DU’s Moment of Mutiny

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DU’s Moment of Mutiny

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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am convinced there is something in the capital’s air. Something about the early months of the year, the promise of spring, or maybe the onset of exam season, that raises the hackles of university students. Last year, around the same time, JNU was erupting apparently over the questioning of Afzal Guru’s execution and a call for Kashmir’s “azadi”. This year, close to the first anniversary of the JNU moment, there has been serious violence at Delhi University, triggered by Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad’s attempts to shut down any form of protest.

You could argue that students should be in classes and not out on the streets wasting taxpayers’ money. And you’d be playing right into the hands of a typically Indian notion that young adults do not know any better, and are not right-thinking autonomous individuals who know their minds. Just like Maneka Gandhi, who believes that a “Lakshman rekha”, in the form of a hostel curfew needs to be introduced to contain the hormonal outbursts of young men and women (which apparently switches on only after twilight).

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