Don’t you think that so far 2016 has proved itself as one of the worst nightmares for India? Not 2 months have been completed in this year but many major incidents has already took place that has shaken India completely.
2nd Jan, 2016 Terrorist attack on Indian Air Force Base in Pathankot:
6 terrorists sneaked in India and then in Air Force Base in Pathankot. All were shot dead till 5th Jan. But India lost life of 7 security personnel and 1 civilian. The attack was seen as an attempt to undermine the India-Pakistan peace process. Almost all major Indian newspapers published editorials advising the Indian government to “stay the course” and not serve the purpose of the attackers by stalling or suspending the peace dialogue with Pakistan.
Suicide of Rohith Vemula, a dalit scholar in University of Hyderabad:
He was an Indian PhD student at the University of Hyderabad. His suicide on 17thJan,2016 sparked protests and outrage from across India and gained widespread media attention as an alleged case of discrimination against Dalits and low status caste in India, His death occurred after a controversy which extended over several months starting in July 2015, when the University reportedly stopped paying him the fellowship of 25,000 rupees per month and expelled him from the hostel along with five other members of the Ambedkar Students Association (ASA).
Earlier, students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University organised an event on Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who was hanged in 2013. This was to be done the day after Guru’s third death anniversary. Posters for the events were pasted all around the campus and admin had also given the permission but later on just sometime before the event some ABVP members came and stopped it claiming it to be anti-national.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar is behind bars after he was charged with sedition and arrested on 13 February following his fiery speech an evening before at the university campus. The speech, which is around 23 minutes long, was delivered in Hindi, In this he talked about many things constitution, nationalism, politics, RSS, Bhartiya Sanskaar, questions on basic concepts, also raised issue of Rohith’s suicide, institutional violence and a lot of other things too. The issue is still unsolved.
It’s not a new issue. In fact it has been there since 1990s but it has made its place in the front pages of newspaper from the last one week. Now jaats are demanding for a quota under OBC(Other Backward Castes). But the fact is they have more than 49% of Haryana’s wealth and when survey was done some years back then jaats have been compared with the wealthy castes not the lower ones. But now they want reservation for them and when CM Khattar agreed to their demands but keeping the factor of economic status in mind, jaats denied to it they have burnt many houses, shops, malls, schools, colleges. It has affected many other states like Punjab, UP, Rajasthan. Now there is scarcity of essential commodities in states even Delhi is facing shortage of water. It’s the burning issue right now and there are chances that tomorrow there will be protests in Arts Faculty, DU and Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station (It is not yet confirmed)!
Terrorists Attack in Pampore, J&K:
There has been another terrorist attack in Pampore, J&K on 20thFeb, 2016. According to news 4-5 terrorists are hidden, with a lot of explosives, in EDI Institute there. The firing is till on India has already lost its 4 captains and 1 civilian, 9 soldiers are injured.
A whole heap has already happened in India during this year; I just pray for peace.
What are your views on it? Do tell us them!
By Simran Pahwa
for Campus Drift