Major General GD Bakshi (retd) on Wednesday expressed concern over the internal war being waged in India by its citizens by means of left-wing extremism.
Speaking at a seminar, “National security threats in India 2020”, at Law Bhawan, Bakshi referred to the JNU incident as an assault on the thinking and psyche of the Indian youth.
“The idea of India is under attack by the likes of Kanhaiya Kumar who are only creating a propaganda for their own political agenda. Unlike the ideas that are being floated about a nation being about its people only, a nation is defined by its people and its territory. Martyrs have sacrificed their lives fighting for this country and we cannot let it disintegrate in front of our eyes,” he said.
He also criticised the way JNUSU leader Kanhaiya Kumar was being portrayed as the saviour of the nation and being compared to the likes of Bhagat Singh.
Defending the arrest of few JNU students on charges of sedition, Bakshi said: “The Indian territory is sacred to us and no amount of tutorials on nationality and free speech that are now being conducted in JNU can justify disrespect to our motherland. The Constitution has provided the citizens with some rights and in return, we are expected to live up to our duty of defending the honour of our motherland.”
BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra, who was also present on the occasion, said under the influence of communism, India is now facing a serious internal threat. “For the past few months, there have been repeated discussions over the issues of intolerance and the incidents that have taken place at JNU and the University of Hyderabad despite the fact that we all know the truth. India can never be tagged as an intolerant nation. India has always been a nation that has stood together and accommodated all religions and values alike.”
He added: “The youth of our nation is being misled since communism and secularism are being associated with everything, thus further distancing them from their commitment towards their nation. The problem is not only that the students are now worshipping the likes of Afzal Guru and questioning the motives of heroes like Subhas Chandra Bose, the concern is that even leaders of the elected opposition of our nation are supporting such ideas.”
Taking a dig at the Congress, Patra said: “Sonia Gandhi getting disturbed after seeing bodies of terrorists in Batla House encounter only shows the kind of nationalism Congress believes in and is propagating.”
Suggesting that since India was globally known for its spiritualism, he added that the only way to deal with the internal security threats being faced in the country today was by inculcating spiritualism in the minds of youngsters and encouraging them to commit themselves to work towards the welfare of the country by not tolerating anti-national ideas.
Calling the Aligarh Muslim University a terrorist factory, BJP general secretary in Punjab Dinesh Kumar said India is facing an internal threat since universities are now giving rise to anti-national elements instead of propagating the ideas of nationalism.
Kumar added that the need of the hour is to change the ecosystem of the Indian universities, which is a rising a threat to the nation.
Other panelists at the seminar like former RAW officer Col RSN Singh, Punjab finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, media adviser to Punjab CM Vineet Joshi, Chandigarh councillor Saurabh Joshi and chairman of Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana Rajat Gautam also spoke about combating the internal threat of psychological warfare in India and voiced their concern over the lack of values that are now posing a threat to the nation.
At the seminar, where the JNU incident was discussed at length, Pathikrit Payne, Delhi geopolitical and energy analyst, drew similarities with the happenings of JNU to countries like Syria and Soviet Union.
“Syria was once a nation that was flourishing until students of University of Aleppo started an uprising that eventually led to a civil war leading to the disintegration of the nation. This is exactly what is happening at Jawaharlal Nehru University and if we let such ideas gain momentum, it is likely that India will meet the same fate as Syria. Communist policies have only led to the disintegration of nations and history bears evidence to this.”
Media adviser to Punjab CM Vineet Joshi said: “We are raising an army of well-trained youngsters and if they end up falling prey to the wrong notions of nationalism and patriotism, the country will face a threat bigger than the one posed by external factors. The youth of the nation needs to realise what our nation stands for and not fall into the trap of people that are trying to break India.”