A day after he walked out of Tihar to a grand welcome, the 29-year-old research scholar, addressed a press conference at the JNU where he deftly handled a number of tricky questions, including speculations about his entry into mainstream politics.

Coming down hard on the Modi Government for "maligning" the image of JNU, Kumar said efforts to patenting of nationalism must be defeated and that there is a huge difference between "treason" and speaking against the government.

"We strongly condemn what happened on February 9th. It's for court to decide if that was 'raaj droh' or not. But I urge the government not to use serious charge of sedition to ruin future of student," Kumar said adding he is "a resident of India and not a terrorist." Kumar was arrested on February 12 in connection with the February 9 event organised to protest the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on his third death anniversary during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.

Kumar was granted interim bail for six months by the Delhi High Court yesterday on condition that he will cooperate in the ongoing investigation.

"If you ask me, Afzal Guru is not my icon, Rohith Vemula is," Kanhaiya said responding to barrage of questions on his view about Guru.

Asked whether he will join politics, Kumar "I am not a politician, I am a student," he said, insisting JNU students can never be anti-national as they understand the meaning of freedom of speech and meaning of freedom.

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