Don’t Tell Kanhaiya What To Do Because You Think JNU Runs On Your Taxes

Of all the arguments that have been raised this turbulent spring in our country, one stands out as egregiously vulgar. It’s the tax nationalism argument. In essence, it’s this: How dare students benefitting from subsidized education funded by OUR tax money hold opinions that run counter to ours. To mask the real hideousness of this question, clumsy caveats are added. We are talking about politicking and not politics (what is the difference?), student politics is fine but not anti-national slogans, and so on.

You can wish ill of your political rivals but you (mercifully) can’t exclude them from subsidies. And to say that those benefitting from subsidies must behave in a certain way (study, not get involved in politics) is revealing of a feudal mindset. Subsidy recipients are not lesser citizens. This nation does not impose behavioural conditionalities on them and that is how it must remain.

Don’t Tell Kanhaiya What To Do Because You Think JNU Runs On Your Taxes

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