Kanhaiya Kumar Is Writing His First Book: From Bihar to Tihar

27/04/2016 4:20 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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MUMBAI, INDIA - APRIL 23: JNU Students Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar speaks during a Joint Students Youth Assembly against discrimination and attacks on Universities, at Adarsh Vidyalaya in Tilak Nagar on April 23, 2016 in Mumbai, India. Kumar claimed that he was allegedly strangled on a Jet Airways flight to Pune on Sunday morning in Mumbai by a co-passenger but an initial police probe revealed that it was not a case of assault but the two pushed each other over a petty argument. The student leader was arrested on sedition charges on February 12 after allegedly raising anti-India slogans at the JNU campus. He was given bail after police failed to produce any evidence to back the charge. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Jawaharlal Nehru University student Kanhaiya Kumar became a household name after his stirring speech about what "azadi" means to him, while mocking the Modi government for charging him with sedition.

Now the 28-year-old PhD student is writing a book From Bihar to Tihar, which will be published by Juggernaut Books, this year.

Chiki Sarkar, head of Juggernaut Books, said that "this will be a defining book of our time."

In a press release, Juggernaut Books said that Kumar will write about his journey from his village in Bihar to JNU, his involvement in student politics, his arrest and its aftermath. The book will also be about how education empowers young people to debate and question the establishment.

“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,” Kumar said.

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