Jodhpur university files police complaint against JNU prof for Kashmir mention

Menon denied the charges and said that an “unnecessary controversy” had been created “based on rumours”.

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Published:February 4, 2017 5:48 am
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THE Registrar of Jai Narain Vyas University in Jodhpur has filed a police complaint against JNU professor Nivedita Menon over her alleged remarks about Kashmir and the Indian Army during a speech on campus that triggered protests by ABVP members leading to a shutdown in the university Friday.

Confirming the move, the university’s vice-chancellor R P Singh quoted Menon as saying that Kashmir was not an integral part of India and that soldiers worked for their livelihood and not the nation. Menon denied the charges and said that an “unnecessary controversy” had been created “based on rumours”.

“The university r0egistrar filed a complaint, along with a report of what happened. We will be conducting an inquiry based on which we will decide whether to file an FIR or not,” Jodhpur Police Commissioner Ashok Rathore told The Indian Express.

A professor at the School of International Studies at JNU, Menon had been invited by the JNVU’s English department to deliver a lecture Thursday on the topic, ‘History reinterpreted: nation, individual and culture’.

“The university has lodged a complaint against Nivedita Menon and one of the organisers, Rajshree Ranavat, who also announced while introducing Menon that she is famous for her views on Kashmir. Today, some children from the ABVP and some faculty members shut down the university in protest. I have set up a three-member committee to look into the matter,” V-C R P Singh told The Indian Express.

“She spoke about two-three objectionable things…that Kashmir is not an integral part of India and India should give up claims on Siachen…and that soldiers work for their livelihood and not for the nation, etc.,” Singh claimed.

When contacted by The Indian Express, Menon rejected the allegations and claimed that the “entire controversy has been kicked up based on the account of one former professor…who is an RSS supporter”.

“I never said anything about Kashmir being illegally occupied by India…the organiser introduced me as someone who had said so in an earlier speech from last year. Secondly, the point about showing India’s map upside down…that was a picture from the Himal magazine, which points out that the world is round and that nations are not natural objects but imagined constructs,” said Menon.

“Regarding the soldiers, I said that the Army is also a means of livelihood and that if we loved our soldiers why do we treat them badly,” she said.

“I did make a distinction between Hinduism and Hindutva, saying the latter is a political ideology that I am opposed to. What I basically said was not anti-national but anti-RSS and Hindutva and if that is a crime today then I don’t know what to say,” said Menon.

JNVU assistant professor and event organiser Rajshree Ranavat was not available for comment. However, her colleague and associate professor Satish Harit said Ranavat had only introduced Menon. “We had invited the professor for the lecture. How were we to know that she would say something objectionable? The organisers had only introduced her,” said Harit.

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    indian
    Feb 4, 2017 at 4:51 am
    Ya right... now they'll go on another protest against "intolerance"
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      Satyaki
      Feb 4, 2017 at 4:07 am
      Jai Narayan veer university. Ye Kya hai bc. Rajasthan Mai har ch00tya university kholta hai Kya. What's next? Smriti irami vishvavidyalay?
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        Satyaki
        Feb 4, 2017 at 1:22 am
        Jai Narayan Vyas Universit? What do you do to get admitted there? P there 5th standard? Or blow the esteemed gawaar VC?
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          Khalid
          Feb 4, 2017 at 6:23 am
          Drink some hot cow urin and learn to think justfully
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            Khalid
            Feb 4, 2017 at 6:21 am
            Truth can never hide... kashmir is occupied and soldiers their need to broght back
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              IML sood
              Feb 4, 2017 at 1:24 am
              How long anti nationals in JNU will be given long rope?
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                Kaliyan. V
                Feb 4, 2017 at 1:29 am
                There is no smoke without fire. We believe that the case will be pursued to its logical end.
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                  MyTake
                  Feb 4, 2017 at 2:16 am
                  Nehruvian Indians that Nehruvian India along with brother Commie promoted over the years have a problem of foot in the mouth disease!
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                    MyTake
                    Feb 4, 2017 at 2:24 am
                    These opportunists of history failing to go into the history of India, therefore, trying to buy themselves a place in the history of stan.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;For lack of clarity of vision they however failing to understand stan can outsmart them quite easily and buy them few times over at will! All they can hope for is some left over biryani and kebab from previous night, which the Taliban will even consider self disrespecting and mental slavery as they would consider it and will have no place for praise!! If anything only a dignified enemy deserves due respect!!
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                      MyTake
                      Feb 4, 2017 at 2:26 am
                      Well done Moulvi Nivedita Menon!!
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                        Tsv
                        Feb 4, 2017 at 2:03 am
                        Lefttes and aaps they think they can say any thing about India and hindutva , Nivedia madam has she got guts to tell she hate muslimaisation or hate Muslim who spread religion. What is the meaning of an Army is also a means of livelihood ?? I am also an ex-serviceman , you hurt my feelings . Please request you that don't be so cheap . You are great lecture don't use the word hate that not sutes .
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                          Abdul Zargar
                          Feb 4, 2017 at 1:44 am
                          Learn about digesting the truth.Grow up Bhakts.
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                            Abhishek
                            Feb 4, 2017 at 6:57 am
                            True is bitter, but we should avoid to utter such as true.
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                              Achal
                              Feb 4, 2017 at 4:34 am
                              Whatever Nivedita Menon said, she has explained. It feels she has taken back her words and had no conviction.lt;br/gt;These types of opportunists are best to be ignored. No importance should be given to them. Their ideology and freebie culture is already on the verge of natural death. Let us not try to resuscitate them by even thinking about them. No need for FIR against her. Her ideology is immaterial today.
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                                Vikrant
                                Feb 4, 2017 at 6:42 am
                                JNU is hub of anti nationals and needs to be shut down. The premises should be given to Army and the tax payers money spent in breeding these anti national mosquitoes should be spent on providing aid to police men fighting the naxals
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                                  ak dev
                                  Feb 4, 2017 at 1:15 am
                                  Nivedita has herself accepted that she hates RSS and Hindutva. Chances are very high that the changes against her are correct. She has mentioned that charges are based on the account of one former professor…who is an RSS supporter”. While Leftees and AAPees will rejoice over her statement that Kashmir is not part of India, RSS supporter can't accept that.
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                                    Ashoke
                                    Feb 4, 2017 at 5:27 am
                                    Handiwork of Narcissist Mythomaniac and Rastriya Sarvanash Sangathan.
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                                      Anand
                                      Feb 4, 2017 at 7:26 am
                                      Ah...she must be a mallu....from kerala...the state which has become a den of anti national terror activities and notoriously known to the world as the only place..munism still is breathing.... Hound all these anti nationals and make them pay.....heavily...
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                                        Anand
                                        Feb 4, 2017 at 7:27 am
                                        you guys needs to be thrown out...simple
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                                          Avaniendra Chakravartty
                                          Feb 4, 2017 at 6:12 am
                                          she is right..no plebiscite...no freedom..dia cheated the kashmir people
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                                            Bishnubrata
                                            Feb 4, 2017 at 2:00 am
                                            Recording of the speech must be available and it will probably solve the issue. So, scope for speculation is actually nil here. On the other hand, bearing different ideology does not guarantee that someone actually did it. There is a difference between perception and reality. Before drawing conclusion it should be verified properly.
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