JNU student accused of sedition to Smriti Irani: Try to attack us as strongly as possible, we will hit back

Over the last two weeks, the campus has seen constant protests and programmes, both in favour of and against students arrested. Here is the lowdown on the impact of the unfolding events on the university.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi | Published: February 29, 2016 2:52 am
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Former JNUSU vice president Anant Prakash Narayan, who is one of the six students charged with sedition, has written an open letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani, accusing her government of wanting to turn central universities into a “cemetery for students”.

“In your speech (in Parliament), you shouted repeatedly that politics was being played around Rohith’s death. I don’t believe that you are so naive that you don’t understand that Rohith’s death was caused by saffron politics. Rohith was against right-wing politics, of which you are a part, and he had to pay with his life for that. But he was so noble that he forgave you. Today your government and organisation want to turn central universities into a cemetery for students,” he wrote in an open letter published on Kafila, a website.

He also questioned Irani’s decision to read the names of the suspended students in Parliament on the basis of an interim report. “Are you not aware of principle of natural justice in which you can’t take action against anybody without listening to them. Before reading out names in Parliament should you have not waited for the final report of the enquiry committee?… We don’t expect pity from you, in fact try to attack us as strongly as possible, we will also gather our strength and hit back as strongly,” Narayan wrote.

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He also attacked Irani for her comments on Mahishasur Martyrdom Day celebrations. “Are you not aware that there are multiple religious faiths? Do you not know that in some parts of the country, Dalits and Adivasis associate their religious faith with Mahishasur? I am a communist and an atheist and I don’t believe in any religion but I believe that everyone has a right to their religion.” 

Narayan also took on Irani for not standing in support of Rohith’s mother.

“… when a Dalit woman was fighting to give her children a respectable place in society then what was your duty as a woman? Should you have not stood with her? Why were you and your government associating her child with his father’s identity when she, in an attempt to challenge patriarchy and Brahmanism, was trying to associate him with her identity?”

He signed off the letter as “a deshdrohi created by you”.

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    anil
    Feb 29, 2016 at 11:21 am
    Put him behind bar until his BP gets cool down, public tax wasted for such criminals and should not happen in future minister please ensure it.
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      Vijay
      Feb 29, 2016 at 6:33 am
      A communist talking of belief in democracy ! what an irony ! Dear brother we saw Stalin and Mao. Kindly keep your ideology with yourself. The pamphlet which was read in parliament shows how much respect you have for other's opinion. The force of dharma(righteousness) is unstoppable. Freedom of expression doesn't mean you abuse your mother and sister. There has to be some limit. Common Indians have lot of common sense. Those who shouted anti national slogans be it so called communists (pseudo) or rightists, they should be thrown into jails. No indian will ever tolerate your fking anti national speech.
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        Vijay
        Feb 29, 2016 at 6:37 am
        Why the fk these few anti national pigs speak on behalf of all students. All students aren't gaddaar like them that in the name of freedom of speech they will shout slogans like "Bhaarat Murdabad" "Bhaarat ko barbaad karenga" etc.
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          Manish
          Feb 29, 2016 at 10:32 am
          Aranya Shankar - Who are you and why are acting as mouth peace of these anti-nationals (or terorrists-in-guise)? These are opportunistic people. They will sell their mothers for their fulfil their mental desire - something which they have started doing. They are not child - they need to be thrown them out of the JNU , let them earn and see what life means. The teachers of JNU being equally responsible for harborong anti-nationals should be trasnferred in some rural schools/colleegs and let them serve the nation in some constructive manner. When these guys need subsudy/money, they say "we are child/students/poor, please help us". And then they back stab. The anti-national actvties in JNU are now more proved by these people. They should be hang'ed the same way as their guru - Afzal, because they are no more child/student/poor - which they themselves have now claimed.!! Today they are saying they need people like Smriti (which is a government representation), it could be very true that tomorrow they will say, they are not with India. They have already opposed the installation of Tanks in JNU campus. Flagging National Flag at JNU is very shameful for them. PLEASE KICK THESE GUYS (AND THEIR GIRLS) OUT, ASAP. THEY ARE UNCLES AND AUNTIES SHELTERING IN JNU, LIVING IN LUXURIES ON TAX PAYERS MONEY. When Police hunts them, they hide in ladies rooms of JNU hostels (and may be in ladies dresses!) and so their ladies/girls are equally responsible for these garbages.
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            john
            Feb 29, 2016 at 9:43 am
            actually our state Kerala escaped till now from saffron politics or dividing politics. Because our Peoples are intelligent . they know well these fools are lieing
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