Let us begin with this tweet.
Kanhaiya Kumar suggests 1984 wasn’t a state-sponsored massacre? Can’t think of anything to say that won’t put me in Tihar. So I won’t.
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) March 29, 2016
That sums up the anger Kanhaiya Kumar’s recent statement has generated.
Now we turn to what the profoundly intellectual new poster boy of the communists (and a politician in the making) has said comparing the 2002 Gujarat Riots with the 1984 anti-Sikh Riots.
So Kanhaiya dismisses the brutal killing of around 3000 Sikhs as merely a “goondaism” during “emergency”. His contention is that in Gujarat, the State itself was involved in the violence.
But playing his own tune as the communists gear up for elections in West Bengal and Kerala, Kanhaiya quickly took the focus on “Islamophobia”. He says that terrorism is being likened to Islam.
He argued, rather ironically, that “it is important for us to understand history before we reach to conclusion on anything”.
He, perhaps, forgot Rajiv Gandhi’s reaction to the anti-Sikh riots that erupted and engulfed Delhi in 1984 in reaction to Indira Gandhi’s assassination by her Sikh bodyguards.
Of course, Kanhaiya is getting the flak on Twitter for his nonsensical comments.
And some scathing ones care coming from those who hailed his return from prison.
— HindolSengupta (@HindolSengupta) March 29, 2016
Kanhaiya, made a star by Bassi, is ruining brand JNU. If this the insight on 1984 riots by a PhD scholar, his teachers’ CVs shd be verified
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) March 29, 2016
If Kanhaiya Kumar believes that state machinery was not used to kill Sikhs in 1984 he has bigger problems than ideological idiocy!
— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) March 29, 2016
kanhaiya : ’84 `riots’ due to mob frenzy, differ from 2002 riots. confirms he isn’t educated or JNU educates moronshttps://t.co/zLJkzUIc18
— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) March 29, 2016
— Yogendra Yadav (@_YogendraYadav) March 29, 2016
2002 Gujarat riots and 1984 Sikh riots are different, says revolutionary Kanhaiya Kumar. Meeting Rahul Gandhi helped https://t.co/7DZysPFqE5
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) March 29, 2016
Kanhaiya Kumar , with fame and adulation comes responsibility. Both 1984 and 2002 enjoyed political patronage. Get your facts right.
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) March 29, 2016
Kanhaiya is a student so he is, perhaps, unaware that politics is a different ball game and that he just conceded an own goal.