I visited the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) today, which is considered one of India’s top universities, if not the best. The campus is something to behold. It is in the middle of forest; you walk along wooded stone pathways to get from one building to the next. It was also very quiet, which is miraculous in Delhi.
What caught my eye more than anything was the density of political posters on all of the buildings. JNU is a hotbed of student politics, especially radical left-wing politics, and if you don’t know that visiting the campus, you certainly know it after leaving. Here are some posters from the All India Students Association (AISA), which is the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation:
Then there’s the posters of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing Hindu nationalist organization. I believe their presence on campus is much smaller than AISA’s, but it is growing:
And then there’s the Students’ Federation of India (SFI), a socialist organization:
If you can’t read it, that last one quotes Gabriel Garcia Marquez: “The day shit is worth money, poor people will be born without an asshole.”