Over a past couple of days, people are overwhelmed with the news on JNU, where the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University quarrel among themselves about the judicial killing. One might wonder what exactly has happened and why is this issue getting so aggressive day by day? Way back in 2001, the main victim in parliament attacks “Afzal Guru” was hanged in the year
Afzal Guru was a Kashmiri separatist who has attacked the parliament in 2001. Many residents of Kashmir believe Mr. Guru didn’t get a fair trial and was hanged despite gaps in his prosecution, further stoking alienation in a region already rife with resentment against the Indian state and security forces, which they accuse of committing atrocities.Mr. Guru’s execution sparked violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Kashmir, resulting in deaths and hundreds of arrests.Afzal Guru was hanged in the jail secretly and was buried there itself secretly without any information to his family and 2 days letter the news was informed to them in the form of a letter.
the issue took birth with the students of the JNU where most of them were the members of the Democratic Students’ Union – a Left-oriented body, held an event to commemorate the hanging of Afzal Guru. It was basically a protest meeting. Few outsiders along with the protesting students, shouted supposedly anti-Indian slogans and also termed Afazal Guru a martyr. The ABVP protested against the said event and this led to a clash between both units.
The students groups, supported by Left parties, have already accused the administration of acting on the orders of ABVP, and the ABVP has burnt effigies of the administrators because of not taking sufficient action against ones they have termed anti-national elements. Incidentally SAR Geelani, a professor at Delhi University, was also charged with sedition, because he condemned the hanging of Afzal Guru at a public event.
Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest
JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on sedition charges after allegations of ‘anti-national’ sloganeering against him surfaced.He and his compatriots had labeled the deaths of Guru and Maqbool Bhatt as judicial killings. They had chanted slogans such as “Shaeed Afzal Guru”, “India ke kitne tukde honge”, and “Kitne Afzal Guru maroge, har ghar me paida hoga ek Afzal”. They also expressed their support for the problems being faced by migrants from Kashmir and called for an independent Kashmir.
Are the students of JNU Leftists?
A number of student bodies and unions linked to India’s leftist political parties are active at JNU, including the All India Students’ Federation, which calls for the building of a socialist India, and the All India Students’ Association, which espouses Marxism. These groups are ideologically opposed to — and openly critical of — the BJP.
In turn, members of the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), a conservative Hindu organization linked to the BJP, and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the BJP-linked student body, criticize JNU saying its students support India’s violent Naxal movement and Kashmir’s separatist demands.