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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First Published on: February 25, 2016 4:18 am
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    Amresh Kumar
    Feb 25, 2016 at 9:21 am
    Yes there should be end of politics in universities.
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      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.
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        Murali
        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
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          Rajeev
          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!?
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            Vaasuki
            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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              ams
              Feb 25, 2016 at 11:03 pm
              Baksho looks much better on Arnab Goswami's channel. There he can create all the drama and shout all he wants!! Page 3 wannabe!!!
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                ams
                Feb 25, 2016 at 11:32 pm
                Why stop at tank???? Bring missiles!!!! MORONS.
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                  Ajit Das
                  Feb 25, 2016 at 4:11 am
                  I think the veterans are confusing nationalism and patriotism, getting them mixed up, thinking one is the other. When Army jawans fight and lay down their lives, they are fired by the spirit of patriotism. They know very little of the type of nationalism being espoused and monopolised these days.
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                    ashok
                    Feb 25, 2016 at 3:03 am
                    I m surprised to see that the bankrupt intellectual (communist) giving example of Mahatma hi and trying hard for their survival. They ruined West Bengal, so my appeal to all don't give them much attention.
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                      Anonymus
                      Feb 25, 2016 at 3:38 pm
                      I think it's too little. Why just JNU ?OK granted it's the 'anti national University' where tanks need to be brought in to 'instill' nationalism in its 7000 odd students. But what if there are other universities where students need some instilling ? In fact why stop at universities? Let's start with schools nay kindergarten. After all nationalism needs to be instilled from childhood. May be a few AK 47s could be added to the display. May be we could install tanks outside the parliament where corrupt politicians sit and decide our nation's future. Surely that will add to the country's defence budget but who wants to take the risk of breeding antinationals in this country , not me, I am a nationalist.
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                        Diplomat
                        Feb 25, 2016 at 5:03 am
                        You are right. You will be labelled one way or the other. No one want to listen to the others. There is no other voice allowed. So much for tom-tomming freedom of speech by all political parties. Sad indeed.
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                          anonymous
                          Feb 25, 2016 at 4:12 am
                          Why is it that If one opposes BJP then they are Congress chamcha alternately if some one opposes congress they are bhakts? There is jk third or fourth view?
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                            A
                            Feb 25, 2016 at 1:25 am
                            Why not make military training compulsory for people ping out of 12 the Standard for two years. This country need discipline in order to progress quickly which is absent. I am not sure whether NCC is being provided in Universities.
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                              MannA S
                              Feb 25, 2016 at 12:48 am
                              What is your opinion? Every person in India Must serve for two years in Army/Air Force or Indian Navy before he or she get the voting right.To start with only those person be eligible to file nomination papers for election to State emblies / parliament who has served in Indian Army/Air Force or Indian Navy for at least two years.This may be immediate solution .
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                                andy
                                Feb 25, 2016 at 12:34 am
                                they should send rahul to the front in -50 temp. tell him to spend one day at the border. our jawans are their to protect our country. jai jawan
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                                  AK
                                  Feb 25, 2016 at 2:41 am
                                  This article is a sarcasm in a very bad taste. Here in the US where I study, the US Army recruitment happens quite regularly and many more days are celebrated for the soldiers. And in India, we are debating whether we can fly our tricolor or not, whether we can have army memorials or not...yada yada..No wonder we were either invaded or colonized. Nobody is asking here to flex the muscles of Indian defense sector in a university, but showing a mark of respect is not going to harm anyone, rather it will really add beauty.
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                                    Bijan Mohanty
                                    Feb 26, 2016 at 5:35 am
                                    Let us bring tanks, anti-aircraft missiles, fighter planes inside JNU and convert the place to a War Museum and let the students parade around these machinery so as to instill patriotism. What a suggestion !!
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                                      Bijan Mohanty
                                      Feb 25, 2016 at 7:40 am
                                      Why do you highlight trivial news with unrealistic comments ? If by keeping tanks ,nationalism can be inculcated, J and K would have been the most patriotic state in the Country as it has got maximum no. of tanks stationed there.
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                                        Binay Mahanta
                                        Feb 25, 2016 at 3:16 am
                                        To me this looks like politicizing the defence people in the name of "nationalism". If BJP suspects that students are becoming anti-national, then I request BJP to p a law for every person to serve in the defence forces for at least 2 years. Let that be seva for the country. As a first step, please send Vikram Chouhan and group to BSF for 5 years.
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                                          constructivist
                                          Feb 25, 2016 at 12:44 am
                                          The Indian Express like all other English educated westernized intellectuals feel that they are the repository of wisdom. When they have shown their true colours of pro-left,it is very clear that they will do biased reporting. Some examples; The headline of this article is misleading? top quotes from Scindhia's speech but fails to mention that Irani's counter was one of the best. On 21 February more than 30 thousand people led by former soldiers marched in Delhi, IE did not give it a proper space............ We can go on IE..........Carry on with biased journalism........But remeber inn the era of social and visual media...........your b of journalism will only pay you with Rajya Sabha seat by AAP/Congress or leftists.
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                                            V.Lokesh
                                            Feb 25, 2016 at 10:18 am
                                            Makes no difference to traitors. Donkey will remain donkey, do whatever you want.
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