Deciphering The Slogans Raised In JNU And The Real Intent Of Kanahaiya

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Deciphering The Slogans Raised In JNU And The Real Intent Of Kanahaiya


EDITOR'S PICK / From the pen of Jitendra Varma   /   Feb 20, 2016

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Tukde tukde of India, India Murdabad, Pakistan Jindabad, har ghar mein Afzal hoga; there were slogans galore in JNU. Let us decipher them.  
 
 
Assuming that the students of JNU wanted to think out of the box for once to let the nation not go back to its slumber 
 
 
Assuming that the boys were speaking the truth at the JNU
 
 
Assuming that the State has lost respect in the eyes of the students who have been constantly seeing the exploitation of the resources, of the people & their emotion.
 
 
Assuming that the 68 years of utter failure of the political leaders was a slap on the face of the nation which has placed all its trust in the hands of them.
 
 
Assuming that what is being given out as dole to the under-privileged is a bigger slap on people like Rohit and Kanhaiya. 
 
 
A simple question: if something sinister and seditious was to be planned and executed why the students were to do the same in public glare and before the media. Why they could not have done like Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad in pre-independence days, clandestinely and without letting anyone know about it.  They wanted to ignite the mind of the mass of Indians to actually what was happening in the country and to question its representatives as to what is being done.
 
 
The country has given 68 long years to its leaders to make it one. Now making India one political entity was Patel’s work. And he did it well. So what did he left undone; assimilation of the entire nation into one entity. To remove the different nations so distinctly present in the superficial one nation of India; The castes, the religions, the class, the race, the region. Instead of forging a wonderful State made of the strength of all in it, the leaders formed a community of their own and failed the nation at all levels. This abject failure  of our leadership, the falsity of all of them claiming that they have done wonders for India without a single thing visible on the ground, their failure to assimilate all in the nation building was the ‘tukde’ being spoken by the students of this university. They could see that the country is breaking apart at its multiple fault-lines and there is no leader as a statesman who could forge it together.  
 
 
The assumption that enough was done for the assimilation is another day dream which needed shattering. The reservation was an exercise to even the odds of being an SC, ST, Dalit or the like in India. It was a blanket measure to consolidate the votes on the pretext of the reservation. It was assumed all who were given reservation aspired only for a job and only thing government could do was reservation. It conveniently forgot that there would be thinkers in these downtrodden communities who would seek dignity, equality in true sense and assimilation in an egalitarian society. Reminded of their daily quota of indignity and worthlessness as a reserved human being, was enough to break any thinker. It broke Rohith and is breaking millions like Kanahiya.  So it was a call in desperation which conveniently heard by all the leaders as their stepping stone to power in next elections.   
 
 
Afzal Guru is no more a terrorist for them. He is the rallying point, a clarion call. Without Afzal this entire speech would have died its own death just as Rohith death has become a passé. So something which catches fire not only in the students but also in the almost dead society of Indians who, even if they champion the cause of the Bharat mata, would at least wake up from their stupor and think of what is going on in the name of governance. 
 
 
Thanks JNU for opening a dialogue, however acrimonious it may be, to look at our world again. 
 
 
 
(image courtesy: http://goo.gl/Jhh5DP)
 

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