Recently, on the completion of five months of the arrest of all the prominent political leaders of Kashmir, important spokespersons of the Modi government and the ruling BJP had heard repeatedly that the leaders were kept in jail for nineteen months in Emergency. I went. In a way, this was a sign that Modi-Shah’s government is running the suppression of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency as the standard, where it will not hesitate to go. But, what has happened in the last almost three weeks, mainly in BJP-ruled states and especially in central universities, to suppress the opposition of CAA, it seems that the current rulers have left Emergency too far behind. . This sequence started with the universities of Jamia and Aligarh and after the raid on JNU from late afternoon to late evening on 5 January, it can be said that Emergency was much better than this rule.
The author of these lines, who not only saw Emergency in JNU but also actively participated in its resistance as an activist, wants to say with full intellectual responsibility that Emergency was better than the current Nizam. There are three major grounds for saying this.
The first is that in early January of 2020, the JNU community, including students, teachers and some security personnel, has been attacked by the police administration between 1975 and early 1977 in front of the horrific murderous attack. All actions do not take more than a little flap. This was when the JNU community, and especially the student movement, was as gritty as the eye of Indira Gandhi’s Nizam, as it might be for today’s Modi-Shah Nizam.
Of course, there were arrests in JNU in Emergency as well and probably more than other universities in terms of one university. Nearly early in the Emergency, the police had one night surrounded hostels, searched room-to-room student leaders and made several arrests according to their list. During the three-day strike of the students during the Emergency itself, with the help of the police, who entered the campus in plain uniform, after the students were prevented by the then prince, Sanjay Gandhi’s wife Maneka Gandhi from going to class, There was also an unforeseen incident like a kidnapping of a student in broad daylight by police officers and that student was spent the entire duration of Emergency in Misa Nd had to live.
Of course, the then president of JNU’s student union, Deviprasad Tripathi (who died recently), was also arrested and jailed for months in DIR. But, as Tripathi himself, later noted for his eloquent eloquence in his weak physique, said after the arrest, when he asked his catchers whether he should be prepared for torture of ‘third degree’, On the other hand, the answer with laughter was, ‘Why would we want to take the sin of killing our heads?’
Just compare this with what the trio of Governance-University Administration-Sangh Parivar did and got done on JNU campus on 5 January 2020.
More than a hundred, by some estimates, up to one and a half hundred, armed clashes of masked attackers, from the very beginning, in the presence of the police, but actually with the help of the deadly violence, whose photographs ranged from television channels to social media More than two-dozen students, including professors, have been badly injured in it, the President of the Students’ Union, the mortal hammered with an iron rod, sorting the iche Has been targeted. Sixteen stitches have come on his head. According to the doctors, if there was a little more stress in the injury to the wolf, then their head would have been torn and anything could have happened.
Those who caught Tripathi, the president of JNU Students’ Union in Emergency, thought it was safe. In the Modi-Shah Nizam, the attempt of those who targeted Aisha Ghosh of the same height and height as Tripathi was to cause maximum harm.
This brings us to the second reason for how the current situation is worse than emergency.
Emergency also had Sanjay Gandhi and his youth brigade. There was a lot of discussion about the hooliganism of the Youth Congress. NSUI did not have as much status among the students of JNU as the ABVP today. Nevertheless, at least in any attack on JNU as part of the Emergency, there was no masked platoon as the platoon was launched on 5 January 2020, neither was the role of the police and university administration, who had weapons. More than a hundred outsiders entered the campus, and there was no legal attacker chanting ‘Don’t shoot years’, like the crowd with the police at the main gate of the campus Surrounded, so that their masked companions could comfortably do their work. And they did their work really comfortably, for three-four hours and then got out of that comfort. His pro-mob also targeted ambulances who arrived to help the injured.