Indian-American Nobel laureate slams government over JNU riots, calls it similar to Nazi rule in Germany

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Hundreds of masked goons attacked JNU Campus, India’s premiere education institute, on January 5 in the evening. Dozens of students including JNU Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh sustained severe injuries after the attack. While the incident has sparked protests in the whole country in support of JNU students, Nobel laureate, Abhijit Banerjee, an alumnus of JNU has also condemned the attack on students.

Banerjee, has sought information from the Modi government about the violence that unfolded on the campus of his alma mater and said any Indian who cares about the country’s image should be worried.

Speaking to News 18, Abhijit Banerjee said, “I think any Indian who cares about the nation’s image in the world should worry. This has too many echoes of the years when Germany was moving towards Nazi rule.”

Banerjee added, “The government needs to actually establish the truth of what happened and not let it get drowned in the chorus of counter-accusations.”

The Nobel laureate, who did his masters at the JNU campus in the 80s also expressed concern for those students and teachers who were injured during Sunday’s violent clashes.

In an interview after winning the Nobel prize in economics, he told India Today that he, as a student, had also spent 10 days in jail during his college days when he participated in the protests of JNU.

In an article, published in Hindustan Times in 2016, Abhijit Banerjee shared that he and his friends were kept in Tihar jail for 10 days and were beaten up. “We were beaten (I was) and thrown into Tihar jail, charged not quite with sedition, but attempt to murder and the rest. The charges were eventually dropped thank God but not before we spent 10 days or so in Tihar,” he said in the article.

To extend support to the JNU students after the attack on the university hostel on January 5, Bollywood personalities led hundreds of people in a peaceful protest against the attack on New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University campus at Carter Road in Mumbai on Monday (January 6) evening, combining sloganeering with songs and poetry recitals, NDTV reported.

Among those present were Vishal Bharadwaj, Anurag Kashyap, Anubhav Sinha, Zoya Akhtar, Diya Mirza, Rahul Bose, Richa Chadha, Swanand Kirkire, Reema Kagti, Hansal Mehta, Sayani Gupta, Gauahar Khan and Taapsee Pannu, besides stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra.

What really happened?

At least 28 people were said to be injured as chaos reigned on the campus for nearly two hours.
Home minister Amit Shah ordered a probe into the matter. Soon after the attack, people across the country protested on roads.

Eyewitnesses alleged the attackers entered the JNU premises when a meeting was being held by JNU Teachers’ Association on the issue of violence on campus and assaulted students and professors. They also barged into three hostels. Video footage showed a group of men, who were brandishing hockey sticks and rods, moving around a building. The Left-controlled JNUSU and the RSS-backed ABVP blamed each other for the incident.