JNU’s Agitations :The larger question for higher education of Marginalized section
I was not lucky enough to be educated at JNU or non my family members went to JNU for education. But, my teachers, who were the student of JNU. I can vouch, because they have got training at JNU, so they were great teacher and friend at the same time in the History department of Jamia Millia Islamia, where, I was the first person from my family, who came to Delhi for higher education.
I know, many students, who came from far-flung of the India. Even, students both boys/girls, they are from modest family background (socially & economically). But, over the period of time, due to quality education, robust training and support from ecosystem of JNU, which has been established by visionary teachers. I know, they have achieved commendable place for serving in the private or public sector in India or many of them have been doing good work globally.
The JNU students are fighting for the same ecosystem, which has been working in the campus to ease out the difficulties for the students to achieve higher education, particularly for the low income or socially disadvantaged groups. This fight is nothing less or nothing more, just to retain the same ecosystem.
Getting quality education is big challenge in our country particularly for the low income groups or for the marginalized section. At time, every things being commodified to established the liberalization. This is the withdrawn syndrome of the State, not to invest in the education or health. This has nothing to do with the current dispensation, this is the consistent policy of the Indian government.
We have seen, what has happened in the Tata institute of Social Science? Where inclusive policy for integration of the marginalized has stopped in the name of privatization.
The agitation of JNU is not just for fee hike, the larger goal of this struggle for the students of the country, we know, what is the status of the State run university in our country, particularly in the cow belt region. Nothing has changed there, even these states being ruled by the BJP for quite longer time.
If one wants to achieve quality education but there is not much scope to go for this. Even, wherever the possibility, In the name of privatization or fee hike, they are encroaching that space from the students of marginalized groups, I am sure, Police personal, who has been proactive to crackdown the agitation of the students, they must have to think, where will their children go for the affordable & quality education?
This is the high time for our country to ensure the social justice for the marginalized community through quality & affordable education. As Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s described “We must stand on our own feet and fight as best as we can for our rights. So carry on your agitation and organize your forces. Power and prestige will come to you through struggle”