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Latest wisdom: Bring a tank on JNU campus to instil nationalism in students

The suggestions were made at a meeting of ex-servicemen with JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Tuesday.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: February 25, 2016 10:18 am
Ex-servicemen at an event organised by the ABVP in JNU on Wednesday. (Express Photo by: Tashi Tobgyal) JNU row: Ex-servicemen at an event organised by the ABVP in JNU on Wednesday. (Express Photo by: Tashi Tobgyal)

At the centre of a political row over a sedition case filed against its students’ union president, the Jawaharlal Nehru University is “actively considering”, among other things, “showcasing a tank” on its premises to “instil nationalism” among students.

The suggestions were made at a meeting of ex-servicemen with JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar on Tuesday. A day later, JNU Registrar Bupinder Zutshi said, “The veterans met the administration yesterday and made a few suggestions. Having an Army memorial to commemorate the memories of soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the country is one such suggestion that the administration is actively considering.”

“We will be looking at various ways to do this. Having a wall of fame with soldiers’ names and photographs, showcasing a military tank or artillery… there are different things we will look at. We are also planning regular interactions between students and defence personnel,” Zutshi said.

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The meeting between the V-C and the ex-servicemen took place hours before two JNU students, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, surrendered before police. They were remanded in police custody for three days Wednesday. Earlier, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested and booked for sedition over raising of alleged anti-national slogans on the campus.

On Tuesday’s meeting, Lieutenant General (retd) Niranjan Singh Malik said, “Apart from regular interactions (between ex-servicemen and students), there should be a wall of fame where pictures of great heroes are placed, or a symbol through which the great acts of Armymen should be displayed. It will help us instil nationalism among students.”

On Wednesday, at a public meeting organised by the ABVP to pay tribute to Army martyrs, Major General (retd) G D Bakshi also met the JNU administration. Later, speaking on the idea of a nation, he said, “A territory and the people make a nation. India is our body — if you cut Kashmir or Manipur, the body will bleed.”

He also referred US ambassador to India Richard Verma, who had on Monday and Tuesday said that freedom of speech is the hallmark and the central tenet of a democracy. “Challenge Verma to allow celebration of Osama in any university in the US. Disappointed to hear that terrorism is being passed off as free speech,” Bakshi said.

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  1. A
    Amresh Kumar
    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:21 am
    Yes there should be end of politics in universities.
    1. D
      Dinakar Sharma
      Feb 25, 2016 at 12:44 am
      Excellent orchestration handled by STATE TERRORIST RAJNATH SINGH! Anti-national slogans were raised by ABVP goons who on the advise of THE STATE TERRORIST RAJNATH SINGH infiltrated the meeting by Kanhaiya Kumar.
      1. M
        Feb 25, 2016 at 9:16 pm
        i dare the intellectuals of JNU to draw a picture of Prophet Mohammed. Then they can talk about liberlism otherwise they have no right to talk on any of the subjects specially about patriotism
        1. R
          Feb 28, 2016 at 2:14 am
          O!... Well I'm a school teacher and some of our students don't stand properly during National anthem and say mean words during... So, ah.. Um...Can we have a tank too?? Or a rifle or.. Or pistol..? No!?
          1. V
            Feb 25, 2016 at 1:22 am
            This will work for countries with less potion. Very difficult to implement in india where youth potion is enormous. Then people will start protesting for permanent job in the army and will also ask for reservations to get into certain specific jobs in the military (non combat), ask for free train/bus pes, ask for pension and other benefits. Unless atude of youth and those who brainwash them chages from wanting everything for free/reservations to that of leading a dignified life by working hard, developing knowledge, nothing is gonna change
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