September 26, 2021
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Another Delhi college fumes over ‘Aggressive Nationalism’

Since the inception of the BJP led government at the centre, we have been hearing the faint voices of ‘aggressive nationalism’ everywhere. The Indian campuses, which have been insulating the penetration of the hard core rightist ideologies into the heart of our soil ever since the birth of our land, are the biggest protector of the democratic ideologies and our fundamental rights. For that reason, it has several times witnessed ideological clashes and violent agitation and protests. Moreover, several times, they have been victimised due to their resistive attitude. Very often, the authorities use the police force or paramilitary force to suppress the dissident voices made by the young souls of our campuses. Nearly a year after the emergence of violent protests and student agitations against the aggressive nationalism in the JNU campus, the Delhi University’s North Campus has also witnessed a similar protest. The issue began as a clash between two student unions at the DU campus has ended leaving several journalists, students, teachers and police officials in the hospital bed. The journalist, who covered the clashes and subsequent activities happened in the campus premises, claimed that the police officials carrying no nameplates attacked them brutally and the devices used to cover the event were either destroyed or confiscated. Political analyst claims that the right wing organisation’s intolerance towards the freedom of speech and expression is no more a hidden secret. There is no point of resisting anyone from expressing their view or organising an event, he added. Our country is a democratic society so every citizen has their right to enjoy their fundamental rights, he further added. Actually, the decision taken by the leftist groups to organise a cultural program and invite the JNU student’s leader Umar Khalid to speak in the function is the instigating factor behind the issue. Meanwhile, the right-wing groups assert that no anti-national be allowed to participate in any function organised in the campus premises. Who should judge whether a person is an anti-national or not? Can violence protests, clashes, cruel suppression and brutal police beating be tolerated in the pretext of protecting and promoting ‘the, so called, pro-nationalism movement of saffron brigade’? Anyway, as per the report, several students have been detained by the police and numerous complaints regarding the incident have been registered.


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