If Pak Can Prosecute Kohli Fan, Why Can’t We Act Against ‘Anti-National’ Politicians, Asks Shiv Sena

Taking a hard stand on the turmoil at JNU, Shiv Sena has said that all those politicians who support the students’ agitation should be stripped off their ‘elected status’.

The party also said that all those people who are raising slogans against India should be put behind the bars.

Quoting  the example of cricketer Virat Kohli’s Pakistan fan being sent to jail for 10 years and declared an “anti-national” by Pakistan for waving an Indian flag, the Sena said those who shout slogans against India should be declared “anti-nationals.”


Umar Draz was arrested in Pakistan for waving the Indian flag. indianexpress

An editorial in Saamana, the party’s mouthpiece, said that all those who are sloganeering against India should be immediately put behind bars. According to the mouthpiece, the JNU campus has now become a hub of not only anti-nationals, but of Pakistani and Chinese agents, who are indulging in anti-national activities on government’s money.

“If a Pakistani fan of Virat Kohli can be declared an anti-national by that country for waiving an Indian flag, why are people who shout anti-India slogans treated with kid gloves. The government has to take firm steps.”

“More than Pakistani terrorists, democracy and freedom is strangulating the country,” the ruling ally said.

Taking a dig at Congress, the Sena said that the party creates ruckus in the Parliament if somebody celebrates the birth or the death anniversary of (Nathuram) Godse, then why Congress does not create a ruckus now when a day of remembrance is being observed for Afzal Guru.

On January 26, Umar Draz, a tailor by profession from Okara district of Punjab province, was sent to jail for hoisting the Indian tricolour on the roof of his house. On that day India beat Australia in a T20 match and Kohli scored 90 runs.

Meanwhile, in another development, more than 400 academicians from international universities, including Columbia, Yale, Harvard and Cambridge, have come out in support of JNU students agitating against a row over a protest on the campus.

A joint statement signed by 455 academicians from global universities, said that JNU stands for a vital imagination of the space of the university- an imagination that embraces critical thinking, democratic dissent, student activism, and the plurality of political beliefs. The academicians said:

“Similar attacks on critical dissent and university spaces are being attempted and resisted across the world. An open, tolerant, and democratic society is inextricably linked to critical thought and expression cultivated by universities in India and abroad.”

On the other side, SAR Geelani, former lecturer of Delhi University, has also been  booked for sedition for allegedly organising an event at the Press Club of India to mark the death anniversary of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.


SAR Geelani. Twitter

A senior police official said that Geelani has been detained and he is being questioned at the Parliament Street police station after  suo motu action based on media clips of the alleged incident.

Journalists also staged protest today against the thrashing of their colleagues in Patiala house attack yesterday.

Some journalists tweeted:.

The Supreme Court on February 17 will hear an appeal by journalists asking for action against the assaulters, many of whom are seen on camera but have not yet been arrested.

Chetan Bhagat has commentated on the latest JNU row that was triggered after the arrest of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition.

He tweeted:


On February 16, JNU teachers joined the students in boycotting classes in protest against arrest of its student union leader in a sedition case.

They said that they will take classes on “nationalism” in the varsity lawns. The one-and-half-hour long lecture on “nationalism” will be held every evening at 5 in front of the administration block.

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