Set to dramatic music, visuals of India Gate, Supreme Court and JNU’s administrative block fill the screen. On its heels follows a picture of protesting students and a group of students raising their fists chanting Bharat Mata ki Jai. The music stops. The video cuts to JNU, where sitting atop a rock on campus, JNU’s ABVP President begins talking.
“When I came to JNU, it was fashionable here to be anti India and anti-Hindu. Here, you are called fashionable only if you disrespect the country, speak against the country, disrespect the tricolour and disrespect the army. Being an Indian citizen, you wouldn’t be able to accept it and then you will realise the importance of ABVP here, which talks about integrating Kashmir to Kanyakumari, Gujarat to Andhra Pradesh.
Joining ABVP you get a nationalistist approach, a rashtra-bhakti…,” Singh tells viewers, exhorting them to join ABVP.
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The video is the first in a line of seven videos that will be released by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad to raise questions on ‘national interest and nationalism’ and asking students to join the organisation. Titled Saat Sawaal, the videos, the first of which was released on Monday, will see seven ABVP students from JNU, talk about reasons to join the organisation, nationalism, issues of national interest and the northeast.
“We did a lot of brainstorming. The idea was to connect with the youth of the country in a meaningful manner and we figured this medium would be ideal. ABVP knows that in the present scenario, the youth of the country matters. The role of student organisations is not just limited to politics anymore. It is also about talking about issues of national importance, like nationalism, and through these videos, we want to do just that,” says Saket Bahuguna, National Media Convenor, ABVP.
The videos also assume importance in light of the coming JNUSU elections, which as per ABVP office bearers holds a lot of ‘ideological importance’. The organisation scripted a historic comeback in the JNUSU panel by securing a position in the union after 14 years, last year.
“This election is very important to ABVP,” Bahuguna told The Indian Express. “ It is happening after the February 9 incident, and will tell everyone what students in JNU think about what happened. The election is not just a campus issue, but a national issue in that sense. And for us at ABVP, an important ideological one too,” Bahuguna added.
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