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Photo of Dalit activist Kancha Ilaiah shared as elderly student at JNU

A post with a photograph of an elderly man is being shared on Facebook with a claim that the man is 47-year-old Moinuddin from Kerala, studying at Jawarharlal Nehru University (JNU) since 1989.

Studying in JNU is continues life long process….!!!

He is 47 years old Moinuddin from Kerala, living in Delhi as NJU…

Posted by Uday Barad on Thursday, 9 January 2020

Alt News has received multiple verification requests of the claim on its official mobile application. The text on the photograph reads, Delhi Police stopped this man from entering JNU, saying: “There is a riot going on inside the campus. Parents and guardians cannot visit.” The man replied: “But I’m a JNU student.

The claim is viral on Facebook.


The man in the photograph is not a JNU student but writer and Dalit rights activist from Telangana, Kancha Ilaiah. He is the former director of the Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) in Hyderabad and holds a PhD in Buddhism.

Speaking with India TodayIlaiah confirmed that the viral photograph is his and he never studied in JNU. The scholar also said that he will file a complaint against the post.

Earlier, a photograph of a 30-year old JNU student Pankaj Mishra was also shared as 47-year-old student at the university, Moinuddin.

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