WATCH | Shashi Tharoor at JNU: Students educating Parliament, the nation

Addressing students at JNU’s administration block, Tharoor said, “We must be grateful for the government’s over-reaction... as it has forced us all to question the meaning of nationalism.”

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 21, 2016 3:21 pm
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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Sunday said the Centre’s “over-reaction” to the February 9 event in JNU had triggered a discussion on the “meaning of nationalism”. Addressing students at JNU’s administration block, Tharoor said, “We must be grateful for the government’s over-reaction… as it has forced us all to question the meaning of nationalism.”j

It was important to discuss and debate the issue, Tharoor said, adding, “This university has been at the centre of a very important debate. That debate is about what the idea of India is, and what nationalism means. We must all have a conversation about this, because diversity of opinion and culture is what India stands for.”

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On the student movement at JNU, Tharoor said, “You (students) may have come here to receive an education, but let me tell you that you are educating us all in Parliament and the country.” He also praised the JNU Students’ Union for its sustained effort in demanding justice for Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula.

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Mentioning Kerala — he is a MP from the state — Tharoor said, “Kerala is home to the first set of Jews, and our country is the only one where Jews never had to face anti-semitism….”

However, Tharoor said he was perturbed by some of the slogans allegedly raised during the event. “Some of the slogans supposedly raised that night did bother me and many good people in this country. But India is not so weak that a few irresponsible slogans by misguided students can destroy it.” Criticising the charges of sedition against some JNU students, Tharoor said, “What happened does not amount to sedition. The Supreme Court has time and again ruled that unless there exists direct incitement to violence, it does not constitute sedition. This is something that the Delhi Police seem to have ignored when filing such charges.”

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  1. A
    Mar 21, 2016 at 6:17 pm
    Now in India nobody can speak freely......why ? Some people think India is their own only......we Indians are free to speak and go in every nook and corner of the we have to fight for enjoying the democracy......
    1. M
      Mar 20, 2016 at 8:51 pm
      Congress's pride is not everyone's pride!
      1. N
        Mar 21, 2016 at 9:28 pm
        He is one brilliant fine speaker india has to talk about Britush colonization in front of British in England. It is shame to ridicule him
        1. P
          Mar 21, 2016 at 12:13 am
          This ipl thug keeps throwing in his unwanted sermons. Is the judiciary system not working . ? HOW COME THIS CRIMINAL is not punished or has sibal bribed the judge to acquit him of his crimes.
          1. B
            Mar 21, 2016 at 4:39 am
            Who murdered your wife? COngress party wants riots and division like situation in country so that they can blame Modi and take over the government. Therefore they give all tacit support to traitors and when confronted will say we donot support anti India slogans, then why you visit JNU.
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