JNU incident a work of fringe sections, says Vice Chancellor

He issued an appeal asking people to go beyond the singular incident and return the campus to normalcy.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Updated: February 12, 2016 2:44 pm
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While taking note of the seriousness of the ‘anti-India’ slogans that were raised on campus on February 9, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor on Friday suggested that it was the work of ‘fringe sections’ who ‘misused’ the freedom. He issued an appeal asking people to ‘go beyond’ the singular incident and ‘return the campus to normalcy’.

“All sections of the JNU community including representatives of the students, teachers and karmacharis have assured that they uphold the values and ethos of this University. It is an appeal to all sections to go beyond this incident and return the campus to normalcy,” JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar said in his statement.

He suggested that it was the work of ‘fringe sections’ which ‘misused’ freedom, and said the University would take steps to ‘protect’ the environment of ‘vibrant discussions’ in JNU.

“Along with the Deans Committee, the University takes serious note of the incidents on campus on the evening of February 9th. A high-level enquiry committee has been constituted to investigate the matter and take appropriate action as necessary. While the JNU community upholds the right to free debate on campus, the University strongly condemns the use of the University as a platform for activities that violate the Constitution and the laws of the land,” the VC said in statements.

“However, there could be aberrations where fringe sections misuse the freedom provided. While that problem would be appropriately addressed in this case, the University would also take steps to protect the academic atmosphere and the environment for vibrant discussion that JNU has always provided and stands for,” he added.

Meanwhile, Aparajitha Raja, leader of All India Students Federation (AISF) said Kanhaiya Kumar, JNUSU president, was picked up from the campus by two policemen in plainclothes. A Delhi Police bus is inside the campus.

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    IML sood
    Feb 12, 2016 at 10:48 am
    What a weak response,being VC he should know fringe elements. Tomorrow if they do some terroristic act what would be his response. Is there any compulsion to be so chicken hearted?does he afraid of such elements in his own Univversity? In which case world expulsion will be used if not for Anti-National?They be expelled forth wise and put behind bars.
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      MyTake
      Feb 12, 2016 at 10:08 am
      Legacy of Nehruvian Pandits!
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        MyTake
        Feb 12, 2016 at 10:12 am
        They will make every one else "Pandit" too!
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          R
          Feb 13, 2016 at 2:44 am
          JNU is a university meant for teaching and research. It is run on tax payers money. I the tax payer do not like it's resources to used as Hyde Park of London. It is infamous for intolerant debates against the nation and the majority community. SHUT IT DOWN AND DISMISS THE TEACHING COMMUNITY OF PROTESTORS.
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            Ajay Sunder
            Feb 12, 2016 at 9:53 am
            Let us not be too angry with what happened at JNU. Anti- national or not can be decided by the track record of JNU. Does the BJP and RSS want to convert JNU into University of Hyderabad where something very tragic happened for which all of us should be ashamed of.BJP must realise its limits.
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              ambrish
              Feb 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm
              Investigate JNU VC. You will find him Congress chamcha. Why he awaited so long. Why no action by him ?
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                Anon Mus
                Feb 12, 2016 at 10:08 am
                the actual V Lenin Kumar who was expelled from CPM for commenting and protesting on Pranab Mukherjee's election as the President of India which was supported by Left Mainstream parties. As D Raja rightly said that these elements are trying to give the Left parties a bad name and trying to carve his place by projecting as an alternate. He has create SFI-JNU once he was out of SFI. The equation perfectly fits. With Kashmiri students sponsored by stan he has supported them in the event in JNU to come into the limelight. He was successful in doing so.
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                  Arun
                  Feb 12, 2016 at 12:06 pm
                  Nothing for you . People like deserve nothing. You know only destruction. When people with all types of difference can co-exist in this country, why are you so special. You are an intolerant human being that is why. You will never be happy no matter where you are , no matter what you get. Pathetic brain washed human being. Tolerant people of this country will not give you anything.
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                    Arun
                    Feb 12, 2016 at 12:08 pm
                    You misguided pathetic human being. Learn to live with your fellow human beings and peace will follow.
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                      Ashish Biswas
                      Feb 12, 2016 at 8:43 am
                      Jail all the jihadies and naxalites eternity.
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                      1. பாரதி
                        Feb 12, 2016 at 8:57 am
                        India is consuming over dose of democracy. Whether fringe elements or large elements whoever it is if their activities are against the national interest of our mother land, they should be prosecuted.
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                          Rajesh
                          Feb 12, 2016 at 12:19 pm
                          Nonsense. D Raja was barking 100 times on TV today that he condemns the arrests by the Delhi Police. Fool was actually saying that no one can criticize or challenge the AISF. Very ironic since he is claiming that the right to abuse India is free speech.
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                            Rajesh
                            Feb 12, 2016 at 9:15 am
                            Nonsense. JNU has a long history of anti-nationalism. But coming to this incident, it was not a handful of "students" shouting slogans. It was an official event and program (posters were printed and stuck across campus) to glorify a terrorist responsible for the murder of 8 Indian security personnel at Parliament. To hold such events one need permission from the college administration. The entire "university" is a den of anti-nationals elements.
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                              Rajesh
                              Feb 12, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                              This is exactly why you are an anti-national b****d. Better you pack up and leave for stan now itself.
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                                Rajesh
                                Feb 12, 2016 at 10:11 am
                                While Indians are mourning the death of hero Hanamanthappa, the anti-nationals are claiming that jihadis Afzal Guru and Ishrat Jahan are martyrs. Our brave soldiers bear inhumane conditions, to defend India's borders, ensure that Kashmir forever stays with us where it belongs, and ensure that India is forever the land of the free. Meanwhile, traitors within our country who only have the right to breathe because of martyrs like thappa are chanting in supports of jihadis who murder our military.
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                                  Chavali
                                  Feb 13, 2016 at 2:20 am
                                  Would Rahul hi visit JNU and sympathies with this fringe elements at JNU? in the name of freedom of express and oppression of minorities and in the name of secularism? Who knows this kid in politics resort to it is this kind of political support give vigor and teeth to such fringe elements.
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                                    Arun
                                    Feb 12, 2016 at 9:39 am
                                    Why Centre Govt not derecognise JNA for its failure to arrest anti-Indian activities in campus.It is really shame that such activities take place in Delhi.Had this been incidence in stan for anti stan activities then all culprits would have gone to Jail next day.
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                                      Dr. Sonali
                                      Feb 12, 2016 at 9:18 am
                                      Democracy has its limits. Anti-nationalism must NOT be tolerated.
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                                        Dr. Sonali
                                        Feb 12, 2016 at 9:15 am
                                        Freedom YES. Anti-nationalism - NO.NO.NO. National sentiments must be respected by ALL. I am angry. I want EACH and every anti-national person must be arrested. Including JNU and Press club chiefs.
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                                          michael
                                          Feb 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm
                                          What ever the section may be the rule of law is applicable to all
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                                            G M
                                            Feb 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm
                                            Dear ,V. C. these are elements planted by B. J. P. to divert attention of nation from it's decimal performance and the siege of BHOJ MOSQUE . All the anti national elements consider the dreaded terrorist NATHU RAM GODSE as their role model to harm India . This incidents is stage managed by the B.J.P just as a excuse for saffronisation of J.N.U. campus to fulfill the desire of R.S.S. .
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