JNU Student Union Elections Marked by Heightened Division

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) held its recent Student Union elections, with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) emerging as single largest group, despite losing the 4 office bearer seats to Left. The election was closely contested, with a coalition of left-leaning opposition parties (including AISF, AISA, SFI, DSF, and BAPSA) and unofficial backing from NSUI uniting against the ABVP.

The JNU campus has a heightened atmosphere, with allegations of anti-India and anti-religious sentiments. Pro-Army slogans by ABVP have been met with counter-chants. Additionally, some students have expressed support for controversial figures and the “independence” of “disputed” territories. Inflammatory graffiti targeting religious groups has also appeared.

Experts suggest that addressing these tensions requires understanding the factors that contribute to radicalization on the JNU campus. Strategies are needed to promote a more inclusive environment and reduce divisions rooted in ideology.

The ABVP states they focus on practical student issues rather than forming alliances against other groups. They also seek to counter efforts by groups they label as “urban Naxalites” who aim to destabilize the nation.

The JNU situation reflects a significant struggle between those who support unity and equality and those who promote division. Stakeholders must work to find ways to foster a more inclusive campus environment while addressing the underlying causes of radicalization.