As the news of anti-India sloganeering in JNU began to disturb many Indian hearts, this author was in various television studios debating the incident with the principal characters. The next two days, India watched the brazen contempt for the sensibilities and symbols of Indian nationhood displayed by these characters, which included Kanhaiya Kumar and Omar.
The video clips were screened repeatedly in their presence and their comments were elicited. Not one of them during that period said that the videos were doctored. Instead they tried to justify all the anti-India slogans based on specious arguments. It may be mentioned that the same intellectualism has not been displayed by them in completing their course in the time-frame as stipulated for any average student with less than average mental faculties.
Ironically, this attitude was being exposed at a time when an Indian soldier who had been buried under an avalanche for six days in Siachen was rescued and was battling with death in the Army hospital in Delhi.
All the so-called JNU leaders harped on nationalism being an outdated concept and maintained that the law on sedition is colonial and therefore undesirable. Not one of these leaders disassociated or apologized for the anti-India slogans. Not one of them disowned the video recordings. Each one of them aggressively argued that it was a matter of 'freedom of speech', which is guaranteed by the Constitution.
They invoked Baba Sahib Ambedkar in this regard. Even as they flaunted their ultra-leftist ideology, they forgot, or their teachers or political masters never told them, what Ambedkar had to say about the Indian Communists and the Constitution.
Dr. Ambedkar had said:
"The Communist Party want a Constitution based upon the principle of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. They condemn the Constitution because it is based upon parliamentary democracy. The Socialists want two things. The first thing they want is that if they come in power, the Constitution must give them the freedom to nationalize or socialize all private property without payment of compensation. The second thing that the Socialists want is that the Fundamental Rights mentioned in the Constitution must be absolute and without any limitations so that if their Party fails to come into power, they would have the unfettered freedom not merely to criticize, but also to overthrow the State."
Only when the Indian State swung into action in JNU did the narrative begin to change. Lawyers thriving on Maoist extortion money camped in the campus to find out ways to wriggle out of the legal tangle. It is then that the entire episode of 'doctored video' began to be aired.
One journalist painstakingly tried to give a scientific twist to the doctored video theory without the benefit of juxtaposition with the 'original', because there was no such 'original'. This journalist needs to explain whether the Jadavpur University video in resonance with the JNU affair was also doctored.
Then there were teachers from the JNU who tried to give an intellectual twist to the whole anti-national discourse. They spoke about the prevailing liberalism in other countries like USA, UK and other Western countries. When reminded that France has declared emergency just after one attack and the Indian who wrote 'I will kill George Bush' on the internet still languishes in prison or a rally in favour of Osama bin Laden was a certain passport to US prison; these purveyors of anti-national ideology had no answer.
Among the apologists for the JNU anti-nationals were also some journalists and some public figures, whose parents bought them an education in Oxford and Cambridge. They ranted about the great 'freedom of speech' and spirit of public debate in the universities of UK.
These apologists for anti-India slogans, half-educated in US and UK, must understand the respective geostrategic location and geopolitical environment of these two countries. The USA has a very benign geopolitical environment with Canada in the North, Mexico in the South, Atlantic in the East and Pacific in the West. Similarly, UK being an Island nation lives in splendid geopolitical isolation as far as threat perception from neighbours is concerned.
Therefore, both US and UK, which do not have the challenge of nation-building, can afford to have universities and educational institutions that can propagate various ideologies in pursuance of their global agenda. So, UK can afford to host the Headquarters of all the sinister organizations of the world like the Kashmiri separatists, the LTTE, the Khalistanis etc.
India, on the other hand, has one of the most hostile neighborhood in the world. It nearly shares 3440 km boundary with China, which is communist and is reckoned as the second most powerful country after US. It also shares nearly 3310 km boundary with Pakistan – a country known as the epicenter of global jihad and terrorism. It also shares a 1643 km border with Myanmar, and large chunks of this border have been impacted by insurgency and instability. The 4096 km Indian boundary with Bangladesh is buffeted by inexorable demographic assault, and fundamentalist Islamic forces.
As long as the British ruled India the external environment was relatively benign. There was no Pakistan and Bangladesh. There was the buffer state of Tibet between India and China, and China had not been taken over by the Communists.
What India recently witnessed in JNU and Jadavpur University is the confluence of Pakistan sponsored jihadi agenda and China sponsored Communist / Maoists agenda along with the anti-India elements in the Northeast. Sample the anti-national slogans made in JNU and Jadavpur University, and the reader will reach this ineluctable conclusion.
The modern jihad was reinvented to kill the Soviet ideology, i.e. Communism in Afghanistan. But it is here in JNU that the Communists have entered into a intellectual partnership with Jihadis.
The JNU has been serving as the nerve center for meeting of anti-India forces being sponsored from Pakistan in the West, China in the East and Northeast, and then giving them the impetus into the nooks and corners of the country. This author has met several JNU graduates working in remote areas for propagation of Maoist ideology in the disguise of NGOs ostensibly engaged in issues concerning health and education.
Way back in 1996, a JNU professor had written to the authorities about the campus being used to harbor anti-nationals and conceal weapons by the ultra-leftists. The problem therefore has been festering, something well known and understood which has found reflection in more than one film. The backers of this anti-national agenda however were so sophisticated that they could befool most Indians by their duplicity couched in suavity and English language.
This class always advocates healthy debates because that is what suits them, as they have captured most of the media, think-tanks and intellectual platforms. They practiced their art of anti-nationalism with such finesse that even when they were caught with the pants down in 'Radia tapes' or in fabricating 'coup stories' or 'Hindu Terror', their moment of ignominy did not last beyond few months. This class has however ensured that those voices who speak for the security and unity of India are vilified because they do not have the same levels of duplicitous reach within and outside the country.
Within that veneer of liberalism of these anti-nationals, there resides a vicious and criminal intent, ideology and mindset. The manipulations of this class comprising intellectuals, journalists, so-called students, academicians have ensured that one-third of the country is under Maoist terror, and India never gets a respite from proxy war from Pakistan and China. Their design is to kill India socially, economically and eventually physically.
Kanahiya when released on bail after damning strictures from the judiciary was given the treatment of an Olympics gold medalist. He was emboldened to sermon on many issues including armed forces through which he tried to drive a wedge between officers and men. This was in the wake of martyrdom of two young officers in Kashmir Valley. Amongst those whose lives these officers saved was the son of militant leader Syed Salahuddin, who enjoys support of leftists in JNU.
The benefactors in the media and the academia cheered not realizing that about 60 percent officers in the armed forces are sons of jawans and JCOs. It did not occur to the anti-nationals that the 76 CRPF personnel killed in Dantewada by the Maoists which was celebrated by Kanahiya and his comrades, were also sons of 'farmers' whose cause they claim to espouse. No television channel then blanked out its screen in protest.
How diabolical that at one hand you celebrate killing of security personnel and on the other hand you accuse the state for a death wherein suicide note states that it is for personal reasons.
These anti-nationals have so far dominated the discourse, because most Indians who love their mothers and motherland never felt the need for debates and discussions on issues of nationalism, which in absence of subversion by JNU or Western Universities or Pakistan and China – remains intrinsic to their character.
The anti-nationals are now behaving as if their tails are on fire. Their zombie like conduct in the media and in public space is because their nerve center of anti-India agenda has been hit. As a desperate resort, they have created a student spearhead, who with all his intellectualism enjoys the hospitality of JNU and the State for a period in which at least three of his poor Indian brethren would have benefited and graduated.
To begin with these anti-nationals harped on 'freedom of speech' in the JNU affair. Then they moved to the next level, i.e. what is the proof? Consequently, they embarked on 'doctored video' theme. Then they said who will decide, who is anti-national and national? They insisted that it is for the judiciary to decide. When the judiciary made a scathing observation about the anti-national character of the entire episode, they began to question the judiciary through the overground Maoist lawyers, whose identities are well known.
The time has come to show the door to these anti-national and criminal elements by the Indian people.
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RSN Singh is a former military intelligence officer who later served in the Research and Analysis Wing, or RAW. He is the author of two books: Asian Strategic and Military Perspective and Military Factor in Pakistan.