1. JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar advocates opposition unity to take on BJP

JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar advocates opposition unity to take on BJP

JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, jailed earlier this year for 17 days on charges of sedition, is advocating an umbrella coalition of opposition parties to take on the BJP.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 5, 2016 10:26 AM
Kanhaiya Kumar, whose book "From Bihar to Tihar" (Juggernaut) has hit the market, says such a coming together of the Congress, the Left and parties like the AAP should be based on issues. (Reuters) Kanhaiya Kumar, whose book “From Bihar to Tihar” (Juggernaut) has hit the market, says such a coming together of the Congress, the Left and parties like the AAP should be based on issues. (Reuters)

JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, jailed earlier this year for 17 days on charges of sedition, is advocating an umbrella coalition of opposition parties to take on the BJP.

Kanhaiya Kumar, whose book “From Bihar to Tihar” (Juggernaut) has hit the market, says such a coming together of the Congress, the Left and parties like the AAP should be based on issues.

“Why can’t (Arvind) Kejriwal, Congress, Left and Mayawati come together?” the left-leaning activist asked in an interview with IANS. “There should be unity.”

These parties “need to get together to defeat the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)”.

Kanhaiya Kumar, a vocal advocate of Left-Bahujan unity, said an anti-BJP alliance must be based on a Common Minimum Programme (CMP) that prevailed during the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA)-I regime.

Asked about the ideological contradictions in such a grouping, Kanhaiya Kumar cited the example of South Africa where the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) co-exist in an alliance.

“The ANC and SACP too have differences but they work on the basis of certain commonalities.”

Now 29, Kanhaiya Kumar was President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) when he was arrested in February 2016 on charges of sedition.

The dramatic arrest followed a meeting held in the JNU campus where a section of students and outsiders — most of whom were never caught — raised anti-national slogans.

Kanhaiya Kumar had nothing to do with that February 9 meeting, and he says in his book “From Bihar to Tihar” that most policemen who dealt with him quickly realised he had been framed.

It was the fiery, nearly hour-long speech Kanhaiya Kumar gave at the JNU after his release — telecast live and watched by millions — that gave him a star status.

Kanhaiya Kumar told IANS that he was not enamoured of his fame.

A member of the CPI-affiliated All India Students Federation (AISF), he says he is part of “active politics” but has no desire to take part in electoral politics.

Arguing that dissent was vital in any democracy, he said that all those opposed to majoritarianism, irrespective of their different streams, have to unite.

“Today, if you speak against the government, you are dubbed anti-national.”

In his book, Kanhaiya Kumar details his struggle with poverty since childhood. Son of a father who dabbled in radical Left politics and a mother who earned Rs 3,000 a month, the family didn’t have a toilet or a bathroom, bathed at a hand pump, used just one light and fan at night to keep the power bill down and had the previous night’s dinner as the next day’s breakfast.

At one time, Kanhaiya Kumar got a job for Rs 50 a day — he had to go from house to house and give polio drops to children.

When he moved to Patna, his mother gave him a bed sheet she had stitched together with bits and pieces of old fabric. Perennially short of money, he mostly walked in Patna as he could not afford an auto or even a cycle rickshaw.

He gave tuition in history, geography and sociology, earning Rs 15 every hour to beat the financial crisis.

Debating skills that he acquired in college in Patna helped Kanhaiya Kumar to become one of the most articulate student leaders when he moved to Delhi and joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

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    Deepak
    Nov 6, 2016 at 3:15 am
    Kanahiya is bent upon modi and is advocating congress (gotaloon ki sarkar).What I want to know what he has contributed to his parents,village he comes from and about the law and order of JNU.
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      Sunil Mani Mani
      Nov 5, 2016 at 6:04 am
      crooks like Khanya Kumar should be thrown inside a lions cage for food..dia does not need him whos aim is to earn sympathy n divide community...hope he understands that 90% of d literate people in india just detest his very name...we want development and growth today in India n not his sick cunning ideology
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        Casb Balchandhar
        Nov 5, 2016 at 1:12 pm
        What this says, let him cobble all anti national anti people parties together to win elections against BJP. His actions are not deserving our sympathy. If all parties joined as he says CMP they will join to LOOT the country and destroy the indian fabric.We must send him to LOC to face stan and let him sermon to Pak soldiers to change the history of Pak.
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          Brave Heart
          Nov 5, 2016 at 9:14 pm
          Scamgress/pAAP leader in making.
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            Alibhai
            Nov 6, 2016 at 5:30 am
            How can such a mindless and clueless being be ever considered for advice to ALL political parties? Only s can take him with any seriousness. However there is plenty of political s that may try to get some mileage from this brat who needs thorough spanking.
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              Mansukh Patel
              Nov 7, 2016 at 2:15 am
              Nice study on tax money
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                Sayed Moinuddin
                Nov 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm
                Kanhya Kumar zindabad Arvind kejriwal zindabad GST bill Murdabad
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                  Dilip Raina
                  Nov 5, 2016 at 2:56 pm
                  Sir is BJP more injurious than the toxic air in Delhi NCR . We can take on BJP later on but please raise your effective and strong voice , which is presently getting to die due to pollution, against the worest ever pollution presently killing us.
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                    Raj Kumar Dham
                    Nov 6, 2016 at 7:25 am
                    All the people to should join hands to defeat the Antinational People and Leaders who have been helping the enemies and terrorists and blaming the soldiers who have been sacrificing their lives to save our country .
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                      Src
                      Nov 5, 2016 at 8:34 am
                      Kill this JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar,
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                        subrata
                        Nov 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm
                        Promising young leader having full knowledge of the ground realities of our society.Really these youth are our hope for better future.
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                          Uday
                          Nov 5, 2016 at 9:15 am
                          People like Kanhaiya Kumar are cancer to the society and Nation and they should be removed before they cause harm to our nation. Always giving speech about his poverty and gathering sympathy for his own benefit will not provide any benefit to the nation. These Communist thinking will always bring destruction to the nation and nothing else. In past also we have many examples where communists betra our nation. I urge all the nation not to give any importance for these people.
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