A bunch of new pamphlets calling students to join revolutionary organisations to fight ‘saffronisation and other plans of the RSS’ cropped up inside the JNU campus on Saturday.
The posters come at a time when the university has been trying to deal with a controversy surrounding some of its students allegedly raising anti-national slogans on campus recently.
The new posters, pasted by an organisation that identified itself as ‘The New Materialist’, say: “The right to self-determination of nationalities is nothing new and has been there against the monolithic idea of nation. Sloganeering by students who come from various parts of this country represents contending views and expression of dissent can never be criminalised in a real democracy.”
JNU students have however dismissed the pamphlets saying the organisation which brought out the pamphlets had no support in campus and had only three-four members.
“It is laughable that such posters are being made into an issue. That group is insignificant in the campus. There are a maximum of four members in that group and sometimes their number comes down to three and two,” said a PhD student, who did not wish to be named.
JNU students’ union vice president Shehla Rashid Shora said that while the union and her party have no connection with the organisation which pasted the pamphlets on the campus, they support right to free speech. “JNU has a democratic space where everyone can voice their views and opinions. I haven’t seen the posters, but on campus we like to debate and talk it out when we have a difference of opinion,” she said.