The issue of JNU has brought with it several videos that talk about gaining independence at whatever cost. Yes, there is a lack of clarity in some videos and claims have been made that these videos are actually fake. The point is that a thing can’t be completely fake. Something must have happened. We may not know exactly what has happened, but something has to have happened to form a base for claims like the ones that have been made.
Kanhaiya Kumar has said that he wants freedom, and he specifically says that he wants freedom in the country, not from the country. He says that he wants freedom from Caste and other differences. How is it that even after almost 69 years of independence and 66 years after enactment of a Constitution that provides for equality and protects from Discrimination, that we still have these differences? Perhaps because the differences in society, whether in terms of caste, religion or economy are so deeply engrained into us that we absolutely refuse to accept that all of us are equal and same.
Freedom in the country means we stay united and don’t get divided in any way. We have fought our battle for freedom before. And the times we failed before finally achieving success was because of our differentiation. Because we as a society were divided by our religion, we attained independence a lot later than we could have. Our differences and unwillingness to let go of these differences have already cause us agony before, and yet we continue to let that happen.
Yes, we are still divided in a lot of way. Let me speak of the most visible difference with regard to Kanhaiya Kumar and his beliefs. He is a political leader, isn’t he? My friends, isn’t politics the one thing that divides us as a society the most if you ignore the caste and religious differences? Politics in institutions has been the ruin of the people of that institution. Institutional politics sets the students against one another.
He says that he wants freedom of Speech and Expression. Well and good. But I have a question. Isn’t a boy using his freedom of speech when he eve teases a girl and uses vulgar language for her? When a person abuses someone, that is freedom of speech and expression for him, isn’t it? Everybody has a right to practice their freedom, but does that mean they do it however they want using whatever terminology suits them? Limitations need to be set for everything to ensure a responsible and sensible population. When one stands on a stage, talking to people, one holds a position of power and one has to sensible here. One can’t stand on a stage and insult the Prime Minister, a man who has been elected by the people. One can’t make fun of this man who is, after all, the people’s representative. That’s how he was elected to be the Prime Minister, wasn’t he, through the votes people cast? It’s called the Representation of People’s Act for a reason. And doing this, making fun of the Prime Minister on stage, is equivalent to making fun of your country, and that is not freedom of speech.
A politician asking for JNU to be shut down for 4 months because of anti-national activities in the campus, and Kanhaiya Kumar defaming the army for an incident of rape by two soldiers in Kashmir, is the same. Anti-national doesn’t just mean yelling slogans against your country. Anti-national is also just the same as insulting your Prime Minister and therefore your own country on a stage where you hold a position of Power. Kanhaiya Kumar talks about how he wants change in the country. I ask him, do you have a solution to the problems? Everybody demands change, but being a student leader, do you have any solutions for bringing about this change you so desperately want to see? Yes, Farmers are dying, soldiers and officers are dying, but what solution do you have to prevent all this. Kanhaiya Kumar has defamed the army. Does he not realize that quite a few members of the army are pass-outs of his college? So when he calls these people rapists, isn’t he creating a tag for the people of his own college?
Kanhaiya Kumar has conveniently forgotten that it is this very army that he is defaming, that guards the border day in and day out, all day and all night. If we sleep in our beds at night, not worried abut perishing in war, it is because of this army and it’s dedicated soldiers and officers, who sacrifice everything for our safety. Whenever there is a disaster, be it the Uttarakhand cloud Burst, Kashmir Flood, Haryana Jat protests, everywhere, it is the army that steps in to get things back in control. Is this how you repay these gallant men who put everything on the line for us ordinary people? I don’t know what’s more sad, your display of ungratefulness or them sacrificing their lives for ungrateful people like you.
We urge him to find actual solutions to the problems he is so opposed to. Simply asking for change is not enough, you need to work for it too, you need to make strategies for it too. You are a student leader and have a hoard of students to support you. We urge you to better utilize the resources you have. Because what you’re doing now, Making anti-national statements and defaming the army is the wrong way to affect change.