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Kanhaiya's riot remark divides JNUSU.

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar's controversial comment on the 2002 Gujarat riots and the 1984 anti- Sikh riots seems to have divided the student body with its vice- president Shehla Rashid saying contrasts must not be drawn between the two tragedies.

" I'm not sure whether his statement is being correctly reported, but if you ask my position on the issue, I would just say that both 1984 and 2002 were acts of state- sponsored violence and we must not draw contrasts between two human tragedies," the JNUSU vice- president posted on Facebook.

Asserting that there is a difference between 2002 riots and 1984 Sikh massacre, Kanhaiya alleged that the Gujarat violence was carried out by the state machinery while the other was caused due to mob frenzy.

" There is difference between Emergency and fascism. During Emer- By Astha Saxena in New Delhi gency, goons of only one party were engaged into goondaism, in this ( fascism) the entire state machinery is resorting to goondaism. There is difference between riots of 2002 and 1984 Sikh riots," he said on Monday while speaking at the ' Jashn- eazaadi' event.

Kanhaiya's comments did not go down well even with his zealous supporters.

Kanhaiya said the Gujarat riots & anti- Sikh riots are quite different.

" Sorry Kanhaiya, you're badly wrong here. The 1984 Anti Sikh pogrom was just as much sponsored by state machinery," CPI ( ML) politburo member and former JNUSU president Kavita Krishnan tweeted.

Kanhaiya later released a statement saying he had been misinterpreted. " I have been misinterpreted and misrepresented yet again. There isn't an iota of doubt that Emergency represents one of the darkest periods of Indian democracy. My organisation AISF strongly opposed and fought against the state repression during Emergency. Both 1984 and 2002 were indeed state led pogroms for which justice is still awaited. The current central government is relentlessly carrying forward its fascist agenda using state power, as visible in the recent authoritarian actions against students and all voices of dissent across the country. What we now witness is unprecedented - a form of undeclared emergency," he said.

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Date:Mar 30, 2016
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