JAMMU: When last week senior journalists got together inside the precincts of Press Club of India to register their protest against murder of Gauri Lankesh, a Bengaluru based journalist, their stage was hijacked by some of the leftist comrades and the event turned into a mudslinging match between the sympathisers of the ruling dispensation and rebellious comrades, who termed the killing of Lankesh as defining moment in the history of Indian media.
The particular journalist fraternity while demanding justice also gave a call to stand against those who were trying to muzzle the voices of dissent.
A similar event to pay homage to Gauri Lankesh was organised in the Central University, Jammu, raising many an eyebrows. It is for the first time such an event was organised in the campus to pay homage to a veteran journalist.
The scenario is akin to the infamous Jawaharlal Nehru University, notorious for “Bharat ki Barbadi”, “Azadi, Azadi”, “Afzal Hum Sharminda Hain, Tere Kaatil Zinda Hain” etc.
The JNU type elements are fast becoming pro-active in the Central University Campus, courtesy some leftist minded Kashmir centric faculty members, who are reported to have been accommodated by the former Vice Chancellor.
Ironically, no such homage ceremony was organised in the memory of brave soldiers sacrificing their lives while defending the frontiers of Mother Nation. A condolence meeting was earlier organised in July 2016 to pay homage to former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
Ever since some of the faculty members have come on the radar of the University authorities for organising ‘controversial’ events. A close watch is being maintained on their ‘suspicious’ activities. Some of the ‘notorious’ students enrolled in different faculties are also under the scanner for spreading left wing ideology in the campus and roping in more and more students in their group.
It is also learnt that Central University authorities found themselves on the back-foot, as both the State and central Intelligence agencies have been seeking details of profiles of faculty members and students involved in anti-national activities on the campus.
The fundamental exercise also exposed the poor working culture of the Central University ever since it was established. Either the Central University authorities were merely acting like ‘mute’ spectators or shying away from cracking their whip against those faculty members who enjoyed clout and proximity with the powers that be at the helm of affairs.
According to highly placed official sources, “Central University authorities have shortlisted a group of at least one dozen students from different streams who are actively involved in ‘unwanted’ activities on the campus and have been regularly provoking other students to join their camp”.
It may be mentioned the same set of students and their seniors had earlier triggered a controversy in November 2016 by showing disrespect to the national symbols during an event in the campus.
When another group of students had raised this issue, the Vice-Chancellor Prof Ashok Aima had ordered formation of a committee to look into the matter and submit him a detailed report within a week’s time. What happened thereafter is not known to many on the campus as attempts were made to shield the real culprits. That episode had sent wrong message in the campus and gave an opportunity to the ‘notorious’ group to consolidate their grip over student community. In recent months, the same group has been involved in organising marches and spread left oriented ideology on the campus in the name of freedom of speech.
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