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Shabana Azmi Criticises Media’s Initial Handling of JNU Incident

Actor and Rajya Sabha member Shabana Azmi has joined the pro-JNU ranks on Sunday depicting the initial role of some TV News/Now channels for jumping the bandwagon and calling all JNU students anti-national anc castigating them openly in a live show full of hatred and degradation.

"The media first projected JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar as guilty and is now saying the video was tampered with. Its role in the issue was not good," Azmi said. "People of all sections of society should come forward to douse the flames emerging out of it. It is the responsibility of all," she said.

The initial video showed Kanhaiya Kumar as raising anti-India slogans that was broadcast on Times Now and other news channels, igniting anger and outcry around the country labeling JNU students as anti-national and questioning the subsidey given to the country’s premier and "capable of thinking" university.

Soon after the incident, Home Minster Rajnath Singh ordered clamp down on JNU and police arrested JNUSU leader on unprecedented "sedition" charges, akin to India’s freedom struggle when Bala Gangadhar Tilak and others were slapped with such charges.

When another set of news channels had broadcast a different version of the same video, th truth unveiled started changing the media coverage of JNU, though the initial blame branding JNU as "anti-national" may stick around for few more decades.

Shabana Azmi was associated with some rallies of JNU in the past, one in 1998 when she undertook Padayatra that was flagged off by JNU Vice Chancellor M.S. Agwani. She was seen in many literary events with JNU scholars.

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