Is this Freedom of speech in JNU

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-Divyarth Bansal

I have always believed that the education is the key to a better society hence, the premier education institutes of this great nation are the places where its future is grooming. But the recent events at JNU made me question my own thought process. A bunch of “chosen one’s” who were taken as those few who would represent India abroad through various diplomatic service were protesting against Afzal guru’s hanging and what was even more shocking were the anti-national slogans which they were shouting at the top of their lungs. Imagine what would have happened if students in an American university were celebrating and hailing Osama bin laden. Is this Freedom of speech?

Now, I am not against someone forming or expressing an opinion or somebody’s freedom of speech. What I really can’t withstand is, the same people then questioning a constitutional judgment.

JNU is considered as the model for universities across India. It has one of the best student-teacher ratio (1:15) just to ensure this country produces fine academicians and diplomats all of which is funded by taxpayers’ money. The growing rogue mentality at such an institute is extremely depressing.

Where, on one hand, our soldiers have been putting their lives on the line to keep us safe, the pseudo-intellectuals of our country, on the other, are busy protesting and fighting for a man. Who was involved in the attack of the parliament – the temple of a constitution? The same constitution these pseudo-intellectual pandits enrolled to study and preach.

All the events happening in the current scenario are quite disheartening and need to be sorted as soon as possible, whether it is the Black Suited people assaulting journalists or the imprisonment of the JNU President.

In the early 1970s, when JNU opened its doors to teachers and students, frontier disciplines and new perspectives on old disciplines were brought to the Indian university system. The excellent teacher-student ratio at 1:10, a mode of instruction which encouraged students to explore their own creativity instead of reproducing received knowledge, and an exclusively internal evaluation were a new experiment on the Indian academic landscape; these have stood the test of time. The objectives embedded in the founding of the University, national integration, social justice, secularism, the democratic way of life, international understanding and scientific approach to the problems of society had built into it constant and energetic endeavour to renew knowledge through self-questioning.

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