Rahul Rajkhowa is protesting against the 80 per cent seat cut in M.Phil and PhD admissions
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, is no stranger to protests but 22-year-old, Rahul Rajkhowa has found a unique way of getting his voice heard—rap music. Originally from Assam, Rajkhowa who has just finished his MA in International relations is also a musician and is currently applying for his M.Phil. In his rap music video, which is now going viral, he can be seen critiquing the VC on the issue of 80 per cent seat cut, Najeeb Ahmed and students being labeled anti-national.
Rap music has historically been a powerful tool of expression for those oppressed. Tupac, Dr Dre and Ice Cube have all done it. Some of the movement has been immortalised in the movie Straight Outta Compton. In India, MC Kash, Divine and CSP are already using rap to express dissent. Interestingly, this is not the first video made by Rakhowa. In May 2016, he made a similar video to protest against the discrimination against people from the North East.