Kanhaiya’s family celebrates: We have a lot to learn from him

Kumar’s mother Meena Devi, who has been unwell since her son’s arrest, said her “prayers have been answered”.

Written by Sweta Dutta , Santosh Singh | New Delhi | Updated: March 3, 2016 3:51 am
jnu protest, jnu news, jnu kanhaiya kumar, kanhaiya kmar bail, 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

Minutes after Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar was granted interim bail on Wednesday, his elder brother Manikant Kumar called up their mother Meena Devi to share the news.

“It has been weeks since my mother last spoke to him. She was very happy but she has been asking what ‘interim bail’ means. I said I will explain all that later… but for now, this calls for a celebration,” said Manikant, almost out of breath between umpteen phone calls and congratulatory messages at the CPI office in ITO.

Throughout Wednesday, Manikant and his uncle Rajendra Singh had weighed the various possibilities. By evening, their patience was wearing thin. Manikant said, “Whatever the decision is, why don’t they just give the order? What are they waiting for? Even if he is not being granted bail, they should just say it, instead of keeping us on tenterhooks like this.”

“On Tuesday, when we met Kanhaiya in jail, he was composed as always… he said he was optimistic about the bail hearing, but also unsure. He said he would accept whatever decision is taken by the court. We have a lot to learn from him,” said Manikant.
As news of Kumar being granted interim bail flashed on the sole TV screen in the CPI office, the office resounded with rapturous applause.

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“This is the collective victory of JNU, the entire country and our youth. We knew he would come out of this and he has…,” said the JNUSU president’s uncle Rajendra Singh.

“Now, it is time for us to get back to our jobs and our lives. Kanhaiya will take over and get his name cleared. He has a long way to go…” said Manikant.

Back home, at Bihat village in Begusarai, Kumar’s family hailed the court’s decision as the “victory of democracy”. “My son has done nothing to be kept in jail”, said Kumar’s father Jaishankar Singh, who has been bed-ridden with paralysis since 2013.

Over 100 villagers, who had gathered at Kumar’s ancestral residence, burst firecrackers and smeared gulal on each other.

“It is such a big relief and victory of democracy. We always discussed that court would find little merit in keeping Kanhaiya in jail. My son has done nothing to be kept in jail. My son will fight it out,” said Jaishankar.

Kumar’s mother Meena Devi, who has been unwell since her son’s arrest, said her “prayers have been answered”.

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Kumar’s younger brother Prince Singh said the family had decided to celebrate Holi, days before the actual festival, to mark the court verdict.

“My father was smeared in gulal by some enthusiastic villagers. He was almost in tears… we are overwhelmed with the kind of support we got. Kanhaiya’s episode has fuelled a debate… this is a defining moment for democracy,” he said.

Prince said Kumar’s supporters had been making their way to Bihat since his arrest. “I have received more phone calls pledging support for Kumar in the last fortnight than I have in my entire life,” he said.

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  1. D
    Mar 3, 2016 at 8:05 am
    So, will you continue your research to obtain PhD degree and then use your talent in nation building OR will continue with your activities which has brought bad name to academic insutions in general and JNU in particular. The first and the last priority. No student should get involved with any political parties. These parties will use you in their political ambitions. The great g fathers were never involved in such activities then why you the students? Keep politics away from your PhD. Professor Ashok Deshpande PhD (Engineering) Founding Chair: Berkeley Initiative in Soft Computing ( BISC)-SIG-EMS
    1. B
      Mar 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm
      You son surely not a terrorist, but fall into BAD peoples company. He should now disociate from these bad people, and work to create a better future.
      1. M
        madan gupta
        Mar 2, 2016 at 10:50 pm
        माँ को भी आतंकवादी घोषित करो और जेल में डालो.
        1. M
          Mahan Murphy
          Mar 3, 2016 at 2:41 am
          I have read the entire Judgement. This is the difference between a responsible person (citizen) like the learned Judge and the irresponsible students who are not sure of what the future is and as a student what are their rights and responsibilities. Love for the country and patriotism should be inculcated from the childhood and students should be exposed to different kind of ideologies and not just a few. Particularly teachers should teach them various theories but not thrust their ideologies on students. Let students decide but properly guide them to become good citizens. This judgement is a must read for all students.
          1. M
            Mar 3, 2016 at 4:09 am
            In stan Indian Cricketer Kohli's fan was handed 10 years prison sentence. A Saudi national got 10-year prison sentence and 2000 lashes for declaring himself an atheist on the Twitter. The traitors are lucky to be in India, May Almighty give them some sense of graude. The UGC requirement is that, a student must have 75% clroom attendance to appear for examinations. The attendance of cles in JNU is NOT compulsory for commie professors. The JNU commie professor watches students, like how a spider watches a fly. The students go missing for weeks together, acting as couriers of coded messages, for Naxal activities in the red corridor. They organize beef parties, but never pork parties. A big portion of JNU students are GOOD FOR NOTHING types and it is very easy for the Commie professors to brainwash these USEFUL S. Why does the govt need to fund such students from the tax payers money? The police cannot enter the JNU campus, Noam Chomsky dont like it. So the police should scrutinize each and every vehicle moving IN and OUT of the campus and record it for future reference
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