For­mer Navy chief backs JNU stu­dents in the sedi­tion row

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For­mer Navy chief Ad­mi­ral Laxmi­narayan Ram­das said on Satur­day the slap­ping of sedi­tion charges on stu­dents was ridicu­lous and there was no room for the law in a democ­racy, throw­ing his weight be­hind the JNU pro­test­ers.

“I highly doubt th­ese videos do­ing the rounds as many have turned out to be doc­tored. Agen­cies need to first find out who raised those slo­gans. It’s ridicu­lous to book ran­dom stu­dents for sedi­tion. There is no room for sedi­tion in our demo­cratic coun­try. This law needs to be abol­ished,” Ram­das said, while ad­dress­ing stu­dents at JNU on the topic “Demil­i­ta­riz­ing na­tion­al­ism: anti-war per­spec­tives on pa­tri­o­tism”.

The for­mer navy chief was not the only vet­eran at the univer­sity on Satur­day. The cam­pus be­came a bat­tle­field of ideas with a lecture on “Na­tion­al­ism: straight from the bat­tle­field” or­gan­ised by ABVP mem­bers con­cur­rent with the protest­ing stu­dents’ event where Ram­das spoke.

Ram­das, also a for­mer in­ter­nal Lok­pal of the Aam Aadmi Party, said hu­man se­cu­rity was na­tional se­cu­rity.

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