No longer a JNU guard but a JNU student, Ramjal gets offers of financial support

JNU doesn’t make a guard feel lowly, says Ramjal Meena, whose story is as much about the serious academic atmosphere of JNU as about his tribal community’s vitality. Kamal Chandravanshi reports

Ramjal Meena belongs to a poor tribal labourer’s family. He sounds tired having had to attend one phone call after another. On the other end have been well-wishers, relatives and journalists. When I rang him, he was eating at his Munirka home. I told him to relax and finish eating, and that we would talk at 11. Ramjal didn’t go into the details but he did say that he had been receiving calls from many who wanted to help him on their own or through an NGO – so that he didn’t have to work as a guard any longer and do his BA (Russian) in as a regular student.

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