India caught between its remakers and breakers – Anirban Ganguly

Dr Anirban Ganguly“The struggle today is between those who wish to “remake a nation” in a new light, inspired by a new civilisational strength and those who wish to break it apart and decimate it.” – Dr Anirban Ganguly

It was not surprising to see a bunch of Communist leaders rush to support and speak in favour of a group of students in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, who sloganeered and took out processions advocating secessionism and separatism in India, and the overall destruction of India herself. It was a day of mourning, the day Members of Parliament such as Sitaram Yechury, D. Raja and Rahul Gandhi rushed to defend students who were eulogising a terrorist who had actively carried out an attack on Parliament in 2001.

The Congress has not adequately answered the question repeatedly posed by BJP president Amit Shah as to how their vice-president could wade into and express solidarity with a movement whose core objective is to promote the vivisection of India. Nor has comrade D. Raja explained to the nation how his daughter came to be part of this group of sloganeers who were demanding freedom for Kashmir through the power and force of the gun.

Subterfuge has always been the standard policy for Communists in India. Ever since Independence, they have desperately tried to wrack apart the fabric of India through conflict and subversion. Even in their participation in the parliamentary system, the objective of the Communists has been to try and wreck the system from within. While one chunk of their co-partners, the ultra-Leftists—represented by Maoists and Naxals—continue to advocate armed struggle against India, the Communists continue to try and side with forces and elements that are inimical to India’s national interest and seek to destabilise and break her apart.

The combination of urban and rural Naxalism and Maoism, and their coalition with jihadists and Communists is indeed a nefarious network which is seeking to continuously hack at the civilisational idea of India. For them, multiplicity, freedom, free thought and democracy are just claptraps to be used and discarded in order to bring about their “liberated zones”. The recent episode in the prestigious JNU is the expressions of that alliance. The larger struggle is the preservation of the actual civilisational idea of India from these intellectual marauders of a false ideology.

Sri AurobindoMuch is also being talked about nationalism these days. A certain MP from West Bengal quoted Sri Aurobindo out of context, trying to articulate his views on nationalism, which, however, is de rigueur these days. One would do well, instead, to look at Sri Aurobindo’s articulation of a new vision of nationalism when he wrote that it “over-leaps every barrier; it calls to the clerk at his counter, the trader in his shop, the peasant at his plough; it summons the Brahmin from his temple and takes the Chandala in his degradation; it seeks out the student in his college, the schoolboy at his books, it touches the very child in its mother’s arms; and the secluded zenana has thrilled to its voice; its eye searches the jungle for the Santal and travels the hills for the wild tribes of the mountains…. It cries to all to come forth, to help in God’s work and remake a nation, each with what his creed or his culture, his strength, his manhood or his genius can give to the new nationality. The only qualification it asks for is a body made in the womb of an Indian mother, a heart that can feel for India, a brain that can think and plan her greatness, a tongue that can adore her name or hands that can fight in her quarrel.”

The struggle today is between those who wish to “remake a nation” in a new light, inspired by a new civilisational strength and those who wish to break it apart and decimate it.- The New Indian Express, 13 March 2016

» Anirban Ganguly is Director, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi. Follow him on Twitter @anirbanganguly

Abdul Kalam

2 Responses

  1. hope they follow what they recommend. they are not students but politicians.

  2. JNU-row

    JNU Row: Kanhaiya, 4 others should be rusticated, recommends top university panel – Manash Pratim Gohain – TNN – Times of India – New Delhi – Mar 14, 2016

    NEW DELHI: The high level inquiry committee set up by Jawaharlal Nehru University has recommended the expulsion of five students, including JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar who is out on interim bail, and PhD scholars Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, currently in judicial custody on sedition charges, top university sources said.

    The committee was set up to probe the February 9 event on campus where anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

    Four other students are likely to face suspension and a few others are to be let off with a fine. In all, 21 students are likely to get show-cause notice as to why action should not be initiated against them.

    JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar has appraised the dean’s committee of the summary of the report and recommendations, which found these students guilty of violating the university’s rules and norms.

    According to sources present at the deans’ committee meeting, five students are to face rustication, “which means they will be asked to leave the campus and discontinue their studies. Four other students are to face suspension and could also be asked to leave their hostel.”

    The final decision on the quantum of punishment will be taken by the VC and chief proctor A Dimri after a scrutiny of the suggestions as well as the replies to the show-cause notices, the sources added.

    The high level enquiry committee submitted its report on March 11, after two extensions (February 26 and March 3). Following the February 9 protest event against Afzal Guru’s hanging, the vice-chancellor had set up a proctorial enquiry on February 10 and then replaced it with the high level committee on February 11.

    In its interim report, the committee recommended debarring of eight students from all academic activities but allowed them to stay in hostels as guests.

    On Monday, the university said the committee had unanimously found some students to have violated the university’s rules. “There are standard provisions in the university rules to take action in such cases. The high level inquiry committee recommendations are based on the rules of discipline and proper conduct of JNU,” the varsity said.

    The VC, after appraising the dean’s committee of the committee’s recommendations, said, “The office of the chief proctor would take further action by issuing show cause notices to the students who have been found violating the rules and norms of the university.”

    Questions have been raised on the committee right from the beginning of the inquiry, with left-wing student’s groups and teachers slamming the university administration for debarring the students from academic activities even before the report came out.

    JNUSU vice president Shehla Rashid Shora on March 11, the day when the report was submitted, said they would not accept “whatever the report says as the committee has not worked in a transparent manner”.

    The students under scanner also decided not to depose before the committee and therefore this report has been prepared without hearing the defence of the 21 students. According to sources in the JNU administration, the students will be given three days to reply to the show cause notice as to why no action should be taken against them.

    JNUSU joint secretary Saurabh Sharma, who belongs to the BJP-aligned ABVP, said the university should release the report in public domain and added that no leniency should be showed on the guilty.

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