Tanushree Bhasin is a photographer and writer based in New Delhi. She has previously published with The Sunday Guardian, Firstpost, The Pioneer, Scroll.in, Femina etc. She can be found on Instagram @ichakdaana.
On 2 March, students, teachers and activists marched from Mandi House to Parliament Street in New Delhi, demanding the release of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, all three of whom have been unfairly tried by sections of the media even before the court had a chance to look at their cases.This is an attempt to look at the march by letting the frame be occupied by both the media and the protesters.
Blues and reds, in the political palette, have spent too much time drifting away from what they were initially meant to represent. A month after the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula, students poured out on to the streets of the capital, commandeering the traditional colours of protest again.
What the government hadn't expected after their arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, on dubious charges of sedition, were exactly the questions that were raised during the protest - what makes someone anti-national? What exactly is the role of the media in matters of sedition? And perhaps, most urgently, questions regarding the role of student politics in an age of weary political jingoism.