Gurmehar Kaur is ‘daughter of India’, says Venkaiah Naidu, but adds raising ‘Azaadi slogans’ is treason

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Updated: March 02, 2017 6:31 PM

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today spoke on reports of students raising "anti-national" slogans in educational institutes and called it a way to create "divisive mindset" among the young generation.

Venkaiah Naidu, ramjas college, du, delhi university, gurmehar kaurVenkaiah Naidu further said that raising slogans of “Azaadi” were clearly treason and if it was not then he did not know what it was. (Reuters)

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today spoke on reports of students raising “anti-national” slogans in educational institutes and called it a way to create “divisive mindset” among the young generation. The minister clearly said that such incidences in universities “are trying to create a divisive mindset and we have the right to condemn it”; he was speaking to India Today TV. Naidu further said that raising slogans of “Azaadi” were clearly treason and if it was not then he did not know what it was. Amidst the clash that has been taking place at Delhi University’s Ramjas College, ABVP had submitted a video to the police that showed a bunch of college students raising ‘Anti-India slogans.’ The authenticity of the video has not been confirmed but it showed some students raising slogans like ‘Bastar wants Azaadi’, ‘Kashmir wants Azaadi’, ‘police should go back’, ‘we want Azaadi’ and ‘youth wants Azaadi’. According to the report, students in the video were from Delhi’s Ramjas College. Showing his strong disapproval to such incidents, Naidu said that “slogans of Azaadi is followed by violence.”

The minister also talked on the ongoing controversy over Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur. Asked about the comparisons drawn by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pratap Simha between 20-year-old martyr’s daughter Gurmehar and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, he said, the girl is “the daughter of India” and at present, she must be allowed to focus on her studies.

Naidu further targeted CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on his statement in which he asked why should people accept one sstandardizeddefinition of nationalism. Naidu said that their ideology has been rejected by people that has frustrated them and as a result, they are making ridiculous statements. However, asked about the government moving towards bringing a bill to amend the sedition law, he said the Law Ministry in consultation with the Home Ministry will bring a bill.

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