BJP Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy on Thursday suggested that the Jawaharlal Nehru University be shut for two years to "clean it up" and then be reopened with a new name. Swamy was reacting to the objectionable messages found written on the pedestal of a yet to be unveiled statue of Swami Vivekananda on the JNU campus. He vouched for the perpetrators of the act to be punished.
Speaking to Republic TV, Dr. Swamy said, "I think its time for us to take drastic measures and the only appropriate drastic measure would be to close down the university for two years and then clean it up. Then restart the University with a new name perhaps instead of Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose University (sic)."
The learned academic and renowned economist also alleged that as per the JNU faculty's 200-page report, many extremists in the varsity "had converted the hostels into a brothel in the name of free sex", which he said is totally appalling. "People are there ages of 32 and 35 in hostels because they fail exams because it suits them, you hardly pay anything for hostels (sic)," Dr. Swamy added. When asked if he thinks stern actions needed to be taken and a message sent, Swamy said "We should take the example from some of the elite universities, the Ivy League Universities in the United States. Every campus has a police station in these universities. Why is JNU not having such a police station?"
Subramanian Swamy further suggested BSF personnel and intelligence agents be posted on the campus to take preventive actions. "We need preemptive actions and for that, we need a police station on the campus of JNU."
In yet another twist in the JNU protest, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) has distanced itself from the acts of vandalism which have been happening in the university since Wednesday. In a statement released by JNUSU, the union has said that their movement is against the fee hike and the imposition of a draft hostel manual without consultation is a democratic movement against authoritarian ways of administrative functioning.