Ex-servicemen, who recently took out a rally against the JNU row, are learnt to have placed before JNU Vice Chancellor M. Jagdhish Kumar this proposal.
Just hours before the arrest of Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, the ex-servicemen, including Major General (Retd) G.D. Bakshi, had another suggestion:
That such a suggestion was indeed made was corroborated by the JNU Registrar Bhupinder Zutshi who told reporters on Tuesday that the elite University “will consider them to give the students a feeling of pride for nation and patriotism.”
Lieutenant General (Retd) Niranjan Singh Malik reportedly told the VC that communication between army officers and students of the University should be encouraged.
The decorated army officer had very recently shaken the conscience of the country when he broke down on Times Now while arguing with those opposed to the compulsory hoisting of the tricolour in Central Universities.
I think JNU needs an Anti Narcotics Bureau campus branch office to raid dorms and arrest Naxals, jehadis and Elis. BSF camp also — Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) 24 September 2015
I think JNU needs an Anti Narcotics Bureau campus branch office to raid dorms and arrest Naxals, jehadis and Elis. BSF camp also
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) 24 September 2015
While voices will obviously question the need for such a display of patriotism, one ex-serviceman rightly said, “Terrorism does not begin with guns but with polluted thoughts and such events on universities are not about freedom of expression but planned controversies.”