The latest example of the communist-Islamists’ long-standing attempt to destroy Bhartheeya culture was the Onam celebrations at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. The communist student organisations organised the event on the campus in solidarity with Hamas, an Islamic terrorist organisation that targets minorities in West Asia. They tried to play politics by extending Onam, which was supposed to be celebrated in August or September to November 9.
The short-term objective behind the appeasement celebration, which declares solidarity with Hamas, was to woo students of a particular religious sect for the upcoming campus elections. To this end, Mahabali, who is respected by all in Kerala, was dressed in the Palestinian flag and the first poster titled ‘Onam of Solidarity’ was released. A section of communists claimed that the poster was not about Mahabali, but they are yet to clarify whether Mahabali or Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is wearing the Palestinian flag.
A section of Keralite students, tired of witnessing this for years, protested vehemently, and the JNU authorities revoked the permission granted to the convention centre for the Onam programme. But even then, the communists did not realise that it was wrong to politicise a religious and cultural festival. Instead, they criticised other organisations for holding Janmashtami on campus and that the authorities gave permission for the religious celebration.
However, after this argument failed, the cancellation of the Onam festival was propagated as an agenda of the Sangh Parivar against Kerala and South India, but the communist organisations could not muster the support expected of them. As a result, only about 150 students participated in the celebration, which was usually attended by more than 700 students every year, even when people from outside were brought in. In short, what started as a cultural event became a usual political event on campus that was later held in another part of the campus without official permission.
What is the truth behind the communist allegations? The Janmashtami at JNU was celebrated with cultural programmes, as it should be, and did not mix politics or offend other religions. Eid is also celebrated on campus as it should be, where no one mixes politics into it. Moreover, the food costs for Eid are charged to students of all religions in the eighteen Hostels on campus. The communist leaders who visit every room and collect money for Eid have not only politicised Onam, which is celebrated as Vamana Jayanti by Hindus and as a cultural festival by others but also used it to whitewash the activities of terrorist organisations like Hamas that prey on Christians, Yezidi, and Jewish minorities in West Asia.
They deliberately conceal from students the truth that Hamas represents the 92 per cent majority of the religious community in West Asia. Besides, when students raise money as part of Hindu festivals in hostels, it is common for the leadership of the same leftist organisations to ridicule them. The leftist student organisations, which have been using double standards in this manner, have received a backlash from the authorities as part of Onam celebrations. This is not the first time Onam has been politicised on campus. Communist organisations were unwilling to hold Thiruvathira, a traditional dance praising lord Shiva and Parvati, on Onam last year.
When questioned by a group of students within the Keralite community in the general body meeting, they argued that the Thiruvathira dance is Brahmanical and for displaying female body, which is an insult to them. But the irony is that the same communist organisations performed the Thiruvathira dance in Kerala and got a place in the Guinness Book. Moreover, the same defenders remained silent when a girl from the communist student organisation complained that she was harassed by her colleague on campus. Furthermore, communist organisations should clarify whether they accept the abduction of Yazidi women and their enslavement by terrorist organisations such as ISIS and Hamas in West Asia.
Activists of banned Islamic terrorist organisations like the ‘Popular Front of India’ and like-minded people work as part of the communist student organisations on campuses. Their aim is to destroy the integrity of Bharat. Similarly, they want to divide the students of the JNU campus based on religion, caste, and region. Their work also divides the students into Hindus, Muslims, North Indians, South Indians, and Northeast Indians. The use of Onam, which is celebrated by all irrespective of caste, religion, and region, for the forthcoming campus elections is an example of the narrow-minded politics of the Left organisations. Even the teachers, who usually attended the Onam celebrations every year, stayed away from the event.
However, Shashi Tharoor, a member of parliament and former undersecretary of the UN, and others reacted on social media without understanding the terrorists’ agenda, which is an insult to the academic community and JNU itself. The reaction after the official statement of JNU came out shows that he is ready to forget Mahabali, Vamana and Bharatheeya culture itself for the sake of votes. It is the sole responsibility of these supporters to make it clear to the student community whether they will mix politics in celebrations like Eid in universities in Kerala and Delhi itself.
The acronym of HAMAS is Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamia, which means Islamic Resistance Movement. It is clear from the name itself that Hamas is not an organisation that works for everyone in society. In this context, do the communist organisations believe that if they declare their support for Hamas today, tomorrow, when other communities have problems, Hamas and its supporters will declare their solidarity? Another argument of the communists is that there is no connection between Hamas and Palestine, but do not forget that it was the people of Gaza who voted Hamas to power in 2006. Therefore, it is reprehensible that Onam, the festival of equality, is being used as a platform to show solidarity with a terrorist organisation that operates in such a narrow way.
Apart from this, to justify their actions, the communists have criticised the Janmashtami celebrations on campus and remained silent on the Eid celebrations. Similarly, it is a common practise that when Hindus, Christians, and others die in terror attacks, the Left organisations on the campus do not show philanthropy. This indicates that these student organisations are puppets of students who adhere to radical Islamic ideologies. Is it right that the leftist organisations supporting Eid are using Onam to whitewash terrorists? Shouldn’t communists respect the sentiments of those who celebrate Onam as the birthday of Vamana, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu? They should also bear in mind that tolerance can only be maintained by respecting everyone’s beliefs. Everyone agrees to celebrate Onam in a secular way. But Onam should be celebrated exactly as it is. It is important that communist-Islamist organisations refrain from giving a political and terrorist colour to the celebrations and from engaging in activities that destroy the innate culture of Bharat.