This Land is Your Land: 8 Things Every JNU-Hater Should Know

Saib Bilaval

Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban are the Malalas of JNU, Not the Afzal Gurus.

1. The Army

The JNU students stand for OROP. Why don’t the so-called caretakers of patriotism? If you’re so concerned about our troops, why not ask your ‘patriotic’ government to let them unionize? I know WE believe in it. Stop helping an authoritarian regime talk from the officer’s armchair to justify the pathetic conditions of jawans and blame it on “anti-nationals”. The only dignity the ordinary jawan receives in his life for his service to the nation is in death, when he is wrapped in the national flag and given one final salute. We say, honor your jawans when they’re alive, too. The problem is, I don’t think you have the guts to face the truth.

2. The Media

Do you realize how cost effective it is for the mainstream media to keep covering the JNU case all day and night, with their OB vans parked in and around campus all day? It’s not just the TRPs, the channels save a lot of money by reporting, replaying and exaggerating urban stories. Dadri and Malda both have been easily forgotten.

3.Taxpayer Money and Education

You probably squabble about reservation as well. Guess what – the students of JNU are distinguished in their support, agitation and advocacy for expansion of public education – while you argue over who gets how much of who’s rightful share. If there were enough schools and colleges – you wouldn’t be whining about reservation and everyone would have a level playing field in terms of merit, reducing the need for reservation to prevented caste based-discrimination, rather than cushioning socio-economic backwardness. I wonder if the IIT, IIM and NLU students do that very often. They don’t, for two reasons – their aspirations often lie in placements at high-paying private sector jobs, and there are no unions there!

4. Climate Change and Taxpayer Money

Our Prime Minister doesn’t believe in climate change, as he told schoolchildren in an interaction at Manekshaw Centre, as well as on an occasion in Tokyo and yet he, along with other representatives went to sign the recent Paris pact on global emissions. And yet we have an Environment ministry and a minister, all funded by taxpayer money, and a skeleton of a “Swachh Bharat” campaign that is all show and no work. Fortunately, every JNU student believes in climate change, though I cannot say the same for every member of the ruling party, given their usual spiritual inclinations.

5. Campus Politics

So there’s a problem with some sloganeering in the most peaceful election-holding campus in the country, but there’s nothing wrong with the daily violence waged by the ABVP in just about every campus in the country? Really? Just ask DU, or Rajasthan University.

6. Debates

JNU is all about students arguing and disagreeing with each other. Every JNUite knows that the scenario of students ‘collectively conspiring’ against the Indian state is unimaginable, when the students of any hostel in JNU can’t even come to a consensus on what food will be served on Cultural Night! Take a look at the history of the Left in India or in JNU – it’s marked by internal squabbling and organizational fragmentation – it’s in their blood. Even the ABVP has to open their mouth and debate to get votes for once, rather than through money and muscle – with mostly hilarious results!

7. Pakistan

And while you’re at it, please explain to me how you reconcile leftism and Pakistan please. There is absolutely no reason why any leftist in his/her honest mind would see Pakistan as an ideal state or model to emulate. Poverty, corruption, lack of human rights, inequality, religious bigotry and militarism are some of the admirable reasons why no mentally stable person would want to join Pakistan or its ways. Since we’re in the middle of my lesson, let me also tell you that azaadi and Pakistan aren’t the same thing to Kashmiris.

8. Our Brothers

Among the student community, Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya are seen as the Malala Yousafzais of JNU, not as Afzal Gurus of campus. These three may not be heroes to all of us, but they are seen as unnecessary victims by all, their right to speech and dissent crushed. Their versions of Indian history and politics are among the standard versions commonly held among JNU students, because here, we have academic freedom, endless debates and the passion to objectively question. JNU is the democratic space your leaders tell you that you all have, while in reality, it is one of the few remaining academic centres with a healthy amount of democracy, and they want your help in crushing it – while you live in an era of obedient media, manufactured consent and exercise of power fast becoming authoritarian.

Conclusion

However, you are still free to justify a certified witchhunt, in order to sidestep the cries of the hungry, wretched, destitute masses, to avoid the plight of the lower castes, farmer in debt, overworked and underpaid workers, rising mob rule, lack of public accountability, political scapegoating, and a languishing economy unable to supply, feed or employ our growing population. You are, in fact, blindly following the narrative of an “anti-national” university, which (despite the budget session, Rohith Vemula’s death, and the wave of destruction that was the Jat agitation) is just about the only thing the government seems to have answers on. Congratulations.

The author is a research scholar in Modern and Contemporary History at Centre For Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

 

 

 

  • Ayushi Nayak

    I really don’t understand the need for an ableist jibe in making your point.

  • guest

    how about using an indian song—‘Hum bulbulain hain iski, yeh gulsitan hamara, hamara.. sare jahan se achcha…’

  • guest

    Among the student community, Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya are seen as the Malala Yousafzais of JNU, not as Afzal Gurus of campus

    Yes, but they were defending the ‘Afzals’…..But Malala Yousafzais, of India live on every campus and they do their work, sometimes silently sometimes volunteering and do not need to get into media to get this attention, and think they need to kill India….change–slow and steady–works well in well functioning democracies like India..

  • guest

    If there were enough schools and colleges – you wouldn’t be whining about reservation and everyone would have a level playing field in terms of merit, r
    YOU are the one whining. Check out the US budget and how much goes to education and how much to ‘arms’. And try getting even a two year associate degree there, you pay through you nose.

    Not everyone is college material. I can say that from first hand experience. Some people serve humanity better after going to a vocational college. That should be taught at schools. A focus on old education system where people chose professions according to their nature, and mental abilities is to be followed. Not this mindless entering of college and if the propensity is not towards anything, then become a ‘critical thinker, like marx, who kills all that is good about the country and constantly whines about power and inequality’ never mentioning, ‘the inequality in the abilities that student is born with.’ Those inequalities are inherent in nature. they exist everywhere. all over the world.

    educing the need for reservation to prevented caste based-discrimination, rather than cushioning socio-economic backwardness. I wonder if the IIT, IIM and NLU students do that very often. They don’t, for two reasons – their aspirations often lie in placements at high-paying private sector jobs, and there are no unions there!

    OOh, coming back to unions….may be the IITs and IIMs come from those middle class parents where both parents worked hard to put them through schools and sat with them till late during their exams. Do you think the IITs and IIMs get there without any effort? and also, if they spend money they aspire to work at high paying jobs…it is just natural.

    Sort of on the same lines as reservations are demanded, ‘we were not given our fair share, so we should have reservations, even when we cannot prove ourselves via merit.’

  • Thaen Tamil

    Caste was a Sacred Institution, the creation of caste was based on the profession. Unfortunately it’s been Used for Discrimination now. Caste was used as an Institution in Ancient times to transfer knowledge and technology from one generation to the next generation for a particular profession. whether its Tamilnadu, kerala, karnataka, Andhra, Gujarat, up, mp, bihar.. any state Castes were based on profession. the Hierarchy in caste system was created by Muslim & christian Invaders for them to survive in the subcontinent. in Tamil we say Every profession is a Noble profession. every tribe had farmers caste, carpenter caste, maruthuvar( medico), business, etc.. every village in India was self sustainable. thats why Gandhi said India lives in Villages not in Cities.. Every profession were suppose to serve the humanity. Today every profession is based on Western concept and their education system. Gandhi fought for swadeshi today India is the largest country in the world producing slaves for the western countries. Today we are fighting for reservation and quato for the profession where they can make good money. I think its time for India to rediscover itself. Gandhi dream of swadeshi has to be started from education. Every year just Tamilnadu is producing 2.5 lakhs Engineering graduates, hardly 10% of them get Jobs. whats the future of the rest ? where are we heading hope every Indian thinks of it. Everyone needs money to pay the bills and run the family. Communism always lead to anarchy and destruction of the order in the Society. AAP, CPM & CPI policy will lead to Destroying the future of youths.

  • gk

    Kanhaiya kumar is sitting in JNU for more than a decade studying “Africa” not “Agartala”. What kind of qualification does he have to be leader of students ? So don’t give tax payers this “I am a student therefore I am untouchable”. Democracy is for every adult, students are not special and should not be taken as a relevant group. In fact, they are inexperienced new entrants to the political privileges of adulthood, so first job is to watch and learn and not pontificate as if you are the second coming of some prophet.
    Azaadi for Kashmir really ? Nice try bashing Pakistan and calling for Azad Kashmir. We did not fail to see the irony though. Who are the majority in Kashmir, the same type who are waving ISIS flags, who ethnically cleansed the valley of Hindus, who do not believe in human rights, religious rights, civil rights, who ban movies, music, oppress the women. You really are worried about some army men allegedly raping Kashmiri women. Are you saying only the Kashmiri men are allowed to do that ? Are you sure Kashmiri men are not raping/oppressing/killing Kashmiri women. Shouldn’t we pack them off also along with the army.
    This is the age of the Internet, so the communist doublespeak/propaganda will be ripped to pieces in minutes. I don’t think science/objectivity/logic are the forte of JNU commies. They absurdly mistake subjective consensus of a group as objectivity.