On the 9 Feb Incident
We, the office-bearers of JNSU, are applied at the way an uproar has been created over 9th February incident that happened in the JNU and the was the entire incident is being used the to malign JNU students and the democratic tradition of JNU.
At the outset, we condemn the divisive slogans(‘bharat ke tukde honge hazar’) that were raised by some people on that day. It is important to note that the slogans were not raised by the members of the left organisations or JNU students. In fact, when such sloganeering took place it was the Left-progressive organisation and students, including JNUSU office bearers who asked the organizers of the program to as the people who were raising the slogans to stop slogans that are regressive. The divisive slogans and the ideology behind it has never been a part of the progressive tradition that JNU and the JNUSU uphold. On the contrary the unity of the people of different parts of country in challenging divisive authoritarian, anti people and the anti-student forces is what we stand with and look up to. Even in the recent times the JNU student community and the JNUSU have joined nation wide student voice to defend the country against castist and authoritarian powers lobbies. The left-progressive organisation were present at the program only to ensure that no violence takes place, as ABVP has called in hooligans from DU to disrupt the program and the general atmosphere in the campus. And so to interpret our presence as endorsement of some divisive slogans which were raised by some (and was protested and stopped) is extremely mischievous and manipulative.
The JNU administration, acting on dikats of ABVP, canceled the permission for the program which it had erlier granted. This clearly points out that the administration is acting under ABVP’s pressure to silence any kind of differing view point. University are spaces of dialogue and discussion and , if a group is holding a peaceful program, the administration cannot act under the pressure of one political group to silence another. The administration called in the police, but, surprisingly, the police did not act when ABVP members went into physical confrontation with the students, misbehaved with women and beat up students. ABVP called DU students to JNU campus to help in beating up students, while police, whose duty was to prevent violence, watched silently.
What happened in JNU on that day is a repeat of what happened in HCU with Rohit Vemula and his friends. Meetings, academic discussions and seminars on the death penalty awarded to Afzal Guru have been held in university and law colleges for several years. Law university are undertaking research into the question of death penalty for quite some time. However, under pressure from ABVP, the administration took a politically motivated stand and stood in subservience to the ABVP. Now, activists even those who were not present at the occasion are being threatened with disciplinary action, while the violence by ABVP goons is conveniently forgotten. Those people or organisations whose differ with ABVP are being branded as “anti-national” the same pattern done in HCU. ABVP has said that they would approach ministers to ensure “punishment” for various activities, once again suggesting that the ministers would accept their narrative uncritically and witch-hunt students.
The ABVP is completely discredited organisation and have been exposed in their government shameful role in withdrawing fellowships and other sectors of social spending as well as in cases of caste discrimination and witch hunt. The misrepresentation of certain political positions by ABVP is nothing but an attempt to cover-up the shame of various scams like Vyapam and Bank Loan Scam, the communal and casteist agenda of RSS, and the blatant commercialization of education. These machinations are an attempt to produce communal divisions, ahead of some key elections, and the JNUSU urges all democratic sections to reject such baseless propaganda. JNUSU also urges the progressive democratic section to condemn the divisive sloganeering in unequivocal terms.
Kanhaiya Kumar Shehla Rashid Shora Rama Naga
President, JNUSU Vice-President, JNUSU Gen. Secy, JNUSU