New Delhi, Feb. 21 (ANI): Expressing grave concern over the recent incidents at the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), some eminent citizens have made an earnest appeal to the people of this country and urged them not to get carried away by the planned conspiracy to divide the nation.
Several eminent citizens, including N. Gopalaswami, Subhash Kashyap, Bibek Debroy, P. Rajan Sajan Mishra, Chitra Mudgal, Girija Devi, Chhannulal Mishra and Pushpesh Pant, have in a letter expressed that they view the slogans being raised in favour of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru as a ‘planned conspiracy’.
“Raising anti-national slogans in the educational institution rattles our conscience. The slogans in favour of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru and division of India is highly condemnable. We consider this as a planned conspiracy. We feel that the people, who raised these slogans, are no less dangerous than terrorists like Maulana Masood Azhar,” the letter said.
“We welcome the dissent against ruling dispensation but these slogans can’t be accepted by any patriotic Indian,” they said.
They said that instead of taking precautionary steps, some people in the name of freedom of expression are unnecessarily attempting to give the entire episode a political colour.
“How can this be a freedom of expression when there is no devotion towards the nation? This creates hatred. Which eventually raises a question mark on the decision of the country’s apex court?” the letter said.
The intellectuals said some people are backing these sickening forces for their political gains, eventually forgetting the fact that the glorification of Afzal Guru is an insult to the country’s sovereignty, Supreme Court, the President and the Parliament.
“We are in favor of dialogue and debate but is there a debate required on topics like division of India and freedom of Kashmir. Does the hanging of Afzal Guru and the slogan of ‘India Go Back’ come under the periphery of disagreement?” they said.
The intellectuals opined that there can be differences in political opinions but one must love the nation.
“What kind of ideological freedom is this that the slogans which are being raised from the other side of the border and from the territories of the separatists echo in the educational institutions in Delhi and Jadavpur? It is extremely unfortunate that some insane people support such slogans,” they said.
The intellectuals further said that some anti-national forces are conspiring and deliberately indulging in such acts to provoke the people of this country.
“The people behind all these also know that the government would try and suppress them, which can be later termed as repression by the ruling dispensation or a situation worse than that of emergency,” they said.
The intellectuals also questioned the nationalistic ethics of such elements, who attempt to create an unwarranted scenario in the name of intolerance.
“Initially, there was an attempt to create a perception in the name of intolerance. And then a simulated atmosphere was created in the name of exploitation of the Dalit students. When all such attempts failed, then anti-national conspiracies took the centre stage in the name of freedom of expression,” they noted.
“We condemn this and appeal to the people of the country not to allow such forces to achieve success in their unwarranted motives,” they said. (ANI)