20 April, 2021

In Praise Of Najeeb Jung

For his view that Indians have a right to refuse to say BMKJ

In Praise Of Najeeb Jung

Delhi’s Lt Governor hasn’t quite been the best advertisement of an impartial, nonpartisan figure of authority. Indeed, his execrable conduct with a democratically elected chief minister has been an insult to those who elec­ted Arvind Kejriwal to power—and proof, if any were needed, that he was more than willing to do his master’s bidding. That said, Jung’s televised int­ervention in the manufactured controversies of the Sangh parivar—beef, nationalism, ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’—doesn’t harm his reputation one bit. His view that Indians have a right to refuse to say BMKJ, that refusal is not anti-national and that “in a secular democracy the principles or practice of one faith should not be turned into bans that are imposed on people of other faiths,” is a scholarly explication that those who write his paycheck must consider.

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