Kanhaiya’s family celebrates Holi ahead of festival

Patna, March 2 (IANS) Soon after Jawaharlal Nehru UNiversity Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar was granted interim bail on Wednesday, a sense of relief, happiness and joy swept his home in Bihar’s Begusarai district.

“My father’s face was smeared with colours by some villagers to express happiness after we got news of Kanhaiya granted bail by the Delhi High Court,” Kanhaiya’s younger brother Prince Kumar said.

Prince said after a gap of over a fortnight, “my mother – Meena Devi – smiled and expressed her happiness”. “Some villagers put colour on her head and smeared it on her face.”

He said even his father used this occasion of happiness to share colour with some neighbours and close relatives. “It is like we have celeberated Holi ahead of Holi in a simple manner. After all we are simple people.”

Prince said everything has changed at his home and the mood suddenly turned celebratory.

“Hum kafi khush hain, yeh khusi ka samay hain hamere liye, nayay ki jeet hui hai, hum sab ki jeet hai (We are highly delighted. This is a time of happiness for us. It’s a victory of justice and victory of all of us),” Kanhaiya’s mother Meena Devi said over telephone from Bihat village.

Meena Devi, who works at an Anganvadi in the village, said she was restless since Tuesday but hopeful that her son would get justice.

Kanhaiya’s father Jaishankar Singh, who is paralysed, said this is a victory of people who stand for democratic rights and justice for poor.

Kanhaiya’s younger brother Prince Kumar said hours before TV news channel broke this news, hundreds of people gathered at their house.

“My house is full of people now. Our family members, close relatives, neighbours, villagers and people from nearby villages have gathered to give us strength and hope for justice.”

He said the family, including parents, repeatedly said that Kanhaiya is not an anti-national and that he was arrested on wrong charges of sedition.

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