In the event of the recent uproar in Jawaharlal Nehru University over alleged sedition on behalf of some students, there has been an intriguing turn of events. Hackers are supposedly claiming to belong to a group called ‘Black Dragon’ have been held responsible for an intrusion into the library website of JNU. Serious concerns have been raised from all circles, and necessary steps are taken to scout the offenders and bring them to justice.
This event comes in succession to the anti-national rally organized by a faction of JNU students against the hanging of terrorist and parliament attack convict, Afzal Guru.
The website had been reportedly hacked after office hours. When users logged in the page lib.jnu.ac.in, they saw the tricolor on the page along with “Aye mere Watanke logon” as the background song.
The Message to All through Hacked Website
The website also displayed a message that goes, “As you said Kashmir ki Aazadi Tak Jang Rahegi- Jang Rahegi (As you said The Battle shall go on till Kashmir’s freedom- the battle shall go on). You are thinking that you will get Kashmir just by barking in the campus of JNU.”Furthermore, reports claim that the website displayed threatening messages that said India will “kill every single person who goes to the country.”
Message to Supposed “Traitors” and “Anti-National”
The hackers intended to send a message to supposed “traitors” and “anti-nationals” within the campus. The incident took place on Tuesday, which left the users hanging who tried to access the website. The website displayed a message suggesting that the server is temporarily down due to capacity problems and maintenance downtime. According to JNU Registrar Bupinder Zutshi, “I got to know about the incident at around 7 pm. We are currently engaged in restoring the website.”
The arrest of JNU student union president, Kanhaiya Kumar on February 9 on charges of sedition incited outrage on the campus. Despite the barrage of criticism from all circles of politics, students joined hands in protest against the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar. This might have been the catalyst for the reaction which has left the library website of JNU in a disaster.
The central library of JNU includes a mammoth amount of 72 online databases, 2300 e-papers in 57 distinct languages from 100 different countries, 20000 e-thesis and dissertations, 2 lakh e-books and e-journals.
Though this incident is seriously condemnable, there have been rising speculations about the preservation of secular fabric in the nation. On one hand we are dealing with intolerance, and now we have the issue of extreme secularism in the other hand.