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Kanhaiya Kumar under fire for his comments on 1984 anti-Sikh riots
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar is once again in the grip of controversy after he had said that there was a difference between 2002 riots and 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Kanhaiya was criticised for his remark that the the 1984 anti-Sikh riot was a "mob-led massacre" while 2002 riots were a "state-sponsored violence."

On Monday, while speaking at an event in JNU, Kanhaiya had said that there is a difference between 2002 riots and 1984 Sikh massacre as the Gujarat violence was "carried out through state machinery while the other was caused due to mob frenzy."

Even the staunchest of supporters of Kanhaiya did not seem to agree with his comments, including those who had supported him after he was booked for sedition for shouting anti-India slogans at the JNU campus of the night of February 9.

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

While sharing a report by People's Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots she further said, "I hope @kanhaiyajnusu and all others read Who Are The Guilty, the report that documents the meticulous planning".

Yogendra Yadava, leader of Swaraj Abhiyan and JNU alumni, also tweeted, "Sorry to disagree again @kanhaiyajnusu. Both 2002, 1984 were state sanctioned Emergency was closest we came to fascism".

In an attempt to water down the controversy Kanhaiya said in his Facebook post today that he had been misinterpreted. You can read his post here:

I have been misinterpreted and misrepresented yet again. There isn't an iota of doubt that Emergency represents one of...

Posted by Kanhaiya Kumar on 29 March 2016

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