Fifth Column: Celebrating India’s destruction

Frankly I was appalled by the videos I saw. I am no hyper-nationalist but object totally to students demanding that India be broken into pieces.

Written by Tavleen Singh | Updated: February 21, 2016 8:32 am
JNUSU-759 The more JNU-type slogans we hear, the more Hindu rage we will see.

It is my considered opinion that students should not be arrested for sedition unless they join an armed revolution against the State. Having got that out of the way, I would like to go back to what happened in JNU on February 9. And specifically to the slogans that arose from the commemoration of Afzal Guru’s hanging. This disturbing event has got lost in the noise and fury over lawless lawyers assaulting students and journalists outside the Patiala House court. If we ignore slogans like ‘Bharat tere tukde honge, Inshallah, Inshallah’ (India you will be broken into pieces, Inshallah) we ignore the most important threat to national security. The jihad.

Frankly I was appalled by the videos I saw. I am no hyper-nationalist but object totally to students demanding that India be broken into pieces. I was even more appalled that political leaders rolled up at the JNU campus to show solidarity. Would they have gone if they had seen those videos demanding freedom for Kashmir? And does this mean they support this demand? Will they now go to Jadavpur University where the same slogans were heard? Do they support these jihadi ideas spreading across university campuses? The commemoration of Afzal Guru’s hanging seems to have been an excuse to launch a very alarming movement. If this were not true, then why have we seen no commemorative ceremonies in the past two years? He was hanged in 2013.

As a natural conspiracy theorist and as someone who believes the jihadists in Pakistan when they say they would like to see India destroyed, I follow chatter in our friendly neighbourhood Islamic Republic closely. So I have detected since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister, unease about the possibility that he might transform India with his economic policies. On Pakistani TV chat shows I have heard pundits and economists bemoan the inability of their own leaders to come up with economic policies that would transform their own shabby, stagnant economy.

It is bad luck for Modi that his magnificent Make in India Week in Mumbai has hardly made the news because his Home Minister chose this week to drag Kanhaiya Kumar off to Tihar jail. The arrest of the president of the JNU students’ union was not just needless and ugly, it set off a chain of dramatic events. When journalists were beaten up outside the Patiala House court, they took to the streets to protest. This was the first time (I think) since the protests against Rajiv Gandhi’s defamation Bill 30 years ago, that journalists have felt the need to take to the streets. Mofussil journalists are routinely killed in the boonies, but who cares about these lowly creatures. It is national journalists who are the real pillars of the free press. Right?

To come back though to JNU. What worried me most about the slogans were not just their tone, but that they seemed to have been copied from slogans I have heard in Pakistani cities at different times. In Karachi after Benazir Bhutto won her first election, I remember standing on a high balcony and watching huge crowds of Pakistan Peoples Party supporters in the streets below shouting ‘Bhutto hum sharminda hain, tere kaatil zinda hain.’ The same slogan was used by JNU students for Guru without noticing that his ‘killers’ were the Indian judicial process and the Indian State. After Benazir was killed, the slogan I heard most in Lahore was ‘Har ghar se Bhutto niklega, tum kitne Bhutto maaroge’.

Reused by JNU students to say in every house dwelled an Afzal so how many will you kill. I was pondering over the mystery of this cross-border sloganeering when Jadavpur University students started demanding ‘azaadi’. From whom?

For whom?

What is going on? Is it true that the mysterious Umar Khalid had plans to spread this jihadi agitation across 18 university campuses in the name of remembering a man found guilty of trying to blow up India’s Parliament? The ill-advised arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar has brought every leftist politician suddenly out of the woodwork. They are supported by leftist historians who compare Islamism with Hindutva and who have suddenly discovered that the sedition law should have been changed long ago. These historians exhibit a self-loathing that in part explains the Hindu rage we saw in play outside the Patiala House court.

I am neither Hindu nor a hyper-nationalist, but I have noticed in long years of political column writing that for most of these years I have heard the word Hindu used only in a derogatory context. The men who shout Vande Mataram every five minutes these days are reflecting a rage created over decades by the inclination of our public intellectuals and most of our politicians to treat Hinduism as an inferior religion. The more JNU-type slogans we hear, the more Hindu rage we will see.

Twitter: @ tavleen_singh

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First Published on: February 21, 2016 12:22 am
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    Anoop
    Feb 21, 2016 at 2:29 am
    Very true ....politician should read out this editorial hope some changes
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      Amit
      Feb 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm
      IE pressutes not covering MARCH FOR UNITY. SHAME SHAME
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        Amit
        Feb 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm
        IE pressutes not covering MARCH FOR UNITY. SHAME SHAME
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          Amit
          Feb 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm
          IE pressutes not covering MARCH FOR UNITY. SHAME SHAME
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            Amit
            Feb 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm
            IE pressutes not covering MARCH FOR UNITY. SHAME SHAME
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              Amit
              Feb 21, 2016 at 1:49 pm
              IE pressutes not covering MARCH FOR UNITY. SHAME SHAME
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                Amit
                Feb 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm
                IE pressutes not covering MARCH FOR UNITY. SHAME SHAME
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                  Amit
                  Feb 21, 2016 at 10:11 am
                  #MarchForUnity Comments invited from pressutes and sickulars.
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                    Amit
                    Feb 21, 2016 at 5:17 am
                    Does anyone have guts to write against muslims or muslim traditions like burka ? People dare to hurt hindu sentiments because hindus are peace loving people. Say a word agisnt muslims and you are beheaded.
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                      Ravi
                      Feb 21, 2016 at 6:50 am
                      It is a balance article. It is also fact that more and more Hindus have started looking at Jihadi Angle and worried about future of country. Hindus will have no problem with any community as long as economic benefit comes with development. Now Jehadis are knocking at india door and majority of Hindus have started realising the danger which will spoil t party. As time pes and more aggression from across the border, more Hindus will react and act.
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                        cherans
                        Feb 28, 2016 at 12:07 pm
                        All these noises are heard due to missing "Ache Din' that was promised....remove this MODI from PM post who got affected by Manmohan Singh decease of policy paralysis...
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                          Vix
                          Feb 21, 2016 at 4:26 am
                          JNU case is just a ploy to divert national attention from total collapse of governance which was promised bofore 2014. ...RSS has to employ some tactics to win 2019, mandir wd not work, so nationalism primarily directed against muslims wd do the trick. ....perhaps it wd fail
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                            hayatlives
                            Feb 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm
                            There goes Tavleen with her favourite jihadi bogey man. I have heard modi plans to make her minister of jihad marketing!
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                              IML sood
                              Feb 21, 2016 at 6:51 am
                              Awake Hindus, you have been supresssed for long due to the appeasment policy of pro miniority Cong. Govt centre for more than 60 years.Other parasite parties like Kujli party is always against true Nationalist elements.Put them at proper place now,you have become really free to serve Motherland.
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                                Jassa
                                Feb 21, 2016 at 10:37 pm
                                People will demand azaadi when rulers start controlling diet of people.
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                                  Krishna Bhagawan
                                  Feb 21, 2016 at 9:03 am
                                  JNU is like Finsbury Mosque in London ... preaching hatred against UK, Christians, supported al-quida, etc etc . The British used to ignore them. But then 7/11 happened. What do you think would happen if a JNU student bombs the Delhi metro.
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                                    Prem
                                    Feb 21, 2016 at 6:34 am
                                    What about the forged video. What about the parody Twitter accounts. You are so selective. Kanhaiya did not make any anti nationalist slow fans. His arrest was wrong. And they have not arrested the Kashmiri youth who raised the slogans on the 9th because the deal with PDP in Kasmir will fall through. I always disagreed with you but I also always thought that you were an honest journalist. But are. I will be waiting to see you acknowledge once the forgery is established. Also please think whether the forgerers are ant national?
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                                      Lalit
                                      Feb 21, 2016 at 7:46 am
                                      Very well said, Tavleen Singh. The JNU pro-terrorists slogans have thoroughly exposed pseudo secularists, fake "intolerance" campaigners, anti-nationals, so called "intellectuals" who work for anti-national forces, and Corrupt political parties such as Congress that blatantly practice votebank politics. Now people know who the enemies of the nation are.
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                                        Lunatic
                                        Feb 21, 2016 at 11:42 am
                                        In the days of the renaissance of Anarchy as a strategy to achieve power, no journalist sees anything wrong in the destruction of India. Life is like that.
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                                          MP Singh
                                          Feb 21, 2016 at 3:27 am
                                          Thanks for The very thoughtful and incisive article. The ugly comments from Congress stooges, communists, and jihadis are as expected. Ignore them. Write more. It is such a pleasure to read your articles and essays.
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                                            MyTake
                                            Feb 21, 2016 at 2:30 am
                                            It appears lots of fake Drs. are produced there where leftist politics is their Doctoral grounding! These are probably the Ph.D holders many of whom end up in the streets applying for peon's job failing to get blessings of Netas in order to come under their wings! Recently I heard a Dr. from Jadavpur University whose argument was they don't need Indian flag because they already have one (which again probably encourage to have Pak slogan)! Hmm! Another Ph.D.! Subsidising education of DESERVING is ok but not that of fake Dr. politician. Result of subsidised eduation should go to all tax payers. Let the politician or political parties pay for their "study"/"experiment" it is to become beneficial to only a few chosen one.
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