Extra Tolerance Required For Dealing with College students Than Others
It hasn’t taken long for the ill-effects of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) aggressive espousal of the nationalist trigger to be felt outdoors its areas of affect. (Learn: Asansol North to witness three-cornered struggle, BJP has edge)
India is simply too huge and numerous a country – it comprises 4,635 communities, as Vice President Hamid Ansari reminded us – for one slogan to be chanted with equal fervour by all.
Quite the opposite, an insistence on using the slogan to test a person’s loyalty can provoke an hostile response, particularly by youths – who’re naturally rebellious.
This is precisely what has occurred on the National Institute of Expertise (NIT) in Srinagar where India’s defeat by the West Indies within the T20 cricket World Cup was hailed by the Kashmiri college students.
It’s not unimaginable that at the again of their minds was the occasional harassment experienced by Kashmiri college students elsewhere in India and their resultant insecurity.
For instance, four Kashmiri students have been overwhelmed up in Mewar. Rajasthan, in March following allegations that they have been cookng beef.
In Could, three Kashmiri students had been pressured to say “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and shout anti-Pakistan slogans in Noida close to Delhi.
There have been other such incidents elsewhere within the country which undoubtedly fuelled resentment in the Srinagar institution.
Since two wrongs don’t make a right, the egregious, even traitorous, behaviour of those who celebrated India’s defeat deserves to be roundly condemned. It is also understandable why the grossly offensive conduct provoked the non-Kashmiri college students, resulting in a battle of nationalistic shows with the latter elevating the tricolour.
The remaining is thought, including the rough therapy meted out to the non-Kashmiri college students by the native police. Consequently, the central paramilitary forces have had to be deployed.
None of this may have happened if the Narendra Modi government did not come to the conclusion that it was time to examine the patriotism of all Indians.
Mercifully, the BJP’s mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has seen the danger in forcing folks to say “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and warned towards any such try.
But the BJP politicians and their sidekicks, desirous to show their nationalistic credentials, have misplaced no alternative to press forward with their provocations, with a godman threatening to behead those that refuse to say the slogan and a chief minister saying that such renegades haven’t any place within the nation.
It isn’t any secret that such chest-thumping nationalistic clamour has long been a part of the BJP’s techniques.
In the nineteen nineties, slogans like “Jai Shri Ram” and “garv se kaho hum Hindu hain” (say proudly I’m a Hindu) were the touchstones of a person’s loyalty. Now, it is “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
It is not the slogans per se which are resented, but the assertion by politicians and their rowdy supporters that a refusal to say them can have dire penalties.
Such intimidation was seen in Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNU) and Hyderabad Central University (HCU) towards the restive students who do not subscribe to the Hindutva worldview.
However the persevering with unrest in HCU and the eye skeleton bone t shirts attracted by the Left-leaning scholar leaders of JNU have shown that top-handed ways do not work.
In NIT, such an approach might be even more unworkable as a result of the reason why India’s defeat was cheered by the locals might be understood if not supported by a majority of people outside the campus.
It’s worthwhile pondering why the federal government has been chary of booking the “guilty” college students underneath the colonial-era sedition regulation, which it’s so keen to make use of towards all those that rouse its ire.
If the legislation could possibly be used in opposition to JNU pupil leader Kanhaiya Kumar, although he did not personally call for India’s barbadi (destruction) at a rally, certainly those that welcomed India’s defeat should even be booked.
If the Modi government has shied away from doing so, the reason isn’t only its ties with the Kashmir-based Peoples Democratic Entrance (PDP) with which the BJP shares energy within the state, but in addition as a result of it’s slowly realizing – because the RSS has already finished – that imposing a model of nationalism of its alternative is just about not possible in a multi-cultural country.
The BJP has another problem. The party seems to have no idea about coping with the younger era who do not belong to the saffron outfit, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).