JNU sedition controversy: Twitter reacts to student leader’s arrest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 16, 2016 11:26 IST
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi joins the ongoing protest of students over the release of Student Union president Kanhaiya Kumar at Jawaharlal Nehru University. (HT Photo)

The arrest of JNU student’s union president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition has attracted both criticism and support in equal measure, with Saturday seeing the controversy surrounding the institute snowballing into a political free-for-all.

Twitter also reacted sharply to the ongoing controversy, with some denouncing the application of sedition on a perceived slight against the nation, while others condemned Kumar and his fellow students as hailing from “a breeding ground of anti-nationalism.”

Yogendra Yadav, an alumnus of JNU and one of the leaders of the Swaraj Abhiyan, described the unity shown by the student body in protesting Kumar’s arrest as “moving”.

Others condemned the Union government for invoking the archaic law of sedition.

The Opposition likened the charges as being akin to the Emergency period, while the ruling BJP accused them of speaking the language of Pakistani terrorists.

But there were equally damning comments from those who supported the government’s decision to arrest the JNUSU president, as well as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s decision to stand in solidarity with the student body on Saturday.

Kumar has been accused of organising a public meet at the university campus on February 9. Police case states the meeting was about hanging of Afzal Guru, convicted in the Parliament Attack case, and during the course some persons including Kumar raised “incendiary slogans.”

Under the colonial era law anybody who “by words – either spoken or written - brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards the government” can be sent to jail for life.

Read: JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar ‘victim of Hindutva politics’ say parents

also read

CM Akhilesh meets UP governor amid Yadav family feud
Show comments