Parents send their children to colleges to see them becoming a successful person in life. But what if the most prestigious place that nurtures the future has become a palaestra of violence. Last year an incident that shook the whole nation happened in Jawaharlal Nehru University. When Kanhaiya Kumar, a former president of the student union, found raising anti-India slogans in a student rally.
They do such things under the cover of “Freedom of speech or expression”. Is Freedom of Speech or Expression means you can raise anti-nationalist slogans? Does that Freedom of Expression or Speech give them the right to offend the people? The answer is no! In our increasingly violent and vicious public sphere, where the internet and social media are dominated by cynics who pretend as nationalists, the question is what does speaking in the name of the nation allow you to do?
Talking about the current sensation, Gurmehar Kaur. Ok, she raised a voice against war and violence between the two countries, instituted by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad at Delhi University last week over the participation of Umar Khalid at a seminar at Ramjas College. But did it really hit the board? She got trolled by the people on social media and even got gang rape threats.
So is this the solution? Are we dreaming of this kind of developed nation? The great German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht once said that “Alas, we who wished to lay the foundations of kindness. Could not ourselves be kind.” The fight for the mind of the new generation influenced by violence and revolution once has become a war in the name of the nation. If an earlier paradigm rejected free speech in the name of revolutionary progress, now it rejects it in the name of a majoritarian uniformity. The nation always comes first! it’s your duty being a citizen to spread peace and don’t set people apart. So stop doing such absurd things to gain popularity via a source of the Internet or social media because it is harming the future of those who come to such prestigious places with the purpose of studying only so that they can make their dreams come true.
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