Pimple of the Week: ABVP


Pimple of the Week: ABVP

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza


n any moment of crisis, there is both the opportunity of becoming a hero or the risk of being rendered a chutiya. For instance, last year, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad took the deshbhakti route to heroism when they called up “Zee News” to cover an event protesting Afzal Guru’s hanging.

We all know what happened next. Videos, which were later proven to be fabricated, went viral. Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid, the movement’s protagonists and later the nation’s bêtes noires, walked away from the burning wreck with book deals and acceptance letters from political parties. In the aftermath, a reeling ABVP, much like Rahul Gandhi at a rally, tried hard to become relevant again.