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.