JNU's vice chancellor wants an Army tank installed on campus

JNU's vice chancellor wants an Army tank installed on campus

Speaking during the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration, JNU VC said, "I would like to request VK Singh ji to help us procure an Army tank so that we can put it on display in the university". "The presence of an Army tank will constantly remind students of the great sacrifice and valor of the Indian Army and defence forces".

It started with the JNU faculty and students along with the kin of Kargil martyrs and members of Veterans India, a body of ex-servicemen, holding a march with a 2,200-feet-long tricolour and paying tributes at the Wall of Heroes - located in JNU's convention centre where 21 portraits of Param Vir Chakra awardees are exhibited.

This isn't the first time such an idea has been floated on the JNU campus.

MoS External Affairs V K Singh said the Indian Army had the "best record" on human rights across the world.

This comes in the backdrop of JNU being at the centre of the controversy for alleged anti-India slogans in 2016 that led to students being arrested for sedition. "JNU is always making headlines".

Earlier while inaugurating the "Wall of Heroes", Kumar had said that our soldiers are our guardians. We want to make them understand how people in the Army lay down their lives.

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Rajiv Malhotra on his part, was glad that JNU was finally being "captured", but GD Bakshi warned that despite the "victory" over JNU, the work was still incomplete, because Jadavpur University and Hyderabad Central University still remained to be "captured". "And if they don't, we will force them to love it", the head of Veterans India has said.

The freedom of speech issue, for which JNU students like Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya fought vehemently a year ago, was also brought up by Gautam Gambhir. Freedom of speech is important, but there are certain things which are absolutely non-negotiable.

Gambhir said, "We should feel proud to respect our national flag, and our country and the Army which provides us the freedom we enjoy".

Gambhir even expressed his support for Major Gogoi's decision to tie a Kashmiri man to the front of a military vehicle to deter stone-pelters.

The Vice Chancellor, M. Jagadesh Kumar, praised the valour of the Indian soldiers in the Kargil War, and expressed his profound gratitude to the Indian Army and expressed his satisfaction that the JNU was able to pay homage to our martyrs.