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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  1. M
    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.
    1. S
      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
      1. A
        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 ??
        1. S
          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.
          1. D
            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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