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Where college is the first step towards a bigger political role, Should politics be allowed in university campuses? Discuss in the context wherein campus politics are hailed to serve and uphold a tradition of dissent which is in line with protecting the rights of free speech and promoting the values of democracy.

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1. Where college is the first step towards a bigger political role, Should politics be allowed in university campuses? Discuss in the context wherein campus politics are hailed to serve and uphold a tradition of dissent which is in line with protecting the rights of free speech and promoting the values of democracy. (250 words)

Indian Express

Why this question:

Students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Sunday late night took out a peaceful candlelight march inside the varsity premises in solidarity with students of JNU who were attacked by a mob of masked men.

Key demand of the question:

The question aims to discuss the aspects of politics in the university and seeks to answer how far it is just to allow the same.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Discuss the incidence of violence recently witnessed in JNU campus.

Body:

Explain that politics is necessary within the campus as it gives a space to voice political opinions; at the same time explain the need to have a barricade at the quantum of politics as against the educational centre.

One can substantiate by stating that Jawaharlal Nehru University campus reaffirms the crucial contribution of the institution’s diverse and democratic base to Indian politics.

Discuss pros and cons with suitable justifications.

Conclusion:

Conclude that a diverse yet inclusive campus, gives space to radical voices not only from the organizational left movement but across the political spectrum, and finally upholds a tradition of dissent which is in line with protecting the rights of free speech and promoting the values of democracy.

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