NEW DELHI: Army veterans on Sunday led a march here to spread a positive narrative and protest against the raising of alleged anti-national slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Led by ex-servicemen, participants at the ‘March for Unity, waved the tricolour as they walked from the Rajghat to Jantar Mantar, where they took a vow to “unite India” as part of their stand against the “break India” slogans allegedly raised at JNU.
“Certain slogans raised in JNU by a very small group of people spread to other universities, including those in Jammu and Kashmir, 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 one of the organisers of the march.
The protest march was apolitical and was for instilling a sense of pride in the nation and lend moral support to 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,” he added.