Monday, February 15, 2016

GIA demands action against anti-national elements in JNU




Group of Intellectuals and Academcians
15 February
The Union Home Minister
Government of India
Subject: Memorandum by GIA (Group in Intellectuals and Academicians) against the Hate-India campaign at JNU and Press Club of India
Dear Mr. Singh
The country has been witnessing shocking incidents in the recent past where anti-India Pro-terrorist slogans were heard asking for disintegration of the of the country. Such incidents strengthen the hands of anti-national forces, enemies of the country and terrorists who are foes of the humanity.

Two such incidents in recent days have shook the peace-loving patriots of the country and the collective conscience of the society-firstly, the anti-India pro-terrorist slogans by a section of students in Jawahar Lal Nehru University on 9th February 2016 and secondly, in the aftermath of this, the organization of a seminar on 10th February 2016 in the Press Club of India wherein the backdrop of the pictures of terrorists, Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt, anti-India slogans were shouted.


Both these incidents are not routine simple happenings to be termed as voice of dissent of freedom of expression or anti-establishment or anti-Government voices rather designs of such elements at the outset seem to be much grave in terms of security and integrity of our nation. Jawahar Lal Nehru University is premier University of the country and so is the Press Club of India, the powerful centre of press. Therefore, anti-national activities in these two prominent places seem to be a part of a big design to spoil the peaceful environment in our country. In the light of these apprehensions GIA demands the following.
1.     Take strict exemplary action against the anti-national elements in the JNU campus in which slogan shouting was only the tip of the ice-berg. Anti-national activities have been happening in the JNU Campus for long and the 9th February incident was not in isolation.
2.     To investigate the links of the anti-national elements in JNU Campus with pro-Pakistan elements and extremists in Kashmir of elsewhere who provide moral, psychological, financial and logistic support to them as there seems to be nexus which can be established by many parameters. One such link is the series of tweets of Pakistani terrorist, Hafiz Saeed in Favour of these JNU students. JNU Campus and all other campuses of Indian Universities should be cleansed of all such elements which are a threat to the security and integrity of India.
3.     To ensure that no repetition of an incident like that of the 10th February at Press Club of India takes place and action be taken PCI for providing a platform to anti-national elements as Press being the fourth pillar democracy holds great responsibility to the Indian democracy and it must fulfill its national duty.
Here I would like to mention that GIA is a vibrant group of socially active professional women belonging to different spheres of life, which includes a Pro-Vice Chancellor, a President of India Awardee, Supreme Court lawyers, internationally renowned artist/dancers, professors, mountaineers, writers, IT professionals, etc. they have been debating and discussing issues related to women, society and the nation at large through seminars, workshops, and writing in newspapers and bringing out a magazine which have established a considerable impact in the academic circles. We as a socially active and alert group expect that your Ministry will ensure that the press will be more vigilant in future and will not support anti-national elements by providing them platforms, We also expect that strict action will be taken against the perpetrators of anti-national activities in JNU Campus and Press Club of India.
Warm regards
Monika Arora

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