Delhi university has always been a microcosm for the national political scene, but of this magnitude? Gurmehar Kaur who started the prime mover in the stir has moved out and netas are hijacking a student movement. In other words, a harmless student campus issue has been escalated to such an extent. Every possible senior Neta has jumped into the fray. It is more like a political jambouree pawning youth for politics. Sitaram Yechury, general secretary CPM (I) said he will echo this issue in the Parliament. From Congress’s Rahul Gandhi to APP leader Arvind Kejriwal stoking subversion to Ravi Shankar Prasad of BJP who said freedom of speech doesnot mean disintegration of India. This is a campus issue that has been escalated to a political protest. From moderate tones to hard-hitting attacks on each other, it is a political slugfest out there.
Even the student icon and former JNU president, Kanaihya Kumar reached the scene. He stoked the student sentiment by saying who gave the ABVP a right to beat people. The real issue is getting lost in the political din. Our legislators who are supposed to govern the country are indulging in an issue worthy of no attention.
The protestors are also chanting azadi. This implies that the students of Delhi university want freedom from ABVP. It is, indeed, shameful that the students who organised the protest are not allowed to speak. Instead, political parties from all over have taken centre stage. It is becoming a norm in our country to politicise every issue. Won’t it be better for the Netas to concentrate on governance rather than indulging in defensive politics. This is purely a student campus issue and the netas must stay out of it. With the country beset with so many problems, we are sure the Netas have much better things to do than to make every issue a political one.