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Afzal Guru Event: What about massacres of Kashmiri Pandits, asks a JNU student

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By Niyati Bhat

(This story is taken from a post published by the author on her Facebook wall)

Is truth lost in the slogans in JNU or is it buried in graves?

February 9 was the day, when Afzal Guru was hanged in 2013 for the crimes he committed.

I don’t know exactly who but some political groups organized a protest against the “Indian occupation of Kashmir, raising slogans for their ‘martyr’ Afzal and condemning Indian state for the militarized occupation of Kashmir” (their words, not mine). It was aptly titled: The Country without a post office.

The woman who was addressing the gathering gave an introduction to the event, suggesting that the Parliamentary left needs to stand along with the struggle of “Kashmiris”

There was an ABVP group standing across the road from Sabarmati Dhaba, protesting against this event.

I walked over to the voices that were screaming: “Hum kya chahte hain, Azaadi!”

I wanted to understand what they had to say.

The crux of the matter was that too many times, human rights violations in Kashmir have gone unanswered, the foreign scholars or journalists who ask these questions are frequently deported, who will be held accountable for the mass graves? Kashmir needs to attain the freedom it deserves. (Again, their words, not mine.)

I stood there in anger.

I am not sure what brought about the courage in me, but I raised the question among this gathering:

“Who will be held accountable for the massacres of Kashmiri Pandits and when you attain the so called freedom, what happens to those Pandits who are also an integral part of Kashmir?”

There was silence and then a poet standing next to me replied,” But that’s not the point of today’s conversation.”

I had nothing to add but just ask: WHY? Because we don’t figure in your account of history?

Again, silence and then someone repeated the Azaadi slogan. I guess they still need some time to prepare answers for us.

Their medium of protest today was Poetry. Poetry was used to talk about Afzal Guru. Poetry! Where was this medium of protest when Poet Sarwanand Kaul Premi and his son Varinder Kaul were brutally murdered and hanged from the trees of their courtyard in 1990?
Why use the medium of poetry to talk about Afzal, who chose violence? What good did his actions bring for his community or for Kashmir?

A journalist from Zee News who was covering the protest took me aside for a news byte and after the camera went off, added: Keep raising these questions.

I couldn’t help but wonder. What is the point of it all; all the protests and all these protests against protest?

There are just too many questions but no one to answer them. And whenever there is one voice in the crowd that doesn’t agree with the rest, it is best to bury it and move on; like the mass graves perhaps.

 

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JNU – A Hotbed of Evil Agendas And Propaganda

The series of disgusting incidents at JNU and other educational institutions in the past have “clearly revealed” that educated people can act like unscrupulous rascals

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Deepika Padukone rushed to JNU. What is shocking is without an iota of guilt, such public figures shared the stage with such a group of people who has earned notoriety for sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists and inciting the violence.

BY SALIL GEWALI

Blatant duplicity, partisanship, arrogance, and terrors are what all have been desecrating the very sacred seat of academia.
Does anyone have the courage to unmask this open depravity in academic institutions like JNU?

The first week of this New Year has brought before us a devious drama enacted by a group of students at JNU. The news spread like wildfire in no time. Now, after a few days of deep investigation, the Delhi police have come up with evidence which is just the opposite of what was vehemently set forth by certain media people and columnists at the beginning. Without a very serious thought and possible contrary outcome one journalist ranted — “who killed Gandhi can also kill students”. He was spitting venom against all those who believe in patriotic values. No denying, the father of the nation was killed by Nathuram Godse and he was hanged on 15 Nov. 1949 for his unpardonable sin. Is it not total “stupidity” to blame the entire associations/families with which Godse was associated? A son is a drug addict, can we blame the parents or entire family, and also his ancestors and clans? Prince Andrew of England is allegedly found to be involved in a series of sexual misconduct. Can we now mindlessly blame and malign the image of the whole Buckingham Palace and Duke of Edinburgh..? But in India so-called journalists “reserve their right” to criticize, ridicule those all who show concerns for the Nation and work for its integrity.

 Incidentally, while the grievous injuries of the JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh switched from right hand to the left hand, albeit mirror image.., it was not the “comedy of errors” of JNU. But, as the administrative machinery of the entire University has continuously been trampled upon and disrupted, I daresay, it is a “tragedy of the academy” now. Here the academy not for the excellence but for the free-thinking for the “worse”! And, what do you call it when all such outrageous vandalism and brutalities by the students with particular leanings are “defended”? Is it not a very dangerous trend and unbecoming of any dignified institutions of higher studies? Mere a few screams of “false victimhood”, vis-à-vis vandalism, have drawn the attention of the celebrities directly from Bollywood. Deepika Padukone rushed to JNU. What is shocking is without an iota of guilt, such public figures shared the stage with such a group of people who has earned notoriety for sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists and inciting the violence.

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The first week of this New Year has brought before us a devious drama enacted by a group of students at JNU.

Needless to say, over the years we have noticed that the “support” comes with a vengeance if the outcry of protests has the overtone of hostility and “treason”. Another actress Swara Bhaskar thanked Pakistani people for support for the JNU cause. What does it mean when the responsible citizens make the mockery of the country’s sovereignty? Yes, these all unpatriotically vicious actors, actresses and intellectual elites are the role models for our youths these days. Just be serious and think about what kind of thoughts our children will develop on their minds and what we can expect from them for the nation.

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Another actress Swara Bhaskar thanked Pakistani people for support for the JNU cause.

The series of disgusting incidents at JNU and other educational institutions in the past have “clearly revealed” that educated people can act like unscrupulous rascals, senselessly inciting the violence and terrors. For some of the political leaders, JNU crises have come as opportunities to destabilize the country or cause misunderstanding and division among various communities. If we believe some of the articles by certain senior journalists, it can be well concluded that “education” does not always make one sane and civilized. Blatant duplicity, partisanship, arrogance, and terrors are what all have been desecrating the very sacred seat of academia. Who all are responsible for this depraved mess? Does anyone have the courage to unmask this open depravity in academia and society? Is it not time to say enough is enough?

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Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali