Not just JNU but free thinking also under attack: Prashant Bhushan

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Eminent lawyer and Swaraj Abhiyan leader Prashant Bhushan on Monday said not only Jawaharlal Nehru University and its students’ union, but its thoughts and traditions were under attack.

“JNU is a place where debates can place on any topics. And this is a sign of democracy. Every topic is discussed here peacefully and honestly. Today, there is an attack on it,” Bhushan said addressing agitating students and teachers in front of the admin block of the campus.

“It’s not just an attack on the university but on its thoughts, on its traditions, on this mentality which says that in any democracy people have a right to think, discuss and debate on every topic,” he said.

Bhushan said people were increasingly being booked for sedition.

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“It is being seen that those who oppose government plans and policies are booked under sedition charges,” he said.

On Afzal Guru, Bhushan said: “The Supreme Court decided that Afzal Guru was guilty. But everyone has the right to discuss if the decision (on Guru) was right or wrong.”

He also condemned the attack on journalists and JNU teachers at Patiala House Court.

“The assault on JNU has made it clear that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the entire top brass of the BJP is involved,” he said.

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