Ranabir Chakravorty on “A Take on Tagore’s Nationalism”


Faculty at DePaul University, Chicago, U.S.

February 29, 2016.

We, the undersigned, at DePaul University, Chicago, stand in solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff at JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) in their ongoing struggle to challenge the flagrant violations of their democratic rights by the Indian state.

We condemn the use of a colonial era sedition law (designed to silence anticolonial […]

University of Virginia’s Statement of Solidarity for JNU

We, the undersigned students and faculty at the University of Virginia, stand in solidarity with the staff, students, and faculty at Jawarharlal University (JNU), New Delhi. We share the outrage of citizens around the world who are aggrieved at the Modi government’s criminalization of student protest and dissent. Further, we are extremely concerned by the […]

JNUSU Statement of Thanks for Global Support and Call for International Day of Protest and Action in Solidarity with Students in India on 2nd March 2016

To all Friends (in Delhi, India and the World) who have Supported the Struggle of JNU students and students elsewhere in India in the past few weeks.

Thank you for your message of solidarity. In this hour of unprecedented attack on us, what has been a source of great strength are messages like these, which […]

JNUSU Call for March to Parliament on the International Protest Day

Message of Solidarity from University of Pittsburgh

Statement of Solidarity: University of Pittsburgh

We the undersigned students and workers of University of Pittsburgh stand firmly in solidarity with the students, teachers, and scholars of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in their struggle to safeguard their right to dissent, right to autonomy, and right to freedom from police terror. We particularly condemn the criminalization […]

Majma singing ‘Hum Ladenge Saathi’ by Paash at the JNU Azadi Chowk

Songs of Resistance – Medley by Majma


Majma sings ‘Hille Le Jhakjhor Duniya’ at JNU Azadi Chowk

Lawrence Liang on “Dissent and Law”


Admiral Ramdas speaks at the JNU Azadi Chowk

JNU row: What it means to be ‘national’ – The Hindu, February 27, 2016

Nationalism that developed in India during the anti-colonial struggle was sui generis, an altogether new phenomenon the like of which the world had not seen earlier. It was essentially a democratic and egalitarian nationalism, as opposed to the aggrandising European form.

JNU row: What it means to be ‘national’ – The Hindu

Mahishasura and the Minister | The Wire

Why the HRD minister’s angry reference to ‘Mahishasura Martyrdom Day’ celebrations at JNU may raise more questions than she likes.

Source: Mahishasura and the Minister | The Wire

Fear of words | The Indian Express

Venkaiah Naidu’s remarks on free speech reflect an unnecessary anxiety.

Source: Fear of words | The Indian Express

There’s a cop in my class | The Indian Express

The very idea of the university is under siege. When thought is stunted, societies stop progressing

Source: There’s a cop in my class | The Indian Express

Professor Mridula Mukherjee on “Civil Liberties and Indian Nationalism”

McGill and Concordia Universities, Canada.

We, the undersigned, students, faculty, staff, and other members of McGill and Concordia Universities are in solidarity with students, faculty and staff at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India, against ongoing anti-democratic actions by the Indian state. We are appalled by the continuing intimidation, harassment and violence against students at the JNU campus and in courtrooms, […]

Faculty, Students and Staff, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and University of Rhode Island, Providence, U.S.

26th February 2016

We, the undersigned, at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and University of Rhode Island, strongly condemn the violence unleashed by the BJP, RSS, ABVP, and the Delhi Police within and outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus over the last few days.

We demand the immediate withdrawal of the […]

Staff, Students and Faculty at IIM Bangalore

We are a group of faculty, staff, and students at IIMB, Bengaluru, shocked at the recent turn of events at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Jingoism and xenophobia masquerading as patriotism have sought to crush universities as pivotal sites of critical reason, argument, debate, and especially dissent. Bigoted and narrowly sectarian notions of nationalism have been used […]

Rajat Dutta’s advice to (Manu)Smriti Irani

Manusmriti Ji, Instead of threatening us with `sar qalam’, why don’t you go and learn how to use a kalam?

— February 26