‘We have to fight the enemies within’

Right-wing outfit had launched attack on activists at seminar held four days ago

Updated - August 29, 2018 08:35 am IST

Published - August 29, 2018 01:54 am IST - New Delhi

Vernon Gonsalves being taken to Pune after his arrest in Andheri on Tuesday. Prashant Waydande

Vernon Gonsalves being taken to Pune after his arrest in Andheri on Tuesday. Prashant Waydande

The arrest of several human rights activists on Tuesday comes just four days after Right-wing outfit Group of Intellectuals and Academicians (GIA) held a seminar at Hansraj College where its members accused the activists and academicians of trying to divide the nation.

Sunil Ambekar, national organising secretary of the ABVP, had urged students to reclaim the space in higher education, which he claimed had over several years come under the influence of professors promoting Maoist/Leninist ideology. “The centre of Naxalism is not in the tribal regions of the country but in cities such as Delhi, and it is from universities where society is corrupted intellectually,” he had said.

“It is shameful that there are politicians from national parties in this country who go and show solidarity with students who shout anti-national slogans calling for the destruction of India. Our soldiers will protect the country from enemies from outside but we have to fight the enemies within,” Mr. Ambekar had said.

GIA convener, Monica Arora, an advocate in the Supreme Court, had told students of Delhi University that it was the Left-leaning professors in DU and Jawaharlal Nehru University, along with lawyers, activists and students, who have created an ecosystem to capture the debate on media and control the narrative, and are subjecting India to intellectual terrorism.

Film-maker and author Vivek Agnihotri said that only those who were positive could change society and those who are always talking about the negatives and showing the fault-lines have been able to do nothing.

“In India’s eastern side, there are communist terror outfits and in the western side there are Islamic terror organisations. These outfits ensure that there is always a state of anarchy,” he said.

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