New Delhi, July 24: Jawaharlal Nehru University, which was at the centre of a controversy for alleged anti-India slogans last year, may install Army tank in the campus to instill patriotism in students. JNU Vice Chancellor (VC) M Jagadesh Kumar on Sunday requested the government to install an Army tank in the campus instil a “love for the Army” among students. The JNU VC made the request at an event attended by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, VK Singh, retd major general GD Bakshi and Indian cricketer cricketer Gautam Gambhir.
Addressing the audience at an event to celebrate Kargil Vijay Diwas, JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar urged VK Singh present at the programme to help the varsity procure an army tank which can be put up on display in the campus. “I would like to request VK Singh to help us procure an Army tank so that we can put it on display in the university,” said Jagadesh Kumar. “Presence of a Army tank will constantly remind students of great sacrifice and valour of Indian Army and defence forces,” said the VC.
An event was organised in the JNU campus to observe Kargil Vijay Diwas. The participants took out a ‘Tiranga Yatra’, carrying a 2,200-foot Tricolour from Ganga dhaba to the convention centre. Female family members of soldiers who died fighting in the Kargil war were felicitated at the event. The programme also witnessed a performance by the army band.
Speaking at the event, V K Singh said, “India could never be invaded by an external force without the help of traitors. We should understand that if we are united, we cannot be defeated… our patriotism is shown only on August 15 and January 26.” In his address, G D Bakshi proclaimed “victory over JNU”, for which he gave all credit to the VC. Cricketer Gautam Gambhir touched upon the freedom of speech debate that had engulfed JNU last year. “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,” Gambhir said.