EXCLUSIVE- Even Google thinks JNU stands for 'anti-national' and 'sedition'
Posted by Janta Ka Reporter on Thursday, 24 March 2016
Jawaharlal Nehru University has been at the centre of a raging debate ever since the then overzealous police commissioner of Delhi BS Bassi felt in his wisdom to order a crackdown against protesting students before slapping sedition charges against some of them.
The JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested, declared anti-national and put behind bars on sedition charges. His arrest, followed by his friends Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya caused unprecedented national and global outrage against the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
Later, Delhi police had to eat humble pie before the High Court by admitting it had no evidence to establish Kanhaiya had indulged in anti-national sloganeering prompting his release.
So, Kanhaiya, Umar and Anirban all have now found reprieve from the judiciary, but there’s someone who still seems to think that the JNU stands for ‘anti-national’ and ‘sedition.’
And we are not talking about the central government here!
On Google maps, when you search for ‘anti-national’ and ‘sedition’ what you get are not error messages but Jawaharlal Nehru University with the image of front entrance of the premier institution.
So what does it mean? Does it mean that Google seems to have connived with the Modi government to conclude that the JNU indeed stood for anti-national activities?
Not really, say the experts.
The real fault lies in the key words.
Many news sites including jantakareporter.com used words ‘anti national’ and ‘jnu’ in the same article for the last few weeks. That appeared to have optimised the keyword through what’s known as inter dependency.
Moreover, people put Google Reviews quoting similar keywords that optimised them on search engine bots.
It was the same reason that had contributed to Modi’s name being thrown on top with prominence when users searched using terms such as ‘most wanted terrorists of India’ on Google search last year.