NEW DELHI: Urging college students to develop campuses as platforms for cohesive and inclusive debates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whereas unveiling a statue of Swami Vivekananda on the JNU campus on Thursday, instructed that nationwide curiosity shouldn’t be compromised for particular person ideologies and ideas, a message seen within the context of frequent clashes and even violence between Left and BJP males within the college.
“One factor that has harmed the democratic set-up of our nation is giving precedence to at least one’s personal ideology moderately than the curiosity of the nation,” Modi stated on the event the place he urged college students to imbibe the ideas of Vivekananda, whose main focus, he stated, was to make India a fantastic nation and a world energy.
Modi, carrying a saffron jacket, stated one must be versatile in giving precedence to nationwide curiosity and never solely observe particular person pondering. “One can take a glimpse at historical past that in instances of adversity, folks of various ideologies got here collectively. Individuals of various ideologies got here collectively below Gandhiji’s management and so they fought collectively as there was a typical trigger,” he stated.
“It was witnessed throughout Emergency additionally. I used to be a part of that motion… RSS, Jana Sangh, communists, a number of folks belonging to JNU had additionally joined arms and fought collectively for nationwide curiosity,” he added.
Whereas the occasion was on, many college students who had been protesting on the college’s north gate for 2 weeks over re-entry of scholars into the campus, confirmed their dissent in opposition to the PM. In an open letter, JNU College students’ Union requested, “Why did the Centre advocate the appointment of a vice-chancellor who left no stone unturned in destroying a college that has produced Nobel laureates? Why had been college students referred to as criminals and anti-nationals, whereas these praising Nathuram Godse discovered a excessive place in Parliament?”
Although BJP affiliated college students’ wings have made some inroads in JNU, the campus stays predominantly a Marxist bastion that noticed pitched battles in January between teams over points like demonstrations in opposition to the Citizenship Modification Act, hostel price hikes and blockading of educational actions. BJP’s scholar wing ABVP was accused of organising violence whereas it claimed that Left teams had intimidated college students in hostels.
Modi stated any resolution taken out of obsession with a sure ideology harmed the nation. “If somebody has accepted an ideology solely in self-interest and as opportunism, it doesn’t succeed. Now we have to make sure that wholesome debate stays alive,” he stated.
“India is a land the place seeds of various ideologies germinate and flourish. Youth of the nation ought to strengthen this custom of the nation,” he stated and added, “This very custom makes India probably the most vibrant democracy of the world.”
Modi cited the JNU hostels, that are named after rivers of the nation like Ganga, Godavari, Jhelum and Sutlej.
He additionally talked about the favored joint on the campus — Sabarmati Dhaba — the place college students collect for refreshments and stated, “The statue of Swami Vivekananda is an addition the place college students can collect and change concepts.”

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