Treat student politician as politician&not student

When I was a student in Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu, I attended a meeting addressed by Mr. V.V.Giri, former Vice President and President of India.
During the question and answer session, I asked Mr.V.V.Giri as to whether the students can get themselves involved in political activities. Mr. V.V. Giri replied without hesitation that students should do the following three things, namely study, study and study.

Mr. Giri who was an active trade union leader before becoming the Vice President of India pointed out that students should know politics but should not involve themselves in politics, as it would divert the attention from the primary task of studying and learning. Students getting involved in politics is neither in their interest nor in the interest of the nation.

The recent incidents in J N U, Delhi , where students planned cultural programme to protest against the hanging of Afzal Guru, the agitation by students in Hyderabad University when a student committed suicide and the support readily given to such agitations by politicians , only highlight the fact that politics have made deep inroads in the academic institutions and universities.

In recent times in Tamil Nadu, several students have indulged in rowdy like behavior and frequently indulged in condemnable acts such as fighting between themselves with knives, hijacking the transport buses and even murdering teachers. Many of such students have affiliations to one political party or the other and if the police would initiate action against them, politicians interfere in their support.

It is seen that more than 95% of the students are interested only in academic pursuits. Only minority of students who have criminal mind set or who want to launch themselves as politicians in future, indulge in such rowdy like behavior. Unfortunately, the print and visual media give huge publicity to such deplorable activities of small group of students, which virtually amount to encouraging them, as these politicians in the making get all the publicity that they want.

In this scenario, it is appropriate that the Government of India has taken action against the agitating JNU students and strongly deplored their behavior. As expected, several politicians in the opposition parties and some so called activists criticize the action of the government of India with ready made statements such as curtailing the freedom and reminiscence of the emergency days etc. As usual, the print and visual media give more publicity and space to the activities of the student and utterances of the critical politicians, than the views of the government.

It is high time that we treat the student politician as politician and not as student and refrain from giving the benefit of treating with kid gloves.

N.S.Venkataraman
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Good advice The politicians use gullible students who have intellectual pretentions and political ambitions to advance their power and influence. Students are at university to study and improve their mind. The teachers do not keep them busy. Poor quality and inability to work hard for students is the root cause. Have you ever heard B School or medical college or engineering students doing such anti national activity and then ask for freedom to do all this nonsense? Such activity should be treated under the law with seriousness more  
Nationality first-Student Unions cannot be allowed to propagate anti national sentiments. more  
Political parties taking mileage with some JNU fragmented students under the pretext of freedom curtailment is very shameful on their part and no Indian national citizen would approve this act, as this sort of freedom is like endorsing urinating or shitting in public . These politicians should understand the real meaning of freedom and where to have the line to demark , and they should behave like responsible citizen and guide students properly as their own child and not to sensitize for their petty short sighted gain of vote bank more  
Sri V. V. Giri , our Ex President had quit himself off from the Trade Unionism since the Trade Unions then itself diversified their activities towards Political Interest and Politics the attitude later in the period of 1980 to 1990 resulted in closure due to huge accrued losses due to Strikes and power failures . The Culture and Spirit of Educational institutions had been diluted and set away from the previous Talent , Aptitude and I.Q. in their performance and carry of the institutions which the Present President of India also deliberated in his speech on 15.08.2013 . But still , we are being noticed of Religious , Caste Based and , politically linked Unions which naturally instigate one to any angles . more  
You should ban student unions based on political affiliations.This is causing the erosion of standards and politicalising the young mind.Needs amended law to ban such unions more  
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