JNUSU President arrested for sedition
According to the Indian Penile Code, sedition is defined as "Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, ...
According to the Indian Penile Code, sedition is defined as "Whoever, by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or contempt, or excites or attempts to excite disaffection towards. 2[* * *] the Government established by law in 3[India], 4[* * *] shall be punished with 5[imprisonment for life], to which fine may be added, or with imprisonment which may extend to three years, to which fine may be added, or with fine."
JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar has been arrested on the charges of sedition under the section 124A. The arrest was in connection with an event he helped to organise, 'The Country without Post Office', against judicial murder and brahmanism. The event also seriously critisised hanging of Afzal Guru. The event resulted in a major clash between ABVP and other political parties. Anti-Indian slogan by some unidentified students are raised during the event. Student sources from JNU said that JNUSU President had no role in it and he tried to stop it.
20 minute long video of Kanhaiya's speech just before the arrest is widely circulated in the social media.
"Police raiding all hostels in JNU with a list"
- as I read this about crackdown on students in a most prominent university in India, I am reminded of the use of lists by rightwing killers in Gujarat in 2002 to identify Muslim owned shops and burn them.
The students are not likely to be lynched physically (though that is what rightwing nationalists want) but this move is to intimidate all those who dare to dissent from the Hindutva state.
If all those who disagree with RSS-ABVP do not stand together in solidarity now as after Rohith Vemula's killing, they will be picked up one by one and suppressed.
Solidarity does not imply a common manifesto - it implies recognition of common concern for humanity and progressive ideas and recognition of fascism as a common enemy".