21 October, 2020

Opinion | From 'Tukde Tukde Gang' To Saffronisation Of Faculty, Attacks On JNU Part Of 'Hindu Rashtra' Agenda

The relentless attacks on JNU seek to deter the young people resisting this regime’s agenda of establishing a Hindu Rashtra

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Opinion | From 'Tukde Tukde Gang' To Saffronisation Of Faculty, Attacks On JNU Part Of 'Hindu Rashtra' Agenda
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2020-01-10T16:32:41+05:30

The armed mob attack inside Jawaharlal Nehru University on January 5, 2020, has been four years in the making. Ever since the ­orchestrated events of February 2016, within weeks of the current vice chancellor taking charge, JNU has faced assault after assault. The first phase saw charges of being ­anti-national made on the basis of doctored videos of an event around what was perceived as the unjust hanging of Afzal Guru. The slogans supposedly shouted at that event by masked men (the first entry of this species into JNU), gave JNU its hono­rific, ‘tukde tukde gang’. For over a year after that, students and faculty faced police ­complaints, arrests for sedition, ­physical assaults outside campus and mobs gathering at its gates with ­aggressive slogans.

That pot was shifted to simmer on the back-burner, partly thanks to the Delhi government refusing to go ­beyond the law on the sedition cases against JNU students. But there was also a strong pushback in the public domain by critical voices. Meanwhile, the bureaucratic sabotage of JNU...

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