“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
What is now happening across India over the JNU ‘protests’ or so-called ‘unrest’ reminds me of the Cicero’s immortal statement. There can be no second opinion or view over what constitutes an anti-national act, if people support hanged terrorist Afzal Guru and openly shout that they will not rest till India is destroyed. It is the most heinous act on the part of a citizen to denounce his own country and back terrorists. The same thing has happened at the JNU campus in Delhi. The backers of these so-called protestors argue that it was a mere voice of dissent. But the reality speaks of a different situation. None of the protesting students were actually expressing a civilised voice of dissent over something. They were indulging in a clear case of anti-national act by raising slogans in favour of Pakistan.
I agree that those who oppose the BJP or RSS have every right to do so under the Constitution of India. India is a true democracy and it allows a greater degree of dissent. But, these ‘protestors’ with a vested interest and a hidden anti-India agenda were not exercising their democratic right in a non-violent and Constitutional manner. They were actually calling for a bloodshed, worse toppling our cherished democratic institutions including the government. If it is not sedition, then nothing else is. The Left wing radicals have not been able to digest the fact that the people of India voted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power in a historic election almost two years ago. Their hatred for the BJP has now turned into their hatred for Mother India. Out of frustration, these elements which have always been directly and indirectly backing anti-national forces have now become truly anti-India. They must realise that being anti-BJP is democratic, but being anti-India is not. These elements have been living in the same India, benefit from the same democratic institutions and invoke the same Constitution when in trouble. But, they work against all these cherished ideals and would not mind if India is destroyed. What a sadistic mindset!
In pictures: Right or Left? JNU campus issue triggers protests
The claims of the Left, Congress and others, who are beating their chest crying that freedom of expression is under threat, is laughable. The same elements have turned our great academic institutions into dens of thugs and systematically suppressed all voices of dissent when they were in power. The Communists have a history of killing their opponents in cold blood even in school and college premises. The entire country knows what the Communists have done to JNU over the years. The Left and the Congress should be the last to fight for democracy and free thinking. Because both are anathema to them.
Rahul Gandhi has disgraced himself by openly backing the people who glorified Afzal Guru and shouted anti-India slogans. As Cicero famously said these elements are “traitors within”. They mercilessly kill their own mothers who breastfeed them. They are now caught with their pants down. They are playing victims to hide their crimes and divert the attention from the real issue.
It is time to expose these dangerous, pervert elements who could bring the edifice of Indian democracy down unless we nip them in the bud. They must be taught that opposing political opponents is entirely different from attacking one’s own motherland.
(Simha represents Mysuru constituency of Karnataka and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Views expressed here are personal.)