Was introduced in court with ‘has even been to Kashmir’: Kanhaiya Kumar

Kanhaiya recalls how 20 days in jail seemed like a 'lifetime' to him

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 13, 2016 11:05 am
Kanhaiya Kumar, Kanhaiya, former JNU union president, SIMI terrorists killed, Madhya Pradesh terrorists killing, India news, latest news, indian express Former JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. (File Photo)

JNU Students Union former president Kanhaiya Kumar whose arrest in a sedition case created a nationwide debate on definition of nationalism recalls that he was introduced to the judge in the courtroom as ‘somebody who has even been to Kashmir’.

“In the courtroom, the judge asked to show the video of the February 9 incident. He remarked that the boy (me) is not seen as shouting slogans in the video, the IO responded saying that he had sufficient evidence against me and I have even been to Kashmir,” Kanhaiya says in his recently published memoir ‘Kanhaiya Kumar-From Bihar to Tihar’.

“I laughed a little to myself when I heard this exchange. It’s true what they say. One can find humour in the most unlikely of places,” he adds.

The student leader further says, “I was taken by surprise when I was asked why did I shout slogans against the country?

I found this very strange. When did I shout slogans against the country? I have been shouting slogans against Modi and that’s no secret. Had Modi now become the country?”

“By now I was beginning to get the feeling that something was seriously wrong. On what grounds had I been arrested, I asked them. Where was the warrant? They replied- ‘you will get the warrant in jail. There, you’ll get everything’,” he adds.

Kanhaiya recalls how 20 days in jail seemed like a ‘lifetime’ to him and how he felt like he was addressing the nation when he made a speech at the university’s administration block which is now known as ‘Freedom Square’.

Kanhaiya was arrested in February on charges of sedition in connection with a controversial event at the JNU campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. His arrest had triggered widespread outrage and protests. He was released on bail on March 3.

In the book, he has talked about his journey from a nondescript Bihar village to Tihar jail and the February 9 incident which catapulted him to the centre stage of student’s politics.

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    Ajit
    Nov 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm
    This good for nothing guy should not be given any importance..
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      Playfair
      Nov 14, 2016 at 10:51 am
      Does anyone know what the subject this chaps PHd is in and how many papers he has written ....
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        arun dass
        Nov 13, 2016 at 6:46 am
        madrchd kanheya.......
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          Champa Bai
          Nov 14, 2016 at 10:35 am
          what can u expect from paid media pressute....any chu%^%$% can be made a rockstar overnight........
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            Kaustubh
            Nov 13, 2016 at 4:09 pm
            Don't understand why Indian Express is so obsessed with this attention seeking megalomanic. All he wants is to be in the limelight and he doesn't even mind selling away his motherland for its sake. Shame on you Indian Express for still providing this worthless person any coverage at all..
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              KP Pillai
              Nov 14, 2016 at 12:11 am
              Who is this guy for the media? Is he an individual who carried out revolution like that happened during JP's time? It is disturbing to see this guy in pictures as he has no credibility across. A person, born to say lies and belonging to a party whose allegiance are with China, should not find such captions in prestigious newspapers like IE.
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                l s
                Nov 13, 2016 at 7:09 am
                He is only trying to come in the limelight again. Ignore him and his anti-national antics.lt;br/gt;Only Kegri, Yechuri and their likes of them will appreciate this. Show the prison door to him again.
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                  Sumit
                  Nov 13, 2016 at 6:59 am
                  Denied by mainstream media, this scoundrel found his refuge in this media house....... Shame on Indian express.
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                    manoj mago
                    Nov 16, 2016 at 3:14 am
                    joker crying
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                      RAJIBABA
                      Nov 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm
                      JNU WILL PRESENT PHD TO KANHAIYA IN 206O
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                        Ram Pathak
                        Nov 13, 2016 at 5:49 am
                        This product of the media fathered by psuedo-secularists will fade out. Though I am for protection of right to disent but it must have some defining guidelines on limitations.Every one know what go on in JNU apart from studies.
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                          Rohini
                          Nov 13, 2016 at 7:54 pm
                          He is fizzling out and only the IE is even bothered to mention his name. Well, we all know how this is going to end...as a damp squib!lt;br/gt;A man who has been accused by a young girl of exposing himself in public and of threatening her when she challenged him. A man who is a failure so far at his chosen field of study. A man who was disciplined by his university for misbehaving with the young woman. .is THIS the person who we want our children emulating? Or respecting? Not in my name that;s for sure. I am sure in 1.2 bn folks, we are quite capable of finding an alternative. Thanks, but no thanks.
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                            Sheik Mohamed
                            Nov 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm
                            At current scenario, the moment you murmur against ruling saffronised party and their outfits policies you automatically become anti national/non patriotic.
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                              Ramakrishna Tumuluri
                              Nov 13, 2016 at 6:05 am
                              What does the paper gain by bringing up Kanhya case now ? Want to add some fuel to discontentment generated by Demonetization ? The defanged leaders dig up such issues..lt;br/gt;Observe after Demonetization no cases of infiltration -------
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                                Ramamurthi Kolagunta
                                Nov 17, 2016 at 1:54 pm
                                This KK, AK, Yechury, Rahul and Didi all need to be dumped. They have spoiled the lives of our youth. The media should totally ignore them, to save our youth getting spoiled. Let us all commit to clean India of these national polluters.
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                                  Vikram
                                  Nov 13, 2016 at 7:27 am
                                  Someday the Congees and leftists will have him finished and then blame modi
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                                    V.V.Chandrasekaran
                                    Nov 13, 2016 at 6:43 am
                                    It was a disease with the Congress to term everything against them Anti National which is against the spiritand sacrifice of Nehru himself.Baruah told Indira was India which resulted in the defeat of Congress.Now it is the time of Modi,anythin against him sedition or Anti-national and be ured that he will bite the dust in the next elections.
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