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Shashi Tharoor Compares Kanhaiya Kumar To Bhagat Singh, Faces Backlash

Updated on 23 March, 2016 at 11:44 pm By

Hitting out at the ruling BJP over its stand on the JNU row, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on March 20 showered praise on the student movement that began at the University on February 9.

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He congratulated the student body for initiating a dialogue on the “meaning of nationalism”. He was speaking on ‘JNU and Nationalism’ outside the administrative hall of the varsity which has been the centre of protests ever since sedition charges.

He said the recent events in JNU have given the whole nation an education in the vital issues of dissent and democracy, sedition and of course of ‘azaadi’ (freedom),” he said.


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Tharoor said today, nationalism is decided by whether or not one can say ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.

He said today’s India is not just ‘Hindi, Hindu and Hindustan’ and called for an India ‘more accepting of diversity.’

 

 

“Our Constitution gives people the right not to say it just as it gives people the right to say it as well. I will choose when to say it and that’s democracy,” he said.

He asserted: “We want an India with both Krishna and Kanhaiya Kumar. We want in India people from every corner of this vast land an equal stake in our future.”

In his 40-minute long speech, he compared JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar to revolutionary Bhagat Singh. And this was not well received on social media.


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