On Sunday evening, I was sitting with a journalist friend in New Delhi when frantic messages started pouring into our inbox. A mob of men with masks on their faces had stormed the campus and attacked the students at one of India’s most iconic universities, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), named after independent India’s first Prime Minister.
Videos trickled into our WhatsApp messages, showing students bleeding from the attack, among them Aishe Ghosh, the President of the Students’ Union. We drove toward JNU, only to be stopped midway by police officers, and the roads leading to the university were closed. We walked for 30 minutes in the pitch dark, since the street lights leading to the campus were mysteriously shut off.
Students returning from the campus toward the city were visibly shaken, warning us about “ABVP goons” surrounding the university and targeting students and other journalists present. The ABVP (Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad) is a student group affiliated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, currently led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.…
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- JNU violence reflects an apocalyptic politics driven by a constant need to find new enemies – By Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Jan 7, 2020, Indian Express)
- JNU violence: Inside the WhatsApp group that ‘coordinated’ the mayhem – By Meghnad S, Prateek Goyal and Anukriti Mali (Jan 6, 2020, News Laundry)
- Delhi police probe or ABVP investigation? DCP releases images shared earlier by ABVP – By Pratik Sinha and Pooja Chaudhuri (Jan 11, 2020, Alt News)