Editorial

Turf war for JNU

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/6/2020 12:28:48 PM IST

 There is no second opinion that violence in universities is causing the biggest damage to the academic environment and this has only affected the careers of aspiring students and research scholars. Student violence has become a serious issue for the universities and colleges of India as the political rivalries between the Left and Liberals on one side and the extreme Hindu right wing students on the other, have disrupted the smooth running of the educational organizations all over the country. Agitations and violence in universities is no longer rare but frequent. The recent violence in Jamia Millia Islamia when anti-CAA protestors were lathi-charged or fired upon by Delhi Police was more shocking when the policemen entered the library where students were peacefully engaged with reading and without any provocation, fired tear gas shells into the room. This issue has been relegated to the twilight zone of ‘inquiry’ which would take months and finally nothing would come out. Even in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) episode on January 5, the Delhi Police did not do itself much credit. Video footings clearly show that the Delhi Policemen merely stood as onlookers and did nothing to prevent hooded goons from entering or leaving the campus. Were they working in cahoots with some organisation? There may be some who would like to know the reason for the goondagiri but frankly no reason can ever justify such criminal and murderous acts. Some said the issue was about the arbitrary fee hike imposed by the authorities without consultations. JNU is among the top universities of India which imparts quality social education. Ever since its establishment in 1974, JNU has earned a reputation for being a bastion of left-wing intellectuals and thoughts and a hotbed of political activism. The fees are hardly worth mentioning but the facilities are tremendous. The Left-leaning and Liberals may say that since JNU is meant to provide quality education to those who cannot afford, fees cannot be hiked. This is illogical since fees have to be reviewed at some point but in a manner that is transparent and acceptable. The critics also argue that the fee hike is a clear indication which does not camouflage the intention of turning JNU into a private university by handing it over to some corporation. The issue of fee hike led to massive protests and subsequent police brutality but the issue remained unresolved. Amidst all that happened in JNU on Sunday, the vice chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar was nowhere to be see or heard. The VC cannot make himself scarce when his own students were being beaten up by invading goons. The violence was all about the game of one upmanship. Sunday’s violence bore the imprints of muscle politics or goonda giri. Masked goons were allowed to have a free run of the university campus. They chose their targets and vandalised property with impunity. JNUSU has blamed the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), for the violence. However, the ABVP has accused the Left of attacking those who went to register under the new fee structure. JNU is going to be fought over bitterly in the next few months. The BJP/RSS wants to remove every trace of left-ism or liberalism from the university. However, one can only hope that the career of students and future of coming generation is not jeopardised due to the turf war.

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