Why the fuss over a tank, JNU represents the idea of India

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After Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar requested an army tank be placed in the campus, many students and teachers of the institution have criticized the move stating that placing the tank is an overt act of nationalism and patriotism.

In response, many people have come out in support of the move stating that the tank represents the sacrifice of soldiers and is not against the ideals of the institution and its scholars. On Arnab Goswami’s debate, NewsMobile Editor-in-Chief Saurabh Shukla said that “JNU represents the idea of India and the people chanting anti-national slogans do not represent the ethos of JNU.”

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which was at the centre of many controversies last year, on Sunday observed ‘Kargil Vijay Diwas’ to mark the sacrifices of Indian soldiers in the 1999 war.

It started with the JNU faculty and students along with the kin of Kargil martyrs and members of Veterans India, a body of ex-servicemen, holding a march with a 2,200-feet-long Tricolour and paying tributes at the Wall of Heroes – located in JNU’s convention centre where 21 portraits of Param Vir Chakra awardees are exhibited.

JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar termed the programme as “historic”, and said it was an important day to remember the sacrifices made by the Army and other security forces for the country.


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