Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: After facing hardship for years, Jitendra Suna, a resident of Kalahandi district in Odisha, is running for the post of president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls.

In an exclusive interview to OTV, Suna spoke about his struggle and how he was inspired to become a part of JNU.

In the year 2008-09, Suna came to Delhi after completing Plus-II and started working as a helper with Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL).

“I started working as a helper at the gas company for a salary of Rs 3,500 per month,” said Suna.

Suna says that in 2012 after knowing about Baba Saheb Ambedkar and his teachings, he was inspired and decided to be a historian.

“I lost my mother at an early age. I didn’t receive any help from the government. After I was inspired by Baba Ambedkar’s teachings, I got associated with groups & people with similar thoughts. Those were the ones who helped me,” said Suna.

“After completing my schooling in village, I enrolled in a college 15 km away from my home to where I used to travel on a cycle,” added Suna.

Speaking about his poll campaign, Suna said, “Intense campaigning is currently underway. I have received a good response from the Odia community of JNU. Overall response is quite good.”