The ‘anti-national’ intellectuals at JNU now have company from students of a college 1500 kms away in the land of the communists.
Yesterday students of the prestigious (without a doubt) Jadavpur University in Kolkata came out on the streets raising slogans in support of Afzal Guru, SAR Geelani and Ishrat Jahan.
They marched in solidarity with their JNU comrades shouting: “Geelani bole azaadi, Afzal bole azaadi, jo tum na doge azaadi, toh chheen ke lenge azadi!
(Geelani and Afzal demanded freedom. If freedom is denied, we will snatch it!).”
The students raised slogans in support of Ishrat Jahan and Manipur, too. They also raised slogans against the RSS and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A banner urging people to stand up against the saffronisation was carried by the students: Deshdrohi gerua facist der biruddhe JNU er Chhatri Chhatra o sakol shubho buddhi manusher chalaman sangrami ekbaddho ladai er naam e daran.
(Stand up and support the ongoing struggle of JNU students and all right thinking members of the society against the anti-national saffron fascists.)
The only difference here is that the students at Jadavpur were careful not to raise slogans calling for the destruction of India, like some did at JNU.
It was precisely those ‘break India’ slogans that infuriated a section of India’s populace and turned them against the JNU students.
The Centre cracked down on JNU following the row and arrested student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar. The action was criticised by all major political parties and some in the media but not the Trinamool Congress.
JNU students agitating for the release of Kanhaiya Kumar. PTI
That the Jadavpur University is supporting JNU is not a surprise; both are bastions of the Left.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has not yet taken any action against the protesting students of Jadavpur University. However, the ruling Bengal government and the University students share an acrimonious relationship.
In September 2014, hundreds of Jadavpur University students protested against the high-handedness of the state government in handling of a molestation case. The protests triggered a nationwide movement, Hok Kolorob
, in solidarity with Jadavpur University, which included marches carried out by students at JNU. Thousands on social media stood with Jadavpur in their struggle.
Jadavpur University students shielding themselves from the rain during the Hok Kolorob protest march on September 20, 2014. Ronny Sen
Banerjee’s aversion for the Left is known to all. In May 2012, the Bengal Chief Minister left an interview midway
and called some students in the audience “Maoists”. Reports say that students led by Faculty of Engineering & Technology Students Union and Faculty of Arts Students carried out the protest march.
Like their JNU brethren, the JU students claim that the death penalty given to Afzal Guru involved some conspiracy and reiterated the allegation of BSP leader Mayawati and Left politicians that Rohith Vemula’s suicide was a state-sponsored murder.
Afzal Guru was secretly hanged on February 9, 2013 by the Congress-led UPA-II government. Rohith Vemula committed suicide after being expelled from University of Hyderabad. Ishrat Jahan, who was revealed as a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative by David Coleman Headley, was killed in a fake encounter in Gujarat in 2004.
Do you think Jadavpur University is becoming the new hub of anti-nationalists?