04/03/2016 2:00 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Kanhaiya Kumar Is Social Media's New Hero

Press Trust of India

As JNU students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s fiery speech was broadcast on Thursday night, social media went into a tizzy, turning the 29-year-old into a celebrity overnight.

Out of jail on conditional bail, Kumar's hour-long speech was full of rustic references, humour and took several jabs at the government and the state of free speech and politics in India. He spoke of “azadi” (freedom) and made fun of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio show Mann ki Baat, among other jibes targeted at the establishment.

Kanhaiya’s excoriating speech clearly resonated with netizens, who took to Twitter and Facebook to raise some slogans of their own for the young firebrand, such as “Jai Kanhaiya Lal Ki”.

आप JNU बहस में मुझसे सहमत हों या नहीं, कन्हैया कुमार का यह ऐतिहासिक भाषण जरूर सुनियेगा!उसके विचारों से आप भले ही असहमत ह...

Posted by Yogendra Yadav on Thursday, 3 March 2016

Democracy is not perfect but its beautiful.A student leader, just out of the jail, charged with sedition walks out on an iterim bail and dares to catch Modi by his coat.We are proud of this India...Our India.

Posted by Naved Mahdi on Thursday, 3 March 2016

One of the excellent, exceptional, phenomenal speeches I heard till now in my life. Actually no words to say after...

Posted by Srivastava Pankaj on Thursday, 3 March 2016

Wow! What an Orator! One of the excellent, exceptional, phenomenal speech. No words to appreciate such conviction &...

Posted by Siddharth Setia on Thursday, 3 March 2016

One a hell of speech by Kanhaiya. Sheer brilliance. Worth a listen.Funny how PM Modi spoke like a student in Parliament today and student #KanhaiyaKumar spoke like PM

Posted by Aman Yadav on Thursday, 3 March 2016

“When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he...

Posted by Indermann Singh on Thursday, 3 March 2016

When you were told he was anti-national, terrorist and against your beliefs ( GOD's) , you started identifying yourself...

Posted by Goutham Dodda on Thursday, 3 March 2016

But then there were some who thought that the JNUSU's support for Afzal Guru, who was convicted for his role in the December 2001 terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament, appalling.

Check out Kumar's entire speech here:

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