By Subhajit Sengupta
A confidential report accessed by Firstpost shows that JNU has always been under the government glare.
"It is important to mention here that Y&S section of Special Branch always keeps an eye on the activities of students, student organisations, youths and people who have a stake at JNU," a report submitted by the special branch to the top officers in the police headquarters states. It was submitted after the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, president of JNUSU, and an AISF cadre.
Ironically, this report makes just one mention of Kumar when it speaks of the 9 February protest. It mentions: "From reliable sources it is learnt that students who were present in this protest were Kanhaiya Kumar (president, JNUSU) of AISF, Anirban Bhatacharya, Anjali, Anvesha, Aswathi, Bhavna, Komal, Reyaz, Rubina, Umar and Samar from DSU, Ashutosh, Anant Kumar, Rama Naga, Chintu Kumari from AISA and Anmol PP of SFI."
The question that needs to be asked now is if so many names were mentioned then why was Kanhaiya chosen for special treatment, especially when the report clearly mentions who the original organisers were.
The special branch officer responsible for JNU noticed that a poster had come up on JNU campus about an event called 'The Country Without A Post Office'... It claimed to be against 'the judicial killings of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt!' It was supposed to be held at Sabarmati Dhaba on 9 February at 5pm. The names mentioned in the poster are Anirban, Anjali, Anvesha, Aswathi, Bhavna, Komal, Reyaz, Rubina, Umar and Samar.
This is when the special branch alerted JNU VC's office and campus security. The report claims that VC's office "had no idea that the programme was nothing to do with cultural activity; rather it was a protest by some Left supported student's group who may create problems... JNU security was also informed that the DSU students will be screening feature film on Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt."
It was then that the permission to organise the event was denied to the students and this was communicated to them by the JNU security.
Around 5pm, DSU students led by their president Umar Khalid, convenor, DSU began "to gather near Sabarmati Dhaba". Around 80/100 DSU and Left students were present at the venue.
The report claims: "The Left-supported student groups were shouting 'Bharat ki Barbadi tak jang rahegi jang rahegi', 'Kashmir Ki Ajadi tak Jang Rahegi, Jung rahegi', 'India Go Back' 'Pakistan Zindabad', 'Kitne Afzal maroge, ghar ghar se Afzal niklega.'
'In the mean time 30/40 activists from ABVP reached there under the leadership of Sh. Sourav Kumar Sharma, Joint Secretary, JNUSU' they were shouting slogans against DSU and shouting 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai.'
One interesting sidelight of the report is how while all the other union leaders were without any salutation, ABVP leader had a respectable 'Sh' before his name.
The report says "At 7:30pm the activists of DSU & ABVP started their march from Sabarmati Dhaba to Ganga Dhaba. They raised slogans against each other . At 8:30 PM the activists of DSU & ABVP dispersed from there peacefully."
It is only after that the ABVP alleged that "the activists of DSU and other Left supporting student organisations are indulging in anti-national activities. They want action against such students who are into anti-national activities".
This is not the first time that a report on JNU has been prepared. Two reports were also sent out in October and November last year. The first report on 6/10/2015 speaks about increasing surveillance on campus. "Special Branch officer had a meeting with then VC of JNU Sudhir Kumar Sopory, in the campus. During this meeting discussions were held on various subjects including CCTV surveillance in JNU campus to avoid any untoward incident. It was discussed that often some student groups raise slogans and participate in protests inside JNU campus. Many a times such slogans/protests have anti-national colour. It is reflected through objectionable posters which are prepared mostly through computers and affixed at hostel/JNU campus. Sometimes such posters are found to be hurting patriotic/religious feelings of the society. It was also discussed that the objectionable/anti-national activities of members of Democratic Students Union (DSU) have to be curbed by JNU authorities with the help of police."
There was yet another report on 12th of November which specifically focused on DSU. It went on to say "there are so many Left-supported student unions active in JNU. Most of them are non-reactive and mild in nature. They often raise slogans/protest on different national as well as local issues but their gathering remains very low. But two hidden students groups ie 1) DSU and 2) DSF have been found volatile and reactive. However , they are less than 10 in number. Sometimes they prepare nude and objectionable posters of deities on their computer and affix it on wall to hurt the religious feelings of the society. Their activities in the past are:
1) They mourned the death of Afzal Guru
2) They celebrated killing of CRPF Jawans in Dantewara, Chattisgardh in 2010
3) They worshipped 'Mahisasur' in place of Goddess Durga during September 14 'Navrata' festival last year.
4) They invited Kashmiri separatist leader Gilani for meeting. But JNU authority imposed ban on their such moves
5) They asked for beef in hostel mess
"One police officer from Spl Branch is already performing his duty at JNU Campus in plainclothes. He has been directed to keep watch over the situation.'
What we are left with after going through the entire report is a question: Does the country's topmost university deserve to be under the scanner all the time?