JNU gain lost in Patiala House
Hardeep Singh Bedi
As the secessionist sloganeering in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was certainly an anti-national activity, the physical attack on the media persons and JNU students in the Patiala House court complex on Monday by a group of ‘politically affiliated lawyers’ was also an anti-lawful activity. The lawyers’ act, despite being laced with nationalism, is a black day for the India’s judicial system. The active participation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislature OP Sharma in the Patiala House vandalism makes last Monday murkier for the BJP. The mum of the Delhi police is deafening.
The BJP owes an explanation about the Patiala House ‘goondagiri’. Some eyebrows may be frowned if the BJP is directly linked with the Patiala House ‘shame’. Before frowning they must realize that every political party has its ‘legal Cell’ whose members are lawyers having political aspirations. It is also a fact that every lawyer of the Patiala House Court wasn’t involved in the anarchy.
Either the BJP should own the Patiala House violence or it should disown its violent MLA OP Sharma. Those who understand even an iota of politics know very well that without the orders from the party seniors juniors like Sharma cannot move an inch. If this is not the case then the issue becomes more serious for the BJP that needs immediate action to correct the party image. Sharma admitted that he reacted in self defence when he was attacked by some people. Should somebody tell Sharma that being an MLA if somebody attacks him then it is the duty of his personal security officers (PSOs) to secure him and he is not supposed to take law in his own hands.
In fact, the advisor who scripted the Patiala House drama for the ‘nationalists’ must have been in cahoots with the ‘anti-nationals’. For, the Patiala House incident has definitely given the anti-national forces of the JNU an image of ‘victims’ and the BJP of an ‘oppressor’.
When an ‘accused’ of sedition is being produced in a court and if you attack his ‘supporters’ then you are literally making him a ‘hero’ and yourself a ‘villain’. The second message your act gives is that you are misusing your ‘power’ and you don’t have faith in the judicial system.
The police are an important part of the country’s judicial system. The Delhi Police, which took action against the JNU’s so called ‘torchbearers of the freedom of speech’, also needs to have an answer ready that why didn’t its personnel react when the journalists and JNU students were being attacked in the Patiala House court premises?
After the journalists hit the streets on Tuesday to oppose the attack on the fraternity, Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi said that action would be taken against the policemen if it is proved that they showed laxity in their duty.
According to him, his force was trying to identify the ‘Monday’s violent elements’.
Ironically, different newspapers on Tuesday have published different photographs of the persons who were attacking journalists and JNU students at Patiala House court premises. One photograph shows BJP’s legislator OP Sharma thrashing a CPI youth leader.
Delhi police’s PR department must have collected Tuesday’s newspaper cuttings and sent to the higher officials as a routine. It’s not confirmed whether the top brass of the Delhi police has seen those ‘newspaper cuttings’ or not.
The political spin doctors say that had Sharma not been involved in Patiala House scuffle it would have been easier for the BJP to disassociate itself from the shameful incident. For, the first mantra Indian political parties and leaders learn: blame every wrong on your opponents to confuse the public.
But, now the chances are grim that the BJP will be able to confuse countrymen that the Patiala House incident was a plot by its ‘political rivals’.
Here is a latest example of the handiwork of the ‘confusion engineers’. It is not a secret that a group of JNU students had organized an event to protest the hangings of two Kashmiris- Afzal Guru, the Parliament attack convict and Maqbool Bhatt, the co-founder of the separatist group Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and the participants raised anti-India slogans and sought secession of Kashmir from India. This led to clashes between the Guru and Bhatt sympathizers and members of the Akhil Bharaitya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the BJP.
After the issue got media attention, majority of the Indians were aghast with the anger. When the public opinion started swinging in favour of the BJP and the JNU as a whole was being seen as ‘a haven for anti-establishment forces’, the confusion engineers swung into action. As a result, sporadic reports started to appear in a section of mainstream media and social media platforms that suggested the JNU sloganeering was actually the handiwork of ABVP workers.
A former editor of a famous Hindi daily has been continuing the ‘confusion campaign’ on Facebook. He has been seen reasoning that ‘where is the impeccable proof that participants of the Afzal Guru event actually raised anti-India slogans’. He says “has any video surfaced showing slogans literally coming out of the mouth of any identifiable person!”
The former editor is known for his hardcore anti-BJP stance in the intellectual and political circles and has a good amount of followers on Facebook. But, many of his common followers are not aware of his ‘actual agenda’ and might have believed that ‘JNU episode was engineered by the saffron brigade’.
But, what the confusion engineers couldn’t do in the JNU episode the Patiala House court incident has done. Thanks to MLA Sir!