New Delhi, Mar 5 (TOI): The much-discussed bail order is no problem for Kanhaiya Kumar. "What the court has said is the way I live. So, I already stand by the court's direction," the JNUSU president said on Friday.
"I read the order more carefully than anyone in BJP because it is for me," he added after a pause. BJP may complain about the statements he has made since his bail, but he argued that "truth doesn't have just one centre - Nagpur."
Kumar had earlier observed, "The country's government has become a party's government. In fact, it is just an office's government."
The student leader said his task now was to convince the public that their taxes were not being misspent on the university, to link the struggles across campuses, rally JNUSU and its council to decide on the way forward and, finally, work on becoming a teacher.
"JNU runs on subsidy from your taxes and they are been spent at the right place. (But there are also) wrong places where your taxes are being spent - bunglows, cars and air-travel. That money should have been used to set up other JNUs so that students like Remo and Kanhaiya can do their PhDs, can fight for the nation. We, and Umar, Anirban, Ashutosh and Ananth, all hail from weak backgrounds."
There'll be more concerted efforts to resurrect the university's image for the public - on social media and off, he promised. But through all this, he was convinced that the atmosphere and culture within JNU would remain what it was. "No one can steal our space. What the people of JNU do, can never be called anti-national."
Kumar was yet to return to his hostel or meet anyone in the university administration. He had spent most of the hours since his release "either meeting the media or running from it". From them, he learnt there was talk of his campaigning for the Left in the coming Bengal elections.
"Word has just reached me and I still don't know. I haven't even prepared. I have to also write a PhD," he said.
He wasn't quite ready to don the mantle of the 'great student leader' either. "I'm not ready to accept that position, I don't think I'm anywhere near being that... I am not a neta. I have been elected by students."
Meanwhile, a council meeting of JNUSU is in the offing. "The court will decide on the case but students will have to deal with why the incident happened, who did it and the impact on students," Kumar said, adding that students were being attacked on the roads because of JNU's tarnished image.
Kumar doesn't believe that support for JNU's struggle has come just from the political Left. "Ambedkarites, social democrats, people who can't decide if they're right or left, they all joined. The opposition to the government is not that of just a single party," he said
And, he doesn't see the fight ending soon either. "Some were in jail. Some are in jail. Some more may go. But in the end, we're not looking for victory but unity," he asserted.