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JNU Row: Must-watch videos that have influenced social media

These videos will give you a sense of what JNU row is all about.

Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold placards during a protest demanding the release of Kanhaiya Kumar, a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union leader accused of sedition, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express photo by Oinam Anand)
Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold placards during a protest demanding the release of Kanhaiya Kumar, a Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student union leader accused of sedition, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express photo by Oinam Anand)

Social media is playing a major role in the Jawaharlal Nehru University controversy, not directly but in projecting opinions on the entire issue. Quite a considerable number of videos have gone ‘viral’ after JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest for his alleged ‘anti-national’ slogans during an event commemorating terror convict Afzal Guru on February 9.

The first video that went viral on social media was of Kumar’s giving a speech on February 11, two days after the event where he is demanding ‘azadi’ (freedom) from casteism, feudalism, Brahmanism etc. India Today and ABP News (link to news story) sought to prove that the video from February 9 that is being examined is doctored.

Here is the video:

 

On February 12, a video titled ‘Theconspiracy’ uploaded under the YouTube account ‘Freedom For AllRohiths’ went viral. The video suggests that ‘Pakistan zindabad’ slogans on February 9 were, in fact, raised by ABVP activists and it’s a conspiracy raked up by the student body.

Here’s the video:

 

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On February 14, another video emerged where JNUSU vice-president Shehla Rashid, who is taking the fight forward in the absence of Kumar, addressing thousands of students who had gathered to protest Kumar’s arrest. In her ‘powerful’ speech as it’s being called by many on social media, she explains how they’re aware of the fact that that they study on “tax-payers’ money” and that’s the reason they are fully aware of their responsibility.

Here’s the video:

 

The latest video that is doing the rounds on social media and is integral to the understanding of this case is Umar Khalid’s address to students on February 22 before his surrender on February 23 late night. Khalid, rather jokingly, said “I got to know things about myself that I didn’t know. Like I have been to Pakistan when I don’t even have a passport. I am the ‘mastermind’.” Khalid also showed disappointment in ‘media trial’ and how his father was questioned wrongly. The video was massively shared on social media with the #IStandWithUmar.

Here’s the video:

 

Apart from these videos, there are many others doing the rounds on social media from both the sides. If you look at the videos closely, many captured videos on their phones during the protest and now they’re emerging on social media through many fake accounts. One of them shows a few students in JNU shouting slogans “Bharat tere tukde honge, Inshah Allah Inshah Allah”. The video, being used by many to  accuses JNU students of raising those slogans.

Let’s not even count the number of videos getting audience on WhatsApp messenger attacking the university and its students.