The violence and brutal police crackdown on dissenting voices is not coming to an end in Northern India. While Hyderabad protests against NRC and CAA were peaceful and powerful, the protests in New Delhi are met with strong resistance from pro-BJP mouthpieces like Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Campus once again became the centre of political unrest after scores of students were attacked by a violent mob with faces covered behind a mask. Dozens of students got injured while a few teachers also sustained serious injuries. This havoc could have been contained within time had police intervened at the right time. As per the reports, police officials were present outside the campus but they neither entered the university campus to stifle the havoc nor did they allow anyone else to intervene. Policemen witnessed 50-60 masked men enter the campus with sticks and hammers but not a single arrest has been made in this case since.
Renowned Social Activist Yogendra Yadav tried to enter the campus in order to calm down the groups of students attacking each other but not only was he prevented from entering the campus but he was also heckled and manhandled at the entrance. This shows the gravity of the situation that when a person of the stature of Yogendra Yadav was heckled and abused, what the students inside the campus must have gone through.
Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is the student wing of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) whom the BJP uses to further its agenda of communalism and religious polarization amongst students. It has always been in the news headlines for abusing public intellectuals and vandalizing events. It was ABVP that vandalized the event at Ramjas College where JNU student Umar Khalid was invited to give a talk.
JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh has sustained multiple injuries and it is quite bizarre that instead of filing FIR against ABVP goons who perpetrated violence, police has registered FIR on Aishe Ghosh herself in addition to a few more of her aides. This is similar to the incident when a student accused BJP MP Chinmayanand of rape and instead of filing FIR against Chinmayanand, police took the student into custody.
The support for the JNU protests resonated even with the Indian Film Industry as renowned Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone joined Aishe Ghosh and other revolutionary students on the JNU Campus. As soon as Deepika Padukone registered her mere presence in the protest, not even uttering a single word against the government, still a maligning campaign was started against her by BJP ideologues.
Deepika Padukone starrer movie Chappak is going to be released in a few days that discusses the plight of an acid attack victim. The movie touches upon a sensitive, social issue and she must be lauded for her efforts to bring this discourse in the mainstream. Despite the movie carrying a strong, social message, #BoycottChapaak started trending on Twitter by the BJP IT Cell to make her movie fail at the box office.