To be or not to be – The JNU debate

To be or not to be – The JNU debate
The
issue in debate:


·   
The issue of Afzal Guru’s hanging is purported
to be the reason that led to the showdown between the JNU Students’ Union and
ABVP.
·   
JNU Students’ Union pasted posters across the
campus inviting students to a protest march against the “judicial killing” of
Afzal Guru.
·   
ABVP members wrote to the VC stating that such
type of protests should not be held, prompting University administration to
cancel the permission.
·   
JNU administration initiated a disciplinary
inquiry as to how the event took place despite withdrawal of permission.
·   
Delhi Police registered sedition charges
against many Students’ Union leaders and Union President arrested.
·   
The arrest of the Students’ Union leader has triggered
outrage among students and criticism by opposition dubbing it as an emergency like
situation.
·   
The Government has issued a statement that JNU
cannot be the hub of anti-national activities and freedom of expression cannot
be absolute and unqualified and reasonable restriction has to be imposed.
·   
Some ex-servicemen, alumni of the University
have threatened “degree-wapsi” stating that it is difficult for them to be
associated with an institution that has become the hub of anti-national
activities.
My
view in debate:


·   
I do not find any logical reason to believe
that the Supreme Court judgement of the hanging of the terrorist, Mohd. Afzal
(known widely as Afzal Guru), a member of the terrorist organisation, the
Jaish-e-Mohammed who was involved in the storming of the Parliament of India by
five terrorists in Dec 2001, is wrong by any means.
·   
But I surely have several logical reasons to
believe that when the Supreme Court had confirmed the death sentence on Afzal
Guru in December 2006, he being finally hanged in February, 2013 after a delay
of more than six years is wrong by all means.
·   
Operation Three Star, the secret execution of
Afzal Guru inside the jail premises without prior intimation to his family and
burying afterwards inside the jail grounds denying his body to be handed over
to his family may have been condemned by some legal experts and international
human rights groups, and termed as “judicial killing”, but the desperate
clemency pleas to stall the execution over the six years by politically
motivated forces is certainly a persuasive representation of our country’s tactical
and deliberate, if not intentional failure to combat terrorists who are
becoming more unabashed and blatant after each attack.
·   
If our country continues to delay in implementing
the judgements passed by the apex Court, be it in the case of Afzal Guru or
Yakub Memon, questions are bound to be raised on its abject and dismal failure
to protect its citizens.
·   
If one city after another is allowed to be
subject to terrorist attacks, all clearly indicating the handiwork of Islamic
terrorists who detest everything a secular and democratic polity of India
espouses, comparisons are bound to be drawn with USA which has been successful
in preventing any further attack on its homeland post 9/11.
·   
Why is it that when the US retaliation by
attacking Afghanistan and flushing out Osama from his supposedly safe haven in
Pakistan or the tenacity and modes of retribution by the Israeli forces,
however high-handed these may be, are looked upon by us in envy, the Government’s
decision to bury the terrorist’s body inside the prison grounds to prevent a
public funeral, considered “judicial killing”?
My
verdict in debate:

·   
We live in a democratic country where everyone
has the freedom of expression but the same advocates of freedom should also
understand that such a freedom of speech and expression has to be restrained
with responsibility.
·   
It is absolutely fair if some section of the
community, and in this case a few students of JNU, decided to express their
disagreement on the manner adopted to hang Afzal Guru, but it is grossly unfair
and absolutely unacceptable that we should close our eyes and ears to raising
of anti-national and destructive slogans such as “Bharat ke tukde honge hazaar”
(translated as India will be broken into a thousand pieces) or “Bharat ki barbadi
tak jung zaari rahegi” (translated as Our fight will continue till India is
destroyed).
·   
The protests by the self-proclaimed student intellectuals
is nothing new as we had earlier seen the hanging of Yakub Memon having led to
protests at University of Hyderabad, but let us collectively at least agree
that sloganeering against India is surely not acceptable as this is going to
hurt the collective conscience of our nation and we, its citizens.
·   
“Nobody is safe in Pakistan, not even Osama-bin-Laden.
Everybody is safe in India, even Ajml Kasab, Yakub Memon and Afzal Guru”. It is time
that we join hands to prove that comments as above just remain jokes circulated
over the social media than turn into harsh reality.
·   
If we don’t do it, the albatross of Afzal Guru
and Yakub Memon’s ghosts will remain a noose around the neck of gullible poor
countrymen like us.
It seems, the Hamlet-ian
dilemma of “To be or not to be” pales in comparison to the more potent dilemma
now, “To Hang or not to hang”.

A concerned citizen….yesteethatsme
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