Finally, BJP has come down heavily on JNU campus which it was eyeing for long to crack down upon for its liberal debate and accommodation of all ideas.
With the arrest of JNU Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar on Friday, in an unprecedented manner on sedition charges, the government has proved once again that ABVP’s opponents will be squarely dealt with and the price paid by Kumar is not unexpected.
The irony is singling out one student union president for an incident that was a collective gathering and such impromptu scenes are not entirely new, though they are unfortunate. Witch-hunting student leaders stifles the freedom and liberty which embodied the JNU campus for over four decades. While many Indians may not sympathize with Afzal Guru and the JNU incident, the arrest of JNUSU president certainly wins him many sympathizers and supporters.
With a diversity of students studying in JNU, slogan shouting at an event is beyond the organiser’s control and taking as big as a serious sedition charge proves that it is over-reaction by the government. Instead, the government should have taken up an educational gathering in JNU to put forward the argument as to why Afzal Guru was hanged.
Now that Kanhaiya Kumar is behind bars, BJP and ABVP have created a stronger bene noir to face in their next elections. Intolerance is self-defeating in Indian politics and BJP should realize that. Citing Hanumanthappa’s death on Siachen will not match the action. The incident should have been dealt with by BJP with more maturity in governance.