New Delhi, May 9: On Mother's Day, HRD minister Smriti Irani received an open letter from JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar. Out on bail on sedition charges, Kanhaiya asked, how a "mother" can punish her children on the basis of fake probes and dcotored videos.
Marred with sarcasm, Kumar wrote, "we are trying hard to study in the warmth of your motherly love. Under your reign, we are learning how to study despite police canes and hunger."
Calling her an anti-rational mother of anti-national students, Kanhaiya extended MOther's Day wishes to Irani on behalf of the students.
He further said,"Today a friend sent asked me how under Mr Modi's regime--where besides our own mother, we also have Mother Cow, Mother India, Mother Ganges and Mother Smriti--how could Rohith Vemula die. I am asking you this because I have no answer. The same anti-national friend also said that Mother Smriti's ministry sent several letters to punish Rohith and was also responsible for withholding his fellowship for seven months."
He further added,"In a great country like India, can a mother force drive her child to suicide? Can a mother accept punishments on her children based on doctored videos and a biased probe? Your children, starving for 11 days, are asking you this question. Please reply, if you find the time. The friend also called you an ‘anti-rational mother of anti-nationals'. I hope you will prove this allegation false in your factual reply."
Meanwhile the indefinite hunger strike by JNU students in protest against the punishments awarded by university in connection with the Afzal Guru event, entered the 11th day on Sunday. Kanhaiya had withdrawn from the fast last week after his health deteriorated and he had to undergo treatment for dehydration and ketosis at AIIMS. So far, six students have withdrawn from the strike while 14 others are still continuing their fast.