In the public domain, the discussion continues along predetermined lines: Someone we won’t identify shouted slogans, Kanhaiya Kumar is therefore anti-national, therefore all of JNU is a hotbed of deshdrohis… And so it goes, in a manner reminiscent of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
Meanwhile in JNU, the students do what they are supposed to. Inquire. Seek. Listen. Engage. Debate.
In the ongoing JNU lecture series, Romila Thapar speaks on a nation and its many histories:
Thapar quotes Eric Hobsbawm to set up her premise:
“History is to nationalism what the poppy is to the opium addict”
When you are done, here — the previous lectures in the series.