10% of students are ‘troublemakers’: JNU VC on campus politics, violence | Latest News Delhi

90 per cent students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are apolitical and only 10 per cent are “troubled” to think they can build their political career in the university, Vice-Chancellor Shantisree Dhulipudi Pandit said on Wednesday.

In an interview to PTI, Pandit, when asked about the recent clashes in JNU, said it is a politically active campus but the university is not a place of violence and those who want to become politicians should go out and fight elections. .

“Percent. Ninety percent of the students are apolitical, only 10 percent are troublemakers, they think they can build their political career in JNU.

“JNU is a graveyard of political careers. You know what happened last time, all those who did (such) politics are in jail,” Pandit said.

“Why are you wasting your time? If you want to be a politician you will go out and fight elections. Who will stop you? India is a free country. You have come here to study, to learn. You all have come. Marginalized families, your family depends on you, you get a good job and go out. ,” he said.

Several JNU students and alumni, including Sharjeel Imam, Umar Khalid, Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita, have been arrested under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in the 2020 Delhi riots conspiracy case. Natasha Narwal and Devangana Kalita were later released on bail while Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Imam are still in jail.

Kanhaiya Kumar and Khalid, who were then studying at JNU, were arrested by the Delhi Police in 2016 for their alleged involvement in the sedition case over campus protests. He was later released on bail. Kumar is now in the Congress party.

In recent years, the university has witnessed several instances of violence involving Left-aligned student organizations and RSS’s student body Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). In April this year, two groups of students clashed at the varsity’s Kaveri hostel, alleging that they were served excessive amounts of meat in a disorderly manner on Ram Navami.

On January 5, 2020, a group of masked men stormed the campus and targeted students in three hostels, unleashing chaos with sticks, stones and iron rods, beating inmates and smashing windows, furniture and personal belongings. At least 28 people, including JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh, were injured as chaos erupted on the campus for nearly two hours.

Pandit urged the students to do active politics and hold discussions but not resort to violence.

“Do active politics, debate, talk but don’t hit each other. There were no protests like this earlier. But now (they lead to clashes) because the two groups are equally strong,” he said.

“Both groups of leaders think they can become the Prime Minister of India. The PM was a campaigner not a JNU student. Ambitions are good but JNU is not a place of violence. JNU is a research university. I’m not saying you should. Not debate… debate, debate but don’t beat each other,” he added.

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