New Delhi :
Jawaharlal University Nehru Students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar would have never thought that some bantering against the political lords in the country would actually leave him behind bars.
And, to mount the trouble he would even be called an anti-national, thrashed and kicked by lawyers in court premises and pressed with sedition charges openly.
But, yes, all this happened in JNUSU President’s worst nightmare coming true in events that unfolded last week.
India’s premier institution JNU was marred by controversies after anti-national slogans were heard in an event organised on February 9.
The protégé, who were apparently demanding justice for Parliament attack terrorist Afzal Guru soon were involved in clashes, protests and sedition charges.
The protagonist of the event was eventually declared Kanhaiya Kumar who was framed for his anti-national remarks and taken into custody by Delhi Police.
Till now, there was confusion and apparent thoughts but after JNUSU President’s arrest, the drama was actually unfolding on the stage.
It was evident that Delhi Police had no proof of the timeline of incidents. First it was thought they were caught in a clash like situation between JNU students and ABVP workers but later another theory became the centre of attraction.
Was the whole concept fractured and served those having political ambitions. Was it political vendetta?
The storm intensified overnight with protesters dubbing the arrest of students’ union leader Kanyaiya Kumar as an act of vendetta by the Centre.
In the court, Kumar told the court that his arrest was political as he had defeated the candidate of the right-wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in the university elections.
The JNUSU too described the arrest as shocking and Kanhaiya’s arrest beyond the grounds of credibility.
Congress too, took to stage with Rahul Gandhi accusing Modi government of “bullying” an institution like JNU, he however asserted that anti-India sentiment is unquestionably unacceptable.
The Left criticised the government for arresting the students and likened the developments to situations during Emergency.
Then what was more shocking was that after the heckling of Kanhaiya at Patiala House Court, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said that they will not oppose if he applies for bail.
Speaking to the reporters, Bassi said, "I am not giving Kanhaiya Kumar a clean chit but if he applies for bail we are not going to oppose it."
The Supreme Court also held Bassi personally responsible for Kanhaiya’s safety after being told that he was "badly beaten up" while being brought to court premises. He has been safely taken into custody till March 2.
Another important question is why the government rushed in? Notably, one of the event organiser Umar Khalid is still missing and police has no clue about his whereabouts or personal details leaving aside a photograph.
The whole issue has given way to several stifled voices who have risen against the 'sedition' storyline, and now with the ABVP revolt, grave thoughts are in discussion against folks who raised anti-national slogans.
On Thursday morning 3 ABVP members of JNU wrote a stinging letter and resigned citing ‘campus politics’.
Pradeep Narwal, Joint Secretary of JNU unit of ABVP, Rahul Yadav, President of ABVP unit of JNU's School of Social Sciences (SSS) and its Secretary Ankit Hans have all said they have quit.
Several videos have already pointed to "veiled persons shouting anti national slogans" during the protest which sparked off government action.
Kanhaiya’s speech video has found its way back into the debate from newsroom to social media triggering the same question: Is this sedition?
But, one must elaborate here that how can a mere expressions of hate, and even contempt for one’s government can be contemplated as sedition in our free democratic country.
And, if Kanhaiya has not committed sedition will he be released soon? Only if the political vendetta subsides!