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Don't Want Freedom From India, We Want Freedom in India: Kanhaiya

Kanhaiya after release said “Would like to thank the entire country for showing the support.\"

Published: 03rd March 2016 10:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th March 2016 10:11 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI:  After staying six days in police custody and 17 days in isolated cell of Tihar prison, Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar facing sedition charges was released from the jail on Thursday evening after the Delhi High Court granted interim bail.

LIVE: Excerpts from his speech

After reaching, Kumar delivered a speech in his campus and and talked about the days when he was detained by police. According to TV reports, he was reportedly addressing a crowd of about 50,000.

- Recalling a conversation with a police official, he said that he was asked about the meaning of "laal salaam". He explained to the constable that 'laal' represents 'kranti' and that the slogan meant, "We're saluting 'kranti."

- He also added that a JNU students was sent to jail after a very long time. Taking a dig at PM Narendra Modi, he jokes that he has to address him with respect. "I wanted to get inside the TV and hold his kurta and ask him to talk a bit about Hitler. If not Hilter then a little bit about Musharraf," he said.

- "We never asked for 'azaadi' from India. Is anyone a slave in India? No right? We were for independence from asking from poverty. We seek independence from the people who are trying to loot the country."

- "We don't want freedom from India, we want freedom in India."


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