Media divided over JNU unrest

New Delhi, Mar. 14 (ANI): The periodical ‘Views on News’ feels that the media was divided over the recent Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) episode, which broke on March 9 over the raising of ‘anti-national’ slogans in the varsity campus followed by the arrest of students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition.

The February 9 meeting was held to mark the third anniversary of the execution of 2001 Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru.

Some in the print media chose to look at the legal issues involved while some were critical of the BJP-led NDA Government’s handling of the situation. The electronic media, however, posed uncomfortable questions relating to Kanhaiya’s arrest while some attempted to give it the colour of national outrage.

The entire issue, which should be have been sorted out in the campus, was given a political colour by a few unwarranted elements, says Ajit Pillai, the author of the leading article..

The attacks on Kanhaiya and journalists covering the proceedings at the Patiala House Court complex by a group of lawyers, who accused the press of being soft towards ‘anti-nationals’, escalated the matter.

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union and the Left Parties who backed students group distanced themselves from those who indulged in anti-national activities. But the worst part was that instead of attempting to calm down the situation, the leaders of various political parties began the blame game. The government was accused of hyping the incident and using a section of the media to gain political mileage out of the incident. The ruling BJP at the Centre, however, made its stand clear and said that anti-national activities in the nation would not be tolerated. (ANI)

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