JNU Student’s Union President Kanhiya Kumar is finally back to the campus after spending almost three weeks in custody over sedition charges. As the light of hope falls on the JNU campus on Thursday, Kanhaiya was given a stirring welcome by of JNU students who had gathered near the university’s administration block in order to celebrate his return to the campus from jail.
Kanhaiya’s scorching speech echoed while addressing JNU students with the slogans of Lal Salaam (Red Salute) and Aazaadi (Freedom).
Kanhaiya remonstrate in his speech, “We don’t want freedom from India, we want freedom in India,” and hauled the appreciations from the crowd of leftist.
Kanhaiya told the crowd the ruling party BJP is trying to turn aside the attention of people from the real concerns like farmer suicides, discrimination against Dalits, corruption, black money etc., and is also trying to degrading those voices who talk about those serious issues and which needs to be heard.
He forgo any commenting on the sub-judice case of two other jailed JNU students – Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya – Kanhaiya said it’s upon judiciary to decide, however, JNUSU will continue its struggle against the targeting of JNU by right-wing forces.
“Our fight is not over yet. Some of our comrades are still in jail and JNU will continue to take its struggle forward, even if it’s a long one,” he said.
In his own style Kanhaiya’s whole speech was showered with jokes, poetry couplets and his jail experiences over last few weeks.
While remarking that ABVP members in JNU are “more rational” than those outside sarcastically , Kanhaiya reaffirmed his faith in the Indian constitution and democratic setup.
He added, “The ABVP is not our enemy. They are our opposition.
He also stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi put wool over other people’s eye as in PM’s radio program, Kanhaiya remarked he always talks about Mann ki baat but never listens to his own soul.
Not even Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani spared in his speech, the student leader also complimented Irani for her speech on Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula’s death in Parliament by calling it “great acting.”
“When I saw the speech, I was baffled whether the TV channel is Lok Sabha or Star Plus,” Kanhaiya said, arousing spells of laughter, hooting and claps from the gathering.
Watch the full video of his 52 minute speech