,
… a certain Major Sharma had whipped out his pistol. As he threatened to stall the Mushaira, the army man and two of his equally viciously hostile aides were overpowered by the largely secular audience. They were packed off to a hospital in a hapless state.
— There was little else that could be expected from the cohorts of the Hindutva brand of cultural fascism.”
It was almost an echo of what so called ‘progressive’ Left leaning student organisations in JNU said on the incident in 2000.
In 2010, a platform called ‘JNU Forum Against War on People’ constituted of Democratic Students Union (DSU) and All India Students Association (AISA) held a meeting in JNU, soon after the April 2010 Maoist attack in Dantewada, which led to killing of 76 CRPF policemen.
Saket Bahuguna, the Delhi State Secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, (ABVP) had commented on the happening:“I was witness to the All India Students Association (linked to the CPI-ML Liberation) and the (pro-Maoist) Democratic Students Union celebrating the killing of CRPF jawans by Maoists.”
Incidentally Congress was the rulling party at centre then. JNU had then seen a joint condemnation of the Leftist activities, both by ABVP and NSUI.
To oppose the holding of the function, NSUI and ABVP activists took out a march to the venue where a clash broke out among the students.
Interestingly, the issue had brought arch-rivals ABVP and NSUI together, against DSU and AISA.
A NSUI National General Secretary had said then, “Members of Democratic Students Union (DSU) and All India Students Association (AISA) organized a meeting to celebrate the killing of 76 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh. They were even shouting slogans like ‘India murdabad, Maovad zindabad’. How can this be allowed inside a Central University?”
Its stranger that, the Congress VP Rahul Gandhi today supporting Kanhaiya and his associates, to get cheap publicity and some possible foothold, despite their overtly anti national activities.
IS There A Plan Behind ‘Freedom Of Expression’
On expected lines, Kashmiri separatists and various fringe groups in Kashmir had condemned the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar and registration of sedition charges against Valley-born Prof. SAR Geelani and some other students. They had already pledged their “moral” support to them, whom they termed as victims of “intolerance” and “fascism.”
Hurriyat leader and Kashmir’s Chief Muslim Cleric Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, termed the police action against Kanhaiya Kumar and others as “uncalled for” and said, “It mirrors the negative policies and thinking of the people who claim to be saviours of the freedom of speech”.
Hard-line separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani had said that the action against Kumar and others “is totally against the democratic claims of India and freedom of expression and “grave injustice.”
Pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) leader, Muhammad Yasin Malik had termed the action as “undemocratic” and “an incidence of growing intolerance in India”.
Malik also said that students and teachers “who staged protest against illegal and inhuman hanging of father of Kashmir nation Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and martyr Muhammad Afzal Guru demanding their mortal remains be handed over to Kashmiris are slapped with charges of sedition.”
The controversial leader of regional party Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) Sheikh Abdur Rashid, prominently known as Engineer Rashid, termed the police action and booking of the student leaders of JNU under sedition charges as “an eye-opener for those who have been giving illogical sermons to Kashmiris. The irrational charges against student leaders speak of State’s insecurity about Kashmir.”
Kashmir University Students’ Union (KUSU) in a statement said the “witch-hunt” launched by government in New Delhi against the students who commemorated the “judicial hanging” of Guru in JNU “is yet another example of how insecure the Indian ‘collective conscience’ becomes when Kashmir issue is raised in Kashmir or in the mainland India that too in the campus of a university.
In this context, Robert John Blackman, the MP from Harrow East in the UK, has recently said that Some Pakistani groups in Britain are “successfully” running a vicious campaign against India with regard to Kashmir and the “lies” should be countered by providing facts to British lawmakers.”
He said that the Pakistani groups present a “propagandist” picture on Kashmir and the British lawmakers feel “helpless” in contesting that as India does not provide the facts to present the real picture.
He said that, it’s surprising that, in all these years, India has not tried to counter the vicious propaganda!
In the light of Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai revelations, it has now become clear that many Indian intellectuals, journalists, politicians, think tanks, social activists and ultra judicial activists are somehow involved with anti India campaign. Primarily sponsored by Pakistan Government and the ISI!
Intelligence sources have said that an Indian terror module pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) is a reorganised group of the virtually defunct Indian Mujaheedin and SIMI elements, recruiting new members to carry out a string of terror strikes across the India.
It’s also not unknown that banned SIMI has many sympathizers among some student bodies in India.
And does the very name Afzal Guru ring a bell!
The NIA investigations into the Pathankot Airbase attack has revealed that the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru has emerged as the common link in at least three attacks on police and Army camps along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in the past one year.
In the last year, Indian Home Ministry sources had attributed the spurt in youth in Kashmir joining terrorist organisations to the thrust of the militant organisations on recruiting local youth and the affect of hanging of Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru, besides the growing influence of the ISIS.
The question will now be raised. Can JNU incident be seen in isolation?
By Deep Basu
Images were provided by the author himself.