JNU teachers join strike, to take ‘nationalism’ classes

New Delhi:  JNU teachers today joined the students in boycotting classes in protest against arrest of its student union leader in a sedition case and said they would take classes on “nationalism” in the varsity lawns.

The students had yesterday gone on an indefinite strike till JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar is released and the sedition case against him dropped.

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After 10 teachers and a group of students were attacked yesterday in Patiala House court complex where Kanhaiya was produced yesterday, the teachers association decided to join the students in boycotting classes.

“The administration is not only acting against students but also teachers and we are being openly attacked while the VC stays mum over it. The entire world is now referring to JNU as a hub of anti-nationals on basis of propaganda of few people in power. It is time we teach our students what nationalism is,” said Rohith Azad, a faculty member, who was among those who were attacked yesterday.

The one-and-half-hour long lecture on “nationalism ” will be held every evening at 5 in front of the administration block.

JNU students union president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested last week in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy registered over holding of the event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.

His arrest has triggered widespread outrage among students and teachers and drawn severe criticism from non-BJP political parties.

The university teachers had earlier rallied behind its protesting students and questioned the administration’s decision to allow the police crackdown on the campus even as they appealed to the public not to “brand” the institution as “anti-national” but they had not joined the strike earlier.

Teachers’ bodies of 40 central universities and Pune-based FTII had also come out in support of the agitating students, saying it is an issue of “indiscipline” and not “sedition”.

Over 400 academicians from international varsities, including Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, SOAS, University of Toronto, McGill, King’s College, University of California, Berkeley and New York University have also expressed solidarity with JNU students condemning the “illegal” detention and “autocratic” suspension of students.

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  1. Only those peope who have made anti-national and sedition comments should be arrested. Considering the fact that professors have joined the strike and quite a number of institutions of repute worldwide have backed them, I feel that the Delhi Police have carried out their political masters’ biddings. Where is Narendra Modi now? Where are his “Chai pey charcha,” “Maan ki baat,” interaction with young children, who have minds that can be easily regimented with either his sweet talk or bullshit?

    B.S. Bassi, the present Commissioner of Delhi, is considered to be a flunkey of his political bosses. Well, he knows from which side his bread is buttered. So, compromise yourself. In fact, they say that he is going to retire this month and has offered his services after retirement to his political masters. This is the standard of a stereotype Indian bureaucrat.

  2. Dear readers,

    The Modi government came to power riding on a tsunami of support, promising to be the harbinger of change. More than one and half years down the line, not much has changed. Some Ministers have indeed made broad strides, but overall effect has been less than the sum of its parts. Arun Jaitley may claim that the government is busy cleaning up the mess created by the UPA, but voters are an impatient lot. While the industry and the middle class are looking for economic reforms to kick in, BJP’s core vote bank is hoping that the government will take action and pursue agendas like forming the Ram Temple, starting a debate on Article 370 and tackling several other thorny issues head-on. But that is much easier said than done and, save for mouthing platitudes, the Modi government is unlikely to do anything significant.

    the BJP style of nationalism is limited to jingoism only. People are asking, IIT-Madras, FTII, Pune, Aligarh University, Hyderabad Central University, JNU – what next?

    Over 400 academicians from international varsities, including Columbia, Yale, Harvard and Cambridge, have come out in support of students in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) protesting the arrest of the varsity’s students union president in a sedition case, condemning the “illegal” detention and “autocratic” suspension of students.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/jnu-protest/1/597047.html

    Will our PM Home ministry will say it is global conspiracy?

    Jai Hind

  3. India is in a serious trouble when Indians can’t grow beyond their religious affiliation and start blaming BJP and Prime Minister. The pro-Pakistan slogans are caught on camera. The event itself described Afzhal Guru’s case as ‘judicial killing’. The group called for destruction of India.

    Now, here is where I and others differ. As repulsive as they are, my intellectual honesty is willing to consider all these incidents as part of freedom of speech. One has the right to say whatever he/she wants as long as it doesn’t result in physical damage or threat. (Well, one can argue if the call for India’s destruction is a threat or not). At the same time, I want to apply the ‘freedom of speech’ in all the cases. Why is it applied only when it comes anti-indian, anti-hindu incidents? Where are these illiterates when it comes to a cartoon, a fiction or a drama? When Sharia Pandita represents a clear anti…………crowd, others represent those who hide under the table!!!! All of their outrage is limited to BJP, RSS and Hindu community – they won’t even utter a word on peaceful community. Remember – intellectual honesty is a virtue!!

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