Kanhaiya Kumar, former JNU Students Union President who was charged with sedition in February this year and jailed in Tihar finally revealed it all in his book “From Bihar to Tihar”.
In his book he has called for unity of the Congress, the Left and parties like the AAP on common issues and perceptions to defeat the Juggernaut of BJP swaying the country. These parties need “to get together to defeat the BJP,” he said in an interview while releasing his book.
Giving the example of South Africa where the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) came together in an alliance based on certain commonalities should serve as the basis for such common front against BJP.
Speaking about his book on his days in Tihar, he said most policemen who talked to him soon realised that he had been framed. After his release, his hour-long speech from the ramparts of JNU, telecast live and watched by millions, made him a star.
Kanhaiya Kumar has maintained that he may not enter the electoral politics but remains active in politics and in the CPI-affiliated All India Students Federation (AISF).
“Today, if you speak against the government, you are dubbed anti-national,” he said. In his book, Kanhaiya Kumar gives a glance at the poverty he underwent in his place Begu Sarai in Bihar with his mother being an Anganwadi worker and earning Rs.3,000 a month.
Bereft of a toilet in the house, he bathed in open under a hand pump, the family used just one light and fan, and often ate last night’s rice for breakfast in the morning. His first part-time job entailed Rs.50 per day when he was asked to give polio drops to children.
When he went to Patna for higher studies, he mostly walked the streets and gave tuitions at Rs.15 per hour in history, geography and sociology to survive. He said he had honed up his debating skills in Patna college and then went to JNU where he became JNUSU president defeating the BJP’s ABVP candidate.
His arrest in February this year has sent shockwaves when it was revealed that the TV channels had doctored his speeches to get him framed in a sedition case filed by the Delhi Police reminiscent of the British draconian rule during the freedom struggle against Indians. Finally, he has emerged as a strong opponent who can withstand even Narendra Modi in convincing the audience with his reasoning and electric speeches.