Wednesday, February 10, 2016

JNU protests against Afzal Guru hanging

Some students of JNU(Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) organized an event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. They pasted posters inviting them to gather for a protest march against “judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt” and in solidarity with “struggle of Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self determination”. Dear students Afzal Guru was hanged 3 years ago, what is that you are going to achieve by holding an event against it? you people sought permission for organizing a cultural event and cleverly you have not mentioned anything about Afzal Guru. Now the university has ordered an inquiry into the matter. Had the university not ordered an inquiry,someone would have wrote about it to HRD ministry and the minister office inturn,would have sought clarification from the university VC. Had something like that happened, by this time intellectuals/liberals/communists would have thrashed Smriti Zubin Irani and branded it a Hindutva move. Afzal Guru's guilt was proved in court. He was given a fair trial from a special court to Supreme Court and it took 7 years for the successive presidents to reject his mercy petition. After showing so much of tolerance only a terrorist can be hanged in India. It has been 3 years since he was hanged,I don't understand how the protests held against it can be a freedom of expression. By organizing and supporting such protests, the people who think they are liberals, are actually trying to create an impression that people belonging to a particular religion are being targeted, while statistics gives a different picture. I am damn sure the media will somehow link Smriti Irani in this issue and bring in Hindutva to defend such anti-national activities. But the university should not take this matter lightly. These students protested in front of RSS office against Rohith Vemula's suicide and abused Narendra Modi and provoked the police. Once the police assaulted them they played victim card with grand support of media and for no reason RSS was blamed. The intention of these people is to disturb the existing peaceful atmosphere in India. The university should take strict action against these people. If it doesn't, then the HRD ministry should step in and make it sure that these fellows are punished. Don't forget, Manmohan Singh was the PM when Afzal Guru was hanged.

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