New Delhi: Amidst the JNU row, Army veterans on Sunday led a march here to spread a "positive narrative" and protest against the raising of alleged anti-national slogans at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
Led by ex-servicemen, participants in the march waved the tricolour as they walked from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar, where they took a vow to "unite India" as part of their stand against the "break India" slogans allegedly raised in JNU which led to the arrest of its students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar in a sedition case.
"Certain slogans raised in JNU by a very small group of people spread to other universities, including those in J&K, and our enemies are also taking advantage of it. We decided to come together under the banner, 'People for Nation', to pursue the positive narrative of 'Bharat jodo' (unite India) to counter the 'Bharat todo (break India)' narrative," said Major General Dhruv Katoch, an ex-serviceman and an organiser of the march.
The protest march was "apolitical" and was for instilling a sense of pride in the nation and lend moral support to the army personnel, he said.
"We are one country and everybody is a nationalist. I support all the people of India and all the political parties. But let's have a proper narrative, especially as negative slogans do no good to our man on the border.
"My request to JNU is that please keep such anti-national elements out," Katoch said.
The march was promoted via social media and residents' welfare associations in many parts of the city, he added.
Several members of an organisation, 'Bhagat Singh Yuva Dal', too, participated in the march.
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