Anti-India sloganeering and posters are part of JNU life. May be government had some intelligence reports in this case, linking these students to terrorist outfits, hence the crack down. The intelligence, police and courts are competent enough to handle the situation. Unfortunately, children of some politicians have come under scrutiny, so there is lot of pressure on the government to be lenient. The opposition is attempting to take political advantage of the situation, that is its right in a democracy. But I think the public opinion does not favour it in this case. Our law enforcement agencies are capable of handling any terrorist linkages. I think these are minor incidents, poor students being misguided by those who enjoy fixed tenures and high pay cheques. Some of the students come from elite families of politicians, bureaucrats and academicians, you will notice that their parents would protect them. The opposition and the professional protesters would make lot of noises in the media as it serves their political purpose. I think the public should question these three sections - who brainwash the students, for whom protests are entertainment - millionaires pretending misery and who run the industry of protests.
We must also understand the philosophy of these protesters. They believe that
1. Society consists of disparate and antagonistic groups that are engaged in a zero sum struggle for hegemony. These groups are classified as hegemonic-marginalised, e.g. men-women, rich-poor, Hindu-Muslim, Brahmin-Dalit, industrialist-worker, landlord-tenant, Aryan-Dravidian, urban-rural, core-periphery, mainstream-tribal, etc.
2. State is an instrument of oppression of the hegemonic groups over the marginalised groups. So, it is an evil that needs to be weakened, until it melts away.
3. Ideologies that emphasise organic unity of the state are the primary enemy of the marginalised groups because they deny antagonism and oppression in society and glorify the state and its components like military, police, intelligence, market, property, family, spirituality, etc.
4. India is an artificial entity put together by the British imperialists. In reality, it is a conglomeration of ethnicities, castes and sects, only united by the Indian state and constitution. Indian constitution has inherent class, caste, religious, linguistic, regional and gender biases that need to be corrected by progressive legislation.
5. Hindutva is the primary enemy of this 'Idea of India' as an artificial entity because Hindutva believes that India is a civilisational unity, at least 5000 years old. It believes in the existence of a Hindu core that transcends ethnicity, caste and sect, thus uniting the Hindus and marginalising religious minorities.
6. Only way to defeat Hindutva is perpetuate disparity and antagonism on the lines of class, caste, religion, language, region and gender, so that there is a power struggle in society and Hindus do not vote as a bloc.
7. A coalition and weak government with numerous power centres is the best for the marginalised groups as their interests cannot be bulldozed by a brutal majority.
8. To further weaken the majority, there must be numerous restrictions through license-quota raj, reservations, government control of Hindu temples, non-imposition of a national language, strong laws against gender discrimination to the extent that the onus of proving innocence lies with the accused, etc.
9. The 'Idea of India' will survive only when the Hindu civilisation is fossilised by mythologising and demonising Sanskrit texts, promoting Aryan invasion theory, denying Islamic and Christian atrocities, rejecting scientific and cultural achievements, celebrating anti-Hindus as heroes, etc. Once Hindu civilisation is fossilised like ancient 'pagan' cultures, then the marginalised groups will be liberated from its hegemony.
10. 'Idea of India' project would reach its conclusion with the melting away of the Indian state.