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“Pakistan zindabad” slogans raised by BJP students wing men to “provoke” JNU arrest, allege top political activists


By Our Representative

Did students attached with the BJP-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) shout “Pakistan zindabad” slogans during a demonstration at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)? This is what well-known feminist and secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association Kavita Krishnan has sought to suggest, even as releasing a video through twitter allegedly showing their faces, asking people to circulate it “widely.”
A similar allegation has been made by senior Aam Admi Party leader Ashish Khetan, who is known to be close to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. Khetan, who has been a well-known investigative journalist, has insisted in a tweet, that evidence is “merging that the JNU incident was a fabrication by ABVP”, seeking “independent probe… to unmask the real culprits.”
These facts have come light amidst unprecedented protests across India by civil society organizations, teachers’ associations, academics and students’ associations against the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University students union(JNU) on sedition charges.
Kumar was arrested on February 12 in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy over holding an event at JNU against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. During the event, anti-India slogans were allegedly raised, while denouncing the hanging of Guru.
The case was registered under Section of 124 A (sedition) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC against unknown persons at Vasant Kunj (North) Police station following complaints by BJP MP Maheish Girri and ABVP.
JNUSU president’s video
Kumar’s arrest comes amidst a 21-minute video going viral, in which he is shown giving his speech on the JNU campus saying that “unidentified” persons had entered into the campus to shout “Pakistan zindabad” slogans, insisting, “We swear by the Constitution, given to us by DR BR Ambedkar”, and “we oppose all forms of violence.”
Kumar belongs to the All-India Students’ Federation (AISF), the student wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI), whose political stance is “well known”, say prominent academics in a statement, adding, “To accuse of sedition is beyond the bound of credibility.”
Calling the arrest of Kumar as “intimidation of worst type”, the academics, KM Panicker, Zoya Hasan, Utsa Pattnaik, Prabhat Patnaik, CP Bhambri, Anjan Mukherjee, Mridula Mukherjee, Aditya Mukherjee – all former deans of the JNU – have said that the only other time when the JNU students’ union president was arrested was during the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi in 1975.
Top social activist Medha Patkar-led National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), which acts as an apex body of several top civil society organizations, meanwhile, in a statement has termed the arrest as “Delhi police high handedness”, adding, “It is acting as a political tool rather than being the enforcer of the law and order situation in the state.”
The NAPM says, “The political dissent of the students with the ruling establishment as evident on several occasions now, #OccupyUGC, #RhoithVemula Suicide and others is being used to criminalise them and term the whole campus as a den of Pakistani sympathisers, terrorists and Naxalites”, which is “completely malicious and fictitious.”
The All-India Federation for Right to Education (AIFRTE) said, the new JNU vice-chancellor Jagdesh Kumar’s decision to allow police to enter and comb JNU hostels for so-called ‘anti-national’ students was done without even informing the deans.
It recalls, the Deans of the Schools of Social Sciences, International Studies, Languages and Arts and Aesthetics have stated that the decision to give “blanket permission” to police amounts to a “major change in the policy adopted by successive Vice-Chancellors ever since JNU was established.”
The JNU Teachers’ Association, similarly, has stated that the “university has its own internal mechanisms for resolving any controversies that may arise within the university community.

Source: Counterview

Nitin Garg killer gets 13 years imprisonment

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, Dec 22, 2011: A Melbourne teenager has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for the killing of Indian overseas student Nitin Garg one year back. The teenager will serve minimum of 8 years imprisonment and after that will be eligible for parole.
Delivering the verdict, the judge said Nitin Garg was knifed with a folding knife for his mobile phone and that he “was an innocent and random victim” and it was his presence in the park, not his race, that led to the fatal attack.
The killing of Nitin Garg had led to diplomatic tensions between India and Australia. The tragedy came amidst many other attacks on Indian overseas students in Melbourne and Sydney. The attacks led to a dramatic decline in Indian students coming to Australia for studies.

India wants a strong & democratic Pakistan: S. M. Krishna

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne: India’s Foreign Minister has said the country was engaging China and its foreign policy was not Pakistan centric. He said India wanted a strong and democratic Pakistan and certain bilateral issues are held up because Pakistan was not cooperating in the Mumbai terrorist attacks issue. Mr. Krishna was replying to a question by South Asia Times (SAT), leading South Asian paper in Australia.
Mr. Krishna also told SAT he had raised issues related to Indian overseas students in Australia and was assured by Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd of full cooperation in the matter.

Meanwhile, Australia said it will “continue to discuss” with India its “differences” on whether to export Australian uranium for India’s civil nuclear purposes. The decision will take place “within the framework” of the “strategic partnership” that Australia established with India in 2009, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd told a media conference after talks with the External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna in Melbourne on Thursday.

The two leaders reviewed bilateral ties and discussed international issues under a bilateral “framework dialogue.”

Mr. Krishna was assisted by Secretary (East) Latha Reddy, High Commissioner Sujatha Singh and Adviser Raghavendra Shastry.

The Australian Foreign Minister also raised the issue of the non-payment of bills to its companies by the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC).

“It has been brought to my notice and I will go back to India and take it up with the sports ministry,” Krishna said and the Australian minister expressed satisfaction over the assurance.

“We are comfortable about the Indian government’s response… These matters are well in hand,” Rudd said.

Later during a media conference with the South Asian/Indian media Mr. S. M. Krishna on a question by South Asia Times (SAT) said India was engaging China and its foreign policy was not just Pakistan centric. He said India wanted a strong and democratic Pakistan and certain bilateral issues are held up because Pakistan was not cooperating in the Mumbai terrorist attacks issue.

Mr. Krishna also met a large number of members of the Indian diaspora in Melbourne.

Earlier, Mr. S. M. Krishna has arrived here on a three- day visit today. Mr Krishna is expected to meet with Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson. His talks with Mr. Kevin Rudd will be the seventh round of the framework dialogue between the two countries.

- With inputs from other media also.

Oz top cop slammed for ‘look poor’ advise to Indian students

By news bureau

Melbourne, Feb 7: Victoria’s Police Commissioner Simon Overland has been slammed by Indians for advising Indian students living in Australia that they should not work as taxi drivers and should look as poor as you can to avoid being assaulted. The comments were made by the top cop at an international students safety forum attended by about 150 people in the city on Saturday.
However, Federation of Indian Students of Australia spokesperson Gautam Gupta blasted the advice, saying that Indians should not have to look poor to feel safe. What is he saying’ Indians don’t have the right to be rich’ and if they look rich, do they maybe have to get bashed’ on one hand, everyone should look poor. On the other, don’t live in poor areas. I don’t understand, The Age quoted Gupta, as saying.
He further said that taxi drivers had a right to feel safe no matter what their nationality is. Its a workplace. Every workplace should be safe. I think it’s a ridiculous idea. It is blaming the worker. It is blaming the victim, Gupta said.

Victoria in denial: Indian envoy

By our news bureau

Melbourne: The Indian government and the community have finally woken up to stand with those Indian overseas students in Victoria who have been victims of a spate of attacks since last year. The Indian High Commissioner to Canberra Sujatha Singh has delivered a stinging complaint to Australian Governor-General Quentin Bryce over attacks on Indians in Melbourne, labelling Victoria a state ”in denial” over the severity of the problem.

The news of the top-level meeting came as it became known that India’s top diplomat will next week return to New Delhi for high level talks on the attacks as the Victorian Premier John Brumby became involved in controversy over his remarks on Indian media.

The Age reports: “Mrs Singh, who sought the meeting with Ms Bryce in Sydney last Friday, is believed to have told the Governor-General that Australia is not racist but warned of long-term consequences unless more action was taken to prevent attacks.”

“She praised police in NSW, Queensland and South Australia for tackling racist attacks but said Victoria was taking too long to respond. Citing more than 100 incidents of racist violence against Indians, she told Ms Bryce Victorian authorities were in denial over the scale of the attacks, “The Age reports.

(Read full report in The Age 4, Feb. 2010- www.theage.com.au)