Please do not call my son a ‘terrorist’: Kanhaiya’s mother

528853_thumpNew Delhi,(PTI): “Please do not call my son a terrorist,” says JNUSU President Kanhaiya’s mother as she breaks down while watching the news flashes on TV at a neighbour’s house in Bihar’s Begusarai district.

“We are constantly watching TV after we got to know that Kanhaiya has been arrested. I hope police does not beat him too much. He has never disrespected his parents, forget the country. Please do not call my son a terrorist. He cannot be one,” his mother Meena Devi told PTI over phone from Bihar.

Meena, an Anganwadi worker who earns Rs 3,500 per month, says she and her eldest son Manikant are the sole bread- winners for the family as her 65-year-old husband has been bedridden for seven years due to paralysis.

Kanhaiya’s father Jaishankar Singh, who was a farmer, said his son is being framed into the case for opposing Hindutva politics.

“My son has been part of so many campaigns against the BJP government, be it on fellowships or suicide of a Dalit student in Hyderabad university. He is being victimised for his opposition to Hindutva politics,” he said.

“Kanhaiya can never be anti-national. There is no question of his following an ideology of anti-nationalism. He is a nationalist like hundreds of thousands of youths of his age. He cannot insult ‘Mother India’,” he said.

Last year in September, Kanhaiya swept the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union polls with 1,029 votes to become its president — the first from the All India Students Federation (AISF), the student wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI).

Another of his brothers, Prince, who is preparing for competitive exams, said the entire family has been associated with CPI for generations.

Alleging that Kanhaiya’s arrest has been politicised, Prince said, “It is alarming that anti-national forces, which played no role in the national movement, are today branding my brother and his university as anti-national. This issue is not about Kanhaiya alone, it’s bigger than him.”

Kanhaiya was arrested earlier this week in connection with a case of sedition and criminal conspiracy registered over the holding of an event at JNU against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. During the event, anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.

The JNUSU president, who has been popular among students right from the day of the presidential debate held before JNUSU elections, had asserted a day before his arrest that he did not need a “certificate of patriotism from RSS”.

Kanhaiya studied in R K C High School in Bihar’s Barauni area before joining College of Commerce in Patna in 2004. After completing his graduation from Nalanda Open University, Kumar moved to Delhi and subsequently joined JNU for his M.Phil in 2011. He is now a third year Ph.D student in the School of International Studies.

3 Comments

  1. Bharat Ki Barbadi Tak Jung Chalegi’ and you deserve to be sent to jail. Such blatant hatred is inexcusable in any sovereign democratic country. While soldiers are sacrificing their lives on the border, anti-India slogans were raised and terrorists hailed as martyrs in an institution like JNU.

  2. What do you expect him called..a patriot, a good student or incarnation of Lord Krishna! A son is a perfect person for every mother whether he is a mafia, criminal or vagabond. Probably, he has not been brought up in right way by you and you are paying for it right now. At this juncture the law will decide what he is made of.

  3. Dear readers,

    Doesn’t it look like something similar is happening around us? Good and bad. The patriot and the anti-national. Pro-India and anti-India. Anyone who raises questions, with logic and reason, to the authority is considered an enemy. Put aside, boxed, and then perished – as was witnessed at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) last Tuesday evening. A group of scholars had come together to raise questions and express their right to speak, under the open sky.

    Playing victim in politics is an essential strategy for growth. Everyone in the BJP reached their positions by projecting herself or himself as a targeted party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constant pillorying by adversaries enabled supporters to project him as the “most vilified” political leader in India.

    The sympathy generated in the wake of such presentation contributed significantly to Modi’s success in leading the BJP to its spectacular performance in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. The shoe is now on the other foot and the ruling establishment is seeing anti-national activity in every form of protest. Bharat Mata, instead of being the strong and robust nation that it should be, is constantly being painted as a touch-me-not.

    We live in a time where the RSS whose member assassinated Father of nation Mahatma Gandhi will now give us lessons in patriotism.Is ‘Digital India’ is the new movement of government to suppress the voice?

    Afzal Guru’s story – in his own words
    http://kafila.org/2013/02/11/afzal-gurus-story-in-his-own-words/

    The hanging of Afzal Guru is a stain on India’s democracy-Arundhati Roy
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/10/hanging-afzal-guru-india-democracy

    What are the facts? On 13 December 2001 five armed men drove through the gates of the Indian parliament in a car fitted out with a bomb. When challenged they jumped out of the car and opened fire, killing eight security personnel and a gardener. In the firefight that followed, all five attackers were killed. In one of the many versions of the confessions he was forced to make in police custody, Guru identified the men as Mohammed, Rana, Raja, Hamza and Haider. That’s all we know about them. They don’t even have second names. LK Advani, then home minister in the BJP government, said they “looked like Pakistanis”. (He should know what Pakistanis look like right? Being a Sindhi himself.) Based only on Guru’s custodial confession (which the supreme court subsequently set aside, citing “lapses” and “violations of procedural safeguards”) the government recalled its ambassador from Pakistan and mobilised half a million soldiers on the Pakistan border. There was talk of nuclear war. Foreign embassies issued travel advisories and evacuated their staff from Delhi. The standoff lasted months and cost India thousands of crores – millions of pounds.

    Anyone who was really interested in solving the mystery of the parliament attack would have followed the dense trail of evidence on offer. No one did, thereby ensuring the real authors of the conspiracy will remain unidentified and uninvestigated.

    Jai Hind

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