"We serve our motherland against harshest temperature which plunges upto – 52 degree Celsius but the anti-national slogans dishearten us," rued ex-Army personnel. 

While talking to The Statesman, retired Army personnel said that they wanted punitive action against those who shout slogans against the country. 

"We strongly condemn these anti-country slogans. It was heart-wrenching for us," said Major General (retd) Satbir Singh. 

He added that India is a secular country where people live in harmony and extend help to each other irrespective of religion. 

"The best example is military where soldiers from all religions be it Hindus, Christians, Sikhs or Muslims, serve," said Singh.

Ex-Army personnel said that if the whole antinational sloganeering event was a conspiracy it should be resolved at the earliest.

In the whole incident, students were involved and they raised anti-India slogans at a function the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University on February 9.

Army veterans told this newspaper that the main aim of students should be to become good human beings and serve the country. 

"A student should have the core values for the nation which include honesty, intregity and truthfulness," said the veterans.

"We have served the country at -52 degree Celsius in Siachin Galcier not to hear people abusing my motherland and it is high time that strict action should be taken against those involved," said Rajveer Yadav, an ex-Armyman. 

Led by ex-servicemen, thousands of people today hit the streets against "antinational" activities in JNU, a march that is believed to have the backing by BJP and the RSS who are under Opposition fire over the ongoing row.

The rally from Raj Ghat to Jantar Mantar saw protesters fervently waving the tricolour and raising slogans like ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ with some of them saying that nothing is above ‘nationalism’.