“Intimidation in universities is fatal to intellectual inquiry”: students and teachers of Jindal University condemn ABVP

Solidarity Statement With Students And Faculty Of Ramjas College, Delhi University From Students And Faculty Of OP Jindal Global University

We, the undersigned students and faculty of O.P. Jindal Global University, condemn the recent attacks by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP) on students and faculty in Delhi University. We deplore the inaction of the Delhi police, who were present during these attacks. We also condemn the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs who, instead of assuring an investigation stated that, “No anti-India slogans will be allowed in the name of freedom of speech.” We wish to express our solidarity with the members of the DU community who are currently standing up for a university campus free from intimidation by ABVP.

The violence occurred on 21st February, the first day of the Ramjas literary society’s and English Department’s two-day seminar ‘Cultures of Protest’. This was an event for which all necessary permissions had been procured, including from the principal. Objecting to one of the participants at this event – JNU student Umar Khalid – ABVP members engaged in acts of vandalism in Ramjas College and also threatened and assaulted those attending the seminar. Khalid had been invited to speak on the war against Adivasis in Bastar, the topic of his PhD thesis. ABVP members engaged in these acts of violence in the name of defending nationalism. The Delhi Police claimed that they were unable to guarantee the safety of the participants in the face of the violence of ABVP. As a result, the college was forced to cancel the rest of the seminar. The following day, ABVP members disrupted a peaceful march by members of the Delhi University community to the Maurice Nagar police station. Once again, ABVP members physically attacked protesters and molested those present, including faculty and members of the media. Some of the protesters were injured and had to be rushed to hospital.

It is our firm opinion that this is part of a systematic endeavour on the part of the ABVP to use accusations of ‘anti-nationalism’ to crush opposition to their world-view. If universities are mired in this atmosphere of intimidation, fear and repression, it will be fatal to intellectual inquiry in our society.

The Delhi Police, through acts of omission and commission, has abetted these reprehensible developments. By refusing to protect the seminar proceedings on 21st February and allowing ABVP members to engage in violence on 22nd February, the police have offered selective protection of the law: in effect protecting the aggressors. The members of ABVP have received and continue to receive impunity from law enforcement agencies. The Delhi Police falls under the Union Home ministry, and it was dismaying to find its minister of state echoing the ABVP rather than prosecuting them. His statement provides grounds for concern that the investigation into the incident will not be fair.

As a university with a substantial presence of students and faculty studying and teaching the law we are disheartened by this complete and blatant disregard for the law by those who are supposed to uphold it.

We condemn in harshest terms the failure on the part of these authorities to protect every citizen, regardless of caste, class, gender and especially political inclination. We demand that law enforcement agencies must immediately take cognizance of the numerous violations committed against those participating in the seminar and the protesters. They must commence legal action against those committing these acts of violence. The Delhi University administration must also take immediate disciplinary action against the aggressors.

As fellow students and teachers, we admire the courage and resilience displayed by the protesters at Delhi University for refusing to succumb to fear and the threat of violence. We are inspired by this example and see that they are standing up, not merely for their own rights to free thought and expression, but for the rights of us all. It is imperative for all of us to come together at this crucial point of lawlessness to stand together in solidarity. It is important to remind ourselves at this time that neutrality and silence always support the oppressor, never the oppressed.

 

NamePosition
Vagmi ShaemaStudent
Veer ShettyStudent
Vibhuti Dikshit Student
Avi Srivastava Student
Sajal MendirattaStudent
Nirmal JohnStudent
Aaryaman TrivediStudent
Adya R LuthraStudent
Amala DasarathiStudent
Prajwal K AradhyaStudent
Divyansha Student
KrishneshStudent
Mansi ShethStudent
Sajal JainStudent
Ira S MahajanStudent
Dhruv yadavStudent
Shweta ReddyStudent
Parvaz Student
Muskan TibrewalaStudent
Shivam Yadavstudent
Yashaswini Venkatadri Student
Madhusruthi NeelakantanStudent
ShailzaAlumni
Sunoj MysoreStudent
Pragya SarafStudent
arjun narangstudent
Rohan MathewStudent
Prashant AlaiStudent
Agil VatchalamStudent
Namit Chatrath Student
Shlok GoelStudent
Priyasha GoyalStudent
Kartikeya JaiswalStudent
Ridhima KohliStudent
Prerna PrakashStudent.
Anish VanaikAssistant Prof.
Shivakshi BhattacharyaStudent
Meenakshi RamkumarStudent
Diya MehtaStudent
Tejasvini Puri Student
Kavya KartikStudent
Sriya Sridhar Student
Sarthak sharmaStudent
Sakshi PremStudent
Didon MisriStudent
Isha MalikStudent
Pranati PanditStudent
Rohan TalwarStudent
Anicham Tamilmani Student
Jhuma SenAssistant Professor
Pragya DahiyaStudent
Raghav AgrawalStudent
Vidisha BajajStudent
Vaibhav KulkarniStudent
RakshithStudent
Raja Venkata Krishna Dandamudistudent
Mohsin KhanAssistant Professor
AmritaSenior Research Associate
Shikha Mehra Alumni/RA
Vedika bakshiStudent
Tanushri MoreStudent
Rohini SenAssistant Professor
Devangana KuthariStudent
Vedant MundraStudent
Avishek KonarAssistant Prof.
Vinod VyasuluProfessor and Vice Dean
RahilStudent
Bhawna AgarwalAlumni
SHWETA RAGHAVStudent
Sabarish Sureshstudent
Sannoy DasAssistant Professor
Sanjay MukherjeeStudent
Akshay DalalStudent
Divykush SinghStudent
MadhulikaStudent
Rakesh AnkitAsst. Prof.
Aditi Tiwaristudent
Sanya Student
Meghana SantoshStudent
Uday Vir GargStudent
Pranav kapoorStudent
Amogh sushilchandra Student
Himanshu MalikStudent
Yuhina SanghaStudent
Harshita IyerStudent
Virangna Student
Karan BhatiaStudent
Aishwarya Mishra Student
Avani Tewari Student
Ish MainiStudent
Annanya Mehan Student
Satyam Aneja Student
Nipun AroraStudent
Raghu Vinayak SinhaStudent
Siddhant BhasinStudent/RA
Tanushri AgarwalStudent
Akriti muddaiahStudent
SambhavStudent
Adithyalakshmanan kStudent
Aiswarya Pinisettistudent
Mishika Chowdhary Student
Upasana GarnaikAssistant Prof.
Ekta JanghuStudent
Srivatsan QStudent/R.A.
Aditya Prasad Student
Madhur Arora Student
DeepanshiStudent
Anoushka VirkStudent
Ekssha KashyapStudent
DEBLINA DEYSENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
SERUPALLY RAJESH M. A
MisriaAssistant Research Officer
Kshitij DuaStudent
Manasa RamakrishnaStudent
Ishan PhogatStudent
Sanjay EStudent
Dr. Maaz Bin BilalAssistant Prof.
Parul YadavStudent
Shivam AhujaStudent
Prachi SaraogiStudent
Anandita RanaStudent
Krithika AshokAssistant Professor
Dhriti Student
Mahak Tanwar Student
Soumyadeep BeraStudent
Tumuluri RStudent
Vandita KhannaStudent
Taarika peresstudent
Jaisal BaathStudent
Mahin RaiStudent
Alisha Mehta Student
Atharva Deshmukh Student
Danish MCStudent
RidhiStudent
Deepak GoyalStudent
Malavika PrasannaStudent
rajeshstudent
Mohit YadavStudent
Dhruv ShekharStudent
Akhshat SharmaStudent
Sarah SharmaStudent
Rahul ShekharStudent
Aishwarya Student
Titiksha MohantyStudent
Lubhawna Student
Diya RanaStudent
Sandesh gargStudent
Simran SharmaStudent
Pallavi LaunganiStudent
AnushStudent
Akruti RamachandraStudent
Sakshistudent
prachi Dangstudent
Divita MadaanStudent
Anshul BajajStudent
RamyaStudent
Romit SarkarStudent
Gitanjali SurendranAssociate Professor
Deepti NarayananStudent
Kalyani MenonStudent
Rajdeep PakanatiAssociate Professor
Ankita DasStudent
Shikhar TyagiStudent
Anisha BhattacharjeeStudent
Prerna SarohaStudent
UpamanyuStudent
Bhavya jainStudent
Vyshali KottamStudent
Rebika Guineimoi KipgenStudent
Shantanu RajStudent
Priyanka Sham BhatStudent
Jigyasa SinglaStudent
Shreeja AthotaStudent
Ananya Saxena Student
Kavana RamaswamyAssistant Professor
Veda Singh Student
Tanay HegdeStudent
AkankshaStudent
Sukriti BhagatStudent
Gokula KrishnanStudent
Samridh ShastryStudent
Aditi KhemaniStudent
simranStudent
Rashmita SunkaraStudent
Shuchi Purohit Student
Arjun JoshiStudent
Aditya ThyagarajanStudent
Antrip BhattacharjeeStudent
Shivani PegatrajuStudent
Aishwarya IyerSenior Research Associate
Arup K ChatterjeeAssistant Professor
HimabinduStudent
Arshiya ChahalStudent
Rhea MalikStudent
Aparna SivaramanStudent
Palak SehgalStudent
Mercy Deborah Research Associate

Nicolas de Zamacrozy Assistant Professor

Dipika Jain Associate Professor

Kshitij Bansal Senior Research Associate

 

NamePosition
Vagmi ShaemaStudent
Veer ShettyStudent
Vibhuti Dikshit Student
Avi Srivastava Student
Sajal MendirattaStudent
Nirmal JohnStudent
Aaryaman TrivediStudent
Adya R LuthraStudent
Amala DasarathiStudent
Prajwal K AradhyaStudent
Divyansha Student
KrishneshStudent
Mansi ShethStudent
Sajal JainStudent
Ira S MahajanStudent
Dhruv yadavStudent
Shweta ReddyStudent
Parvaz Student
Muskan TibrewalaStudent
Shivam Yadavstudent
Yashaswini Venkatadri Student
Madhusruthi NeelakantanStudent
ShailzaAlumni
Sunoj MysoreStudent
Pragya SarafStudent
arjun narangstudent
Rohan MathewStudent
Prashant AlaiStudent
Agil VatchalamStudent
Namit Chatrath Student
Shlok GoelStudent
Priyasha GoyalStudent
Kartikeya JaiswalStudent
Ridhima KohliStudent
Prerna PrakashStudent.
Anish VanaikAssistant Prof.
Shivakshi BhattacharyaStudent
Meenakshi RamkumarStudent
Diya MehtaStudent
Tejasvini Puri Student
Kavya KartikStudent
Sriya Sridhar Student
Sarthak sharmaStudent
Sakshi PremStudent
Didon MisriStudent
Isha MalikStudent
Pranati PanditStudent
Rohan TalwarStudent
Anicham Tamilmani Student
Jhuma SenAssistant Professor
Pragya DahiyaStudent
Raghav AgrawalStudent
Vidisha BajajStudent
Vaibhav KulkarniStudent
RakshithStudent
Raja Venkata Krishna Dandamudistudent
Mohsin KhanAssistant Professor
AmritaSenior Research Associate
Shikha Mehra Alumni/RA
Vedika bakshiStudent
Tanushri MoreStudent
Rohini SenAssistant Professor
Devangana KuthariStudent
Vedant MundraStudent
Avishek KonarAssistant Prof.
Vinod VyasuluProfessor and Vice Dean
RahilStudent
Bhawna AgarwalAlumni
SHWETA RAGHAVStudent
Sabarish Sureshstudent
Sannoy DasAssistant Professor
Sanjay MukherjeeStudent
Akshay DalalStudent
Divykush SinghStudent
MadhulikaStudent
Rakesh AnkitAsst. Prof.
Aditi Tiwaristudent
Sanya Student
Meghana SantoshStudent
Uday Vir GargStudent
Pranav kapoorStudent
Amogh sushilchandra Student
Himanshu MalikStudent
Yuhina SanghaStudent
Harshita IyerStudent
Virangna Student
Karan BhatiaStudent
Aishwarya Mishra Student
Avani Tewari Student
Ish MainiStudent
Annanya Mehan Student
Satyam Aneja Student
Nipun AroraStudent
Raghu Vinayak SinhaStudent
Siddhant BhasinStudent/RA
Tanushri AgarwalStudent
Akriti muddaiahStudent
SambhavStudent
Adithyalakshmanan kStudent
Aiswarya Pinisettistudent
Mishika Chowdhary Student
Upasana GarnaikAssistant Prof.
Ekta JanghuStudent
Srivatsan QStudent/R.A.
Aditya Prasad Student
Madhur Arora Student
DeepanshiStudent
Anoushka VirkStudent
Ekssha KashyapStudent
DEBLINA DEYSENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
SERUPALLY RAJESH M. A
MisriaAssistant Research Officer
Kshitij DuaStudent
Manasa RamakrishnaStudent
Ishan PhogatStudent
Sanjay EStudent
Dr. Maaz Bin BilalAssistant Prof.
Parul YadavStudent
Shivam AhujaStudent
Prachi SaraogiStudent
Anandita RanaStudent
Krithika AshokAssistant Professor
Dhriti Student
Mahak Tanwar Student
Soumyadeep BeraStudent
Tumuluri RStudent
Vandita KhannaStudent
Taarika peresstudent
Jaisal BaathStudent
Mahin RaiStudent
Alisha Mehta Student
Atharva Deshmukh Student
Danish MCStudent
RidhiStudent
Deepak GoyalStudent
Malavika PrasannaStudent
rajeshstudent
Mohit YadavStudent
Dhruv ShekharStudent
Akhshat SharmaStudent
Sarah SharmaStudent
Rahul ShekharStudent
Aishwarya Student
Titiksha MohantyStudent
Lubhawna Student
Diya RanaStudent
Sandesh gargStudent
Simran SharmaStudent
Pallavi LaunganiStudent
AnushStudent
Akruti RamachandraStudent
Sakshistudent
prachi Dangstudent
Divita MadaanStudent
Anshul BajajStudent
RamyaStudent
Romit SarkarStudent
Gitanjali SurendranAssociate Professor
Deepti NarayananStudent
Kalyani MenonStudent
Rajdeep PakanatiAssociate Professor
Ankita DasStudent
Shikhar TyagiStudent
Anisha BhattacharjeeStudent
Prerna SarohaStudent
UpamanyuStudent
Bhavya jainStudent
Vyshali KottamStudent
Rebika Guineimoi KipgenStudent
Shantanu RajStudent
Priyanka Sham BhatStudent
Jigyasa SinglaStudent
Shreeja AthotaStudent
Ananya Saxena Student
Kavana RamaswamyAssistant Professor
Veda Singh Student
Tanay HegdeStudent
AkankshaStudent
Sukriti BhagatStudent
Gokula KrishnanStudent
Samridh ShastryStudent
Aditi KhemaniStudent
simranStudent
Rashmita SunkaraStudent
Shuchi Purohit Student
Arjun JoshiStudent
Aditya ThyagarajanStudent
Antrip BhattacharjeeStudent
Shivani PegatrajuStudent
Aishwarya IyerSenior Research Associate
Arup K ChatterjeeAssistant Professor
HimabinduStudent
Arshiya ChahalStudent
Rhea MalikStudent
Aparna SivaramanStudent
Palak SehgalStudent
Mercy Deborah Research Associate

Nicolas de Zamacrozy Assistant Professor

Dipika Jain Associate Professor

Kshitij Bansal Senior Research Associate

Albeena Shakil Assistant Professor

Albeena Shakil Assistant Professor

 

2 Comments

  1. Apt sentiments are expressed in the protest but what weight will they carry?
    Will the BJP peasants (like Modi, Rajnath, and the like) take heed? They are the present rulers of India and want to keep ruling. High principle or moral injunctions mean nothing to them.
    They have ordered the police chiefs to go easy on that ABVP gang of thugs.
    So the students are truly in a fix. Whom do you appeal to?

    I was amused by the threat to ‘intellectual inquiry’.
    How much intellectual activity or scholarship goes on in India? Very little, indeed. India is not known for discussion and debate, for innovation and invention.
    I understand there are some 700 universities in India – their standard is probably no more than higher school standards in East Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan).
    Why don’t dismantle these ramshackle ‘universities’ and seek East Asian guidance?

  2. K SHESHU BABU

    Solidarity expressed by the staff and students of the university will add to the ongoing struggle. Many more students and teachers of different universities should express solidarity for the students and build congenial atmosphere for debates and discussions

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