AVAN DAHAT/HUFFPOST INDIA-Kanhaiya Kumar during a campaign in Begusarai town of Bihar.
By Pavan Dahat
BEGUSARAI, Bihar — A large LED TV is a gift from a well-wisher, as are the five computers, the large square table and even the detailed constituency map of Begusarai pinned to a wall in a large room that serves as Kanhaiya Kumar’s makeshift election office in his uncle’s two-storey home near his modest house in Bihat town on the outskirts of Begusarai in Bihar.
“Even the vehicle you are sitting in is of Punjab number plate,” Kanhaiya said, as he set out to canvas for support, “It was given by one of our friends.”
On 24 March, the Communist Party of India (CPI) formally announced what many have been speculating for months now: Kanhaiya—the young Ph.D. in African Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University who most eloquently articulated the rising societal disaffection with Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) authoritarianism in his rousing 2016 speech about Azaadi or freedom—would be the party’s candidate from Begusarai Lok Sabha seat in Bihar, where he grew up