JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar today won accolades from non-BJP leaders for his rousing “azadi” speech in which he took on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they asserted whatever he said is true and he was more nationalist than those levelling sedition charge against him.
Kumar was arrested on February 12 in a case of sedition registered over an event in which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
The Minister of State for External Affairs also spoke at length about the Modi government’s foreign policy and said the government had succeeded in strengthening its relations with many countries, including neighbours like Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.
“The country is witnessing a disturbing trend of left-wing students, and liberal intellectuals backing their right to practice their brand of politics, being dubbed ‘anti-national, ‘ while the army and its admirers are placed in patriotic counterposition to them”, commented The Hindu.
The Prime Minister has tweeted “Satyamev Jayate;’ though I do not agree with his ideologies but as “Satyamev Jayate” comes from the Constitution I will also say ‘Satyamev Jayate”. You must see it as a part of a larger struggle – in FTII, the tolerance-intolerance debate, the Occupy UGC movement, what happened in Dadri, the Hyderabad episode and then JNU. the movement will continue till the end of this government. “According to me, Guru was a citizen of India and a resident of Jammu and Kashmir”. He is not an icon for me, Rohith Vemula is.
He added the CPI (M) wants the assurance from the Centre that arrangements will be made for a “fair” election so that the people of Bengal can come out and vote without any hesitation.
The event was held on February 9 inside the JNU campus, to protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. But “I urge the government not to use serious charge of sedition to ruin future of students”.
“He is enjoying the publicity, what else is there?” “He (constable) told me that they get Rs 110 as uniform allowance”. If they are interested in politics, they can leave studies and join politics.
“I am not asking for freedom from India, I am asking for freedom in India”, said Kanhaiya during an hourlong address peppered with humour and sarcasm, which Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal described as “brilliant”.
Kanhaiya Kumar, who did not evade even a single question from the media, said: “I am not a politician”.