Indian students and teachers protest Hindu nationalists

Indian students, teachers and journalists have protested subsequent violennce by Hindu nationalists

Dozens of Indian students, teachers and journalists have protested on Tuesday in the Indian capital against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and some subsequent violence by his government including a student union leader's arrestment.

They have protested Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party’s intolerance policy and political dissents in the name of patriotism.

Police cordons did not allow protestors to enter  the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Police also arrested Delhi University lecturer S.A.R. Geelani before dawn.

He and JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar are accused of shouting slogans against India and attending separatist movements against parliament.

Few Jawaharlal Nehru University students attended classes in New Delhi on Monday. Then, some BJP supporters attacked students outside the courthouse.

Leaders and supporters of left parties and the Congress party walk during a protest against the arrest of Jawaharlal Nehru University student union president Kanhaiya Kumar, in Kolkata, India, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016.[AP]

BJP supporters called the students anti-nationals, and demanded they leave India and go to archrival Pakistan.

Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani told reporters that "The nation can never tolerate an insult to Mother India."

Student and teacher of JNU protested on Tuesday inside the campus.

"As teachers, students, and scholars across the world, we are watching with extreme concern the situation unfolding at JNU and refuse to remain silent as our colleagues (students, staff, and faculty) resist the illegal detention and autocratic suspension of students," said a statement posted on a blog run by academics and signed by 455 scholars, many of them JNU alumni of Indian descent.

Moreover, the home minister, Rajnath Singh, tweeted that anyone shouting anti-India slogans "will not be tolerated or spared."

TRTWorld, AP