Highlights of Kanhaiya Kumar's JNU speech after his bail

| Friday, March 4, 2016 - 16:24
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Kanhaiya Kumar

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) was filled with excitement as JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar returned on campus after getting bail in the sedition case against him. He addressed the people on campus with vigour. Here are a few key points of his speech.
I want Azaadi from corruption and hunger.
I hold no grudges against the ABVP. The ABVP is not our enemy. They are our opposition.
I won’t indulge in witch-hunting.
ABVP’s agenda was planned, but I am happy that our reaction was spontaneous. 
You speak against the government and they send doctored videos and would count how many condoms are there in your dustbin.
Cops asked me what is LAL SALAM.
The Prime Minister cannot dilute the view of JNU students.
We are not asking for freedom from India but freedom within India.
I was given two bowls in jail, one of blue colour and other one of red colour in one single plate that reminded me of India.
The Prime Minister has tweeted 'Satyamev Jayate;' though I do not agree with his ideologies but as 'Satyamev Jayate' comes from the Constitution I will also say 'Satyamev Jayate'.
The charge of sedition was used as a political tool. I have complete faith in the judicial system.
We will pursue this fight that was begun by Rohith Vemula and all of you, and we will see it to its end.
It is a planned conspiracy against JNU.
While listening to Modiji's speech about Stalin, I felt like going inside the TV and tugging at his suit and asking him about Hitler, Mussolini. He speaks on 'Mann ki Baat', but never listens.
I spoke with my mother after about three months. She told me - Modiji bhi kisike maa ke bete hain. Mere bete ko deshdroh keh kar phansa diya hai. [Modiji is also a son, but he got my son arrested by calling him anti-national and a traitor].
Leaders who stood with us were also called anti-national.

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Freedom shouts

Many at JNU spoke on TV channels that they were seeking freedom after coming to JNU. They exclaimed "what a great place JNU was?" It sounded as if these people come from families that suppressed their freedom; and, that they discovered freedom only after joining JNU. I wonder if this is healthy for any university to admit mostly such depraved people, then give them stipend doles so they could send money home to buy family good will.

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