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I'm A Kashmiri. This Is What I Thought When Kanhaiya Said Kashmir Is Integral To India

After the sedition fracas, Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the JNU student union, finally reclaimed his patriot status by reiterating that Kashmir is an integral part of India. This statement is the mother of all gold standards for proving one's patriotism in India. In addition to its shorthand use, this statement also becomes an analytic for many Indians to understand Kashmir. It is nothing new. Here, I want to trace the Kashmiri body in Kanhaiya's speech after he was released from jail.
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Who Needs Goons When You Have Lawyers?

On 17 February, while the JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar was being produced by the police before the judicial magistrate in Patiala House court, he was suddenly attacked and manhandled by a group of lawyers. Such behaviour, especially by lawyers, raises some important questions that need immediate addressing: Are lawyers above the law? Can they be allowed to act like goons and take the law in their own hands?
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A 207ft-Flag A Day Keeps The Anti-Nationalism Away?

The Human Resources Development Minister reacted to the JNU crisis by making it mandatory for all Central Universities to hoist the Indian Flag on a 207ft-high flagpole. But can nationalism and compassion for fellow Indians be imparted through executive orders? If so, then the Law Minister should order the installation of the tallest flag poles at Patiala House Court premises, where members of the legal fraternity behaved in a shameful manner. The Urban Development Minister may ensure hoisting of flags at the houses of elected representatives who conduct themselves like goons.
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Why Cries Of ‘Sedition' Will Only Inspire Us To Fight Back Harder

The government should understand that in a nation born of sedition, a charge of sedition is perhaps the most inspiring call you can give us. Using words like sedition betray your colonial and intellectually narrow mindsets. Both JNU and India will survive this shrieking, hysterical nationalist witch-hunt. If anything, a more liberal, resilient India will emerge with deeper commitment towards diversity and inclusiveness.
Rohit Kumar

My Evening With The Anti-Nationals Of JNU

I was watching Patiala High Court lawyers beat 'Kingpin Kanhaiya' live on TV when my phone rang. A friend of mine wanted to know if I'd like to go along for an 'open class' on nationalism at JNU. One Professor Gopal Guru (no relation of Afzal, I was assured) was going to address a gathering. Though I realized this was probably going to be risky business -- police, protestors, et al -- I decided to go. Because at some point, you just have to check things out for yourself.
Tanushree Bhasin

Photos: The Faces Of Dissent

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.