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New Delhi: 21 February 2016 was the scheduled date of Air Force Common Admission Test(AFCAT) and Engineering Knowledge Test. Thousands of young fresh students marked the date on their calendar as it was supposed to be the gateway to their dream.

A student fills up the form, prepares for the exam and is all set for the exam. A day before the exam, people belonging to a caste demanding the caste reservation block all roads around the capital of the country. Trains get canceled. The result, a young aspirant could not even appear in the exam.

Now, some would say, “try next time’’. But why? Wasn’t the exam supposed to happen now? What about all the preparation and hard work that went into vain.

In the times when people are ready to give the certificate of anti-national on anything, here are some students who wanted to join the Air Force, serve their nation but the government and all those nationalists could not even make sure that they appear in the exam.

Jats in Haryana are demanding the reservation. It is a different debate altogether whether they deserve the reservation or should the reservation be there for anyone in the first place. Here are important questions, how can government authority not make sure that the exam they are holding takes place? Can’t police make sure of the safety and peace needed?

A week ago, journalists were beaten in a court in the presence of the police? BJP is in the power, both in Haryana and Centre. But probably they are not aware of this. After all, it is a ‘minor issue’.

Air Force Headquarters said they can’t postpone the exam or change the center. Where is the common logic? Either make sure that all get the chance to give the exam or just postpone it.

In India, these days anyone has started making demands for reservation, the worst part is these protesters think vandalizing government property, blocking roads, impacting the normal life and peace are the way to get the government to accept their demands. How come nobody calls this anti-national?

There was a lot talk of JNU students wasting taxpayers’ money; shouldn’t the Jats be asked the same question? It’s not just Jats, it’s Gurjars in Rajasthan or Patels in Gujarat. Every year, a different caste blocks the roads in demand for the reservation.

The Government knows it is a matter of few days there will be some new issue and people will simply forget that. For example, since the day Jats reservation issue came up, JNU issue took a back seat in the media. But ask the student who missed the exam.

Then there are business companies, leaving no opportunity to make a profit. As soon as they came to know there are students who wanted to reach for the exam, the price of air tickets rocketed to the sky. Rs 55,000 was the price of the air ticket to Chandigarh from Delhi.

Incidents like this make people feel they are ignored by the government and the state and which unfortunately for the state itself, creates ‘rebels’. Then it is a never ending process of protests, crushing them, damage control and changing policy etc. Why go through it when it can be stopped in the beginning itself?

Hopefully, next time when there is such protest, no common student or people will have to bear the consequences of it.

(The article is personal point of view of the writer who has written on the behalf of a student who missed the exam and sends greetings to the Protesters and the government.)

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JNU Campus: One Of The Best Places To Learn And Hang Out

JNU Campus is simply one of the best places to meet some of the most intellectual minds in India

JNU Campus is one of the most happening place for students in Delhi where they can experience everything from fun to academics to nature and peace. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University or JNU is one of the most prestigious academic institutions in India
  • JNU is famous for its huge campus and campus life
  • JNU campus is one of the best places to hang out in Delhi for students

JNU or Jawaharlal Nehru University is famous for many things. Be it everyday students’ protests, the excellent reputation in the field of education and research or simply the controversies related to nationalism. But one thing which makes JNU everyone’s favourite is its campus.

JNU is simply one of the best places to meet some of the most intellectual minds in India. You will find various students and teachers from several fields in JNU campus ready to engage in intellectual discussions or debates.

JNU has one of the largest campus in India. Image source: Wikipedia
JNU has one of the largest campuses in India. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

JNU campus is located in the south Delhi area. The JNU campus area is full of greenery and fresh air. JNU campus s also one of the largest in India, JNU campus size is about 1019.38 acres. Jawaharlal Nehru University is easily the hub for all kinds of brainstorming sessions, where one can learn a lot not only about academics but also about life.

But JNU campus life is not all about studies and academics, there is a lot more to it. JNU campus has a plethora of things which makes it one of the best places to hang out as well. If you are ever planning to visit the JNU campus, these are the places you definitely shouldn’t miss.

Mughal Darbaar 

This restaurant serves some of the best Mughlai food in Delhi. It is one of the favourite spots of students who love the non-vegetarian food. The place is famous for its Butter Chicken and amazing ambience. The place is open until midnight and is favourite of all the party-goers.

Also Read: JNU Ideologues are Spewing hate in the name of Dissent and nurturing Anti-India ideologies

Ganga Dhaba

This is another famous food joint in the JNU campus which remains open till wee hours of the morning. It is famous for its multi-cuisine, delicious food which almost feels like it is home-made. It is also a favourite place for all the politically-active students who are often found sipping tea and debating over various issues here.

Ganga Dhaba is one of the most famous food joints in the campus of JNU. Wikimedia Commons
Ganga Dhaba is one of the most famous food joints in the campus of JNU. Wikimedia Commons

JNU Library Canteen

JNU Library Canteen serves South India food which tastes like heaven. The canteen remains open as per the timing of the library and can be found filled with students discussing various issues – academical and political. the canteen is more than 25 years old and is cheap as well.

The 24X7 Canteen

This is the most famous food joint in the JNU campus. The place is especially very buzzing after 10 in the night. It is very popular among the students and is one place where you can experience the actual JNU life.

JNU is also famous for its green and fresh surroundings. Wikimedia Commons
JNU is also famous for its green and fresh surroundings. Wikimedia Commons

Parthasarathy Rocks

JNU campus is not all about food and academics. It is surrounded by natural beauty as well. It is one of the most beautiful places in the JNU campus and in New Delhi as well. The place is also one of the highest in Delhi. Apart from its beauty, it is also very popular among young couples.

Also Read: JNU was awarded ‘Best University’ for its good works, not for Hostage Drama, says HRD Minister

JNU Library 

If we are talking about JNU, we just cannot forget the JNU Library. The multi-storeyed library is simply a heaven for all the book lovers. It is one of the biggest national libraries in India where all kinds of books are available.

In JNU one can learn while having fun at the same time. Wikimedia Commons

If you want to visit the JNU campus nearest metro station would be Hauz Khas Metro Station.