After publishing In Intolerant India, open support to Terrorists from educated Indians, we talked to some JNU students to understand the politics within JNU. This is what Pavan Chaurasia says:
JNU is, and has always been a pro-naxal and pro-extremist institution, which has disguised people in the name of subaltern and post-modernism. The reality is, they have rarely challenged the inherent contradictions. Recent reports expose how caste system is flawlessly followed in certain centres of JNU. While lessons of equality, freedom of speech and tolerance are preached to certain sections, some other sections are considered as holier than thou. To be frank, one has to follow the leftist ideology to grow inside the system. There are very strong chances that if one opposes the leftist ideology, he/she may not get into MPhil.
While they claim to stand against “stereotypes”, they never miss a chance to portray all the right wingers as fascist, lumpens, goons, perverts etc. Not only that, it is fashionable in JNU to call Indian army as “rapists”. Irony is, JNU has the most number of sexual abuse cases, and one ex- president of JNU who was a member of a progressive leftist party which claims ” bekhauf azaadi” had charges of sexual harassment against him. Not only that, a leftist teacher was recently suspended by JNU for a similar heinous crime. Interestingly, he too was the member of a leftist brigade that tried hard to protect him. Ultimately, he was rescued by just suspending him, rather that asking for FIR and criminal prosecution against him.
JNU campus organizes plays like Gadha Puran, celebrates Mahisasur Diwas, the students don’t dare to replace puran with books worshipped by other religions or insult religious sentiments by ridiculing their prophets. Mainstream left has sidelined the OBC, SC, ST to such an extent that these marginalized groups had to form their own party BAPSA and contest elections.
The issue of Freedom of Speech is always contested, but the selective amnesia of the left is amazing. I hardly hear them discussing uniform civil code or patriarchial exploitation of Muslim women. When Kamlesh Tiwari was facing the wrath of scores of Muslims, not a word in support of Kamlesh Tiwari was uttered by anyone in the campus. While the Right Wing people are stereotyped as “lumpens”, the campus maintained silence when TP Sreenivasan was assaulted by SFI goons in Kerala.
For all those who think the freedom of speech is under threat, let’s be clear, it is rather the monopoly of freedom of speech that is threatened. The speech act is dangerous, if not, why is Kamlseh Tiwari booked, and why are some people demanding death penalty for him? The left is so much for FoE that it didn’t allow Tasleema Nasreen to stay at Kolkata, and so she had to leave her favorite city. The history of violence of communism is very old. To understand there working, Animal farm by George Orwell is must!! Perhaps it is a reflection of JNU.