According to News Reports, a High level inquiry committee constituted by its Vice Chancellor to inquire into the Feb. 9 incident of "Anti-National Slogans at JNU", has submitted its unanimous report. It appears that the Committee has has recommended rustication of students union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and two other students for their alleged role in a controversial event last month at which anti-national slogans were raised. For those who wish to read about the Newsreport, here is the Link: Click to go to DeccanChronicle.com dt. 15.3.16.
Here is another quote from theHindu.Com.
"...The high level inquiry committee constituted by the VC to enquire into the incident has submitted a unanimous report... As per the report, some students have been found to have violated the university rules and norms. There are standard provisions in the university to take action in such cases. The high level inquiry is based on the rules of discipline and proper conduct of JNU. ... ... The VC has apprised the Dean’s Committee of the summary of the inquiry committee recommendations. The office of the Chief Proctor would take further action by issuing show-cause notices to the concerned students who have been found violating the rules and norms of the university ...A Link to theHindu.Com, containing the above quote: Click to go to theHindu.com.
ybrao-a-donkey's humble comments. वैबीराव एक गधे के विनम्र राय . వైబీరావ్ గాడిద వినమ్ర వాణి. You have every right to differ with me. I respect your right. आपको मेरे मत से भिन्न राय रखने के संपूर्ण हक है। मै उस अधिकार को परिपूर्ण रूप से गौरव देता हुँ. మీకు, మీ భిన్నమైన అభిప్రాయాన్ని కలిగిఉండే సంపూర్ణ హక్కు ఉంది. దానిని ఎంతో నేను గౌరవిస్తాను. However, pl. examine this donkey's views also. परन्तु एस गधे के दृष्टिकोण को भी अनुशीलन कीजिये. కానీ ఈ గాడిద దృష్టికోణాన్ని కూడ ఓర చూపుతో కంటజూడుమీ, క్రీగంట జూడమీ.
I have a special affection and affinity for the word "rustication", as a student of M.A. (English Literature, Distance Education, Nagarjuna University), which was taken up and completed by me with madness, after completing my M.A. (History).
We shall first start with the word: "rusticate" , for the benefit of those who wish to tone up their vocabulary. According to Merriam-Webster.com, here is the meaning of the word "rusticate":--
Definition of rusticate: rus·ti·cat·edrus·ti·cat·ing, intransitive verb, : to go into or reside in the country : follow a rustic life.
1 chiefly British : to suspend from school or college
2 : to build or face with usually rough-surfaced masonry blocks having beveled or rebated edges producing pronounced joints.
3 a : to compel to reside in the country b : to cause to become rustic : implant rustic mannerisms in
According to the Merriam-Websters.com, the word was first used in 1660.
During my English Literature Studies days, I used to spend several solitary nights, mulling over the RUSTICATION of John Milton, from Christ's College, at Cambridge. Here is Wikipedia.org's narration about his stint at Cambridge, and his rustication:
...In 1625 Milton began attending Christ's College, Cambridge. He graduated with a B.A. in 1629, and ranked fourth of 24 honours graduates that year in the University of Cambridge. Preparing to become an Anglican priest, Milton stayed on to obtain his Master of Arts degree on 3 July 1632.
Milton was probably rusticated (suspended) for quarrelling in his first year with his tutor, Bishop William Chappell. He was certainly at home in the Lent Term 1626; there he wrote his Elegia Prima, a first Latin elegy, to Charles Diodati, a friend from St Paul's. Based on remarks of John Aubrey, Chappell "whipt" Milton. This story is now disputed, though certainly Milton disliked Chappell. Historian Christopher Hill cautiously notes that Milton was "apparently" rusticated, and that the differences between Chappell and Milton may have been either religious or personal. ...
Throughout his Life, John Milton seems to have lived a saga of a sort of rebellous unpleasantness with Church and Formal Religion. There is not much difference between the situation prevailing then in Europe , where religious fanatics dominated the political scenario, and the present day scenario of India, where religion-linked Nationalism has come to the fore. There are several facets of Milton which are worth discussing, but not now at this particular blog-post.
Back to possible rustication of Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar:
The word "rustic" is the root of the verb "rusticate". As per Merriam-websters:
Simple Definition of rustic : of, relating to, or suitable for the country or people who live in the country. 2) made of rough wood
Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar is from a village in Bihar. Thus, he is a rustic, even literally. He might have been a sort of an agrestic during his early College days. After his shift to Delhi, for his Ph.D. he might have learnt the refinements of Metrogens. In Media photos and videos, he looks quite charming, may be bewitching charms. This might have added to his capability to attract the attention of his students crowds at the JNU.
Now, suppose the JNU banishes him ("rusticate" in their words). Will he go back to Bihar, and become a leader of the so-called rustics? It ought to be. I wish that he will. Villagers and politicians in Bihar may not allow Kanhaiya to do, but , he will have a very big lot to do in villages, rather than in Delhi. I always felt that Mr. Sitaram Yechury might have done a lot at Anaparti or Rampachodavaram, when compared to what he is doing in Delhi.
Everybody knows that, in most Indian Universities, Ph.D means preparation of Thesis(es) using the CONTROL X C V Cut Copy Paste Methods, produce some volumes in a hurry, get it accepted by "pandits" with the help of "purchase-able" guides, who themselves advise the Research Scholars to plagiarise. If Indian University Ph.D. Courses are to be cleansed and standards raised, such REFORMS should start with the Reformation of the so-called Wicked Corrupt Guides.
There may be some great Exceptional Research Scholars and Research Guides. I am not for generalisations.
Suspension from the Course and the University, or the probability of suspension, may cause immense mental disequilibrium to poor students, who depend for their survival on the concessional /free hostels, stipends, scholarships, fellowships etc. (I may not be correct, but I believe that the harassment at UOH, might have led to an anxiety and stress of insecurity to Vemula Rohit, which might have culminated in his suicide).
The problem with our villages, and the parents of our students in villages, is: there will be GREAT EXPECTATIONS. The boy is studying in Delhi, in a very big University. He will get his HIGHEST DEGREE (nothing to go beyond, like a Himalayan Cliff), get a University Professor job with Rs. one lac salary per month, etc. etc. A student, who does not / who could not finish his Studies can, therefore, never go back to his village, and face questions there. It is just like a youth who goes to Bollywood or Tollywood or Kollywood to become a Hero, and takes the incarnation of an Extra Actor earning daily wages. Hence, there can, never be a question of going back. An exception will arise only when the student has his body made of RURAL GRAINS.
I still have ample sympathies for Mr. Kanhaiya Kumar. He seems to have been misled by students who were receiving funds from Pakisthan and Saudi Arabia.
Last but not the least: High Power Committees in India, are not REAL HIGH POWER COMMITTEES. They are just Committees of Clerks. Even Ministers in this country are like Clerks or even worse. A peon (caprAsi) in Government cannot be easily removed without following due procedures, but a Minister can be easily removed at the whims and fancies of CMs and PMs. But, then CMs and PMs are again Clerks of Extra-Constitutional Authorities such as Ms. Sonia Gandhi, Mr. Mohan Bhagawat etc. Even Business Tycoons and Industrialists are capable of appointing and removing CMs and PMs. Hence much value cannot be given to the recommendations and decisions of High Power Committees , whether unanimous or otherwise.
There is a maxim: People get the Government they deserve. We have got the Government we are deserving. We have got to wait till 2019, to refresh ourselves.
A Telugu verse from Sumati Satakam is worth quoting:
కొంచెపు నరు సంగతిచే KONCEPU NARU SANGATI CE
అంచితముగ పెట్లు వచ్చు, అది ఎట్లన్నన్ ANCITAMUGA PETLU VACCU, ADI ETLANNAN
కించిత్తు నల్లి కుట్టిన KINCITTU NALLI KUTTINA
మంచమునకు పెట్లు వచ్చు మహిలో సుమతీ. MANCAMUNAKU PETLU VACCU MAHILO SUMATI.
English Gist: Making friendship with a malicious person can lead to blows to a normal person, after some days. How it is: When a sleeping cot (or a couch-bed) is infested with bed-bugs, the cot will be kept in hot sun, and beaten with sticks, so as to kill / flee the bugs. Here, the bugs are, the Anti Nationals who have tried to take over the JNU. Cot or the bed-couch is the JNU.