At the march held Tuesday to demand the release of JNU students charged with sedition — Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya — Umar’s youngest sister Sara said her brother was not an “anti-national”, and that she always wants him to stand for what is right.
Sara (12) made these comments in a one minute, forty second video recorded by students of JNU which is going viral on social media. The video has been uploaded on the YouTube channel ‘We are JNU’, and has got almost 5,000 views. The description below the video describes Sara as the “gossip partner of her brother and the perkiest one”.
Social media has been buzzing with comments about the clarity of thought and the level of articulation shown by her.
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On why she had joined the march, Sara says, “I am here because I want sedition charges to be dropped from people who have been falsely labelled as anti-national… I want their release. The charges should be dropped. It is clearly visible that they are not anti-nationals. All the videos are doctored and the videos in which “anti-India” slogans have been raised, Umar Khalid is not visible in any of them. This proves they are not anti nationals.”
On whether she had a message for Umar, she says, “I just want him to continue his fight and always stand for what is right. I want him to call what is wrong as wrong, and what is right as right.” “I just want to say one thing — stay strong… I cannot believe that JNU which is so big and has people coming from so many different countries have come out and am very happy with it,” she says.
Umar’s father Syed Qasim Illyas Rasool said, “Sara has been talking to reporters and students whenever approached. This time was no different.”