Most people forget that protests aren't just about the slogans, placards or the media. Protests, like the one in Delhi on Thursday that saw at least 15,000 students, workers, teachers, activists taking to the streets, are about ideas and 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.
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