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In defence of JNU

Print edition : March 18, 2016

A protest demanding the release of Kanhaiya Kumar, the JNUSU president, in New Delhi on February 18. Photo: Anindito Mukherjee/REUTERS

Students agitating for the release of the JNUSU president, Kanhaiya Kumar, on the JNU campus in New Delhi on February 18. Photo: Kamal Kishore/PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar being escorted escorted by the police outside the Patiala House courts in New Delhi on February 1. Photo: REUTERS

BJP MLA O.P. Sharma thrashing a JNU student who was protesting against the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar outside the Patiala House courts on February 15. Photo: PTI

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

HRD Minister Smriti Irani speaking in the Rajya Sabha on February 26. Photo: PTI

The crackdown on Jawaharlal Nehru University and the aggressive campaign with focus on its “anti-national character” is part of a Sangh Parivar plan to capture university spaces in order to take forward the ideology of Hindu nationalism.

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