Ramjas College row:
Hypocrisy of Media, Azadi brigade and its open, covert, backers
By Ram Prasad Tripathy
Till today, the 27X7 Media’s anti India rant continues like a blockbuster for the Ramjas College row and Hypocrisy of Media continues like the previous time they did in JNU episode. First they made a hero out of zero, Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar, then, Khalid and now Gurmehar. Bollywood should learn from these entire episodes as how to made a hero out of a zero and how anti India rant is turned into heroism. Now this is not a new phenomenon.
Why protest is going on in Educational Institutes since May 2014, is the Big question now? Leftists first did in IIT Madras (Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle), then Rohit Venula in CU Hyderabad, then FTII, Pune, then JNU, New Delhi, then Yadavpur University, West Bengal and now in DU. These protests undoubtedly going on with the open support of 24X7 Media. And one thing is also clear that these protests will not stop till 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Pseudo-secularists, who are now also pseudo-nationalists, are unwilling to address the primary issue and don’t seek punishment for those who mock the Constitution and the country’s unity and integrity. After the Ramjas College row in Delhi University by the same Azadi brigade and its open, covert, backers, now necessity arises for a fresh look at Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code dealing with sedition, but till the rectification, one must not allow this academic debate on the validity of such a provision to cloud the core issue that is before us, namely, the shameful assault on our Constitution and the challenge posed to India’s unity and integrity by a bunch of anti-Indian, anti- national students confined at the JNU in New Delhi and in some other universities of the country.
The hypocrisy of 24X7 Media in India once again exposed, when Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju wondered who was “polluting” the mind of a Delhi University student whose campaign on social media against the ABVP over the Ramjas College violence has gone viral. The media tried its best to project that whatever happened it is only for Modi government at the centre.
Notable, Gurmehar Kaur, a supporter of the Extreme Left wing Students Association and daughter of an army officer claimed to be killed in the Kargil war, launched a social media campaign against the ABVP after last week’s violence in Ramjas College in Delhi University. Kaur posted a photo on social media, holding a placard saying: “I am a student of Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me” with the hashtag #studentsagainstabvp.
In response to Kaur’s campaign, the Minister of State for Home said, “Who’s polluting this young girl’s mind?” The Minister added in the same tweet: “A strong Arm Force prevents a war. India never attacked anyone but a weak India was always invaded.”
Immediately the supporters of Azadi brigade like 24X7 Azadi Media and political parties like Congress, Left and the AAP took on the Minister, and called ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ‘patriarchal’. “When a woman thinks independently “it might be against India”, they believe patriarchal BJP, thinks her mind is polluted.
Remember the slogans of previous year in JNU, exact like that, one of the posters that Kaur posted on social media few days ago read, “Pakistan did not kill my Dad, war did.” However, celebrities, host of social media users and persona like Cricketer Virendra Sehwag took a dig at this and tweeted a picture saying: “I did not score two triple centuries, my bat did.” However, this story was entirely confused and Indian media expressed serious doubts; whether Kaur’s father really die fighting in Kargil war?
Now exposing the evil design of Gurmehar Kaur, the Social media exposed her true story. As per Social media posts, Gurmehar Kaur in alliance with Aam Admi Party (AAP) planted the entire story to create tension and unrest in Delhi University campus. Now we can imagine how low and to what extent a political party in power in the national capital can go to defame a government at the centre.
Noteworthy, the entire Ramjas College episode started when clashes took place at the college on February 22 after the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members forced the cancellation of a seminar to be addressed by non other then Umar Khalid, who was jailed last year on sedition charges for shouting anti-Indian slogans in JNU campus .
Reacting on the issue DUSU President Amit Tanwar said that they raised slogans objecting the presence of Umar Khalid, who is an anti-indian on campus but the protest was not violent. “We were against invitation to anti-nationals for addressing a seminar and we shouted slogans demanding that the event be cancelled. However, there was no violence and it was a peaceful protest,” he said.
Who is Umar Khalid?
Umar Khalid was among the students charged with sedition in connection with an event at JNU last year where anti-national slogans were raised. Khalid was jailed last year along with Kanhaiya and others on sedition charges for shouting anti-national slogans and slogans to get Azadi from India.
- Umar Khalid, the JNU student believed to have organised an event to protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on February 9, 2016.
- According to some media reports, it was this event where anti-India slogans were raised based on which sedition charges were slapped on 9 students, including Umar, JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar and others.
- Umar Khalid is a student of PhD in JNU’s Centre for Historical Studies. (The centre where only and only radical naxal or Left supporters can get a seat.) It was him who conceived the idea of a cultural evening to commemorate Afzal Guru’s death anniversary.
- Intelligence reports suggest the group wanted to hold such events in 18 universities in the country. The name of the cultural event he organised was titled ‘A Country without a Post Office’.
- The 28-year-old resigned from the post of Democratic Student’s Union (DSU) leader in November 2015.
- He is the son of Syed Qasim Ilyas, who was once the leader of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), a dreaded terrorist organisation, and was banned in 2001.
- The JNU student is a communist and self-proclaimed atheist – not an Islamist – according to his friends at JNU.
Freedom of expression and behavior of Left-wing students in the past
Leftists are known to be the most intolerant of dissent. While various communist groups and regimes in the world have been responsible for millions of deaths, leftist activists have been responsible for creating an atmosphere of intolerance and fear at educational institutions, especially in India.
This ugly face of the left was seen at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi again when students belonging to various left outfits forced the university administration to drop the name of a participant because he had ‘a BJP connection’.
Dr. Arvind Gupta, who led Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and BJP’s digital campaign in 2014, was invited as a speaker for the second phase of “Digital Financial Literacy Campaign” that the university has undertaken. He was slated to speak on the occassion. Mr. Gupta was invited in capacity of founder-member of “Digital India Foundation”, which is a non-profit trust and think-tank ‘aiming to foster digital inclusion and adoption, and the use of the Internet and related technologies for the developmental processes. He has mentored many start-ups and has been a guest speaker earlier at various business schools and CXO events.
However, for the leftist students of JNU, only his association with the BJP mattered. They started protesting against this invitation. To hide their intolerance, the leftists students claimed that Arvind Gupta had orchestrated online attacks on political opponents as part of BJP’s digital campaign.
This was not the first incidence left-wing JNU students have shown intolerance and banned people from the campus. In December 2015, they tried to ban Baba Ramdev’s entry on the campus. Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri too had to face protests when he tried to showcase his movie Buddha In A Traffic Jam at JNU.
How Media tried to hide the Left’s violence in Ramjas College incident?
On 22nd February, the students of Ramjas College, protested and forced the College in DU to withdraw its invitation to Umar Khalid who has been accused of shouting anti-national slogans at JNU last February. Also to cement his supposed anti-national credentials, after the death of terrorist Burhan Wani; Khalid had put out a Facebook post openly supporting him. This invitation episode though wasn’t without incident and violence seemed to have erupted between the leftist AISA (All India student’s association) and ABVP. The media though almost predictably was quick to paint the ABVP as the main barbaric aggressor and the Left as the unfortunate victims.
But now thanks to Social Media, details have started to emerge of how the media conveniently ignored the various acts of violence the Left committed.