Google-maps search for ‘anti-national’,’patriotism’ leads to JNU

NEW DELHI: Searching with key words such as ‘anti-national’, ‘sedition’, ‘patriotism’ and ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ on Google-maps will now direct the users to JNU, which is caught in a row over its students being booked under sedition.
The students of the university, who have been agitating against the alleged “branding” of JNU as “anti-national” after three of its students were arrested in connection with an event, have taken strong objection to the “technical certification”.
Google authorities, when contacted, said they are trying to resolve the issue.
“We will raise the issue with the administration to send an official communication to Google in this regard. We have been protesting against the branding of an institution as anti-national and now the search giant has gone a step ahead in certifying that,” JNU Students Union Vice President Shehla Rashid Shora said.
Jawaharlal Nehru University has been in news since last month over an event on campus against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
Three students – Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, were arrested in a sedition case, kicking a national versus anti-national debate across the country. They are now out on bail.
“When I noticed this on google-maps, I laughed at it. But when I thought of it it seemed dangerous. Dangerous not because it represents my university but for fact that anyone or institution can be termed so through the power of government and MNC’s.