Friday, February 12, 2016

Intolerance - arrest of JNU student leader

The report in the media about the arrest of the JNU student leader (Knahaiya Kumar) charged with sedition and conspiracy for holding an event in support of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, who was hanged in 2013,  has deeply disturbed me. I see it as an example of increasing intolerance. Only because students raised slogans, which might be against the State, they cannot be treated like terrorists and cannot be charged with sedition and conspiracy. Democracy thrives in an atmosphere of tolerance. Therefore, when we see examples of intolerance, we get frightened thinking about the future of democracy. I strongly condemn the arrest of the student leader and presence of police in the JNU  campus.

One may argue that I am able to publish this column because the State is tolerant. I agree, but I am questioning the level of tolerance. If the level of tolerance continues to diminish, a day will come when democracy itself will be in danger. I cannot imagine India without strong democracy. 

1 comment:

  1. I don't atall agree with you.Students of J N U should not indulge in raising anti national slogans like"PAKISTAN JINDABAD".Everybody knows AFJAL was a terrorist.He was hanged by the order of honourable SUPREME COURT OF INDIA following all the democratic process.Calling him as Shaheed in comparison to brave indian soldiers died while fighting for the cause of nation is not at all justified.Such incidents should be thoroughly condemned.You should not be allowed to misuse the freedom of speech.