Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Mohd. Salim on Friday said the Sangh Parivar has a problem with the word ‘Azadi’ and all words which originate from Urdu and Persian.
Mohd. Salim, who responding to a question on JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar emphasizing on the word ‘Azadi’ in his speech, advised the Sangh Parivar to learn from the agitation in the varsity.
“If they keep on attacking universities and students in the manner they are doing it now, every university in India will become like JNU,” said Salim.
“If a person doesn’t understand what Kanhaiya wants to say, he should go to a school, as he is simply saying that we the people want to live with freedom (a free life) in India,” he said.
“Only those will criticise Kanhaiya’s delivering a speech who don’t believe in the Right to Freedom of Speech. The people, who don’t respect the Constitution and make mockery of law will say this,” said Salim.
“Left parties have been saying that speech is not something that comes from speech writers, from twitteratis posting comments, or by adding some idioms so that there is Modi…Modi…Modi…, but it is something that comes out from the heart of a person. And, today’s generation’s aspiration was expressed in Kanhaiya’s speech,” he added.
The 28-year-old said that he saluted the soldiers guarding the country.
“But the soldiers, who die at the border are the sons and brothers of those who die within the country,” he said, while referring to the farmer suicides.
Kanhaiya further said the crackdown on JNU was planned because the university students spoke out against the death of Hyderabad University research scholar Rohith Vemula.
“This attack is to de-legitimise the UGC protest and to prevent justice to Rohith Vemula. The fight which was initiated by Rohith Vemula, all of you and peace-loving people in the country, will be pursued by us and we’ll win this battle,” he said.
“I would like to thank everyone at the JNU. All the people , whether media, political people, non civil society , who stood for saving JNU and those who want justice for Rohith Vemula, I want to salute them,” he added.
In a sarcastic tone, he said, “I want to thank the people sitting in Parliament deciding wrong and right, the police and those few media channels.”