JNU: Anti-National Slogans Or Freedom of Speech

Does patriotism is in always speaking for the nation? Does speaking against the nation is anti-national? What if freedom of speech is killed by power? How many rights an individual has to speak in Indian constitution? Am I breaking the law if I am speaking for the freedom of Kashmiris?

Tons of questions arose in my mind when I came to know about the liberal JNU students shouting slogans to break India on 9th February 2016. First of all, I thought that they live in a democratic country and they have a right to freedom of speech. The students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are as patriotic like others living in the nation. But it was simply confusing for me because speaking anything is not freedom of speech. It has always been taught to students to think and then speak. Then, how civilized and well-educated students can speak against their own nation?

Before going into the depth of this sad incident, let’s find out what slogans were raised by the SFI students on that day.

‘Bharat Tere Tukde Honge. Inshallah Inshallah’ (God willing, India will be destroyed into pieces).
‘Pakistan Zindabad’.
‘Afzal tere khoon se, Inquilab ayega’ (Afzal, a revolution will be born with your blood).
‘Afzal hum sharminda hai, tere qatil zinda hai’ (Afzal, we are ashamed that your killers are still alive).

Such anti-national slogans can cause three years of imprisonment and in some major cases, it can even lead to the life term imprisonment. Here another question arises that “Who has the right to judge patriotism the corrupted politicians, anti-development opposition or cleaver student unions”.

Lesson for Bhakt Or RSS Led Government:

The reaction of the central government towards this incident is looked biased. Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, the prime accused of JNU Case have clarified that they are against anti-national slogans. They were just speaking about the social issues and against the government not nation. But Delhi Police arrested them and other accused after viewing a clipping on a media channel wherein anti-national slogans where raised. However, the police were present at the time of the event as well when such slogans were raised and that time they did not arrest anyone. The opposition parties are accusing BJP for hiding the truth behind the dramatic incident.

Here I want to say that the central government should not become too dominant and also consider the point of view of the student wings. Politics should not be done in the name of patriotism by condemning others.

Lesson for Adarsh Liberals Or Opposition Parties:

Those people who always speak against the work done by the elected government without seeing whether it is effectively handled or not are selfish. Their statements can’t be trusted due to lack of fact. Adarsh liberals and opposition parties have expertise in spreading negativity amongst the fellow citizens. Uneducated people easily come into their trap. The main motive of such parties is to increase their vote bank.

I think such opposition that even can’t appreciate the good work of the government and oppose them in each and everything represents a bad image of the nation. The opposition leaders should be strong in all aspects so that they can participate in the development of the country.