‘We want freedom in India, not from India’ : Kanhaiya Kumar

BACKkkumarOn his release from jail 3 weeks after his arrest, JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar said ‘they want freedom within India not from India’,

Addressing students, many of whom were teary eyed at the campus, Kumar, 29, who was accused of sedition for allegedly raising anti-national slogans, said he had many differences with PM Narendra Modi, but he agreed with his ‘Satyameva Jayate’ tweet that he posted in praise of HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s fiery speech on the JNU row in the Lok Sabha, as it is in the constitution.

Kumar said “We are seeking azaadi (freedom) from within India and not azaadi from India. He also thanked all who stood by him while he was in Tihar jail in Delhi. He said he holds no ill feelings or animosity towards anyone and will not indulge in witch hunting the RSS student outfit ABVP.

He took a dig at PM Modi on his pre-poll promise to deposit Rs.15 lakhs in everyone’s bank account from the black money that will be brought back by his government if he came to power.

In his long speech, laced with humour Kanhaiya also referred to conversations with police in the prison, who are mostly from poor families and who seconded his arguments about the need for freedom from corruption and casteism.