Mumbai: Students should be keen on pursuing politics because democracy is an everyday battle,” claimed Kanhaiya Kumar, student leader of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi. Kanhaiya was speaking during the launch of his book ‘From Bihar to Tihar’ on Saturday at Fr Angel Institute, Bandra in an event organised by the All India Professionals Congress (AIPC).
Kanhaiya alleged, democracy is being murdered by the current government and urged students to raise their voice against it. Kanhaiya said, “Politics decides everything right from education to jobs to lifestyle and constitutional rights. Youngsters should be optimistic about politics as we have the right to decide our own future. If the younger generation enters politics, we can definitely have a better democracy.”
Kainhaiya appreciated the youth, saying they seek straightforward answers as they ask logical questions. “If the prime minister has promised us 2 crore jobs, we ask which youngster got employment as per this scheme? We ask direct questions based on pure logic and rationality. If got back black money why are we still taking loans from countries like Japan? The youth are asking these questions which are direct and the political leaders are struggling to answer them,” Kanhaiya asserted.
According to Kanhaiya, there is a mounting anger among students due to the constant oppression of the basic freedom of speech and expression. “When we point out things on social media we are immediately gagged or blocked. This oppression is increasingly causing anger among the youth, which has sparked protests on campuses in all universities. We are students of the 21st century who understand history and technology; we cannot be fooled by communalism or division on the basis of caste and religion, which is propagated by this government,” Kanhaiya exclaimed.
Kanhaiya was critical of the government’s latest policy to invade people’s privacy. He revealed, “Technology was the sole strength of the government as they focussed on Digital India but now they are trying to invade people’s lives by controlling mobile apps.”Technology has become so powerful that people are using social media to talk against the government and express their views liberally.
Youngsters are using Twitter and YouTube as a medium to display freedom of expression and the government cannot tolerate it so they are trying to control the same technology on which they once relied to run electoral campaigns.”Kanhaiya Kumar has portrayed a detailed script of his struggle in his book along with the hardships he faced being a student leader. The book highlights facts about his protest struggle at JNU and his arrest to Tihar jail to fight for basic human rights.