A communist students’ union of the JNU raises the slogan, “Bharat ki barbaadi tak jung rahegi jaari” (our battle will continue till India is destroyed). Another screams, “Bharat, tere tukde honge—Insha’Allah, Insha’Allah” (India, you will be broken to pieces—God willing, God willing). And we are debating whether this is or isn’t anti-national! There cannot be a better example to demonstrate how shameless commentators who dominate the political discourse of the country have become over the ages. This turn of events is nothing new. The leftist unions of JNU have been pampering and conniving with secessionist elements for decades together. When some alumni of the university try to point at the genesis of the problem, the anchor shuts him up by outshouting them. Times Now’s Arnab Goswami would have us believe that communism-socialism and anti-nationalism are chalk and cheese! He is advised to go through old tweets of Kamal Mitra Chenoy where the then CPI man is seen brazenly supporting the ill-founded cause of Kashmir’s aazaadi (independence). If the media were sincere, journalists would also investigate how, after leaving the campus, these communist students not only do everything their ideology looked down upon while in college — like pursuing careers in administrative services and seeking jobs in a “capitalist” United States — but also make their bases in different countries in the West by establishing anti-Indian and disruptive NGOs, supported behind-the-doors by covert agencies of those countries that are wary of emerging economies in the international market. If NewsX could access intelligence reports linking some communist unions of the JNU to terror outfits based in Pakistan, why couldn’t the newspapers? Or, by taking mutually conflicting stands, are Times Now and The Times of India playing good-cop-bad-cop?
A bigger hypocrite in this entire exercise is the neta whose messengers these media houses seek to be. A charlatan Rahul Gandhi, grandson of Indira Gandhi who imposed Emergency on the country, now speaks for freedom of speech! And the bedfellows of the Congress during Emergency, the CPI and CPM, join the chorus to side with the insurgents who hold sway in the premises of JNU. The communists, killers of many a land owner in Bengal in the late 1970s and of RSS pracharaks and swayamsevaks in Kerala, are now preaching tolerance, led by CPM’s Sitaram Yechury and CPI’s D Raja! Mind you, these so-called moderates provide a breeding ground for the more rabid outfits like CPI-ML, a closeted Maoist party, whose student wing AISA is. In any model of extremism, there is always an incentive to turn shriller. Just as Pakistanis with terror inclinations are moving from the LeT to the Islamic State (aka Daesh), it is tempting for a JNU student with a communist bent-of-mind to move from the SFI to AISA. Then, AISF, DSU, DSF et al compete for the space, and many gullible, young onlookers within the varsity premises might well get this impression in the process that being anti-national is “cool”. The more over-the-top you go, the better!
This is the right opportunity for all right-thinking people of the country to call the leftist bluff. Alas, the right wing, which is older than the RSS established in 1925, if one counts in the poetry of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, and even older than the creator of Vandemataram if one counted all the Hindus who resisted Muslim invasion, has still not learnt the tricks of politics. It was foolish of some in the right wing to assault some communist student leaders and even journalists on camera. Now they say they were provoked first. But if a little-known CPI cadre pinned to the ground could be filmed, why couldn’t the provocation? Who does not own a camera phone these days? After all, the evidence that Delhi Police has gathered against JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar & Co is largely based on footage captured by students in the campus. In politics, your success does not depend so much on how loud your fellows cheer you as it does on how many fence sitters you could convert. The undecided gentry, which is more populous, has a tendency to get drawn to the side of the “victim” in the imagery. Remember, Mamata Banerjee was a nobody in Bengal unless Doordarshan and Anandabazar Patrika cameramen caught CPM goons on camera hitting repeatedly on her head with iron rods.