The Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan praised Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for organising Kargil Vijay Diwas inside its campus in New Delhi on Sunday. It will also make students aware of the sacrifices of the jawans.
On the occasion of 18th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas, the JNU organised a programme to commemorate India's glorious victory and to pay homage to the Indian Army and the Kargil martyrs. The celebrations were organised by the university and Veterans India, an organisation of ex-servicemen from the army, navy and air force. The presence of the Army tank will constantly remind thousands of students who pass through this university about the great sacrifices and valor of the Indian Army. Sare ka sara humara hai (The Kashmir where Mukherjee died is ours) echoed on a relatively empty JNU campus as a group of over 300 people walked, fluttering the tri-colour, from the main gate to the convention centre.
Reacting to the VC's remark, AAP leader Ashutosh in a tweet said, "If tank is required to inspire the youngsters instead of books, one can understand in which hands the rein of country is". "JNU is always making headlines".
While Kumar termed the programme as "historic", according to a Times of India report, Pradhan said he was surprised by the change in the environment of the university - which past year was the epicentre of a controversy over alleged anti-national slogans and where now slogans of "Bharat Mata ki jai" were being raised.
Minister of State, External Affairs, VK Singh called for national unity, saying, "India could never be invaded by an external force without the help of traitors". He was supported by Bakshi, who said, that while the gadh (stronghold) of JNU was being captured, the other qilas (fortresses) of Jadavpur University and Hyderabad Central University remained to be captured as well. Back in March 2016, in the aftermath of the protests around the institutional murder of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, it was reported that the students were being trapped inside the university with no food, water or money in the ATMs.
"We will create a situation where people will love the nation. These defence personnel are our alumni and we are proud of them", Kumar told ET on Monday. Taking a jibe at the Left-leaning students in JNU he said, "See how we turned things around".