Thousands of Indian Students Demonstrate for Free Speech

In February 2016 students at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi organized a demonstration to call attention to the unjust 2013 hanging of Kashmiri separatist Afzal Guru.[i] Police arrested Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of the student union, on charges of sedition because of anti-India slogans at the demonstration. To protest his arrest, thousands of students went on strike and protesting for days against with slogans like “When Dictatorship is a fact, Revolution becomes a right.” They shouted “JNU, JNU.” BJP nationalist supporters demanded that they move to Pakistan. Students on over 18 other campuses around India demonstrated in support of free speech and against what they see is growing intolerance under Narendra Modi’s BJP party rule, in the largest nationwide student demonstrations in 25 years. Students posted comments on Quora.[ii] Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted: “If anyone shouts anti-India slogan and challenges nation’s sovereignty and integrity while living in India, they will not be tolerated or spared.”

[i] Jason Burke, “Protests to Continue at Indian University After Student Leader’s Arrest,” The Guardian, February 15, 2016.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/15/jawaharlal-nehru-university-kanhaiya-kumar-student-arrest-india

[ii] https://www.quora.com/Jawaharlal-Nehru-University-Campus-Row-February-2016/What-do-you-think-about-the-JNU-protest

[1] Jason Burke, “Protests to Continue at Indian University After Student Leader’s Arrest,” The Guardian, February 15, 2016.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/15/jawaharlal-nehru-university-kanhaiya-kumar-student-arrest-india

[1] https://www.quora.com/Jawaharlal-Nehru-University-Campus-Row-February-2016/What-do-you-think-about-the-JNU-protest

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