Atanu Dey On India's Development

JNU and Commie Hypocrisy

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Too much hypocrisy in the air these days. Commies, Christians, Congressis, . . . the list goes on. The three C’s converge on the campus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University — which is appropriate and right.

See this for Christian hypocrisy. Congress hypocrisy is well illustrated here. And now for a recent example of commie hypocrisy.

Outlook India of Jan 25th has an article on the opposition of some faculty members to reservations for SC/ST candidates at the level of professors.

. . . 30 professors on the academic council wrote to vice-chancellor B.B. Bhattacharya on November 25 last year . . . the professors raise concerns about how JNU would lose its academic sheen if reservation was allowed at the level of professors. Their concern was aroused by an advertisement put out by the varsity for 149 faculty positions, over half of which are reserved at the level of professor and associate professor for SC/ST candidates.

That’s funny, isn’t it. “Yes, we are all for caste based reservations, but NIMBY,” seems to be the attitude. All statements appear to be in the pattern of, “I support reservations, but . . .” The big but butts in. Cognitive dissonance or just plain hypocrisy. I lean towards the latter.

Y.K. Alagh, Former Vice-Chancellor is quoted in one part as saying, “There has to be a minimal standard to be observed if JNU is to continue as a world-class university.” JNU is world-class university? Really? You could have fooled me, Prof Alagh.

The truth is that JNU is not a world-class university. The article contradicts itself.

Alagh says JNU was once rated among the top 100 universities in the world. “There is a minimal standard that needs to be followed if the university aspires to be a world-class one,” he says. [emphasis added.]

OK, so once upon a time (as they say in fairy tales) it was in the top 100. Perhaps JNU does make it in the top 10,000 list today. Jawaharlal himself made it to the top 100 once upon a time, and I think with time as people get more and more clued in, Jawaharlal will certainly rank in the top 1,000,000 in terms of world-class leaders. Sic transit gloria mundi, and all that, don’t you know.

  • RSingh

    JNU is a funny place to be in. Everyone is a commie while studying but wants to get a good job in a metro city after passing out. Talk big while it is convenient- studying at subsidised fees, living in highly subsidised hostels in a safe campus, but enter the real world and whoosh all ideals go up in a puff.
    Hypocrisy as its height….

  • Ram Garib

    Even today you can find commies going ga-ga about paradise in Cuba. Yet when it comes to migration most of them prefer to head towards the sinister capitalist empire. I have yet to see a commy student leader who wants to migrate to Cuba.