Former Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar has sparked off yet another controversy today by comparing the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) with terrorist organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Times Now reported. Replying to a question on whether Jawaharlal Nehru Univesity (JNU) has become a ‘punching bag’ for extremist forces, Kanhaiya said that any kind of extremism, whether it comes from the RSS or ISIS, is unacceptable and henceforth dangerous for the nation.
Recently, Kanhaiya Kumar had said people will be called anti-nationals for not using Patanjali products, PTI had reported. Speaking on the issue of arrest of 68 Rajasthan University students under sedition charges, Kanhaiya slammed the state government, stating that many sections of society are living in “an environment of fear”.
“Such is the environment of fear in the country now, that if you do not use Patanjali face wash, then you will be called anti-national,” Kumar said. Kanhaiya had made the comments while addressing a gathering at the launch of ‘Bihar Te Tihar’, the Marathi version of his Hindi book, on the eve of the birth anniversary of Dalit icon Dr B R Ambedkar.
“Babasaheb Ambedkar had framed Constitution in such a manner that it has provided freedom to every member of society in many ways. But this freedom enshrined in the Constitution has not been delivered to a large section of society,” Kumar said.
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Kanhaiya, commenting on the preset social and political scenario, said that various sections of society, “including the poor, Dalits, women, tribals, backward classes, minorities, and even intellectuals live in fear.”
“The present scenario in the country is such that if you demand reduction in fee, you will be labelled anti-national,” he added.