Kanhaiya kumar

KANHAIYA KUMAR, Jawaharlal Nehru University,Communist Party of India

Kanhaiya Kumar is originally from Bihar and was born on 2 January 1987. He is a former president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union. Adding to this, he is a leader of the All India Students Federation (AISF). It is a left-wing organisation which is close to the Communist Party of India (CPI).

Early Life

Kanhaiya Kumar was born and brought up in the village of Bihar. He belongs from an upper caste community (Bhumihar).

Jaishankar Singh, Kumar’s father, owns about an acre of farmland. Unfortunately, he is currently paralysed because of a stroke. Meena Devi, his mother, is currently an Anganwadi worker. He also has an elder brother named Manikant. He is currently working as a supervisor with a company.


Kanahiya Kumar did his schooling from Madhya Vidyalaya where he studied till class 6. After this, he took admission in R.K.C High School. He also took part in several activities and plays organised by Indian People’s Theatre Association.

After completing his schooling, Kanhaiya joined Ram Ratan Singh College. He received his Doctorate degree in February 2019.


Right from the start, Kanhaiya’s interest was in politics. He also joined the AISF and later he was selected as delegate at its conference in Patna. However, after completing his post-graduation, he moved to Delhi. In 2011, he backed rank 1 in the JNU entrance exam.



Kumar’s autobiography, Bihar to Tihar: My Political Journey was published in October 2016. The entire book focuses on his story from his childhood in Bihar to his era of entering politics in Delhi.


Kanhaiya Kumar was charged over an event organised by some students at the JNU campus. It was said that the event violated the community guidelines. For the same, On February 12, 2016, Kanhaiya was arrested by the Delhi police. However, Kanhaiya argued that he was not involved in any of the slogans and did not shout anything in the rally. Adding to it, he said that he moved away from the rally when such slogans were shouted by the other students.

After this event, he was always accused of being a traitor in the JNU campus.

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