Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) celebrated the 18th Kargil Vijay Diwas in the presence of university vice-chancellor, M Jagadesh Kumar, and Union Ministers VK Singh and Dharmendra Pradhan. Indian cricketer, Gautam Gambhir, and members of Veterans India, an organization of ex-servicemen of all three services of the union of India also attended the event.
The participants of the Kargil Vijay Diwas at JNU performed a “Tiranga Yatra” from Ganga Dhaba to the convention center of the university, while carrying a 2,200 foot Indian flag.
During the celebrations, vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar made a strange request to install a battle tank in the university to instill a “love for the Army” in the students. He said that the tank could be put at a “prominent place” in the university so that it can serve as a constant reminder of the sacrifices of the Indian Army.
The Indian Express quotes Kumar saying,
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It’s an important day for us to remember the sacrifices made by men in the defense forces to keep the safety and security of this country. We would like to request V K Singh and also Pradhan ji to help us procure an Army tank so that we can put it in a prominent place in JNU. The presence of the Army tank will constantly remind thousands of students who pass through this university about the great sacrifices and valor of the Indian Army.
The idea of stationing an army tank in the university premise in order to instill “nationalism” among the students was earlier initiated in the aftermath of February 9, 2016 incident on campus when the students allegedly raised anti-national slogans and were arrested for sedition.
Hearing the slogans like “Bharat mata ki jai” at the celebration of Kargil Vijay Diwas, Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that he was surprised by the change in the university.