Kanhaiya Kumar in his speech attacked the ruling party over the ongoing hostel fee hike and police brutality on JNU students on 18th November March to Parliament. He also applauded JNU students for their intrepidity against the Government and Police.
He condemned the allegation by Media and BJP-ABVP activists over vandalizing Vivekananda’s Statue in JNU. Kumar also said if the Indian Government really admires Vivekananda, then they should open new universities for girls and hospitals on his name.
Furthermore, he denounced the BJP’s strategy of trying to defame JNU students of misusing tax-payers money and deliberately attacking the character of girls. He called the Indian Government reckless spending of tax payer’s money as debaucheries especially targeting PM Modi’s travel spending of Rs 255 crore.
He also condemned the construction of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel statue worth Rs 3000 crore. Furthermore, Kumar said this money could have been used to fund many state universities lacking funds.
Taxpayers are the one who mindlessly chooses those in parliament to rule. They don’t want to use taxpayers’ money for universities, but are willing to buy Rs 192 crore private jets for Gujarat CM.
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Haryana Government said they are going to provide Rs 20,000 extra to all MLAs for paying electricity bills while university students are compelled to pay their electricity bill. MLAs and MPs are crorepatis, and they still get free housing facilities, but students won’t get free accommodation.
Kanhaiya Kumar in his speech said, “The Indian government and valuable taxpayers blame JNU students being “Tukde-Tukde” gang. So, if the Government really has the courage then file charge sheet in court against us.”
He later attacked JIO University and other private schools and universities and even accused the Indian Government trying to attack JNU. This will make JNU’s future on the same lines of those other state universities whose education level is not even imaginable (worst). He later attacked Jay Shah, son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, over his merit while being appointed as BCCI secretary.
Kanhaiya also accused the orthodox mindset of caste system where high caste and wealthy class does not want lower caste, or the labour class or the servants who have been working for them to study in such a university.
It’s not about a rise of hostel fee of about Rs 300 or 600, but if we include the total expense to be incurred will rise to Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000. Consequently, it will first affect a girl’s education in the country where they have been fighting for centuries against the ill-treatment and orthodox reality of society.
Therefore, the hostel fee hike is a direct attack to the group of downtrodden people such as SCs, STs, labour class, farmers and many more whose children are not able to study in such a big university, while minister who is capable of funding their children’s education is studying in Oxford and Cambridge universities. It is also the tax payer’s money, and getting subsidies for their children, but they are against subsidies education for the public universities.
Kumar said, “Don’t ask why JNU’s education or JNU is inexpensive, ask why your education is expensive. Govt doesn’t have money, then how has Mota Bhai been able to influence and lure MLA’s and MP’s to secure their mandates (by using money).”
The whole country’s eyes are on JNU with hope. JNU raised a question- “education is not a privilege; it’s a birthright”. This country not only belongs to the bourgeoisie class but equally belongs to the proletariat too.
When you can’t save the country’s education, then this country won’t develop. Kanhaiya even also accused BJP’s electoral funding from those companies whose connections were found with terrorist groups.
Finally, Kanhaiya Kumar said, “This is not an ideological war of being right or left, but a fight between right and wrong.” He praised the student’s courage and unity in spite of being attacked, abused, and mishandled, conveyed a message for the entire country that JNU is not only fighting for their educational rights but for the entire upcoming generations.