Hindu Mahasabha has suggested that chanting slogans like ‘Jai Shri Ram’, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ or ‘Vande Mataram’ should be a precondition to avail a ‘discount’ on the fee at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Over past few days, JNU students have been protesting against hostel fee hike, and have resorted to vandalism and violence.
On being asked about the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ being a religious slogan, Swami Chakrapani of Hindu Mahasabha said, “Jo Bhagwan Shri Ram ka naam lega wo maryadit rahega (Whoever will take Lord Ram’s name will be regarded)”. Then he added, “If you don’t want to take his name, you must chant ‘Vande Mataram’ or ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. Ye to bol sakte ho (at least, you can say this much). It is patriotic to do so.”
Calling the students at JNU, “pizza-burger wale”, he claimed they lack “sanskar” (culture) and the majority of them are ‘anti-India’, said Swami Chakrapani. “Look, parents feed their children. But does it mean they can’t discipline them if they go astray? These students who have gone astray also need to be disciplined”, he furthered.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Police had registered two FIRs in connection with Monday’s protest march. Reportedly, the Delhi Police had registered FIR against unknown protestors for allegedly violating prohibitory orders, obstructing police officers from discharging duties, and causing hurt.
The violent protests had erupted in JNU after the university administration had introduced fees for utility services like water and electricity on an actual basis, and a fixed charge of Rs 1700 per month for services like sanitation, maintenance, cook etc.
The room rent was also increased from ₹20 to ₹600 for single-seater and from Rs 10 to Rs 300 for double seater. One time security which is refundable had gone up from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000 and the students have been protesting against it.
Following the violent protests, the JNU administration had announced a ‘major rollback’ in the hostel fee hike. Despite the rollback, the JNU goons had resorted to shocking vandalism during the protest and had desecrated the soon-to-be inaugurated statue of Swami Vivekananda on campus shocking citizens across the country.