Sheer brilliance: Twitterati ‘spellbound’ by Kanhaiya’s JNU speech
Not only the JNU campus, Kanhaiya’s speech set social media on fire too.Updated: Mar 04, 2016, 09:53 IST
Student leader Kanhaiya Kumar was given a roaring welcome at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) upon his release from Tihar jail on Thursday -- nearly three weeks after he was arrested on a controversial sedition charge -- and said he never “asked for freedom from India, but freedom within India”.
Not only the JNU campus, Kanhaiya’s speech set social media on fire too. Since his speech on Thursday, #KanhaiyaKumar was the top trend on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
For eight hours and counting, the student union leader’s return to campus was arrested on charges of sedition was the most talked about subject on social networking sites, especially Twitter India. The hashtag even climbed to fifth position in worldwide trends on Twitter.
The dominant reaction was of sheer awe and appreciation for Kanhaiya’s exemplary oratory skills. Others conveyed their shock that an ‘anti-national’ was being feted so, while many addressed the Modi government’s faux-pas in creating such a formidable leader by levelling sedition charges against him.
Heard Kanhaiya's speech many times. Amazing clarity of thought expressed wonderfully.He said wat most people have been feeling.God bless him— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 4, 2016
If you want to know what true nationalism looks like, watch #KanhaiyaKumar speech and make others watch— SANJAY HEGDE (@sanjayuvacha) March 3, 2016
Shows institutional strength of nation that #KanhaiyaKumar spoke freely, knowledgeable of developments and with his spirit and will strong.— Nirupama Rao (@NMenonRao) March 3, 2016
Don't miss the forest for the trees -- #KanhaiyaKumar's speech isn't about oratory. It's about standing up to spin, distortion & lies— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) March 3, 2016
Modi Govt took one month to build up a hysteria and the entire hysteria got washed away in one speech.#KanhaiyaKumar— Vinod Mehta (@DrunkVinodMehta) March 3, 2016
Super speech by #KanhaiyaKumar. And great to see the energy in JNU. A bit disappointed at the lack of the naked dancing I had heard about.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 3, 2016
Still stunned. That was one of the most incredible and powerful orations I've heard in a long, long time. Bravo, #KanhaiyaKumar!— Nigel Britto (@NigelBritto) March 3, 2016
Congratulations to the BJP on creating their own Anna Hazare.— Overrated Outcast (@over_rated) March 3, 2016
He speaks for every citizen of India who has at any point in their lives felt trapped under oppressive structures. #KanhaiyaKumar— Esha Sood (@eforennui) March 3, 2016
Though not really an NDA thing. Eloquent speaker + some popularity + metro city + OB van is Indian government's kryptonite.— INS Vadukut (@sidin) March 3, 2016
Congratulations BJP for your Stupidity. Nobody knew who Kanhaiya was till 1 Month Back. Now whatever he speaks is News and is being hailed— Joy (@Joydas) March 3, 2016
Gain Media attention by anti Modi anti govt slogan, cheep publicity, shame shame shame #KanhaiyaKumar— Pankaj Deshmukh (@pankajmukh) March 4, 2016
Projecting the parasite #KanhaiyaKumar as a national hero is the lowest of the lows! Absolutely pathetic!— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) March 3, 2016