Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which is popularly known for its communist style of operation, is yet again in news, this time for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus in an outrageous way.
In a recent incident, students groups clashed among themselves when the Dalit front of ideologically red campus was celebrating the ‘sacrifice’ of king Mahishasura. Matters escalated, when Forward Press Magazine—a Dalit magazine in its October issue published distasteful comments for Devi Durga.
The article titled ‘King Mahisha-sura’s Martyrdom’ eulogised Mahisa-sura and portrayed the Devi as a ‘vile woman’ who ‘treacherously’ killed Mahishasura as an agent of Devta Gana. “After living with the Mahishasura for seven days “Durga drank liquor to her heart’s content, before the murder of King Mahishasura,” and “Durga seduced Mahishasura in his bed chamber”, some excerpts from the article read.
The article had apparently encouraged All India Backward Students’ Forum (AIBSF) in JNU to celebrate Mahishasura Martyrdom Day. This resulted in scuffle with RSS’ students’ wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which adhered to its stance of finding the article utterly disrespectful, objectionable and offensive to Hindu sentiments.
Vinod Bansal, National Spokes-person for Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has condemned the matter. He said, “Apparently, the anti-national and anti-cultural events have been continuing in the university for quite some time.”
This incident is not the first-of-its-kind to happen, apparently, the anti-national and anti-cultural events have been continuing in the university for quite some time. Apart from holding beef-pork parties, the university acknowledges the ‘efforts’ of Kashmiri separatists and naxalites. Sometimes it insults the tricolor; sometimes it’s the national-symbol of Ashok chakra that sees soil of the shoes.
For a long time, in the veil of Right to Freedom of expression, some elements in the university have also been spreading venom along religious and cultural lines. The students and the academic community need to realise that the rights also come with conditions. They need to understand that blatant disapproval of established religious, cultural and national norms in an educational landscape will serve no one good.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police was quick in taking cognizance of the matter. They immediately raided the office of Forward Press and reportedly confiscated copies of the magazine’s October issue. Police said, four staffers of the magazine were detained by police on charges of hurting religious sentiments. This action came following a complaint filed by two students of JNU in Vasant Kunj Police Station.
As the Hindu legend goes, demon Mahishasura was creating havoc on the earth and the world was crushed under his tyranny. Goddess Durga fought Mahishasura in a battle that continued for nine days. On the tenth day, Maa Durga defeated and killed Mahishasura. The day is celebrated as the victory of good over evil, the victory of Shakti over Mahishasura and is observed as Vijayadashami. n
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