As of Friday afternoon, if you type the word ‘anti-national’ into the search bar on Google maps, Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is what the search engine throws up.
It’s unclear whether this is a hacker’s sense of humour – or the lack thereof, depending on your point of view, of course – or whether it’s deliberate on Google’s part.
You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that some students of JNU have recently been officially accused of being ‘anti-national’. A section of Indians and the Indian government have also insisted they are.
JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar and two other JNU students were last month arrested for sedition and jailed. All three were given bail earlier this month, on separate days.
They were charged with sedition for organizing an event on campus about the 2013 hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. It was alleged that some students, including the three arrested ones, raised anti-national slogans during the event.