NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing JNU controversy, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today rapped politicians and intellectuals for supporting "elements" propagating anti-India sentiments, saying freedom of expression is not absolute and unqualified.
In a Facebook post, Rijiju said he was "deeply hurt" by the anti-India slogans raised by some students at Jawaharlal Nehru University recently at an event against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
"Freedom of Expression is not absolute and unqualified. It can't be at the expense of national interest... It is a tragedy for India that we have some politicians and intellectuals who are supporting such elements," he said.
Rijiju said a "true Indian" will be proud to be at Attari Indo-Pak border or any other border post and see how the country's soldiers give their today for "our tomorrow".
"The souls of our martyrs in the heaven must be crying for they gave their lives for such people," he said.
The Union Minister of State for Home also advised "such people" to stay in border states like Arunachal Pradesh and learn patriotism from villagers.