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An article in the Organiser says that behind the veil of right to freedom of expression, some elements at JNU have been spreading venom along religious and cultural lines.

An article in the Organiser says that behind the veil of right to freedom of expression, some elements at JNU have been spreading venom along religious and cultural lines. The article, called “A Campus that Spreads Venom”, reminds students and academics that “rights also come with conditions. They need to understand that blatant disapproval of established religious, cultural and national norms in an educational landscape will serve no one good.”

The article alleges some incidents on the JNU campus have hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus “in an outrageous way.” The incidents include a clash between students over celebrations to honour Mahishasura and the distribution of an article in Forward Press magazine with allegedly distasteful comments about goddess Durga. According to the article, it was not the first of its kind to happen in JNU. “Apparently, the anti-national and anti-cultural events have been continuing in the university for quite some time. Apart from holding beef-pork parties, the university acknowledges the ‘efforts’ of Kashmiri separatists and Naxalites. Sometimes it insults the Tricolour; sometimes it’s the national-symbol of Ashok Chakra that sees soil of the shoes,” the article says.


India’s response to the Pakistani army’s cross-border attacks has been befitting, says an analysis in the Organiser: “At the tactical and operational level, the policy of ‘graduated response’ has been replaced by ‘intense response.’ But acknowledging that a pariah state does not follow rules and conventions, Pakistan is not going to be quiet for long. Its army would react after regrouping and keeping this in mind, India cannot afford to lower its guard…” Pointing out that Pakistan is a complex nation, with several centres of power, the article says the country is soon becoming a “pariah state” from a ���failed state.” It says the intention of the attacks was “to keep the pot boiling even during the winter so that Kashmir continues to draw international attention.” According to the author, Anil Gupta, a Jammu-based political commentator, and security and strategic analyst, Pakistan is in turmoil and on the verge of implosion.

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The editorial in Panchjanya’s Diwali special edition takes a swipe at the Congress, which recently lost the assembly polls in Maharashtra and Haryana. It says the celebrations have made some people deaf like a big explosion nearby does to one’s ears. They will keep rubbing their ears for a while, as what has exploded is a politics based on dynasty.

However, the editorial goes on to say that the spirit of society during the festivals is beyond political interpretation. It opens a window to India, despite conflicts and differences among people, and there is a spirit that takes everybody along, while society is always above politics. Those who hurt this spirit are shown their place, but those who apologise are taken along. The spirit of India never keeps anything hidden — it punishes one for one’s mistakes. Apparently referring to the BJP’s victory, the editorial claims victory will be of those whose intentions are clear. The crowd will stand behind those who struggle against odds and earn strength.

Compiled by Liz Mathew

First published on: 30-10-2014 at 00:52 IST
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