The recent spate of incidents at JNU has rocked the nation and we see opinions of all varieties and stocks flying in the air. While, the students were either stupid or wanted attention as they severely failed in putting across their point – whatever it may be, even the nationalists failed at multiple points in putting their message across.
The message that came out from JNU was sure to anger many people around given the nature of Indo-Pak politics and the history that we have about the 2001 parliament attack. While I personally do not get goosebumps on everything that’s patriotic or carry a feeling that we are the best nation of the world and so on, but suffice it to say here that it is important to love your country for the following reason.
Human existence is an existence of co-existence. Everything boils down to team-work. As the famous Hindi adage goes – “Akela Chana Jhaad nahi Fod Sakta (No one can do everything alone)”; the same logic applies to societies whether family, locality, township, city, region, state or country. If we wish to grow as a country we must love it, for if we cannot love our own country, how will others?
However, caution needs to be exercised here as to, to what extent are we loving our country and the most important question that one needs to ask is – Does loving your country automatically mean hating other countries or hating countries with whom we are at political loggerheads? And where does the buck stop?
In a befitting reply to JNU students, Shwetabh Gangwar aptly points out that a country is formed by its people. Without the people the country is just a mass of land and water. So hating or loving a country is all about hating or loving its people.
So, the next question is, why should we love our country people? And the answer to that lies in the spirit of teamwork. If we want the country to prosper we must work as a team and not as a loner.
At the same time, a line also needs to be drawn that we do not convert our love for country into obsession and beat the crap out of anyone who slightly disagrees on the ideas and ways to love the country and its people. Scope for dissent and disagreement needs to stay.
Coming back to the JNU row, there are obviously two sides to the debate and surprisingly, both sides are wrong in their approach. The liberal side has got carried away with the idea of “Freedom of speech” wherein it says, it has a right to call upon for even violence in the name of free speech and the ‘nationalist’ side as I would like to call it, has been resorting to violence and hooliganism in the name of nationalism.
However, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The real issue is not with what is happening now. It’s with what has happened in the past. The JNU has always taken pride in itself in calling its people as “Intellectuals” which basically is a gag on free speech because once a so-called intellectual says something, it cannot be challenged even if what they are saying is unscientific.
For example, some students of JNU later tried to clarify the slogan “Bharat ki Azaadi tak Jung Chalegi” (War will be ON till India is destroyed) by giving some incandescent mapping that Bharat = Kashmir and Azaadi = Oppression of Army. My dear students, you cannot do that because that’s taking a convenient stand to escape backlash after doing a terrible mistake.
And here’s the question to them, can they get away saying “Aurat ki barbaadi tak jung chalegi” (War will be ON till women are destroyed) and later say by Aurat, we only meant criminal women and since women are considered to be divine, criminal women must be finished off to protect the sanctity of womanhood? They simply cannot because that would mean calling for the death knells.
And now, since the question about women has come into picture, it would also be easy to draw parallels between nationalism and feminism. Both nationalism and feminism have engulfed our current discourse and right now everything under the sun seems to be boiling down to these two topics.
It’s a well-known fact that for any society, the idea of country and women-safety evokes the psyche like nothing else. Politicians and media use these emotions of the society to create an atmosphere of divide and rule to keep people divided and fighting on these issues so that they can continue to rule and control over the people. And that is why, from that standpoint, the JNU students are stupid morons who are playing into this game.
The interesting thing here is that JNU students are getting exposed for the first time ever, even though anti-male activities have been going on in the campus since a long time as the JNU had spearheaded the protests of Dec 2012 post Nirbhaya event which ultimately led to the passing of the new rape law and we saw a splurge in the number of false rape cases and innocent men being converted into rapists overnight.
When a man trapped in a false rape case and hauled up in a prison in Dimapur was dragged out of jail and beaten to death by a 7000 strong mob, JNU students had celebrated the event.
Also, many journalists out of JNU regularly indulge in spreading male hatred and fueling the gender war in the society so that they can make a life and lifestyle out of it.
Another important point to note is that, two TV anchors who had faced rough weather in 2015, got a golden chance to make a comeback this year. Arnab Goswami from Times Now and Ravish Kumar from NDTV had faced a lot of backlash last year on social media. Arnab is already off the social media and even Ravish was forced to step down. Both these anchors, with a terrible sense of timing came back with the idea of protecting India and became heroes once again. The only issue with both these men is, they are highly anti-male and have no sensitivity towards problems faced by men in marriage and relationships.
Some other media persons like Rajdeep Sardesai, Barkha Dutt and Sagarika Ghose continue to harbor both anti-India and anti-male stands.
So, the moral of the story is – nationalism and feminism are sentiments and it is incumbent upon the psyche of any society to be cautious with these emotions and not get carried away with them to the point of destroying theirs or others’ lives because loving a country means loving its people and it also means loving our own selves.