New Delhi, Feb 9: Exactly a year ago, protests erupted in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after a cultural event was organised by some students to commemorate the death anniversary of Afzal Guru, the convict of Parliament attack. The cultural event became controversial after Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) students alleged that some students in the event raised anti-national slogans in the campus.
This led to arrests of Kanhaiya Kumar – the then JNU Students Union President, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. The arrests led to massive protests within the campus and JNU became the epicentre of news for the next few days. Following the cultural protest which then turned into an agitated event, a case of sedition was lodged against several unknown students at the Vasant Kunj police station. Kanhaiya Kumar, a year later in an interview with Asian Age spoke about the entire event as well as about Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Current government has made JNU look as a villain
Speaking on the entire incident a year later, Kanhaiya Kumar said that the current government is continuously trying to spoil the image of the campus and it has made JNU a “villain”. Kanhaiya Kumar said that the central government’s attacks on JNU are one of the biggest attacks and he also alleged that the government has the conspiracy to break the unity of the students in the university campus. “The authoritarian government knows that if they do not deliver promises, the students from universities will retaliate so, in order to hide its weakness, the BJP government has made JNU a “villain”.This is the future plan of the current government, whose conspiracy is to break the unity of the students in the university campuses,” he said.
No difference between Modi and Trump
Speaking on the polarisation between left and right wing ideologies, Kanhaiya Kumar said that the BJP-led government is more dangerous than what is believed. He also compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump and said that “I would say that the BJP-led government is more dangerous than I thought it to be, not only at the university level but now at a world level too. This leading tendency in society is now dominating the global situation. There is no difference between Donald Trump and Modi.” (Also read: Be sincere in your probe: Najeeb Ahmed’s mother to police)
I was targeted
Answering about how life changed after the JNU event, Kanhaiya Kumar said that at the time of the protest, the government made him the target. He also alleged that the centre tried to dent the legacy of the campus and he was brought at the centre-stage by putting him behind the bars. “I believe that when there is a war of perception going on in the system, the authority in power is continuously targeting somebody and coincidentally, I was the target that time.The authority tried to dent the 40-year-old legacy of the institution. Being a part of the institution, I was brought at the centre-stage by going to jail.”
Kanhaiya Kumar was not directly involved in organising the event but he was alleged to raise anti-national slogans and sedition charges were slapped on him.