The prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi has dominated most prime time space on news channels for the past few weeks ever since three of the University’s students, the Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were arrested on charges of sedition for organizing an event remembering Afzal Guru on the campus, that saw several people raising pro-Kashmir azadi and anti-India slogans. Guru was convicted in the 2001 Parliament attack case and secretly hanged on 9 February 2013 in Tihar prison.
While the debate has turned into larger question of what is nationalism and who defines it, the issue that started it all – the question of Kashmiri people’s right to self determination, has somewhere got sidelined. Under the media’s scrutinizing eyes we talk about freedom of speech, constitutional rights, “azaadi in India” but perhaps the protests the capital has seen over this issue have failed to give voice to those demanding “azadi from India”.
Independent photographer Tanushree Bhasin has been covering the protests from day one and here are a few frames.