In a startling development, villagers in Bastar, Chattisgarh have complained to police that visiting faculty from JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) & Dehi Unviersity, accompanied by CPI-M workers, have been spreading disaffection regarding the State of Bharat, and instigating villagers to support the Naxalite/Moaist terrorist movement.
The villagers of Kumakoleng, Nama and Soutnar in Bastar district submitted the hand-written complaint at Darbha police station after a visit by JNU professor Archana Prasad (Centre for Informal sector and labour studies), Delhi University professor Nandni Sundar (who travelled under the alias Professor Richa Keshav), Vineet Tiwari from Joshi Research Institute and CPI (Marxist) leader Sanjay Parate.
As per the complaint, JNU professors told the villagers,“State administration will not provide anything. If you don’t listen to Naxalites your life & property will be in danger. Call back those who have surrendered. If police will camp here, your sisters & daughters will not be safe. Naxalites will take care of you.”
The complaint letter goes on to say that the villagers are tired of being persecuted by Naxalites who beat them up, loot their money and rations. They are happy with the efforts made by the administration to improve their lives, and want nothing to do with Naxalites. But when people from Delhi come and make such provocative speeches to drag them back into the same muck of Naxalism, it breaks their unity and spirit. They request the administration to prevent such Naxal supporting outsiders from entering their village and spoiling their future.
Large swathes of West Bengal, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and other states of Bharat have been facing a fierce terrorist insurgency launched by Maoists in 1967 from the Naxalbari village of West Bengal (hence the term ‘Naxalites’). In 2005, then PM Manmohan Singh called left-wing Maoist communist terrorism as the ‘biggest threat facing the nation’. Maoists take their ideological inspiration from Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong, and want to overthrow the Government of Bharat and establish a Chinese style totalitarian Communist state. Since it started, Naxal/Maoist/Left-Wing Terror has led to over 10,000 deaths & has contributed to almost a third of terrorist incidents across the nation.
University Campuses – Safe Zones for Separatists?
The outlawed Naxalites have many over-ground sympathizers, and their urban front organizations have made deep inroads into many University campuses, especially the social science departments. Incendiary propaganda material supporting the Naxal ‘revolutionaries’ can be found without too much trouble on JNU and Jadavapur University campuses..The recently released film ‘Buddha in a Traffic Jam’ by Vivek Agnihotri shows how young minds in college are brainwashed by Naxal sympathizers in academics and media.
In 1999, in the midst of the Kargil war, leftist students in JNU organised a Bharat-Pakistan mushaira (poetic gathering) where Bharat and its defence forces were openly abused. In 2010, leftist students in JNU held a night-long ‘celebration’ of the slaughter of 76 CRPF personnel by Naxals in an ambush at Dantewada, Chattisgarh. In February this year, an event was held at JNU to protest the ‘judicial murder’ of convicted Kashmiri terrorist Afzal Guru, in which anti-national slogans like ‘Bharat ki barbadi tak jung chalegi’, ‘Bharat tere tukde honge, Inshallah, Inshallah” were raised. It appears that campuses have become safe zones for separatists of all hues – Naxals, Kashmiris etc – left-wing and other radical elements have come together in a strategic alliance against their common enemy: Hindu nationalists.
In 2014, DU English professor G N Saibaba, deputy secretary of the ‘Revolutionary Democratic Front’, was arrested for Naxal links; he was given bail in April this year, while the case against him is still in court. Later that year, J Apparao, an associate professor of Andhra University was arrested by the Visakhapatnam rural police for suspected Maoist links. In Feb 2016, Dr. Bilakshan Ravidas, a professor and proctor at Bhagalpur University, was arrested by Bihar police on suspected Naxal links.
The events of the last few months have shown the deep-rooted radicalization and politicization within academia, especially in social sciences. Marxists have dominated the academic/intellectual space since Independence, and their outrage over the police investigation of the anti-national event at JNU was extremely revealing. “Hindu society is the most violent society in the world’”, “Government is destroying freedom of expression”, “Government sent masked IB (Intelligence Bureau) agents to raise anti-national slogans and defame JNU” were some of the invective spewed by Marxist professors like Jayati Ghosh, Nivedita Menon and others.
But going to villages and exhorting people to support terrorists who reject the Constitution of the country is unforgivable. If proved, the Chattisgarh and Central Governments should take exemplary action against the professors involved to send a tough message to rogue elements in academia.