Mangaluru: ‘Quit India’ rally for those against the unity of the nation was flagged off by former leader of Delhi ABVP, Nupur Sharma by hoisting the tri-colour flag in front of Canara College here, on February 29.
AVBP activists, Yuva Brigade, ex-military personnel, students from Canara College, University College and AJ institute, participated in the rally from Canara College to the Town Hall where a stage programme was held at the Town Hall.
Krishna Upadhyay said, “Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is allowing anti-national elements to flourish from a long time. In 2010, when CRPF personnel were ambushed and slaughtered by Naxalites, students in JNU distributed sweets. Universities should be the places that build the nation, but due to several professors, who promote anti-national elements, they have become the places that build unpatriotic thoughts. There are also politicians like Rahul Gandhi, who support them. But for every statement given in their support by Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal or Siddaramaiah will face opposition from crores of patriots of the nation.”
Retd. Brigadier IN Rai said, “A nation of fools can survive, but a nation of traitors wont. Here in India there are traitors who look like intellectuals to a common man. Such people should be shot.” He mentioned a new addition to the list, but did not disclose the name. He however said that the traitor had written a book that had inspired the movie, ‘3 idiots’. “He is the fourth idiot. Another traitor is the one who wrote an article in TOI, which said that there were more protests in JNU than lectures,” he added.
He further said that if the JNU protestors were branded as ‘kids,’ then the twenty-year-old soldiers guarding the Siachen glacier were ‘infants’. He placed several questions before the mediapersons, whom he said were biased. He asked, “28-year-old Kanhaiya Kumar is still doing his PhD at JNU. Does he earn or live on government funds? The VC of JNU doesn’t even light a five rupee candle on Martyr’s Day, does such unpatriotic person deserve to be the VC of JNU? Who organised the poetry competition? Who printed the pamphlets and who funded the programme?” he questioned.
Brig. Rai said that the police were not let inside the JNU to arrest those charged under sedition. “If such a situation has happened inside our nation, then we dont have the right to demand Pakistan to hand over Dawood Ibrahim or Hafiz Saeed,” he added.
Famous Kannada and Tulu writer, Bola Chittaranjan Das Shetty said, “A patriotic person should be ready to give his life for the nation. This is when an unpatriotic person will be scared to shout any anti-national slogans.”
Prof. MB Puranik said, “When I was a NCC officer, I was the senior of a camp in NIC. Some cadets from JNU reported three days later and that too without proper uniform or haircut. I realized then and there that the university bred anti-national and anti-social elements. Students are a privileged group, but they should be patriotic and should know what they are supposed to give the nation. Don’t ask what the nation has given you, instead ask what you have given the nation.”
VHP handed over some relief amount to Asha SM the wife of Siachen Braveheart, Sub. Nagesh TT. Asha said, “As my family fought for the nation, all others should also fight for the nation. We should motivate our children to take up a career in the armed forces. I wish good health to all those who serve in the 19th Madras Battalion.”
Nupur Sharma speaking on the occasion said, “I am appalled that the fourth pillar of democracy, the media is in favour of the anti-national elements. The protestors at JNU were shouting out slogans in support of terrorist Afzal Guru and calling the Supreme Court as a culprit. Afzal Guru was given ‘privileged’ imprisonment for 12 years, after which his petition of clemency was forwarded to the President’s approval. This petition was rejected after a long wait of 6 years. Now the protestors at JNU are terming it as ‘judicial murder’.”
She further said that every year after Afzal Guru was hanged, a group of anti-national elements celebrated his day as martyr’s day. “The protestors on February 9 were shouting slogans that were pro-Pakistan. There are only a handful of terrorists and their sympathizers out of the billion Indians. Balkanisation and secession is illegal. Rahul Gandhi who went in their support has forgotten that Afzal Guru’s fate was decided during the Congress rule.”
“In India, love for the country and patriotism have become trivial issues. The Congress Party which champions the freedom of speech has forgotten that they have used the article 66A of the IT act which limits freedom of speech on several occasions. Congress should apologise for their support towards these anti-national elements,” she said.
Dr Bharat Shetty, Sunil Achar, Kishore D Shetty and others were also present.