Condemning the incident at JNU wherein ‘anti-national’ slogans were raised during an event organised against the judicial killing of 2001 Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru, Mayor Arun Sood on Friday urged students to work for the cause of national unity.
Speaking at a seminar organised by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Panjab University on Friday, Sood added that the nation must come together to fight against the spirit of ‘anti-nationalism’ that was being propagated by the students of JNU.
Alleging JNU was propagating a culture of anti-nationalism, Sood said, “This is not the first time that students of JNU have indulged in anti-national activities. JNU has been propagating anti-national ideas for a long time. This has only come to the limelight now. Strict action must be taken against the students who let such unfortunate incidents take place inside the university.”
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“If the slogans that were raised at JNU were not anti-national, I don’t know what else is anti-national,” he added.
Also present on the occasion was National Organising Secretary of ABVP Sunil Ambedkar who alleged that the students who had participated in the event at JNU were trying to divide India and that the Left organisations in the country were supporting their cause.
“In the aftermath of the JNU incident, what is surprising is how relentlessly the Left organisations in this country are trying to divide the people of India. Why must they speak in favour of a man who attacked the Parliament and was rightly executed? Why must they favour students who raise slogans against our motherland?”
Questioning the education being imparted at JNU, Ambedkar added, “Our education system must inculcate the values of national integrity and nation building. It must not teach students anti-national values, which is why serious consideration needs to be given to the kind of education being imparted at JNU.”
During the interaction, students also raised questions over the fake videos of JNUSU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar that have been doing rounds on the social media and also aired by some news channels.
The students also raised their concerns over the hasty manner in which Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested.
“The video that was first aired by Zee News correctly reflected how a group of students raised slogans against Mother India… Even if video evidence has proven that Kanhaiya did not raise these slogans, being the student leader of JNU, he was very much involved in advocating these ideas,” said Ambedkar.
Also present on the occasion were state General Secretary of BJP Dinesh Kumar, BJP leader Suraj Bharadwaj and ABVP leaders Saurabh Kapoor, Dinesh Chauhan, Vineet Joshi and Harmanjot Gill among others.
Sharing his legal opinion on the issue, Professor Devinder Singh from the Department of Law at Panjab University said, “We have to draw a clear distinction and understand what freedom of speech is and when lines are crossed that then account to sedition. Our Constitution has given us the right to freedom of expression, but with freedom also comes certain responsibilities that one cannot ignore.” Singh added that the government needed to take action against the ‘anti-national’ elements who misused their freedom of speech to propagate ideas against the collective good of India.