‘Our generation will have to fight to save democracy'


Student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar and Shehla Rashid took jabs at Modi govt during a meet before Saturday’s open debate in the city

Taking a jab at the Modi government’s performance in a meet on Friday, student leaders Kanhaiya Kumar, Shehla Rashid and Dalit leader from Gujarat, Jignesh Mevani, emphasised that instead of moving forward, the country is going in reverse gear. The former Jawaharlal Nehru Students’ Union (JNUSU) president, Kumar, even claimed that democracy is at risk.

Speaking at a conference, Kumar said, “Our generation will have to fight in order to save democracy and the Constitution, otherwise there will not be a next generation left to fight.” The three young leaders are in the city to participate in an open debate on ‘Indian constitution or RSS’, organised by entrepreneur Tehseen Poonawalla — who claims to be a political analyst, but is close to Monica Vadra, Robert Vadra’s cousin — on Saturday.

On the Modi government’s performance, Kumar said, “The current situation in the country is horrible; there is violence everywhere. Our soldiers are getting martyred in Kashmir and Chhattisgarh, people are being killed by so-called gau rakshaks, farmers are committing suicide, but the government is silent about all of this. When people are killing their own, it means that democracy is in danger and that is what the present governmen wants in this country.”

He continued, “There is a major contradiction between the values of our Constitution and the ideology of the ruling party. This contradiction is harming the social fabric of the country. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is trying to change the Constitution on the basis of their mandate, however, we will keep opposing them. It is this generation that will have to carry on this fight to safeguard our Constitution.”

Source: Pune Mirror

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