Why Delhi Police Is Going Soft On Kashmiris Who Actually Raised Anti-India Slogans In JNU


From the very beginning, it has been amply clear that the people who raised anti-India slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on 9 February were Kashmiris. Yet, the Delhi Police has not even been looking for them, because arresting Kashmiri students in Delhi will finish any remaining chance of saving the PDP-BJP alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

Arresting no one was not an option given the nationalist hysteria whipped up by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the ABVP. As a result, Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya are in jail even though they raised no anti-India slogans. If anything, they tried to douse that fire.

Kashmiri voices

Initial eyewitness accounts made it clear that it was Kashmiris–who were neither students nor teachers at JNU–who had raised anti-India slogans. It is common for some Kashmiris living in Delhi to attend Kashmir-related events in Delhi, sometimes even raising azadi slogans. On 9 February in JNU, however, activists of the ABVP tried to block the event which they saw as an effort to paint terrorist Afzal Guru as a martyr. As ABVP activists provoked the Kashmiris with slogans such as “Kashmir hamara hai, saara ka saara hai,” the Kashmiris responded with equal provocation.

"The organisers Umar Khalid, Banjyotsna Lahiri and Aswathi intervened twice to stop the students from chanting such slogans.”

Here are two such eyewitness accounts.

JNU student Talha Chowdhry told Tehelka: “The Kashmiri students chanted slogans for Azaadi—‘Tum kitne Afzal maroge, ghar ghar se Afzal niklega,’ ‘Afzal hum sharminda hei, tere khatil zinda hain’. The ABVP activists retaliated by shouting, ‘Doodh mangoge kheer denge, Kashmir mangoge cheer denge’, and ‘Jo Afzal ki baath karega, wo Afzal ki mauth marega’. In between, the Kashmiri students chanted slogans such as ‘Bharat ke barbadi tak jang rahegi’ to which the organisers objected. The organisers Umar Khalid, Banjyotsna Lahiri and Aswathi intervened twice to stop the students from chanting such slogans.”


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