JNU Row is Fight of Ideology: Kanhaiya to Media
Jawharlal Nehru University Student’s Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)
Jawharlal Nehru University Student’s Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar (Photo: The Quint)

JNU Row is Fight of Ideology: Kanhaiya to Media

Kanhaiya Kumar was released on bail on March 3 and received a hero’s welcome to the campus of JNU. The welcome was followed by an impressive and detailed speech that obviously attracted a lot of eyeballs. A household name now, Kanhaiya was interviewed by all the major media channels personally.

Here are excerpts from what he said in those interviews.

In the interview to CNN-IBN, Kanhaiya said that the JNU row is a war of ideology. He strongly expressed that he has no personal grudge against ABVP or RSS but differs from them on an ideological level.

Kanhaiya said that India is a nation of states and each state has a separate culture and hence a separate ideology. He accused the RSS of trying to impose one ideology all across the nation.

On being asked about BS Bassi, Kanhaiya said that before Bassi determined his role in the alleged slogan-raising at JNU campus, he should know what his responsibilities are.

He ended the interview by expressing gratitude to all the political leaders who backed him while he was in jail, but maintained that his priority was JNU and he did not want to join active politics.

In another interview to NDTV, Kanhaiya took a dig at those who were using martyrs to brand him as a traitor. He said that every year, several soldiers die on the borders but also that several farmers die within this country. He went on to say that if their conspiracy failed, those who were trying to politicise those deaths would not find a place to hide.

Kanhaiya said that we were from a society where farmers and soldiers come from the same family and that we were firm believers in the concept of of ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’.

He ended the interview saying that ‘Azadi’ is an implementation of the constitution in society.

In an interview to India Today, Kanhaiya targeted HRD minister Smriti Irani. Kanhaiya stressed that if the University Grant Commission (UGC) was under the HRD and if the UGC had not scrapped their fellowships, why would they chant ‘Smriti Irani Murdabad’?

When asked about Afzal Guru, Kanhaiya said that he did not make a seditious speech. He said that it was a conspiracy and there was a need to understand it. He alleged that there was an attempt to divert the public’s attention from the real, core issues.

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