ABVP office-bearers at JNU quit to protest crackdown on students, teachers
New Delhi: As JNU students and ex-students get hounded up everywhere in Delhi and elsewhere and on the social media, three ABVP leaders have resigned sighting disagreement with the organization and pledging support to the student movement.
The Joint secretary of the ABVP JNU unit, Pradeep Narwal, president School of Social Sciences, Rahul Yadav and Ankit Hans, Secretary SSS ABVP unit have announced their resignation from the ABVP through an open letter on Facebook.
An original copy of the letter is going viral. The three have declared their resignation sighting differences with the organization and thus disassociating themselves from the future positions and actions of ABVP. The current fiasco of labelling the university anti-national is the first disagreement cited while the others are the Rohit Vemula incident and their official position on manusmriti.
They expressed dissatisfaction and regret at the way the NDA government was handling the issue and condemned the attack on the academia and media. They also said there is a difference between interrogation and crushing ideology in the context of Kanhaiya Kumar’s detention.
Slamming the media, namely Zee News, for creating the vicious atmosphere calling it biased and derogatory calling for its shutdown, they have also condemned the act of the BJP MLA, who they say legitimized the violence unleashed by right wing fascist forces. Further, they have asked for action against those who raised anti-national slogans on February 9 night and pleaded in strong terms to stop the witch hunt and generalization of the 8000-strong community of JNUites now being branded anti-nationals.
The day also witnessed a show of strength and solidarity by the students and teachers of JNU even as international academia, including the names as Noam Chomsky have come out in support of the university.
Professor Gopal Guru gave a lecture on nationalism on the steps of the administration block building saying that the nation has to choose between being an argumentative collective and an emotional collective. He said our nation has to be defined by dignity and the absence of humiliation and sovereignty over others which had lead Rohit Vemula to take his life.
This is at the same time when JNU students are being denied rented accommodations at Munirka village, a right leaning space where a large number of students reside due to inadequate hostel facilities on campus. Several students reported that the auto walas refuse to ply them calling them Pakistanis and several others were rounded up and manhandled outside the campus by unknown elements calling them anti-nationals. This has also ended up in a situation where hordes of students are fleeing the university due to fear of crackdown and violence.
A protest march from Mandi house to Jantar Mantar has been schduled for Thursday as a part of the ongoing struggle.