JNU nurtures leadership quality says Kanhaiya Kumar's friend

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New Delhi, Mar 2: Activist by nature, Jawaharlal Nehru University student Kanhaiya Kumar has been vociferously taking part in the debates and discussions on various issues concerning the society, says Om.

Om Prasad, a friend of Kanhaiya Kumar and Ph D student of history, School of Social Sciences at JNU, shared his understanding of Kanhaiya and the JNU that made Kanhaiya today the 'Kanhaiya Kumar' with OneIndia.

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Before patting the back of Kanhaiya Kumar, Om invoked the name of vibrant campus JNU where leaders are made. "The debates, discussions concerning the socio-politica, socio-economics and others influences the students of the JNU thus providing all fodder to facilitate the process of leadership in the making."

All students, like Kanhaiya study a lot not in the close walls of the class room but outside the class room. This has nurtured the leadership quality of Kanhaiya Kumar in the campus. "I have seen him (Kumar) from past four years in the campus as a co-member of All India Students Federation."

For anyone to become the president of the JNU Students Union he or she has to possess a massive leadership potential. Kanhaiya has all the capabilities to hold the post.

On Kanhaiya leading the protest and calling freedom from Brahminism, Manu ideology, capitalism and communalism, Om observed that these are the hurdles in the system for the society to evolve better.

"Many times we have discussed in the campus on caste oppression, communalisation. The protest demanding freedom from these clutches is to staunchly put forth our view and create awareness and achieve healthy society," Om said.

When asked, is Kanhaiya a sympathiser of Maoists, Om hit out at the BJP government saying the establishment is branding those oppose the policies of the government as either anti-national or sympathiser of Maoists. This is not true. The government is making all efforts to curb the voice of the alternative ideology, most precisely the views of the left.

For a question on why Kanhaiya backed pro-Afzal protest, Om pointed Afzal Guru's case has lot of hits and misses. Not only the students of the JNU, many people outside the JNU campus has expressed disagreement with death penalty.

He stressed that former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court A P Shah had earlier spoken against the capital punishment of Guru. On the other hand the AISF and many in the JNU are against the idea of capital punishment in democratic set up, Om opined.

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