SRINAGAR: JNU Students Union president, Kanhaiya Kumar, said on Friday that Kashmir is an integral part of India and, therefore, any Indian can discuss the issues pertaining to Kashmiris at any forum.
According to media reports, Kumar, speaking at the India Today conclave, said: “There is no doubt that Kashmir is an integral part of India. And since Kashmiris are Indians, we can always discuss their issues.”
Kumar, who was charged with sedition, denied supporting Afzal Guru, who was hanged for his role in attack on the Indian parliament.
“Our protest (on February 9) was against capital punishment, not in support of Afzal,” he was quoted as saying.
“The JNU culture promotes debate and discussion. It is not our culture to stop people from speaking or putting forth their point of view, even if we do not agree with it,” he added.
Asked why he did not stop people from raising anti-India slogans at the JNU campus on February 9, he said neither he or nor his All India Students Federation (AISF) supported anti-India slogans or Kashmir’s secession.