Kanhaiya Kumar is the key speaker at the Mela Ghadri Babeyan Da to be held at the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall (DBYH) in Jallandhar.
While the DBYH has traditionally been the hub of intellectuals and thinkers in the district, every year the programe features a prominent intellectual voice often holding a left of centre opinions or ideology. While this year Kanhaiya and his friends will speak to the city audience, the mela has earlier introduced Jalandhar to the likes of Arundhati Roy, Sanjay Kak and Shamsul Islam.
President of the front Summit Singh Bhular said besides JNU student union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, Dr Dharamvira Gandhi, AAP MP from Patiala, and Dr Daljit Singh, and JNU professor Chaman Lal will also be present on the occasion.
A documentary film made on Shaheed Bhagat Singh by a Pakistani documentary film-maker, Hafeez Channchad, would also be screened.
During the fair, the entire complex of the DBYH would be named as ‘Ghadar Shahdatan Di Shatabdi Nagar’.
Former JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, was arrested in February this year in a sedition case over an event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised. He is out on bail in a sedition case.
Kumar has said that it is unfortunate that our Prime Minister is selling SIM now days. He is not concerned about development but seems more concerned about his dress. “Sometimes I get confused that is he (Modi) our Prime Minister or Paridhaan Minister,” he said.