Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi, students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar has hit back at Chandigarh MP and actor-politician Kirron Kher of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) via Twitter as she had called “disgraceful” his statement differentiating between the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and the 2002 anti-Muslim Gujarat riots.
“Hum jhandon ka rang dekh kar zameer nahin jagaate, 84 aur 2002 ek, Akhlaq bhi galat, Narang bhi galat, Babri bhi galat, Dadri bhi galat,” he tweeted from his handle @kanhaiyajnusu in Hindi, saying that, “Our conscience does not awaken after seeing the colours of flags; both 1984 and 2002 were wrong...” He also referred to Babri mosque demolition and the killing of Muslim man in Dadri over eating beef as being wrong.
This came in response to this tweet by Kirron: “Disgraceful statement by @kanhaiyajnusu that 1984 anti Sikh riots were done by mobs and not state sponsored.” In all, in three tweets on Tuesday, she had fleshed out her anger. The second tweet said, “So many Cong leaders are in the dock for the 1984 riots. Statement by @kanhaiyajnusu wilfully ignorant.” And she finished off with: “Kya aapka zameer bilkul mar gaya hai, Kanhaiya? @kanhaiyajnusu” (Has your conscience died, Kanhaiya?)
Kanhaiya replied in his March 31 post to these two tweets too, posting: “14 FIRs were registered against 49 BJP-RSS leaders fr their role in anti-Sikh riots. Zameer ke hawale se kuch bolein (Say something from your conscience.”
While he later had claimed that he had been misinterpreted, he had last Monday said that while the Gujarat riots were carried out through state machinery, the Sikh massacre was caused due to mob frenzy. He had posted on Facebook on Tuesday night after Kirron’s tweets: “I have been misinterpreted and misrepresented yet again. There isn’t an iota of doubt that Emergency represents one of the darkest periods of Indian democracy. My organization AISF strongly opposed and fought against the state repression during Emergency. Both 1984 and 2002 were indeed state led pogroms for which justice is still awaited. The current central government is relentlessly carrying forward its fascist agenda using state power, as visible in the recent authoritarian actions against students and all voices of dissent across the country. What we now witness is unprecedented - a form of undeclared emergency.”