Today I am compelled to pen down a turbulent wave of thoughts that’s been disturbing me for quiet some time now. Today, when I was watching news in the morning and simultaneously scrolling down my Facebook timeline I realized that it is the time to speak up now, it is the time to let my thoughts be known to all, it is the time when a student should let her opinion be told!!! There’s so much going on, so many opinions, so many disturbing events,Rohit Vermula’s suicide case, JNU controversy of who is a nationalist and who is not, Media’s trial, JAAT agitation for reservation, Murthal Case, Smriti Irani’s Speech, “Aunty-National” controversy and subsequent debates on all those matters- provoke me to finally give my opinion as a student,a 19 year old, a young body trying to understand things of national importance.
Without going into the details of the matter,I just want to give my opinion on the crux of each matter. JNU controversy rose around the issue and debate on who qualifies as a nationalist and who does not. While reading news reports on the ongoing verbatim quarrel, I read several articles where the “accused” either calls them an “Internationalist” from a Marxist perspective or explains his own interpretation of being a nationalist by using confused rhetoric from scholarly works. I do not want to comment who said what and what not but as a simple citizen of my nation, phrases like ” Bharat ki Barbadi tak jung rahegi ” is purely an anti-nationalist statement and i do not need alesson of some nationalist scholar to teach me what NATIONALISM actually means. Whether JNU students shouted these slogans or some “foreign” students, I just want to say that this does not qualify as a “DISSENT” for me and whether whoever shouted these slogans, they surely belonged to the “STATE” of India. If we as Indians are going to glorify these terrorists and shout “ Har ghar se Afzal niklega” then I would re-quote Smriti Irani’s mentioned quote –
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
And that is a big concern and not a thing to pretend to be cool at- as some media houses were trying to portray it through their media trials.
Coming to the JAAT agitation.However, personally I am against reservation but still the way Jaat community has put forward its demand for reservation considering themselves as poor and backward by destroying public and private property and yet again rewarding the country with a national shame of mass molestation and rape of women behind the aegis of the so called agitation. I want to ask the so called “JAAT” community that if you are burning down the schools, colleges, hospitals, etc then for whom are you asking reservation for? Where will you study after getting reservation if you yourself are smashing, destroying and burning down the temples of education?? Why not simply give reservation(if you have to) on economic basis because there is a large so called “general” community that is still poverty ridden?Well, reservation is something that I would like to comment on in a different post.
Smriti Irani, a woman Member of Parliament, an HRD Minister has, in my opinion, given one of the greatest speeches in the parliament of our times. MPs like Mayawati tried to get down on the government by debating upon the issue of inclusion of a Dalit member in case of Rohit Vermula’s probe committee. I understand her sentiments as a Dalit leader but I am amazed to know that a non-dalit member cannot provide justice to a dalit victim and the only one who can do that would be a Dalit!!!! If that is a case on which Mayawati tried to debate upon in the government then I believe a separate Court should also be instituted for the Dalit community in the country.
And then a newspaper’s headline comes as “AUNTY-NATIONAL” and I see some websites publishing articles in favor of the newspaper and I see very little uproar by the feminists of the nation who try to create a scene out of almost every little issue but a lady MP is being mocked at by a leading newspaper but to my amazement I see very less people coming and standing up for Mrs. Irani. Chetan Bhagat tweeted-” When a man makes a passionate speech,he becomes a hero.A woman does it,she gets sexist headlines.” and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the tweet.
I am really glad to see the comments of the general public on the posts by several websites, trying to create a public opinion in favor or against the government instead of just putting the facts. It is the time that we become more rationale, more logical and more mature, if not for anything else in life but at least for the issues of National Importance.