Time and again India has proven that for our politics and our
political agenda cares more about the past rather than the present or the
future. We spend most of our political effort and consensus building on events
that occurred in the past and which have no effect on any policy or any way
improves the life of the people.
Conceding that these things are important but making it the only
political agenda is outright ridiculous. The JNU debacle is one such example of
utter nonsensical politics by all parties that call themselves secular first
and patriots second.
Reading from the accounts on the internet it seems that one group
from JNU(self proclaimed Marxist) wanted to organize a protest on the Judicial
killing of Afzal Guru, a parliament attack convict. Officially the protest was
a cultural event to protest the Supreme court ruling just after the third death
anniversary of Afzal Guru. The group invited many Kashmiri's from outside of
campus to voice their protest against the supreme court ruling.The were protesting against the corruption in the judiciary which resulted in the eventual execution of Afzal Guru who they referred to as a martyr.
I am a proponent of free speech but I think you should always
criticize people and organization and not national Institution like supreme
court of India. If you start questioning Institution it means you have no
confidence in the fundamentals of the country which for me
classifies as anti-national.
Continuing the story, ABVP(the right wingers or the BJP folks) wing
of JNU stepped in and said that a protest of this sort should not be allowed.
The college administration agreed on banning the protest as they thought that
it might create the pointless hysteria which it eventually did. The group of
self-proclaimed Marxists went anyway with the protest and agreed to do it
without mikes and much fuss. The ABVP stepped in and starting intimidating the
Marxist which could have been easily avoided. To make matters worse the Invited Kashmiris came in and then they
started shouting anti-national slogans like: "won't stop till India is
destroyed" and "If you kill Afzal Guru from every house in Kashmir
will produce a new one"
As an Indian I am offended by these remarks and think that it is
unhealthy to support any remarks that are outright anti national. I am OK with
people criticizing the right wing, the government and even the specific people
in power but questioning, criticizing and threatening India and its fundamental
Institutions is wrong and invites fierce condemnation.
Now the fun part was the politics after this incident. The most
weird and counter-intuitive thing to me was Rahul Gandhi supporting the JNU
students. I want to remind Rahul Gandhi that it was your government that hanged
Afzal guru and rightly so. The students were protesting against your government
decision and somehow the strange part is that no one finds it
strange neither you nor the students. I guess politics and political agenda are
as characterless as any Tushar Kapoor movie.
I guess rather than problem solving capabilities, accountability and
manifesto promises ,people judge governments and establishments on how they
treat their ancestors and their beliefs. I guess this is why we move with so
much tussle since we are so tied up with our past and beliefs that we don’t see
what is good for us in the present and the future.
I think it is a classic example of game theory where everyone wants
the best outcome for themselves and eventually due to mutual conflict everyone
has to settle for an outcome that is way poorer than the optimal. Mr. Nash(won
Noble price for game theory) was right, the more selfish and self-centered we
are the more we will suffer. As Mr. Nash says don't go for the most
beautiful girl, you won't get her and waste your chances of getting the other
ones which will eventually result in your happiness. I don't when will we understand his simple and beautiful mathematical logic