Rise above politics, treat students as students: Kanhaiya Kumar’s mother

Meena Devi has not been keeping well for the past few days, especially on account of the stream of visitors, including mediapersons, at her home.

Written by Santosh Singh | Bihat (begusarai) | Updated: February 25, 2016 7:14 am
jnu protest, jnu news, jnu kanhaiya kumar, kanhaiya kumar mother, jnusu kanhaiya kumar, jnu protests news, india news, delhi news JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s mother Meena Devi at their house in Masnadpur Tola in Bihat, Begusarai, on Wednesday. Prashant Ravi

“I urge the Prime Minister to understand a mother’s pain. Kanhaiya is innocent and represents youth power. Main kanoon nahi samajhti hoon par ek baat jarur jaanti hoon, ki mera beta Bharat ka lal hai (I do not understand law but I do know that my son is the son of India).” This is JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s mother Meena Devi’s appeal to PM Narendra Modi.

Standing at the entrance of her mud-and-tile house here, Meena Devi, an anganwadi worker, says she can wait a few more days for Kanhaiya’s bail, but she cannot “bear the pain of a sedition case” against him.

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“While the PM talks of encouraging youth power, some students, including my son, are being targeted. One should rise above politics and treat students as students,” she says.

Meena Devi has not been keeping well for the past few days, especially on account of the stream of visitors, including mediapersons, at her home.

The house, meanwhile, bears evidence of the support Kanhaiya has. The pillars carry slogans such as “Mother India”. Two painters from Patna have drawn an alligator with an open mouth next to JNU students, some carrying red flags, running to safety, while a message reads “Save JNU, Save India”. Another painting shows Kanhaiya as a “red star”.

Meena Devi says she felt that “something would go wrong” ever since Kanhaiya campaigned for the Teghra CPI candidate in the 2015 elections. The CPI candidate was second runner-up, behind the BJP. RJD won the seat.

Kanhaiya’s father Jai Shanker Singh, bedridden since 2013, keeps his eyes glued to the TV. “At least two channels portrayed my son as a villain, but with police not being able to show any evidence, most people now believe Kanhaiya was framed. My son is being talked about internationally, but a poor father like me only wants Kanhaiya to be cleared of the charges,” says Singh.

Kanhaiya’s brother Prince Singh, who stays in Bihat to take care of his parents, says: “I believe Kanhaiya’s case has something to do with his expressing solidarity with Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula. We are also upset with the Delhi Police Commissioner for going back on his word on Kanhaiya’s bail.”

A Begusarai Police team is deployed near Kanhaiya’s house to prevent any untoward incident.

Meanwhile, the local CPI office is buzzing with activity. Bihat, which comes under Teghra Assembly segment, is known as “Leningrad” of Bihar. Until recently, the CPI used to win all seven seats of Begusarai. The BJP wrested the Teghra seat in 2010.

Local CPI leader Shiv Shanker Singh, who mentored Kanhaiya during his graduation days at Patna, says: “Kanhaiya’s ideology centres on the fight for equality and socialism. The episode has given a boost to Left politics.”

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First Published on: February 25, 2016 12:26 am
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    Sivaramakrishnan
    Feb 25, 2016 at 11:31 am
    And Mother, there are millions of children, child to their mothers, who are doing all kinds of lawful jobs to unburden their parents even as young as 10 - 12 years!! But Mr. Kumar is still drawing stipend from Govt to study about "African Studies" but failed to study the teachings of his parents!!!
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      Sivaramakrishnan
      Feb 25, 2016 at 11:25 am
      Mother I understand your pain but.... Your son is 28 years old!!!! He is drawing stipend of Rs 5000/- plus (may be more) as a "scholar" not as a student. Which ever family I know who had sent their wards to college, teach their kids to start supporting their family once they finish Graduation or PG.... Your son is still leaning on the Govt scholarship to support himself, let alone support your family!!! First let him support his family and take the load off his parents to some extent, instead of this he is indulging in unwarranted activities like a mischievous child, of course a child to you but for us he is a Man of 28 years age and not a student!!! And for us he stopped being a student the moment he finished PG.
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        ambrish
        Feb 25, 2016 at 1:15 pm
        LET STUDENT BEHAVE LIKE A STUDENT AND AS ANTI NATIONAL ACTIVIST. ALL MOTHERS LOVE THEIR CHILD AND CONSIDER INNOCENT. FOCUS ON EDUCATION, GET YOUR DIPLOMA/ DEGREE AND JOIN IN SOME CONSTRUCTIVE WORK. GIVE INSPIRING SPEECHES AND HELP NATION TO UPLIFT MES. SORRY, FOR THE PAIN YOU SUFFERED BUT AS A MOTHER TEACH HIM BETTER VALUES
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          Xxpugo
          Feb 25, 2016 at 1:21 pm
          * And oh my respected followers of Mr kanpad kumar don't count us about what he was pursuing there because in actual he was and people like his kind are peeing and not actually pursuing anything
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            Bodan
            Feb 25, 2016 at 4:34 am
            If the mother gives birth to a terrorist son, that should be much worse pain than what is happening to her son.
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              Kaliyug
              Feb 25, 2016 at 11:24 pm
              It is good to know that Kanhaiya has a mother very concerned, I am sure she is pleading for her child to be released from jail, little does she understand that the same court and law that you want to use to free your son, was used by your son to destroy India.
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                Laxi Babu
                Feb 25, 2016 at 1:46 am
                This 33 year old should be supporting his so called poverty stricken family ....desh sudharne se pehle apne ghar ko sudhar ...lazy ash bummm uncle who lives on a stipend...from the same Indian state which his denigrates....or maybe he has other lucrative sources of funding
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                  Alibhai
                  Feb 25, 2016 at 7:02 am
                  True the boy should be treated like a student. He needs serious detention to mend his ignorance and behaviour. If he fails he needs to be thrown out and then police can deal with him as a delinquent.
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                    Dr Gautam
                    Feb 25, 2016 at 2:33 am
                    Teach students about martys capt pawan kumar,sendcthem for 2 years army training
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                      SIML
                      Feb 25, 2016 at 7:01 am
                      Right but her son doesn't exhibit students tendency but more an anti Indian than a loving and patriot son. Teach him the sacrifices of our brave freedom fighters including soldiers.
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                        JDSingh
                        Feb 25, 2016 at 2:40 am
                        Desh ka Lal hai tabhi toh desh ke tukde karna chahta hai. Dear Mother before giving advice to treat students as students and not political pawns, you should have counselled your son not to play politics while being a student. This way by now he would have completed his studies and not stuck himself till 28 years for courses that a normal student would have completed five years earlier.
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                          Jemma Thomas
                          Feb 25, 2016 at 6:52 am
                          There is a saying in general that if a person doesn't get taught at home how to behave in public place then the public will teach him how to do that. That is exactly what has happened here. For you he is still a kid but in the streets he is like any of us. As we all behave in public place, as expected in civilised manner he has to and unfortunately you failed to and it is painful now to see how he is getting taught. This is the lesson for every parent. There is no need to have a victim drama. We are 1 billion of us and unfortunately no time for any leniency. If any then let the judiciary do the job. Get home and take it on chin.
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                            kamath Ramesh
                            Feb 26, 2016 at 11:24 am
                            This mother is appealing to treat a student as student. But she is not understanding that the opposition parties are treating him a vote bank. Rohit Vemula has written this in his suicide note. The woman is so innocent and come under the influence of combined opposition.
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                              kvl
                              Feb 25, 2016 at 2:08 pm
                              All terrorists mothers,rapist mothers started giving sermons to society instead of shame to have such sons.all are writing in English ,how can she know these writings.?show her mother India picture.she will learn what to do.blind love and pampering make Duryodhanas. hope this comment published without fail.
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                                madan gupta
                                Feb 25, 2016 at 1:52 am
                                इस को भी फांसी दो ताकि और देश द्रोही ना पैदा करे.
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                                  J
                                  Feb 25, 2016 at 1:41 am
                                  Students should also behave as students- not like Talibaan.
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                                    krishnamurthy
                                    Feb 25, 2016 at 2:30 am
                                    A student should devote his time for studies in the University. It is evident that even after 33 years if he has not completed his studies, he is not interested in studies but only indulging in politics and ant-social activities in the University at the expense of tax payers money at the pretext of student and getting all the subsidies. Instead his parents should advise him to come out and work and earn to support his family like many in India work and even at the tender age of 10/15.
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                                      P.B. Joshipura
                                      Feb 25, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                                      We all agree that students be allowed to be students, but when the students become rabid dogs, they should be tied down so they don't spread the disease.
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                                        RAJIBABA
                                        Feb 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm
                                        INDIAN. EXPRESS SHOULD KNOW THAT 99 .99% MOTHERS OF THE WORLD ARE PROUD OF THEIR CHILDREN, BUT THEY DON'T KNOW THEIR CHILDREN HIDDEN ACTIVITY
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                                          vijay
                                          Feb 25, 2016 at 8:25 am
                                          Wish kanhaiya should have also behaved like a student only as his mother says now. Parent's love should not be blind.
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                                            Suil
                                            Feb 25, 2016 at 1:40 am
                                            As a true Indian she should ask "Him to be hanged" instead of asking for mercy.
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