Kanhaiya's book to be published by Juggernaut

New Delhi, April 27: Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar is all set to pen down a book titled "Bihar to Tihar".

According to media reports, 28-year-old Kumar has signed a contract with a publication house. Kumar aims to complete the book before the commencement of next semester in July-August and it will be published in English and Hindi.

Kanhaiya Kumar

The book -- Bihar to Tihar -- will tell the story of his journey from his school, his deepening involvement in student politics, his controversial arrest nearly two-and-half months back and its aftermath.

"Bhagat Singh had said it is easy to kill individuals, but you cannot kill ideas. I do not know where this fight of ours will take us, but I thought our ideas should be permanently etched in history as a book," 28-year-old Kanhaiya said on his book.

The JNU Students Union president also said he wanted to write about the "inherent contradictions" of Indian society through his personal experiences and to "reveal the hopes, despair and struggles" of the youth of India. The book will be published by Juggernaut publication.

According to Juggernaut, a digital publishing house, the book is also a story of how education encourages debate and questioning can open up young minds to social and political issues that are crucial to the functioning of India's democracy.

"This will be defining book of our times. Kanhaiya's is a voice that everyone should hear and we at Juggernaut are very proud to bring it to the widest possible readership," said Chiki Sarkar, Publisher, Juggernaut.

Kanhaiya was arrested in February on charges of sedition in connection with a controversial event at the JNU campus against hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

His arrest had triggered widespread outrage and protests. He was released on bail on March 3. Kanhaiya had delivered a nearly forty-minute speech in Hindi in the JNU campus in remarkable oratory which was watched by millions on TV and internet.

He is from village Bihat near Barauni in Begusarai district of Bihar. He moved to JNU after completing his post graduation from the Nalanda Open University in Patna. Currently, he is pursuing PhD in African studies at the School of International Studies.

On Tuesday, April 26, Kanhaiya said that the students community will neither accept nor follow the punishment handed over to them by the varsity's high level enquiry committee (HLEC).

The HLEC, which was constituted on February 11 on Monday had fined Kanhaiya Kumar and rusticated three students for taking part in an event on February 9 to commemorate executed parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

While Kanhaiya was fined Rs 10,000, Anirban Bhattacharya was rusticated till July 15 and barred from the university from July 25 for five years. He can submit his PhD during the July 15-25 period.

The university administration had given a deadline till May 13 to pay the fine, failing to which the students will be deprived of hostel privileges.

While rejecting the punishment, Kanhaiya said that a march will be carried out from Ganga Dhaba to the administrative block in the varsity on Wednesday after which an indefinite hunger strike will be launched.

OneIndia News

(With agency inputs)

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