JNU sedition case: Meet the family of the student who is a ‘danger to Mother India’

For poor people like us, education is biggest capital: Kanhaiya’s father.

Written by Santosh Singh | Bihat (begusarai) | Updated: February 14, 2016 7:16 am
Prince Kumar, Younger Brother of JNU Student Union President Kanahiya alongwith Father Jai Shankar Singh and Mother Mina Devi at his vilage Masnadpur Tola in Bihat,Begusarai on Saturday, feb 13,2016. They are in shock and anger after at arrest of Kanahaiya in recent JNU protest and clash connection. Express Photo By Prashant Ravi JNUSU president Kanhaiya’s family at their home in Begusarai, Bihar, on Saturday. (Source: Express Photo By Prashant Ravi)

In an old brick house in Bihat village in Bihar’s Begusarai district, the home of arrested JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, his parents are stunned by the sedition charge slapped on him. They say he can never be “a danger to Mother India” as he is being called.

Confined to his bed since 2013 when the left side of his body was paralysed, 65-year-old Jaishankar Singh maintains: “I could study only up to Class X but I ensured my children received good education. Education is the biggest capital for poor people like us. No video or audio footage has shown my son saying anything anti-national. He has been framed.” Turning to a crowd that has gathered at his home, he asks, “What do you think will happen? Only God knows…”

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Kanhaiya’s mother Meena Devi puts on a brave face. “This phase will pass… Nothing shall happen to my son because he can never say or do anything against the country… There is a court. I have full faith in my son and God.” An anganwadi worker, she supports the family with her earnings of Rs 3,000 a month — the eldest of three sons too works.

Struggling to raise himself on the bed to catch TV updates on his son, Singh believes his son has been “framed because JNU is a Left stronghold”. He thinks Kanhaiya landed in trouble because “he had campaigned for the CPI candidate” during the Bihar polls last year.

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Bihat is part of the Teghra assembly constituency, now held by the JD(U) but known as the “Leningrad of Bihar” because it was the Left citadel for four decades, witness to many a vicious battle with non-Left parties.

“Kanhaiya has been with the All India Students Federation (the student arm of the CPI) since high school,” says younger brother Prince, preparing for competitive entrance examinations in Delhi. “I too am in student politics. My entire family is Communist.”

From the R K C High School in Barauni, Kanhaiya graduated from Magadh University. Kanhaiya’s father is a Class X-dropout who used to work in supply of stones. Meena Devi is a matriculate. Their eldest son, Manikant, works as a supervisor with a company in Assam.

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The Begusarai units of the All India Students Federation and All India Youth Federation protested against Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani Saturday.

“There has been a sustained attempt at saffronisation of JNU and Kanhaiya has become a pawn in the battle between Left and others,” claims AISF leader Ramkrishna. Prahlad Singh of the AIYF leader joins him: \”The NDA found nothing anti-national in Nathuram Godse’s supporters, but arrested Kanhaiya for saying nothing.”

 

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    manoharan
    Feb 14, 2016 at 7:53 am
    Poor does not mean to become against mother country. To be a good son for parents, society, mother country and for the world as a w is something you achieve after working hard at studies and at the work places. It is wrong to be a fool at this studying time. Universities are for academic achievements for good students and not for rowdies and for those indulging in anti-India activities.
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      Selva
      Feb 14, 2016 at 7:01 am
      Wow, IE - i have my doubts, if you are shedding crocodile tears on the students or Anti national??? hope my comments will come below, else you will block my comments!!! your editor for this writeup is a clear anti-national in the guise of a democrat??? we Indians, have woke up to you evil-designs and will move towards Nationalist forces, even if they are fanatics - THANKS
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        aditya
        Feb 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm
        What they were shouting at JNU Campus is known to all......we have seen the videos. So no excuses for these traitors.........is shouting anti-nation slogans allowed any place in the world ??
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          Sunny
          Feb 17, 2016 at 9:01 pm
          Godse was punished for his deed. Also he was against an individual and not the country. Sloganeering against even the PM is acceptable but not the country.
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            David
            Feb 14, 2016 at 10:05 am
            THis article obviously is aimed at derailing the investigation about the anti national activities of Kanhaiya Kumar. India has three major categories of enemies: 1. Terrorists across the border, 2. Anti-National and Corrupt Political parties - so called "secular" parties - that loot the country through scams like 2G, and Coalgate, 3. The Corrupt and Paid Mainstream media that works for terrorists and corrupt parties.
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              Famida
              Feb 14, 2016 at 12:54 am
              This boy is supposed to study instead he is playing politics and dangerous antinational activities .good that bjp govt is ruling all this dirt of congress rule is comming out.
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                Gyanjit
                Feb 14, 2016 at 10:56 am
                State terrorism to muzzle the student voices on the campus reaches a new high with this act of arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar. Students in campuses are studying and examining their thoughts, mulling over what they are learning imply. In a country such as hours where you see poverty and deprivation all around you, it is hard not to think like a leftist to find a quick solution to the inequality. But we all grow and The Govt. certainly does more harm to itself than cover itself in glory by such acts.
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                  Hari
                  Feb 14, 2016 at 11:12 am
                  If he is danger to mother India, then it does not matter if he is poor or rich.
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                    Haradhan Mandal
                    Feb 14, 2016 at 5:45 am
                    Sedition law that still operates in India thru IPC is a British ERA law that was used by the British 'monarch' and their Indian Police force, made of Indians, ('the Authority' that MADE SURE that 'monarch' remains/continues as monarch in India) . Why that necessity is still a necessity In India? The DICTIONARY (from Internet) definition of the sedition may have the answer. SEDITION is defined as "conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch." a monarch? the authority? Not necessarily against the STATE and of people, that is , People of India, then and Now.
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                      Jay
                      Feb 14, 2016 at 10:20 am
                      So, according to this Pressute's logic, if someone stabs you in the street, you should not complain to the police and police should not arrest the criminal. Instead, you should check if the criminals parents are poor, and glorify the criminal as though he is a hero.
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                        Kavi
                        Feb 14, 2016 at 9:36 am
                        Dear Pressute, If a terrorist is poor, Should we condone his crime?
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                          Mrinal
                          Feb 14, 2016 at 9:42 am
                          Israt's family still claims she was innocent. These families are den of creating anti national creatures. This families don't teach human value, moral rather provoking children's to fall in trap of terrorists for easy money and cheap pority. These families need sanitisation !
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                            Mush Tractor
                            Feb 15, 2016 at 12:12 am
                            For practising demoracy, you need a nation first. Taxpayers money must be provided furthering education and any external activity must not be allowed inside university premises. These anyinationals should have taken a bus to Sonia hi or puppet Manmohan's house during which time the guy was hung. As an alternative thry could have gone to the President's house as he rejected the mercy peion of the holy man. They should have shouted slogans there. These are not students, but mere trainees on "political thuggery".
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                              Mush Tractor
                              Feb 14, 2016 at 11:32 am
                              Support for Afzal Guru is being manited by Congress and Media for use of an anti Modi campaign. I have never seen such intolerance for one individual. How true if we dont hang together we will all hang individually. The nation is well on its way aided by unprincipled journalism and unscrupulous Congress plus opposition. Is there going to be riot for every arrest in India. So we dont need courts and all paraphernalia?
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                                MyTake
                                Feb 14, 2016 at 4:34 am
                                This family indeed need support. But instead of blanket support provide support to those who qualify for it. No point helping a family and making enemy out of them. Instead making scholars (which in most cases they are not qualified - don't know about Kanayia), best help would be to give them some skill that would help them stand on their feet. Quota scholar is a disaster - another added burden even on tax payer labourers to foot the bill.
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                                  MyTake
                                  Feb 14, 2016 at 8:18 am
                                  Why people need to know some one's parents when the person in question is an adult? What if the parents now sue the media for defaming them for good or bad reason?
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                                    MyTake
                                    Feb 14, 2016 at 4:36 am
                                    [Kanhaiya’s mother Meena Devi puts on a brave face. “This phase will p… Nothing shall happen to my son because he can never say or do anything against the country… There is a court. I have full faith in my son and God.” An anganwadi worker, she supports the family with her earnings of Rs 3,000 a month] So be it if he is found not guilty.
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                                      Naveen
                                      Feb 14, 2016 at 9:40 am
                                      Most of the terrorists have come from poor background. They are brought into terror business by their respective organisations through brainwashing. In this case, the Left should be blamed for brainwashing a poor student into committing ant-national activities, and for ruining his life and career. This is again a wake-up call. Students, please don't fall prey to Leftist's agenda.
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                                        Paresh Pandey
                                        Feb 14, 2016 at 6:10 am
                                        Pathetic article, shows what extent media can go to justify anything it wants to! How does his poor background justify his raising anti India slogans!
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                                          Raja
                                          Feb 14, 2016 at 4:34 am
                                          campuses are for studying and education, not for full time politics.
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                                            Raja
                                            Feb 14, 2016 at 2:26 am
                                            Indian Express: Why did you not decide to cover brave soldier thappa's family? Is the reason that they do not belong to your political masters and dictators? Indian express is becoming more and more disgusting.
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