The Jawaharlal Nehru University’s walls were defaced with anti-India and anti-Modi slogans on Sunday. The objectionable slogans like Azad Kashmir (Free Kashmir) Bhagwa Jalega (saffron will burn), ‘Modi’s grave will be dug’, were found written on the walls of the university.
This comes after similar slogans were written on the walls of the educational institution in December last year. In a video going viral online, it is seen that several walls on the JNU campus were defaced with slogans like, “Free Palestine”, “Free IOK”, and “Modi Teri Kabr Khudegi” (Modi, your grave will be dug) slogans.
However, the university administration does not yet have any information about the people who wrote the slogans. The administration says that it is currently being investigated who wrote these slogans and what is the whole plan behind this. So far, no individual or group has claimed responsibility for the incident.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad said it has written to the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration for an inquiry into a recent incident of “anti-national” slogans being scribbled on the walls in the campus.The students’ outfit has also demanded that the administration take immediate action to identify those responsible and fix accountability for not being able to stop such cases.
“Being a student organisation, we are gravely concerned about the frequent anti-Bharat slogan-writing incidents on the JNU campus. Yesterday, some students captured pictures of slogans like ‘Indian-Occupied Kashmir’, ‘Free Kashmir’, ‘Bhagwa Jalega’, etc. On the School of Languages building wall,” the letter read. The administration painted the walls clean on Sunday morning after it was brought to its notice and photos of the walls went viral, Vikas Patel, ABVP secretary for JNU, told PTI.
The students’ body has demanded that the chief security officer of JNU should be held responsible for failing to prevent such cases.
According to JNU students, the matter first came to light on Sunday morning when some students saw controversial slogans written on the walls of JNU’s School of Languages. On looking carefully, it looks like the names written in the controversial sentence, in blue ink, have later been covered with red ink.
University students have shared pictures of objectionable slogans written on the JNU campus walls. In these pictures, it can be seen that objectionable slogans like ‘Free Kashmir’ and ‘IOK (Indian Occupied Kashmir)’ are written on the wall in JNU’s School of Language campus. At some other places, these slogans have also been written on the floor with blue paint.
All these pictures with hate slogans are being said to be from School of Language of JNU.
It is noteworthy that controversial slogans have been seen on the walls of JNU earlier as well. Last year, caste-based slogans were written on the walls here. The name plates of some professors were blackened. As Jawaharlal Nehru University is one of the best universities of the country, a lot of conflict of political ideologies is seen here.
University student Amit says “Till now conflicts, debates and discussions on political ideologies were seen. But this type of abusive language and sloganeering against the country shows mental frustration.”
In February this year, the portrait of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was damaged inside the university. Then there was violence between two groups of students. Before that, there was a lot of uproar in JNU regarding the screening of BBC documentary in January 2023.
In December last year, a similar incident was reported from Delhi’s JNU wherein controversial slogans were written on the walls of several buildings located on the university campus, including the offices of several professors. Slogans against Brahmin and Vaishya communities were written on the walls of the School of International Studies-II building on the university campus.