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The Urdu Press: The unquiet campus

The JNU has always been known for its secular character and has played an important role in promoting secularism in the country.

The daily Inquilab, in its editorial on February 16, writes: “Whatever is happening in the capital’s Jawaharlal Nehru University needed to be probed to know what actually happened and who was behind it. But the government ministers themselves are not desisting from making allegations. The statement of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the agitation in JNU was prompted by Hafiz Saeed is an attempt to defame the agitating students, to demoralise them with grave allegations and to damage the image of the university. The allegation of sedition against the president of the university’s students’ union, Kanhaiya Kumar, is not only grave but also shows the government’s anxiety.The JNU has always been known for its secular character and has played an important role in promoting secularism in the country. That is why it is perceived that the BJP had kept a sharp eye on it and now it has launched a systematic attack on it (dhaawa bol diya hai). Not only this, it is once again trying to get political capital out of the developments and the situation in the university, so that it can consolidate its vote bank in the forthcoming assembly elections in various states this year.”

The daily Sahafat, in a commentary on January 15, writes: “This was not the first programme connected with the hanging of Afzal Guru on the JNU campus. But there was no outcry on earlier occasions. Therefore, can it not be said that the ongoing hue and cry is of an organised nature?”

The paper adds: “What type of double-facedness it is that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which considers Afzal Guru’s hanging a wrong act, is dear to the BJP, and despite its disagreements with the viewpoints of the Akali Dal, there was a BJP-PDP partnership in Jammu & Kashmir government?”

Provoking discord?

The daily Jadeed Khabar, in its editorial on February 10, writes: “Whatever transpired at the recent conference of All India Tanzeem Ulama -e- Islam (AITUI) (popularity described as ‘Sunni Conference’) at New Delhi’s Talkatora stadium, it was not difficult to understand that it was organised with a hidden agenda. The effort was to further intensify the sectarian differences among Muslims. According to its press note, it is not the zionist and imperialist forces but a particular sect of Muslims themselves, the Wahabis, that is responsible for all the terrorist activities in the world, and they have to be uprooted to end terrorism. The government has been urged to ban this school of thought and its presence in Wakf boards and Haj committees, and its teachings removed from syllabuses of schools, colleges and universities. One wonders where funds are procured for such grand conferences that promote sectarian discords and conflicts.”

Bye-Poll Indicators

The daily Roznama Khabrein, in its editorial on February 17, writes: “In the light of results of bye-elections for 12 assembly seats in eight states, it can be said that people’s trust in NDA is still intact. But it can also be said that in many constituencies anger with parties with sitting candidates was the cause of their rejection. In Uttar Pradesh, if Mulayam Singh Yadav (whose Samajwadi Party has received a great shock) does not move out of the web of nepotism and win the support of non-Yadav voters with some credible steps of welfare, the state would slip out of his hands. the BJP’s win in Muzaffarnagar is an indication that in the 2017 assembly elections of UP, votes will be sought
on communal lines. There cannot be better news for the Congress than of its victory in Deoband after 27 years. In Bihar it can be surmised that the Nitish Kumar government has not yet been able to win the confidence of the people with his promise of good governance. Many steps and some failures of the government had caused displeasure among sections friendly to the Mahagathbandhan.”