‘We Are Students, Not Traitors or Terrorists,’ says Kanhaiya Kumar
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar (right), PhD scholar Rohith Vemula. (Photo: PTI, altered by <b>The Quint</b>)
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar (right), PhD scholar Rohith Vemula. (Photo: PTI, altered by The Quint)
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‘We Are Students, Not Traitors or Terrorists,’ says Kanhaiya Kumar

Kanhaiya Kumar responds to doctored videos that were shown on news channels. He says, “Videos can be doctored but not the Constitution of India. That is a document and we will abide by the Constitution. Despite all attempts, they have not succeeded in fabricating evidence”.

Umar Khaled and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested under charges of sedition. (Photo: Altered by <b>The Quint</b>)
Umar Khaled and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested under charges of sedition. (Photo: Altered by The Quint)

Speaking of sedition, Kanhaiya said it was a dark law and that, in his opinion, it should not be imposed on anyone, not just Anirban Bhattacharya and Umar Khaled.

The two were also arrested a little after Kanhaiya was taken into custody. They have been charged with sedition and are currently in judicial custody.

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‘Political Parties Can Wait’

Kanhaiya Kumar responds to reports of campaigning for the Left in the upcoming polls in West Bengal and Kerala. He says,

At the moment I have responsibilities towards the Students’ Union. I will think about elections in West Bengal, a little later. 

‘Not Afzal, Rohith Vemula is my Icon’

Rohith Vemula, the PhD scholar from Hyderabad University who committed suicide. (Photo: Altered by <b>The Quint</b>)
Rohith Vemula, the PhD scholar from Hyderabad University who committed suicide. (Photo: Altered by The Quint)

On being asked what his views about Afzal Guru are, Kanhaiya says, “He is not an icon for me. The people have the right to protest when they think someone did not get justice.”

Kanhaiya says for him, Rohith Vemula, the PhD scholar from Hyderabad University, is his icon.

‘Condemn Events on 9 February’

Kanhaiya tells the media that he condemns the events on 9 February on the JNU campus but whether it was sedition or not, is for the courts to decide.

Kanhaiya says, “doctored videos are being used to politically defame us. This is a ploy. I want to tell the people of India that we are students, not terrorists”.

‘JNU Students Can’t Be Anti-National’

After the victory speech at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus on late Thursday evening, Kanhaiya Kumar held a press conference on Friday noon.

Addressing the media, Kanhaiya made an attempt to assure the people that JNU students are not anti-India.

I want to assure the taxpayers of the country that we are students, not terrorists.  

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