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Campuses in India and raging debates

Rajiv Gupta, former professor and head, Department of Sociology, University of Rajasthan, where he taught for 37 years before retiring in 2013.

The rightist forces  of the BJP-RSS combine have led an organized assault on the ideologies of liberalism, socialism and feminism, on the principles of equality, cultural freedom, social justice,  secularism and freedom of expression. The  cultural and moral  policing and misuse of force by the police, attacks on colleges and universities are instruments with which students  are assaulted. Use and misuse of the media and social media   are what makes the icing to this surveillance society where communism and feminism are counterpoised with patriotism   and nationalism. When students from Jawaharlal Nehru University or Ramjas College raise questions relating to  the rights of Jammu and Kashmir or Maoists  or the Northeast, it is about a public discourse not sedition and anti-national.

Aswini Mohapatra, professor, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

There are three major schools of thought – primordialist, civic nationalism and constructivist  schools. India belongs to neither of the three categories. The emotional connect of Bharat and its certain citizens  is difficult to comprehend by  so-called secular and left-leaning intellectuals. The home-grown movement is  fiercely protective of territorial sovereignty and its national identity.

Apoorvanand, literary and cultural critic who teaches Hindi at Delhi University.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)   feels emboldened because its government is in power at the Centre and it enjoys immunity. It enjoys colonizing over other ideologies. It doesnt allow any free thinking and feels free to attack anyone who indulges in helathy public discourse on national issues. It is similar to what Stalin, Hitler or Mao   did in their nations. The target is a free mind.

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