Round Table India – Who is Koonal Duggal, the “anti-university” activist from EFLU?

That morning, Koonal had joined fellow Ambedkarite students and members of the SC ST Employees’ Association to participate in a small function paying homage to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Koonal was one of the invited speakers. He spoke about why our engagements and convictions in Ambedkar have greater relevance in today’s context where young Dalit scholars, like Rohith Vemula and others, are being isolated and alienated to the point of self-annihilation. He then sang a revolutionary song by Faiz Ahmed Faiz, “Hum Dekhenge..”, when four security guards entered the venue. As soon as he finished the song, the security guards surrounded Koonal, grabbed his hand and attempted to take him away from the programme. When students and faculty intervened, they said that they were acting on orders from the Proctor, who had given specific instructions to disallow Koonal from entering the premises except with permission of University authorities. Students were not given any explanation or shown the official circular with details of the disciplinary action. In addition to the fact that by then the Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations had come to a standstill, the atmosphere had become chaotic and the audience could not pay attention to the rest of the speakers. The security guards were then told to at least respect the sentiments of the participants and wait till the end of the programme.

 

Round Table India – Who is Koonal Duggal, the “anti-university” activist from EFLU?

 

Here is “Hum Dekhenge” beautifully sung by Koonal Duggal at a solidarity meet at the University of Hyderabad.

 

Nurture dissent in the universities

Indian universities are far more in the news than earlier but for reasons other than their contribution to society.

Source: Nurture dissent in the universities

Gallery: Scenes of Humour, Calm and Rage at Hyderabad University | The Wire

Javed Iqbal captures scenes of humour, calm and rage at Hyderabad Central University after the call for “Chalo HCU” on April 6, 2016.

Source: Gallery: Scenes of Humour, Calm and Rage at Hyderabad University | The Wire

Hyderabad University row: Post V-C Appa Rao’s return, several SC/ST professors resign again – Firstpost

After scores of students belonging to different organisations were taken into police custody for holding protests near the Hyderabad Central University demanding arrest of Vice-Chancellor Professor Appa Rao Podile, the SC/ST Teachers’ Forum of the University have written a letter to the V-C reiterating their position on conditional withdrawal of resignation from their positions.

The letter, addressed to Professor Appa Rao, says, “…we now reiterate our stand that we are resigning from our position since you have returned as VC before the judicial probe is completed as well as in the light of highly disturbing events that have taken place on the campus since your return…”

Text of the letter is available here

 

Source: Hyderabad University row: Post V-C Appa Rao’s return, several SC/ST professors resign again – Firstpost

Hyderabad University VC Admits to Plagiarism | The Wire

The Wire presented Appa Rao Podile with evidence that three papers coauthored by him contained multiple instances of ‘cut and paste’ writing.

Source: Hyderabad University VC Admits to Plagiarism | The Wire

JNU, Hyderabad varsity are the best universities in India: Govt survey | india | Hindustan Times

Two universities now at the centre of a raging debate over nationalism and free speech are India’s best, a first-ever government-backed survey has found, using parameters ranging from research facilities to employability of their graduates.

Source: JNU, Hyderabad varsity are the best universities in India: Govt survey | india | Hindustan Times

New Student On Campus | The Indian Express

Devaki Jain writes in The Indian Express:

JNU, HCU controversies frame the changing space of the university.

Source: New Student On Campus | The Indian Express

Student rebellion has cut Modi sarkar to size

Source: Student rebellion has cut Modi sarkar to size

In India, Intolerance Undermines Modi’s Reforms

Modi’s BJP lost key elections in Bihar and Delhi because he pushed the nationalist anti-Muslim agenda too far. But that has not deterred the hard-liners in his party for continuing their intolerant incitement of religious hatred.

Source: In India, Intolerance Undermines Modi’s Reforms

The VC of Hyderabad University Has No Option But to Quit | The Wire

UoH has now abrogated its right to be called an academic institution of a high level of excellence, by decimating – even criminalising – the space for reasoned dissent by its students and teachers.

The VC of Hyderabad University Has No Option But to Quit | The Wire

Students versus Centre fight turns Hyderabad Central University into a quagmire – IBNLive

Attacking the Vice Chancellor, Raja, Rohith Vemula’s Brother said “Central government is backing him. He gets full police protection and students demanding justice are in jail.

Students versus Centre fight turns Hyderabad Central University into a quagmire – IBNLive

Jail in better condition than campus say Hyderabad Central University faculty | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Karthik Bittu Kondaiah, one of the faculty members who visited the students told dna that all 27 are “safer in their cells, as they had been beaten in the police vans and in the station. They’re holding classes and debates among themselves.”

Jail in better condition than campus say Hyderabad Central University faculty | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar condemns crackdown on HCU students | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday condemned crackdown on students of Hyderabad Central University (HCU) who were demanding action against varsity Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao Podile in the dalit scholar Rohith Vemula suicide case.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar condemns crackdown on HCU students | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

Remove Hyderabad varsity VC, Yechury urges Pranab – The Hindu

In a memorandum submitted to President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday, Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury sought the President’s intervention to ensure that the Human Resource Development Ministry did not become “Hindu Rashtra Development Ministry.”

Remove Hyderabad varsity VC, Yechury urges Pranab – The Hindu

A Government Terrified of Students

It is perhaps first time in memory that one sees the mighty government of India battling students across University campuses, in a manner that can only be described as reprehensible and ugly. It is also extremely unfortunate that the big media has decided to take sides, in this unequal battle, supporting the worst decisions by the government in its effort to silence the students, still at protest, and take away the right to debate and dissent through the use of brute force.

A Government Terrified of Students

Human rights body notice to HCU on violation of student rights | Business Standard News

Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission (APSHRC) today sought a report from Hyderabad Central University Vice Chancellor Appa Rao Podile by March 26 in response to a petition alleging violation of human rights of students on the campus.

Source: Human rights body notice to HCU on violation of student rights | Business Standard News

Bail plea not taken up, 27 students, 2 teachers of Hyderabad university still stuck in jail | The Indian Express

A member of the Joint Action Committee, which is spearheading the protests against Rohith Vemula’s suicide, said that the arrested people were not produced before the magistrate within 24 hours of detention, as the law mandates.

Source: Bail plea not taken up, 27 students, 2 teachers of Hyderabad university still stuck in jail | The Indian Express

‘Is This Syria Or Pakistan?’ Ask Parents Of Arrested Hyderabad Students

A 42-year-old mother in Kerala says she discovered through social media that her son had been arrested, along with 25 others, from his university in Hyderabad earlier this week.

The bail hearing of the students – along with that of two professors – has been postponed to Monday, grafting a searing new chapter to the controversy that has besieged Hyderabad Central University since Rohith Vemula, 26, hanged himself in his hostel in January.

Source: ‘Is This Syria Or Pakistan?’ Ask Parents Of Arrested Hyderabad Students

UoH students take charge of cooking as non-teaching staff strike – The Hindu

“Lamakaan opens its kitchen to University of Hyderabad hostellers. In view of the extraordinary situation in University of Hyderabad, Lamakaan has decided to offer free staple food to any University of Hyderabad hosteller upon production of ID card until this crisis is resolved. Being 20 km away from the campus, we realise that this gesture may only serve a symbolic purpose. But we hope that others close by will take cue and act in solidarity,” shared sources managing Lamakaan, the open cultural space in Banjara Hills.

Source: UoH students take charge of cooking as non-teaching staff strike – The Hindu

Urgent Notes from a University in Crisis | The Wire

 

Kalpana Kannabiran in thewire.in:

Far from having learnt any lesson from the suicide of Rohith Vemula, the University of Hyderabad is institutionalising the use of excommunication as an administrative strategy.

Urgent Notes from a University in Crisis | The Wire