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Kanhaiya Kumar, others to appear for trial in sedition case today

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Kanhaiya Kumar accused in the sedition case

New Delhi: Former JNU Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and nine others chargesheeted in the 2016 JNU sedition case, will face prosecution in a Delhi Court, which has taken cognisance and summoned them to appear in Court on Monday 15 March.
The Delhi Police had received permission to prosecute them last year.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (Patiala House Courts) Dr Pankaj Sharma, earlier took cognisance of the chargesheet against Kumar, Syed Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya, Aquib Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain Gattoo, Muneeb Hussain Gattoo, Umar Gul, Rayees Rasool, Basharat Ali and Khalid Bashir Bhatt, and said the sanction to prosecute accused persons already has been filed by the Delhi Government’s Home Department on 27 February 2020. After careful perusal of the chargesheet and consideration of the material, all the accused persons have been summoned to face trial through the investigation officer on 15 March 2021.
The police have accused Kumar, along with others named as accused, of leading a procession and raising seditious slogans on the JNU campus on February 9, 2016, at a gathering organised to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
The accused face trial under Indian Penal Code Section 124A which covers sedition, Section 323 for voluntarily causing hurt, Section 465 for forgery, 471 for using as genuine a forged document or electronic record, Sections 143, 149 for being a member of an unlawful assembly, Section 147 for rioting and 120B for criminal conspiracy.

JNU beyond the key-hole: The total perspective

As National Convenor of Canada India Foundation, Aditya Jha (centre) has played an important role in deepening Canada India trade and other relations

Aditya Jha, a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) alumnus, has shared an article by his fellow JNU friend, Nalini Ranjan Mohanty that carries reflections of JNU – past and Present. While appreciating and admiring that Mohanty makes “sincere efforts” to write on issues that draws individuals like him to talk to him on phone and probe him further to learn and sometime try to convince him to see the other side that is not Left and Liberals, Jha underscores that in all Mohanty’s writing “Everything is bad with Modi and BJP” and it amounts to unwittingly glorifying the Left, Congress and the Congress type (Lalu, Maya, Mulayam, Mamata et al). Sometimes, Jha observes, he wonders how individuals like Mohanty forget 60 years of non-BJP rule and not remember the Communist rule of West Bengal and how opponents are treated in Kerala.

Writing in the spirit of what he (Mohanty) is saying in the attached article about the first decade and early 80s of JNU; Jha says, he wants to narrate one significant incidence that has left a tremendous positive impact on him.

We are reproducing Aditya Jha’s post from facebook:

‘I was elected in the JNUSU council as the first ABVP candidate in its history. A student council meeting was called as the news of Russian army march into Kabul was broken and the Afghan president was assassinated by the Russians upon arrival. The official line was that they came at the request of Afghan government. The SFI student leadership at JNU at that time wanted to pass a resolution congratulating Russians for helping Afghans (we all know as how bitterly Afghans fought Russians and how subsequently America got entangled). I was livid to see the blind support of Russians by SFI student leaders and wanted to put a resolution condemning Russia. But the technical glitch was that I didn’t have a Seconder to my resolution so it was denied to be put to vote (that would have deprived me to put my views to JNU students as even the defeated motions had to be published). I continued with my high pitch opinion and was not ready to stop and people were getting restless. But in a democratic tradition they did not stop me. One of the SFI lady councilors was getting very aggressive but D Raghunandan allowed me to continue speaking. Everyone was getting restless and there comes another SFI councilor to my rescue (Ashok Singh), who seconded my resolution and voted against it. That was something about JNU debate and dissent culture and the fact that I had so many friends from other student political groups with whom I would socialize.

I was constantly under verbal attack by SFI and way bit lesser by AISF. All of us were on talking terms nevertheless (in mess or at the dhaba or at some other get together). Politically active and partisan individuals had strong beliefs but it was loosely held to great extent. Debates were welcome and accepted and expected. My conclusion as why it was mostly civil environment then is one central fact that we were and could interact cutting across the brand affiliations.

The violence that was perpetrated last week in the JNU campus by masked individuals and day before in JNU server room is deplorable and the police should do a thorough investigation and the JNU administration should take strict actions on each of them irrespective of their party affiliations. Violence has no place in politics and JNU culture has never been supportive of it. Dissention and peaceful protests has to be tolerated. The opposition in India today is ready to gang up against BJP at any opportune time and it is their democratic right and needs to be countered peacefully and democratically.

I have known the top level national team of ABVP. I had the privilege of being part of the National Executive of ABVP when I was just 23 years old. I do still interact and have interactions with many important ones even in present times. I can tell you for sure that they won’t sit in the party office and plan such stupid act of going masked inside JNU campus. They are not so naive that won’t know that it is going to hurt them politically and it is also not right. I won’t completely rule out that some individuals or small group of over zealous and intolerant individuals wearing the badge of almost any party would perpetrate such criminal behaviour. Such political aberation/fault unfortunately may happen with any partisan party unless they are Naxal types whose politics is violence. It would be suicidal and inappropriate for any political group to try to shield them. When I see the tone and tenor of today’s discussions even from our time nice guys of non-BJP dispensation.. It is vitriolic bordering abusive and spewing hate. I believe the Left is finding it too difficult to digest that BJP is doing the similar leftist things of rewriting content what BJP believes and thinks is right/ controlling the various academic platforms/stacking like minded individuals in favour granting positions/joining cocktail circuit and and creating social visibility through newly found academic positions. Congress as party never cared about this aspect of elite academic craving, they just cared for political power and dynastic rule. And top it with BJP’s ultra activists, hot headed nationalists and biased liberal media anchors (that gets them visibility) have started to create a very bad brand for JNU in the mainstream India. Intellectuals like my fellow Nalini Ranjan Mohanty will never win majority voice… They are not the common minimum denominator in the democratic India. Instead of winning arm-chair debate, we have to think that why we are allowing to trash JNU brand. By slogan shouting and condemning BJP, it is not going to change. We need to draw BJP and RSS types in and then keep the pressure on through debate, discussion and more of interaction.

I am saddened that such an impressive Facebook group- the “First Decade JNUites” banned individuals who were talking things diametrically opposite and they definitely had a different point of view. We could and should have controlled the excessive behaviour but instead the Admin of the group flexed muscle and shut them out. Guess! How I would have felt and reacted if D Raghunandan not allowed me to speak in that JNUSU council meeting in 1980. He had the power and desire but he chose to value democratic tradition. Now I am in my older age, still engaged in my Technology Start-up struggle with offices in 9 countries. I have served on Canadian federal government boards, felicitated with highest honours including Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civilian honour). Have employees and partners in Muslim countries, have had Pakistani employees in Canada (by choice), donated to Muslim institutions and have set up endowments at three universities and two colleges to support 20 students every year in Canada, also with aboriginals in Canada, with Refugees in Nairobi and much more… But I would credit a lot for who I am and how I think to my days in JNU.

But if you ask me, am I in PM Modi camp and my answer would be yes. Is he the best… No. Is HE better than the REST…yes….. We should feel relieved and hopeful that India and many parts of the world are on the journey to find the BETTER. I am sure that in our lives, a better leadership and other political parties will/should come to rule. So Nalini! Criticize Modi but only your condemnation is not going to help. Say few words about hooliganism and terror in West Bengal and Kerala and rowdy and heavy political (use all the usual Marxist jargon like Facists, Human rights oppressor, enemy of Freedom of speech– all that sounds good but is nothing more than cliche) behaviour of the Left and bleeding hearts in JNU. We also need to find who else is at the receiving end of the nexus between left, extremists and destabilizing Islamists. On a lighter note, dread your days in Lalu’s Patna and pray–it was a non-BJP days of a socialist and SICKulars government.”

Finally, I have still kept the idea alive that we discussed…. that let us band together, ex-jnuites of 70s and 80s to do something different for the society than theorizing and criticizing. I will fund that initiative majorly.”

When Aditya Jha (centre) was inducted as Member of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest Civilian honor system, at the Governor General’s Rideau Hall ceremony in 2014

Aditya Jha, a JNU alumnus, is Serial Entrepreneur & Philanthropist (Education & Entrepreneurship). He is CEO & President at DGMarket International Inc and Chairman at POA Educational Foundation. He Lives in Toronto, Ontario

Students protesting against registration were the first to resort to violence and vandalism in the campus: JNU Registrar

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New Delhi: After Sunday’s orgy of violence, the JNU registrar has issued a press statement stating that the University administration strongly condemns any form of violence in the campus.

It is unfortunate that a group of students with their violent means of protests have been preventing thousands of non-agitating students from pursuing their academic activities, the University has said adding the JNU administration feels great pain and anguish for the students who have sustained injuries in this violence and the university adminitration will not tolerate any form of violence on the campus.

The violators of University rules who are trying to distrupt the peaceful academic atmosphere of the campus will not be spared, the University administration has said while making an appeal to all the stakeholders of the University to maintain peace in the campus and not to get provoked by any misinformation.

  • Official University Version
    From 1 January 2020, the Winter semester registration was going on smoothly.
  • On 3 January, a group of students opposing the registration process entered the Communication and Information Services (CIS) premises, covering their faces with masks and forcibly evicted the technical staff and made the servers disfunctional.
  • This led to the discontinuation of the registration process on 3 January. A police complaint was filed immediately identifying the students.
  • On 4 January moming, the technical staff again made the CIS functional. Immediately, thousands of students started registering by paying the new hostel room rent. A group of students bent upong stopping the registration process, again entered the CIS premises with a criminal intent to make the servers disfunctional. They damaged the power supplies, broke the optical fibres and made the servers disfunctional again on 4 January around 1 PM disrupting the registration process. A police complaint was again filed against the miscreants.
  • For the past few days, the group of agitating students also closed the buildings of some Schools preventing the non agitating students, staff and the faculty members. On 5 January, when the students who have registered in the winter semester wanted to enter these school buildings, they were physically prevented by the agitating students.
  • Since 5 January aftenoon, the campus witnessed scuffles at the Schools as well as inside the hostel premises between the groups of students who wanted to stop the registration and those who wanted to register and continue their studies.
  • Around 4.30 pm (5 January), a group of students, who are against the registration process moved aggressively from the front of the admin block and reached the hostels. The administration immediatedly contacted the Police to come and maintain law and order on the campus. By the time police came, the students who were for the registration process were beaten up by a group of agitating students opposting the registration.
  • Some masked miscreants also entered the Periyar hostel rooms and attacked the students with sticks and rods. Some of the security guards doing duties at these places were also badly injured.
  • During the last couple of weeks, these agitating students also vandalized the admin block and ransacked the office of the Vice Chancellor for which a few police complaints were filed.

Mayhem in JNU campus; many students and faculty members injured

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New Delhi: a masked mob went on rampage indulging in large-scale violence inside the JNU campus on Sunday night.

“There is a law and order situation in the JNU Campus. Masked miscreants armed with sticks are roaming around, damaging property and attacking people. The JNU Administration has called the police to maintain order”, the JNU registrar said in a statement.

There are charges and counter charges, while a section is accusing the “ABVP goons” for resorting to violence and letting lose terror, the ABVP has charged the Leftist students and “urban Naxalites” for unleashing violence.

At the time of posting this news, over two dozen students were injured and many had been rushed to the trauma Centre of AIIMs.

ANI reports: “Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president & students had been attacked by people wearing masks on campus. ‘What is this? Who are you? Step back, Who are you trying to threaten? ABVP go back, students were heard saying when a mob of people wearing masks and brandishing rods and sticks were on a rampage, brutally beating students and vandalising property”.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has reacted to the situation by strongly condemning the “brutality unleashed against students/teachers in JNU.” No words are enough to describe such heinous acts. Its a shame on our democracy, she has observed.

Congress party has tweeted: “We strongly condemn the attacks taking place in JNU.

This kind of violence is a direct result of the BJP govt’s divisive politics and its failure in protecting students & our democracy from persistent attacks.

Why is the Police doing nothing to protect students?”

CPM leader and former JNUSU presiedent Sitaram Yechury has said in a statement: “Masked attackers entered JNU while law enforcers stood by.”

DMK leader M K Stalin said: “Shocked to see visuals of masked miscreants attacking JNU students inside the campus. DMK condemns rising incidents of violence against students within universities in the aftermath of CAA 2019. All those who are responsible for these incidents must brought to book immediately.”

Dr Harjit Singh Bhatti,a doctor who reached JNU for medical help has tweeted: “Our team of doctors, nurses & medical volunteers who reached JNU to give first aid to injured students & teachers, was attacked by hundreds of goons. Mob manhandled doctors, nurses & threatened them. Our ambulance’s glass & windows broken, this is totally inhuman & insane.”

A tweet by Velentina Brahma, a JNU student belonging to the ABVP, students’ wing of the BJP, which was posted around 8 pm, screams: “I have (been) beaten unprovoked by leftists goon while I was alone at ad (admin) block for registration in #JNU. There is no respite for us. Where should we go for registration. Where should we go to study.”

This point was also underscored by Nidhi Tripathi, National General Secretary of ABVP, said there is “Undeclared emergency in JNU by communist goons”. There is a video footage of her where she says that the ABVP students were first stopped from getting their registration done by the leftist students and the urban naxals and they were beaten up when they went to the admin block for their registration.

There is also a tweet by a JNU Student of ABVP narrating how it all started. He alleges that the “Leftists goons” entered the Periyar Hostel and resorted to violence.

The registration process was being blocked over the last three days by a section of JNU students protesting against fee hike. On Sunday, students protesting against registration resorted to violence around 4.30 pm and attacked hostels. There are reports that this led to violent retaliation from the other side and in this situation the JNU administration called the police. The protesters had locked the server room and vandalised university property in recent days, the administration has pointed out.