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The truth behind student union controversy

  • Ahmedabad: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said our premier institutions of higher education are the vehicles on which India has to propel itself into a knowledge society. These temples of learning must resound with creativity and free thinking. Those in Universities must engage in reasoned discussion and debate rather than propagate a culture of unrest. It is tragic to see them caught in the vortex of violence and disquiet. The President was delivering the 6th K.S. Rajamony Memorial Lecture on the topic ‘India@70’ recently in Kochi, Kerala. The President said there should be no room in India for the intolerant Indian. India has been since ancient times a bastion of free thought, speech and expression. Our society has always been characterized by the open contestation of diverse schools of thought and debate as well as discussion. Freedom of speech and expression is one of the most important fundamental rights guaranteed by our Constitution. There must be space for legitimate criticism and dissent.
  • Few students in Delhi University stood up against the BJP student union Akhil Bhartiyta Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). One of the was Gurmehar Kaur, the daughter of a Kargil Martyr. She came in limelight on social media ever since. She became talk of the town since last few days.
  • In fact ABVP is an all India student Organization, working in the field of education with a wider perspective of National Reconstruction. ABVP works with a faith in the collective existence of the educational community, a firm belief in constructive work and a nationalist approach which stays above partisan politics. Founded in 1949 in Delhi, ABVP has gradually spread its work across various universities in India. ABVP runs projects and programmes aimed at national integration and social consciousness programmes to solve the economic and other problems of the students and programs to encourage the hidden talent of the Students, with a view to bringing the best out of everyone. Thus ABVP conducts Book-Bank, Students' Vacation Employment Bureau, First Class First Felicitation Functions, Inter Collegiate and inter-University Music Competitions, Painting Competitions, Literary Competitions, Student- Writers' Meets, Sports Meets, Social Participation Campus, Personality Development Camps, Technical, Medical, Management, Agri Students Workshops, Technical Exhibitions, Indo-Foreign Students' Bureau, Study Circles and Art Circles, Students' Experience in inter-state Living, My Home is India, Students for Development etc.
  • "There is a conspiracy to poison the environment at DU and JNU and we will not allow that. The ABVP demanded strict action against those who supported anarchism and anti-India propaganda. You are free to have conferences and rallies but freedom of expression doesn't mean that you will divide the country. Shouting about Kashmir's or Bastar's freedom is an anti-national action, said Dr C.N. Patel, national Vice President of ABVP.
  • "Leftist student unions are supporting Naxalism. RAMJAS controversy is creted to counter ABVP activities of spreading patriotism and Indian culture. ABVP condemns such act and appeals police to take action against such anti-national activities", Naresh Desai, secretary of ABVP Gujarat unit said.
  • (File photo of ABVP convention)

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He is working as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University, which has 440 colleges under its umbrella.

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