JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, who is out on bail in a sedition case, has written an open letter to Education Minister Smriti Irani on occasion of Mother’s Day and asked how can a “mother” punish her children on basis of biased probe reports and doctored videos.
Kumar used Mother’s Day to invoke the mother in the Minister and wrote the letter in a sarcastic tone: “We are trying hard to study in the warmth of your motherly love. Under your reign, we are learning how to study despite police canes and hunger”.
The 29-year-old researcher referred to Ms Irani as “anti-rational” mother of “anti-nationals” and extended Mother’s Day wishes on behalf of students.
Here is the text of the letter:
“Dear Madam Smriti Irani – self-declared mother of all varsity students,
I wish you a happy Mother’s Day on behalf of all university students.
We are trying hard to study in the warmth of your motherly love. Under your reign, we are learning how to study despite police canes and hunger.
Today, a friend sent me this image and asked how under Mr Modi’s regime – where besides our own mother, we also have Mother Cow, Mother India, Mother Ganges and Mother Smriti – could Rohith die? I am asking you this because I have no answer. The same anti-national friend also said that Mother Smriti’s ministry sent several letters to punish Rohith and was also responsible for withholding Rohith’s fellowship for seven months.
In a great country like India, can a mother force drive her child to suicide? Can a mother accept punishments on her children based on doctored videos and a biased probe? Your children, starving for 11 days, are asking you this question. Please reply, if you find the time. The friend who sent this image calls you the “anti-rational mother of anti-nationals.” I hope you will prove this allegation false in your factual reply.
It is a mother’s duty to teach her children to call a spade a spade and raise their voice against injustice. That’s why several mothers of JNU have come out to encourage their children on hunger strike today. These even include an 80-year-old mother in a wheel chair. We are waiting for you.
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In expectation of your reply,
Few days back, Kanhaiya Kumar withdrew his fast from an indefinite hunger strike due to medical reasons. The indefinite hunger strike by JNU students was in protest against the punishments awarded by university in connection with the Afzal Guru event.
So far, six students have withdrawn their fast against the punishment by the university in connection with the 9 February event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised, while 14 others are continuing with the hunger strike.
Kumar was discharged from AIIMS on Friday, after treatment for mild dehydration and ketosis.