JNU V-C wants tank installed on campus to instill 'love for the Army'
'... there are certain things... which are non-negotiable. No one should comment against the army,' cricketer Gautam Gambhir said at the same event at which the request for the tank was made. In photo: India's T-90 tank. Photograph: (ANI)
The vice chancellor of Jawahar Lal Nehru University has asked the government for a tank.
The vice chancellor, M Jagadesh Kumar, would like for the tank to be installed on campus so that it can instill, among students, a "love for the Army".
The request was made during an event on campus Sunday commemorating Kargil Vijay Diwas.
There are many forts like Jadavpur and Hyderabad university which our army will capture,' General (retd) GD Bakshi said
If we have a de-commissioned tank in JNU, it is only to show our strong & close association with defence institutes of the country: VC, JNU pic.twitter.com/x0nZ5t7Vn7— ANI (@ANI_news) July 24, 2017
It will also serve as a reminder of great sacrifices made by the defence forces for safety of the country: Jagdish Kumar, VC, JNU pic.twitter.com/ij0Kc5JpJL— ANI (@ANI_news) July 24, 2017
The event was attended by, among others, cricketer Gautam Gambhir, union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and VK Singh, and Major General (retd) GD Bakshi.
In his address to the audience, which included the family members of Army veterans and soldiers who had made the supreme sacrifice, the Times of India reported Gambhir as saying: “I believe in it (freedom of speech) but there are certain things, like the respect of the national flag which are non-negotiable. No one should comment against the army."
The TOI reported Pradhan as saying he was surprised by the change in JNU, where slogans like `Bharat Mata ki Jai' are now being raised.
The TOI said Bakshi proclaimed “victory over JNU“, for which he gave credit to the VC.
“There are many forts like Jadavpur and Hyderabad university which our army will capture," the TOI reported him as proclaiming.
It added that the author Rajeev Malhotra warned the audience about an “internal war“ in the country, saying the event at JNU was “much like a victory over Kargil. Every student has to be a Kshatriya in this internal war.“