Bengaluru, March 7: Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNU Students' Union president created a storm in the country by arousing a strong voice against forces after he was arrested on charges of sedition on February 12.
But those who think Kanhaiya is a phenomenon India had never witnessed in the past, they are not right. According to a Quint article, 19 years ago, there was a similar leader called Chandrasekhar Prasad, also from Bihar, who had ignited an unprecedented protest across the nation. He was gunned down in broad daylight in Bihar's Siwan town by three associates of the then RJD MP Shahabuddin.
It was March 31, 1997. The young leader's murder saw an entire student population resorting to protests, the article said.
The young leader paid the price of actively campaigning against the criminalisation of politics in Bihar, which was then ruled by Lalu Prasad.
Prasad or Chandu as he was popularly known as, came to Delhi in 1990 for an MPhil degree and almost single-handedly helped build the AISA (All India Students' Association), the student wing of the CPI(ML), after he came to JNU. He became the vice-president of the university's student union in 1993 and also its president for two successive terms.
Like in case of Kanhaiya, Prasad, too, had seen a huge backing from his fellow students as they braved an aggressive state response to his murder.