Bihar to Tihar: JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar all set to pen a book

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union president Kanhaiya Kumar is all set pen a book recounting his journey from a small village in Bihar to recent upheaval at the JNU campus.

Kanhaiya, who spent 20 days in jail on sedation charges plans to title his book, Bihar to Tihar.

File photo of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. Reuters

File photo of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. Reuters

"It's the story about how in this exploitative society, a boy from a marginalised section struggled his way to come to JNU to study and how some people target him. Against this backdrop, I would like to highlight certain facts of our society," he said in an interview with The Times of India.

The book which Kanhaiya plans to complete writing by July-August will be released in both English and Hindi, says the report.

“Bhagat Singh had said it is easy to kill individuals, but you cannot kill ideas. I don’t know where this fight of ours will take us, but I thought our ideas should be permanently etched in history as a book. I want to write about the inherent contradictions of Indian society through my personal experiences and to reveal the hopes, despair and struggles of the youth of this country,” Kanhaiya said in a statement, about why he chose to write the book.

Kanhaiya came into the lime light after he was arrested on sedition charges following a slogan raising at the JNU campus on 9 February.

The arrest had triggered widespread protests at JNU and many other universities, following which the Opposition had accused the government of attempting to stifle dissent.

The JNU on Monday slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kanhaiya and rusticated three others for varying duration over their alleged role in the controversial event.

In his reaction, Kanhaiya said the punitive action announced by the authorities was "simply unacceptable" and that the students rejected it.

From Bihar to Tihar will be published by Chiki Sarkar's Juggernaut Books. In a statement released by the publishers, Sarkar said, "This will be a defining book of our times. Kanhaiya’s is a voice that everyone should hear."

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Apr 27, 2016 15:03 PM

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