Dontha Prashanth from HCU speaking at Pratirodh-II

 

Caste and Higher Education: Panel Discussion on the Ongoing Struggle in HCU

hcu panel discussion

AMU Stands In Solidarity With UoH

 

Source: AMU Stands In Solidarity With UoH

JNU Students’ delegation meets NHRC over crackdown in HCU

A delegation of JNU students on Monday met officials at NHRC over the alleged crackdown and arrest of students in Hyderadabad Central University and demanded concrete action against its VC Appa Rao in connection with the Rohith Vemula issue.

JNU Students’ delegation meets NHRC over crackdown in HCU

Letter from prominent Indian academics to the Chancellor, University of Hyderabad – The Hindu

Dear Dr. Rangarajan,

We have learnt with dismay about the attack by the police on students at the University of Hyderabad on 22 March, 2016. We understand that there may have been acts of destruction by some of the students, and we strongly condemn such acts. It is arguable whether it was necessary to call the police to deal with the students. However, having called the police, the administration of the University should have ensured that the police force did not make a brutal assault on the students. The Vice Chancellor and the administration of the University failed in this respect, as the ensuing heavy-handed police action proves. We strongly condemn the attack by the police, and the failure of the administration of the University to prevent it. We would like to make the following points about the immediate repercussions of the events of the 22nd:

1. Several students and two members of the faculty of the University have been detained by the police. We request you, and the administration of the University, to take every possible measure to secure their release, and to get them back to the University at the earliest.

2. Some students were injured in the police action, and have been receiving medical treatment at the University’s Health Centre, and in private clinics and hospitals. We urge that all available help be extended to these students, and we request you to ensure their well-being.

3. We understand that some students who have been protesting are worried about their future in the university, and fear retribution from the administration. It is imperative that their fears be assuaged, and that students are not penalised for legitimately voicing their political opinions, or for challenging the University establishment.

4. There was no food or water in the student hostels, and the connection between the University campus and the Internet was closed down, for two days after the 22nd. This is a form of collective punishment. We condemn it, and ask the administration of the University to see that such acts of punishment do not recur.

We have the following points to make in the general context of the stormy events at the University:

1. The direct cause of the events on the 22nd was the resumption of office by P. Appa Rao, the Vice Chancellor of the University. A judicial enquiry has been initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, into the events around Rohith Vemula’s suicide, and Prof. Appa Rao is one of the central figures in those events. There is a case against him under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, and another under the laws relating to abetting a suicide. In these circumstances, it is utterly inappropriate for him to occupy the office of the Vice Chancellor of the University, and we demand that he relinquish that office forthwith.

2. There has been almost no progress in the police cases against Prof. Appa Rao, whereas the police have been quick to act on the protesting students. We demand that this imbalance be redressed, and that the cases against Prof. Appa Rao be speedily brought to their logical conclusion.

3. The protest by the students on the 22nd grew out of the events that led to Mr. Vemula’s suicide. Issues of systematic injustice against Dalits, and of attempts by certain groups of students of the University to disrupt the activities of students whose opinions they oppose, have repeatedly surfaced in the discourse following Mr. Vemula’s suicide. We ask the administration of the University to seriously address these issues.

4. A troubling feature of the events at the University is the frequent reliance of the administration of the University on the police apparatus. We feel that the police have no place in an academic campus, and should be called upon only in rare circumstances. We, therefore, request you to have the police removed from the campus of the University. The University of Hyderabad is one of the important educational centres of the country. For that reason, we hope that you, and the administration of the University, will do everything to provide the students of the University the freedom, and the consideration, that are a distinguishing feature of a great academic institution.

Yours sincerely,

1. A. P. Balachandran, Syracuse University, Emeritus faculty

2. Abani K. Bhuyan, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

3. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House (University of Delhi), Faculty

4. Abhijit Majumder, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

5. Abhishek Atreya, Physical Research Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow

6. Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Fellow

7. Angelie Multani, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

8. Anindya Sarkar, Bangabasi Morning College (University of Calcutta), Faculty

9. Anirban Kundu, University of Calcutta, Faculty

10. Akavoor Manu, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Research scholar

11. Alka Acharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

12. Alladi Sitaram, Indian Statistical Institute, Retired faculty

13. Alok Laddha, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

14. Alok Maharana, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, Faculty

15. Amarjit Kundu, Santipur College (University of Kalyani), Faculty

16. Amber Habib, Shiv Nadar University, Faculty

17. Ameet Parameswaran, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

18. Amitabh Joshi, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Faculty

19. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

20. Ananthu James, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Researchscholar

21. Ananyo Maitra, Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and Statistical Models, Paris, Researcher

22. Anindita Bera, University of Calcutta, Research scholar

23. Anindita Bidisha Chatterjee, Wildlife Institute of India, Research scholar

24. Anindita Brahma, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

25. Anindya Bhattacharya, University of York, Faculty

26. Anindya Datta, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

27. Anirban Kar, Delhi School of Economics, Faculty

28. Ankan Paul, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

29. Anuj Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Research scholar

30. Anupama Potluri, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

31. Anwesa Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Science, Research associate

32. Apoorva Nagar, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Faculty

33. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

34. Archana S. Morye, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

35. Aritra Banerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Research scholar

36. Arnab Rai Choudhuri, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

37. Arpan Kundu, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

38. Arya Suman Mishra, Seth G. S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Specialty Medical Officer

39. Avinash Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

40. Ashoke Sen, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

41. Atul Chokshi, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

42. Aurnab Ghose, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, Faculty

43. Avishek Konar, Observer Research Foundation, Associate fellow

44. Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

45. B. Ananthanarayan, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

46. Bhanu Pratap Das, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Faculty

47. Bidisa Das, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Scientist

48. C. M. Chandrashekar, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

49. C. S. Rajan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

50. Chandan Singh Dalawat, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

51. Chandra Kant Mishra, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

52. D. C. V. Mallik, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Faculty

53. D. Surya Ramana, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

54. Darius Vasco K¨oster, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

55. Debasis Mondal, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Research scholar

56. Debjani Sengupta, Indraprastha College for Women (University of Delhi), Faculty

57. Deepak Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

58. Dileep Jatkar, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

59. Dinesh Mohan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Retired faculty

60. Dipankar, TREELabs Foundation, Chief scientist

61. E. Arunan, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

62. Enakshi Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Faculty

63. Faraz Ahmed Inam, Aligarh Muslim University, Faculty

64. Fazlay Ahmed, Jamia Millia Islamia, Research Scholar

65. Feroz M. H. Musthafa, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, Technology manager

66. G. Arunima, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

67. G. Vijay, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

68. Garga Chatterjee, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

69. Gaurav Mendiratta, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

70. Gautam Gangopadhyay, University of Calcutta, Faculty

71. Girish Kumar Chakravarty, Physical Research Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow

72. Gita Chadha, University of Mumbai, Faculty

73. Gopal Guru, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

74. Indra Balachandran, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY, Retired faculty

75. Indraneel Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

76. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

77. Joby Joseph, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

78. Joseph Samuel, Raman Research Institute, Faculty

79. Jenny Sulfath, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Research scholar

80. Jishnu Dey, Presidency University, Guest faculty

81. Jyoti Dalal, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Research scholar

82. K. Ramakrishnan, TIPS Global, Adviser

83. Kallol Paul, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research scholar

84. Kannan U. M., Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Research scholar

85. Karan Namdeorao Khirade, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Research scholar

86. Karen Gabriel, St. Stephen’s College (University of Delhi), Faculty

87. Kaushik Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

88. Kishor V. Salunkhe, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Research scholar

89. Koel Das, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

90. Krishnendu Sengupta, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

91. Kuntal Ghosh, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

92. Lalit Shukla, Physical Research Laboratory, Research Scholar

93. Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies, UK, and Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty

94. M. V. Ramana, Princeton University, Faculty

95. Madhusudhan Raman, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

96. Mahan Mj, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

97. Maitreyee Saha Sarkar, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Faculty

98. Malancha Ta, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Faculty

99. Maneesh Thakur, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, Faculty

100. Md. Shah Alam, Jamia Millia Islamia, Research scholar

101. Md. Wali Hossain, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Postdoctoral Fellow

102. Mihir Pandey, Ramjas College (University of Delhi), Faculty

103. Mrinmoy Mukherjee, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research Scholar

104. N. Raghavendra, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

105. Nandita Narain, St. Stephen’s College (University of Delhi), Faculty

106. Nandu Gopan, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Research associate,

107. Narayanan Menon, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad, Faculty

108. Naresh Dadhich, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Emeritus faculty

109. Naveen Gaur, Dyal Singh College (University of Delhi), Faculty

110. Neelima Gupte, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Faculty

111. Neera Singh, University of Toronto, Canada, Faculty

112. Nihav Dhawale, National Centre for Biological Sciences and Yale University, Research scholar

113. Nirmalya Kajuri, IIT Madras, Postdoctoral fellow

114. Nissim Kanekar, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune, Faculty

115. Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

116. Nur Jaman, Jamia Millia Islamia, Research scholar

117. Oindrila Deb, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

118. P. Damani, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

119. Padmini Swaminathan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, Faculty

120. Parameswaran Sankaran, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

121. Parasar Mohanty, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

122. Parswa Nath Student, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research scholar

123. Partha Pratim Roy, South Point High School, Kolkata, Teacher

124. Partho Sarothi Ray, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

125. Pinaki Banerjee, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

126. Pinaki Chaudhuri, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

127. Prabhu Nott, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

128. Pradipta Bandyopadhyay, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

129. Pratik Majumdar, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Faculty

130. Pratiksha Baxi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

131. Procheta Mallik, Innovation and Science Promotion Foundation, Researcher

132. Pradeepkumar P. I., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

133. Prajval Shastri, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Faculty

134. Pranav P. Manangath, University of Western Ontario, Canada, Research scholar

135. Prasenjit Sen, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

136. Prathyusha K. R., University of Dundee, Postdoctoral fellow

137. Proteep Mallik, Azim Premji University, Faculty

138. Pulak Banerjee, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

139. Qamar Nasir Usmani, Jamia Millia Islamia, Faculty

140. Rahul Pandey, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Visiting faculty

141. Rahul Siddharthan, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

142. Rahul Varman, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

143. Rajat Tandon, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

144. Rajesh Gopakumar, International Center for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

145. Ramesh Bairy T. S., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

146. Ramesh Sreekantan, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, Faculty

147. Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

148. Ravi Kunjwal, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

149. Rekha Pappu, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, Faculty

150. Remya Nair, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Postdoctoral fellow

151. Resmi Lekshmi, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Faculty

152. Rita Mazumdar, Ranchi Women’s College, Retired faculty

153. Rohan D’ Souza, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Faculty

154. Rukmini Dey, International Center for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

155. Rupali Gangopadhyay, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Researcher

156. Rusa Mandal, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

157. S. Akshay, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

158. S. Durga Bhavani, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

159. S. G. Dani, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

160. Sabiha Majumder, Indian Institute of Science, Student

161. Sachindeo Vaidya, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

162. Saikat Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

163. Saman Habib, Central Drug Research Institute, Senior Principal Scientist

164. Sanket Haque, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Trainee

165. Saptarshi Pal, University of Calcutta, Research Scholar

166. Samriddhi Sankar Ray, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

167. Sandeep Krishna, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Faculty

168. Satadal Ganguly, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

169. Satyajit Chowdhury, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Research scholar

170. Saumyajit Bhattacharya, Kirori Mal College (University of Delhi), Faculty

171. Seshadri Sridhar, Raman Research Institute, Faculty

172. Shahana Bhattacharya, University of Delhi, Faculty

173. Shambhavi Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

174. Sharath Jose, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research scholar

175. Sharmila Purkayastha, Miranda House (University of Delhi), Faculty

176. Sharmila Sreekumar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

177. Shiva Shankar, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

178. Shubha Tewari, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Faculty

179. Sibasish Ghosh, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

180. Siddharth K. J., Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Research scholar

181. Simona Sawhney, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

182. Sirisha Naidu, Wright State University, Faculty

183. Siva Athreya, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, Faculty

184. Somnath Basu, R. K. M. Vivekananda University, Faculty

185. Soumya Das, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

186. Souvik Mandal, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

187. Sridipta Ghatak, Jadavpur University

188. Srikanth Sastry, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Faculty

189. Subhashis Banerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

190. Subhradip Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Faculty

191. Subhro Bhattacharjee, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

192. Subiman Kundu, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

193. Sudip Kumar Haldar, Physical Research Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow

194. Sudipta Bandyopadhyay, University of Calcutta, Faculty

195. Sudipto Muhuri, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Faculty

196. Sugata Ray, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

197. Suman Ganguli, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

198. Sumathi Rao, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

199. Sumati Surya, Raman Research Institute, Faculty

200. Sumilan Banerjee, Weizmann Institute of Science, Postdoctoral fellow

201. Sumit Kumar, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

202. Sumithra Sankaran, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

203. Sundar Sarukkai, Manipal University, Faculty

204. Supratik Chakraborty, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

205. Supratim Sengupta, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

206. Suramya T. K., Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Research scholar

207. Suresh Devasahayam, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Faculty

208. Suresh Govindarajan, Indian Insitute of Technology Madras, Faculty

209. Susmita Sarkar, University of Calcutta, Faculty

210. Sushmita Venugopalan, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Visiting faculty

211. Sutirtha Dutta, Wildlife Institute of India, Project scientist

212. Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

213. Swagato Sanyal, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Research scholar

214. T. N. C. Vidya, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Faculty fellow

215. T. R. Govindarajan, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

216. Tabish Qureshi, Jamia Millia Islamia, Faculty

217. Tamoghna Das, NIST and University of Maryland, CNST-UM fellow

218. Taniya Mandal Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Research scholar

219. Tanmay Deshpande, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

220. Tanmay Mitra, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

221. Trisha Nath, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

222. U. K. Anandavardhanan, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

223. Upayan Baul, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

224. V. R. Padmawar, Indian Statistical Institute, Faculty

225. V. S. Sunder, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

226. Varuni Prabhakar, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

227. Venu Madhav Govindu, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

228. Vijay Ravikumar, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

229. Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

230. Vikram Vyas, St. Stephens College (University of Delhi), Faculty

231. Vinay Kumar Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

232. Vipul Vivek, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Postgraduate student

233. Vishnu T. R., Chennai Mathematical Institute, Research scholar

234. Vishwesha Guttal, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

235. Yogish I. Holla, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

236. Zaheer Ahmed Sayeed, Brain Sciences

237. Zoya Hasan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Emeritus faculty

The signatories are listed in the alphabetical order of their names. Institutional affiliations of the signatories are given only for purposes of identification, and do not indicate the official positions of these organisations.

Source: Letter from prominent Indian academics to the Chancellor, University of Hyderabad – The Hindu

Police attack on protestors in Mumbai

 

JNU students back HCU – The Hindu

Protesting the “Unconstitutional Emergency in UoH – no food, water, electricity, internet”, students under the banner of Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) extended solidarity with the students of Hyderabad University.

JNU students back HCU – The Hindu

“Ekalavya” a play by Progressive Theatre Group in HCU to condemn the return of Appa Rao as VC

 

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

Calcutta University Teachers Association stands with HCU

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West Bengal College and University Teachers Association Statement on University of Hyderabad

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PSF statement on yesterday’s police crackdown on Left student and youth activists

Beyond these hurdles a resurgent and united student struggle will march onwards Fight against police brutality and the shrinking of protest spaces

On the 26th of March, 2016, left student and youth organizations (SFI-AISF-AISA-AIYF-DYFI-RYA-PSF) had called for a protest demonstration at Dadar Station (East). The call was made to protest against the events unfolding at HCU. The Mumbai Police denied permission for the protest demonstration, and kept driving away all activists who were regrouping at Dadar station to figure things out. This was the second such instance in a month when permission to protest at Dadar station was denied. In response students and activists assembled at the Matunga police station to file a complaint letter.

At 7pm, while entering the Matunga police compound, some police members beat up, shoved, and dragged students and activists, as well as hit them with lathis. This included women comrades who were manhandled. Some of our colleagues in PSF were roughed up, and members of SFI, DYFI and AISA were beaten up severely. Inside the police station where 17 students and activists were detained and charged, some were beaten up and sustained severe injuries. They were finally released after being charge-sheeted post midnight. This drastic action by the Mumbai police and the admission of some police officers (as ascertained by accounts from our colleagues) was a result of specific orders given to the police to squash protests, as well as a reaction from the police personnel who said that they were overworked and frustrated after guarding various processions over the past few days.

The incompetence and callousness of the current government in power to deal with opposing voices, the repeated attempts to crackdown the fight of the ‘Justice For Rohith’ movement, and the bankruptcy of its arguments while answering the issues raised by the students’ movement implies that they are unable to function in a democracy. It highlights one thing above all- that the ruling party in the country is unwilling to negotiate and engage with the voices democratically opposing it. And one of the strongest voices of opposition which we find today is that of a united student movement which we are part of in recent times. It is therefore unsurprising that the brunt of their draconian actions have to be faced by the student movement in the country. The use of state machinery by filing cases against students and activists in Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai West Bengal, and Kerala, and the denial of permissions to protest, is part of a long standing strategy to wear down the student movement, by a war of attrition. And it is here that we must see hope to carry on with our struggle; to be part of this student movement that we see today.

The Progressive Students’ Forum condemns such police brutality, and actions which have resulted in the reduction of space available for peaceful protests in Mumbai, as well as the police action taken on protesting students in Kerala. We urge students at TISS and elsewhere to walk hand in hand with the students at HCU. As part of a resurgent and united students’ movement, now more than ever before, we must support our friends in HCU. We must be a part of the movement to support their demand for justice to be met in the case of the institutionalized murder of Rohith Vemula, to protest and remove the presence of caste oppression in our higher educational institutes, and the justice which is to be guaranteed to Dalit Scholars at HCU.

Source: https://progressiveforumtiss.wordpress.com/2016/03/27/beyond-these-hurdles-a-resurgent-and-united-student-struggle-will-march-onwards/

JNU and HCU issues raised at the 31st session of Human Rights Council of the UN

 

International Statement of Solidarity by Academics, Activists, Artists and Writers with University of Hyderabad

We, academicians, activists,  artists and writers, condemn the ongoing brutal attacks on and unlawful detention of peacefully protesting faculty and students at the University of Hyderabad by the University administration and the police. We also condemn the restriction of access to basic necessities such as water and food on campus.

The students and faculty members of the University of Hyderabad were protesting the reinstatement of Dr. Appa Rao Podile as the Vice-Chancellor despite the ongoing judicial enquiry against him related to  the circumstances leading to the death of the dalit student Rohith Vemula on January 17th, 2016. Students and faculty members of the university community are concerned that this may provide him the opportunity to tamper with evidence and to influence witnesses. Suicides by dalit students have been recurring in the University of Hyderabad and other campuses across the country.  The issue spiraled into a nationwide students’ protest with the death of the dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. The protests have pushed into the foreground public discussion and debate on the persistence of caste-based discrimination in  educational institutions, and surveillance and suppression of dissent and intellectual debate in university spaces.

Since the morning of March 22 when Dr. Appa Rao returned to campus, the students and staff have been in a siege-like situation.  The peacefully protesting staff and students were brutally lathi-charged by the police, and 27 people were taken into custody. The 27 detainees were untraceable for 48 hours, brutally tortured, and denied legal access. In short, all legal procedures of detention have been suspended. After the incident, the university has been locked down with no access to food, water, electricity, and Internet connectivity.   Students were brutally assaulted when they opened community kitchens.  Lawyers and members of human rights organization as well the ordinary citizens of the city were denied access to students. University of Hyderabad is one of India’s biggest public universities.

We have followed, with deep concern, similar violent attacks and undemocratic crackdown on students on the campuses of Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Film and Television Institute of India, the University of Allahabad, Jadavpur University, Burdwan University, and others across the country. That the highest administrative authorities in the university have allowed the silencing of debate and dissent is unfortunate. We are disturbed by the pattern of growing nexus between student vigilante groups, youth wing of the ruling party, state and university authorities in colleges and university campuses across the country in order to mobilize the state machinery against vulnerable students. This has created a climate of fear and oppression in the country, and continually violates fundamental human and Constitutional rights of students.

We stand in support of the protesting students, staff and faculty of the University of Hyderabad and demand the following:

  1. Immediate withdrawal of police from the campus.

  2. Immediate release of, and withdrawal of all cases against, all arrested students and faculty.

  3. Suspension of the Vice-Chancellor P. Appa Rao.

  4. Judicial enquiry into the role of the HRD Ministry, the HRD Minister and Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya in inciting violence against Dalits on campus.

  5. Independent enquiry into the incidents of violence on the campus including the role of the ABVP in vandalising the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

  6. Action against police personnel named by students in their complaints.

  7. Passage of the “Rohith Act” against caste discrimination in education.

Signatories

  1. Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley

  2. Navtej K Purewal Deputy Director, South Asia Institute SOAS University of London

  3. Akhil Gupta, Director, Center for India and South Asia (CISA), UCLA

  4. Michael Davis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Creative Writing, University of California Riverside

  5. Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, The Oakland Institute

  6. Barbara Harriss-White, Oxford University

  7. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary AIPWA

  8. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

  9. G. Arunima, Professor and Chair, Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU

  10. Sandeep Pandey, former Visiting Faculty, IIT, BHU, Varanasi

  11. Michael D. Yates, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, United States

  12. Abha Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  13. Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

  14. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Chair, Department of International Development Studies, Trent University, Canada

  15. Apoorvanand, University of Delhi

  16. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Women’s Studies Department, Simon Fraser University, Canada

  17. Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  18. Surinder S. Jodhka, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  19. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University

  20. Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  21. Dr. Shailaja Paik, University of Cincinnati

  22. Kevin B. Anderson, Professor of Sociology, University of California  Santa Barbara

  23. Tithi Bhattacharya, Professor of History, Purdue University

  24. Pranav Jani, The Ohio State University

  25. Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota

  26. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  27. Alpa Shah, London School of Economics

  28. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  29. Srirupa Roy, University of Göttingen, Germany

  30. Rahul Varman, IIT Kanpur

  31. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland, College Park

  32. Jens Lerche, SOAS, University of London

  33. Gillian Hart, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

  34. Adrian Wilson,  Social Anthropology, London School of Economics

  35. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor ,Jawaharlal Nehru University

  36. Meher Engineer

  37. Aishwary Kumar, School of Humanities & Sciences, Stanford University

  38. Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

  39. Jyoti Puri, Chair and Professor of Sociology, Simmons College

  40. Abdul JanMohamed, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

  41. Dr. Nathaniel Roberts, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen, Germany

  42. Paula Chakravartty, New York University

  43. Atul Sood, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  44. Prof. Mohan Rao, Jawaharlal  Nehru University

  45. Yasmin Saikia, Professor of History, Arizona State University

  46. Nandini Chandra, Delhi University

  47. Elisabeth Weber, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

  48. C. P. Chandrasekhar, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  49. Prof. Rupa Viswanath, University of Goettingen, Germany

  50. Rama Baru, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  51. Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  52. Immanuel Ness, Professor, City University of New York

  53. Balmurli Natrajan, William Paterson University

  54. Veena Hariharan, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  55. Rajat Datta, Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  56. Geraldine Forbes, Professor, State University of New York, Oswego

  57. Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  58. Richard Seymour, London School of Economics

  59. Susan Visvanathan, Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  60. Dr. Pérez de Mendiola, Richard Armour Professor of Modern Languages, Chair, Dept. of Latin American, Caribbean and Spanish Literatures and Cultures & Humanities, Scripps College

  61. Peter Spiegler, Asst. Prof.,  Dept. of Economics, UMass, Amherst

  62. Swati Birla, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  63. Atreyi Dasgupta, Baylor College of Medicine

  64. Kuver Sinha, Syracuse University

  65. Sirisha Naidu, Wright State University

  66. Siddhartha Mitra, Programmer, Rockefeller University

  67. Samantha Agarwal, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

  68. Anup Gampa, PhD Candidate, University of Virginia

  69. Anu Mandavilli, Friends of South Asia

  70. Deepankar Basu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  71. Nandini Dhar, Assistant Professor, Florida International University

  72. Michael Levien, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

  73. Devika Dutt, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  74. Smita Ramnarain, Assistant Professor of Economics, Siena College

  75. Taki Manolakos, Wright State University

  76. Valentina Dallona, Johns Hopkins University

  77. Iveta Jusova, Carleton College, USA

  78. Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced

  79. Hee-Young Shin, Wright State University

  80. Anjali Arondekar, UC Santa Cruz

  81. Jinee Lokaneeta, Drew University

  82. Ajay Chandra, University of Warwick

  83. Xiao Yu, Peking University

  84. Bettina Apthekar, UC Santa Cruz

  85. Anirban Karak, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  86. Natasha S K, Syracuse University

  87. Mitul Barua, Syracuse University

  88. Simmy Makhijani, San Francisco State University

  89. Sofia Gavtadze, Solidarity Network, Georgi

  90. Avishek Konar, Alumnus, The Ohio State University

  91. Robert Carley, Wright State University

  92. Dia Da Costa, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

  93. Ann Smock, University of California, Berkeley

  94. Liz Mount, Syracuse University

  95. Terese V Gagnon, Syracuse University

  96. Giorgi Kobakhidze, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

  97. Levin Ahmed, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  98. Christos Mais, Universiteit Leiden

  99. Taveeshi Singh, Syracuse University

  100. Aniruddha Das, Columbia University

  101. Safar Safqat, St Mary’s College of Maryland

  102. Ramaa Vasudevan, Colorado State University

  103. Osman Keshawarz, doctoral student, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

  104. Narendra Subramaniam, McGill University

  105. Ammel Sharon, University of Pennsylvania

  106. Gventa Gventsadze

  107. Borisi Cirekidze

  108. Minakshi Menon, Max Planck Institute, Berlin

  109. Dmitri Khuskivadze

  110. Salo Kaladze

  111. Judith Rodenbeck, UC Riverside

  112. Ashok Prasad, Colorado State University

  113. Priyanka Srivastava, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  114. Arani Roy, Brandeis University

  115. Dag Erik Berg, University of Gottingen, Germany

  116. Rahul Nair, Antioch College, USA

  117. Gajendran Ayyathurai, Goettingen University, Germany

  118. Balaji Narasimhan, William Paterson University, United States

  119. Ember Skye Kanelee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  120. Jungyeon Suh, Independent Researcher, United States

  121. Kannan Srinivasan

  122. Roli Verma, University of New Mexico

  123. Piya Chatterjee, Scripps College, US

  124. Lalit Batra, University of Minnesota

  125. Avanti Mukherjee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  126. Tyler Hansen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  127. Subho Basu, McGill University, Canada

  128. Laurie Nisonoff, Hampshire College, United States

  129. Satya Mohapatra, MIT

  130. Julia Corwin, University of Minnesota

  131. Parama Roy, UC Davis

  132. Noeleen McIlvenna, Wright State University

  133. Daniel Thompson, Johns Hopkins University

  134. Jesse Knutson, University of Hawaii, Manoa

  135. Prashant Keshavmurthy, McGill University, Canada

  136. Anasuya Sengupta, Berkeley, USA

  137. Uditi Sen, Hampshire College

  138. Zarrina Juraqulova, Denison University, USA

  139. Kiran Asher, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  140. Prakash Kashwan, University of Connecticut, Storrs

  141. Hamid Rezai, Pitzer College, USA

  142. Anindya Dey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  143. Lara Deeb, Scripps College, USA

  144. Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota

  145. Vatsal Naresh, Columbia University

  146. Niharika Yadav, Princeton University

  147. Bedatri Datta Choudhury, NYU

  148. Sanjiv Gupta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  149. Suvadip Sinha, University of Minnesota

  150. Ipsita Mandal, Perimeter Institute, Canada

  151. Poulomi Pal, Fulbright scholar

  152. Asmita Rangari, Activist, New Delhi

  153. Shipra Nigam, Activist, New Delhi

  154. Srinivas Lankala, Independent media scholar, Hyderabad

  155. Carolyn Elliott, University of Vermont

  156. Aviroop Sengupta, Columbia University

  157. Madhura Lohokare, Syracuse University

  158. Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  159. Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College, USA

  160. Oishik Sircar, University of Melbourne

  161. Arjun Bagchi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  162. Greg Anderson, Ohio State University

  163. Prarit Agarwal, Seoul National University, Korea

  164. Sayori Ghoshal, Columbia University

  165. Uponita Mukherjee, Columbia University

  166. Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College

  167. Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside

  168. Sofia Checa, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  169. Arpan Roy, John Hopkins University

  170. Cynthia Correa, The University of Texas at Austin

  171. Parvathy Binoy, Syracuse University, Syracuse

  172. Jonathon Hurd, RN, Seattle

  173. Varuni Bhatia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  174. Erin McElroy, UCSC, Director, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

  175. Geert Dhondt, John Jay College, The City University of New York

  176. Mithun Bhowmick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  177. Alladi Sitaram, Retired Professor, Indian Statistical Institute

  178. Dr Kasturi Ray, San Francisco State University

  179. Alicia Giron, National University of Mexico

  180. Probal Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute

  181. Larry Halpern, Wittenberg University

  182. Suchitra Mathur, Faculty, IIT Kanpur, India

  183. Aditi Saraf, Johns Hopkins University

  184. Ketaki Jaywant, University of Minnesota

  185. Nagesh Rao, Colgate University

  186. Irfan Ahmad, ACU Melbourne, Australia

  187. Suvrat Raju, TIFR

  188. Saikat Ghosh, IIT Kanpur

  189. Samyak Ghosh, Columbia University

  190. Catherine Liu, UC Irvine

  191. Francis Cody, University of Toronto

  192. Bhavani Raman, University of Toronto

  193. Erika Suderburg, University of California Riverside

  194. Saptarshi Mandal, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat

  195. Anannya Bohidar, Graduate Student, South Asia Studies, UPenn

  196. Rahul Pandey, visiting faculty, IIM Lucknow

  197. Tania Bhattacharyya, Columbia University

  198. Aditi Sarkar, Architect, Las Cruces, New Mexico

  199. Shakti Sathish Nambiar, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

  200. Krishna Melnattur, Washington University School of Medicine

  201. Rupal Oza, Hunter College, City University of New York

  202. Maroona Murmu, Assistant Professor, Jadavpur University

  203. Gayatri Chatterjee, Symbiosis School of Liberal Art

  204. Sipra Mukherjee, Professor, West Bengal State University

  205. Raja Swamy, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Tennessee

  206. Anandavardhanan, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

  207. Priyanka Bhattacharya, The Doon School, Dehradun

  208. Anuradha Roy, Jadavpur University

  209. Ramesh Sreekantan, Statistics and Mathematics Unit Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore.

  210. Srinath Jagannathan, Indian Institute of Management Indore

  211. Tanima Sharma, PhD student, University of Chicago

  212. Meena Alexander, City University of New York

  213. Sharmila Sreekumar, IIT Bombay

  214. Venkatesh K Subramanian, IIT Kanpur

  215. Food Sovereignty Alliance, India

  216. The Ghadar Alliance, US

  217. Nandita Narain, St.Stephen’s College, Delhi University

  218. Deepa Kurup, University of Oxford

  219. Ramesh Bairy, IIT Bombay

  220. Papori Bora, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  221. Ritwik Balo

  222. Ranjani Mazumdar, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  223. PK Vijayan

  224. Dr. Papia Sengupta, CPS/SSS

  225. Krishna V V, CSSP/SSS

  226. A.K. Ramakrishnan, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  227. Arunima S Mukherjee

  228. George Chkhaidze

  229. Elizabeth Abel

  230. Dr. Kochurani Abraham, Kerala

  231. Saumyajit Bhattacharya

  232. Pradip Datta, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  233. Rohit Azad, Center for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  234. Deepak K Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  235. Tulay Atay–Avsar, Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey

  236. Dr. Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  237. Saradindu Bhaduri, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi and ISS, The Hague

  238. Dr Erica Wald, Goldsmiths, University of London

  239. Navaneetha Mokkil

  240. Manidipa Sen, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  241. Ameet Parameswaran, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  242. K. B. Usha, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  243. Gopinath Ravindran

  244. Avinash Kumar, CISLS, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  245. Puja Rani, University of Delhi

  246. Ritoo Jerath, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  247. Hannah Carlan, Department of Anthropology, UCLA

  248. Ganga Bhavani Manthini

  249. Sucharita Sen, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  250. Dr. Mallarika Sinha Roy, Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  251. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  252. Dinesh Abrol, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development.

  253. Vikas Rawal, Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  254. Sanjaya Kumar Bohidar, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University

  255. Simona Sawhney, IIT Delhi

  256. Dr Debjani Sengupta, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

  257. Anirban Gupta-Nigam, University of California, Irvine

  258. Nandita Badami, University of California, Irvine

  259. Sneha Gaddam, PhD Candidate, University of Leicester

  260. Prabhu Mohapatra Department of History Univ of Delhi

  261. Farida Khan, Univ. of Wisconsin Parkside

  262. Pankaj Mehta, Dept. of Physics, Boston University

  263. Tista Bagchi, University of Delhi

  264. Ra Ravishankar, Bangalore

  265. Sambuddha Chaudhuri, University of Pennsylvania

  266. Ani Maitra, Colgate University

  267. Ethel Brooks, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, Rutgers University

  268. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, University of Delhi

  269. Surajit Mazumdar, Center for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  270. Sonajharia Minz, Professor, School of Computer & Systems Sciences, JNU

  271. Vinay Kumar Ambedkar

  272. Naveen Gaur, Associate Professor, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi

  273. Margot Weiss, Wesleyan University

  274. Vivekananda Mukherjee, Professor, Dept. of Economics, Jadavpur University

  275. Dr Shakira Hussein, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

  276. Udaya Kumar, Professor, CES, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU

  277. Kriti Budhiraja, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

  278. Radhika Balakrishnan, Rutgers University

  279. Seema Saha Poddar

  280. Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley

  281. Swapnil Deshmukh, Mumbai University

  282. Dr Lata Singh

  283. Tyler Feaver, Wright State University

  284. Pavithra Vasudevan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  285. Santosh Rohit Yerrabolu, Buffalo, NY

  286. Professor V V Krishna, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, SSS, JNU

  287. Amy E. Alterman, Graduate Student, University of California Los Angeles

  288. Ian Duncan, Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

  289. Bir singh, Asstt. Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Delhi

  290. Amit Singh, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

  291. Poonam Srivastava, University of Chicago, Postdoc Researcher

  292. Omnia El Shakry, University of California, Davis

  293. Jhuma Sen, O.P. Jindal Global University, India

  294. Corey Payne and Chase Alston, Co-Presidents of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Johns Hopkins University

  295. Sankaran Krishna, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  296. Mytheli Sreenivas, Professor, Ohio State University

  297. Preeti Shekar, Asian College of Journalism

  298. Susan Himmelweit, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University, Walton Hall, UK

  299. Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar, Graduate Student, Princeton University

  300. Nicolau Dols, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain

  301. Kartik Misra, Graduate Student, Dept. of Economics, UMass, Amherst

  302. Dolly Daftary, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

  303. Sugata Ray, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

  304. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University

  305. Soma Marik, Associate Professor of History, RKSM Vivekananda Vidyabhavan

  306. Pratiksha Baxi, Assoc. Prof., Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU

  307. Aditya Nigam, CSDS, Delhi

  308. Nivedita Menon, JNU

Aravindhan Nagarajan, TISS, describes the events following protest in solidarity with HCU and Ferguson college

As is my disposition, this will be a slightly long post describing the events of yesterday. Many apologies. First up, let me state, that now more than ever before we must fight for our friends and comrades at HCU who are under siege. As a generation of students who are part of a resurgent and united students’ movement, we must support the struggles of the Dalit Scholars at HCU and the movement demanding ‪#‎JusticeForRohith‬. Now more than ever before we must provide all our strength, offer our succour and show our solidarity, to the JAC at HCU and the entire student community in HCU who are protesting against an injustice- the institutionalised murder of their colleague and the current supression and crackdown on their campus. The events that took place at Mumbai yesterday, have highlighted that we must ‪#‎StandwithHCU‬. Having said so let me clarify a few things here about what happened yesterday.

A joint call was made by left youth and student organisations to protest against the events at HCU and Ferguson college. This was scheduled for 5pm yesterday at Dadar station east. The police had denied permission for the same. When some of us gathered there at 5pm to figure out how we should proceed, the police were constantly following us, demanding that we leave. Their persistence was such that they followed us even when we were drinking tea 100 meters away from the station. This is the second time in the past month that protests at Dadar station have been stopped. Hence, we felt it was important to lodge a complaint/protest against the closing down of these places where we protest peacefully. We therefore decided to directly assemble at the Matunga police station (the jurisdiction of Dadar station east falls with this station) to file a letter in protest.

It was during this time, when we entered the police compound and sought to speak to some officers (around 7:30pm), that some police members started roughing up our comrades assembled there. This was followed by the police pushing us away, dragging a few people, and hitting people with lathis. While being dragged from the police compound entrance to where we were detained inside the police station, women comrades were manhandled, some of us from PSF were roughed up and slapped, but it was our comrades in DYFI, SFI and some from AISA, who got beaten up severely. While inside, 12 of us were placed in one room, where the police after some initial arguments and after hurling a few choice words, treated us properly. We were also taken for medical check up to Sion hospital to record injuries sustained. But some of our comrades who were taken to another room to be detained, were beaten up and sustained injuries. We were held up till late at night, and after different procedures were completed, we were eventually released. This was close to 5 hours later and now all of us are fine. This was for the first time that we have seen the Mumbai Police react and behave in this manner. And while speaking to some of them they admitted, that they were overworked (due to bandobast duties of various religious festivals and shiv jayanti) and were ordered to squash our protests and demonstrations.

And these actions describe to me what is at the heart of it all: The actions taken to decimate public spaces where we can protest, the failure to deal and negotiate with protesters, and the use of state machinery (including tired fatigued and exhausted police personnel) to squash protests, while dangerous and frightening, also belies a certain hope for us all. The ineptness of the current dispensation in power, to deal with a democratic protest, the inability to deal with the questions raised by the students’ movement and their unwillingness to debate and negotiate their position in the face of a democratic opposition, indicates their inability to function in a democracy. And it is here that we must see hope to carry on with our struggle and to be part of this student movement that we see today.

Protest Rally from Mandi House to Rashtrapati Bhawan – Rise against state repression in HCU – Justice For Rohith Vemula!

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On the 17th of January, Rohith Vemula, a student of Hyderabad Central University (HCU), chose death over repeated humiliation at the hands of the administration. This institutional murder shook the entire university community. The branding of 5 Dalit students and activists of Ambedkar Students Association (ASA) including Rohith as ‘anti-national’ by BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya, its vehement support demanding action against these students by HRD Minister Smriti Irani, and finally its crucial execution by Vice Chancellor P. Appa Rao by suspending and socially ostracizing all 5 students, led to the death of Rohith. Today, instead of addressing these concerns, P. Appa Rao, the man held directly responsible for the death of Rohith has returned to his seat of power as the VC of HCU and turned the campus into a war-zone. When the students of HCU gathered to protest the return of the VC, on 22nd of March 2015, they were brutally attacked by the Telangana police, the CRPF and RAF personnel. This attack on the students and teachers was brutal, unconstitutional and created an Emergency like situation in the University. The students were dragged and chased by the armed personnel outside the University while repeatedly being physically and verbally assaulted; many of the female students were threatened with rape and touched inappropriately. They were brutally beaten in the van after being detained, and again in illegal custody. Meanwhile, in the university, the mess was shut down, water supply and internet services were cut off and movement was curtailed by the HCU administration.

Today, it is clear that those in positions of power have the authority to end a student’s life with a few strokes of the pen. The VC P Appa Rao, charged with abetting the suicide of a student, has free rein over the campus, uses the police force against the students and denies food, water, electricity and Internet access to the entire university. The collusion of the HCU administration with the Telangana police backed by BJP ministers at every level is a clear indicator of the extent to which Brahmanical Hindutva fascism has taken root in society. This assault on the rights of students to protest against an unjust system is indicative of the shrinking spaces for registering dissent in a country that calls itself a democracy.

This incident in HCU is not an isolated one. The assault on institutions of higher education all over the country from FTII to JNU reflects the ruling government’s systematic approach of targeting students and stifling dissent within university spaces. But with HCU, it is clear that repression only intensifies when the students at the receiving end come from Dalit, Bahujan and minority communities. We the students, teachers, workers, activists, intellectuals and people from all walks of life have come together to stand united with Rohith, with HCU, and with every student and teacher facing the batons of injustice disguised as the law. The structural injustice exposed by the death of Rohith Vemula led to the formation of Joint Action Committee for Social Justice all over the country. Since his death, the response from the MHRD, the reporting from the media as well as the emerging debates shrewdly tried to divert the discussion away from the issues of caste oppression and students’ rights within education institutions. But we will not let Rohith’s voice, which refused to become a vote, a number or a thing, be silenced. Let us unite and fight against this Hindu fascist government and its agents occupying pedestals of power, reclaim the right to our university and loudly declare that we will realize the dream held dear by every Rohith we know.

Join as we march in protest from Mandi House to the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday, 30th of March, at 1 pm with the following demands:
• Removal of the Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad Central University, P. Appa Rao!
• Enactment of ‘Rohith Act’!
• Resignation/Sacking of HRD Minister Smriti Irani and BJP MP Bandaru Dattatreya!
• Immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the charges on students and faculty!
• Arrest of all the culprits booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, as per the complaint registered at Gachibowli police station!
• Legal action against the police officers and other personnel who abused, man-handled and tortured the students and faculty.
• De-militarisation of the HCU Campus with immediate effect!
• Autonomy of Universities!

Joint Action Committee for Social Justice – Delhi

Source: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714158855489863/

 

Ambedkar University Delhi Faculty Association (AUDFA)

25th March, 2016
AUDFA is shocked at the unprecedented police brutalities unleashed on students and teachers at the University of Hyderabad. We strongly condemn the situation of ‘undeclared emergency’ brought upon the University campus disallowing free movement in and out of the campus, blocking of students’ debit cards and disconnection of internet access. The disruption of mess services in student hostels, resumed now after strong protests, amounted to gross violation of human rights. This resort to such levels of brutality and repression against the university community by the Vice-chancellor, Podile Appa Rao, and his administration violates all principles of democratic governance of public institutions. He has lost all moral authority to continue as the administrative head of the University.
The University of Hyderabad in recent times has witnessed the authority-led ostracizing of dalit students, at the behest of some Central Ministers, leading to the unpardonable ‘institutional murder’ of dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. In the wake of nation-wide outrage and strong protests from the university students and teachers, the VC was forced to go on a long leave. There are also serious complaints of anti-dalit atrocities pending against him with the National SC/ST Commission. The surreptitious return of the VC to the University in this situation, with the backing of the Central and State Governments, and their police and military forces, is a pre-planned attempt to disturb the peaceful ethos of the anti-caste struggles ongoing in the University. This also smacks of a plan to deny any justice to the deceased Rohith Vemula.
Over the last few months, the nation has witnessed a disturbing trend of subverting the autonomy of public Universities and Institutions. Based on provocations and escalation of tension in campuses by right-wing student organizations, the government has repeatedly taken to police action directly or forced the administration to clamp down on dissent and critical thinking within campuses. The University of Hyderabad is one such institution in the long list of institutions like FTII, IIT–Madras, JNU, University of Allahabad, Aligarh Muslim University, Fergusson College, Pune witnessing such repression in recent times. In each case, the government and the authorities have exhibited an unpardonable apathy for dialogue with representatives from teachers and students of the institutions.
These developments reflect that the Central Government clearly has no regard for critical thinking within public educational institutions; which AUDFA sees as something necessary and mandatory for the development of a just, inclusive and sensitive Indian society. Rather, the government is actually bent upon destroying the long-standing culture of critical inquiry and questioning, a cherished legacy from the days of our freedom struggle, thus pushing the country towards a regressive discourse filled with bigotry and hatred, brazen appropriation of resources from the vulnerable and further marginalization of the oppressed. The destruction of the best public higher education institutions in the country is a garbed step towards privatization of education under the aegis of international corporate capital. We strongly condemn these attempts of the Central Government to destroy the intellectual sovereignty of the country.
AUDFA expresses solidarity with the ongoing struggle of the students and teachers of the Hyderabad Central University and appeals to maintain restraint against all possible provocations on part of the administration and the police. AUDFA also makes the following demands:

  • Immediate and unconditional release of all arrested students and faculty of the University of Hyderaba
  • Immediate demilitarization of the University of Hyderabad campus and restoration of all regular services for the students
  • Removal from the position of Vice-Chancellor and arrest of Podile Appa Rao
  • Resignation of the HRD Minister, Ms Smriti Irani, owning responsibility for the orchestrated terror on students and teachers in Higher Educational Institutions across the country

AUDFA also pledges commitment to a united nation-wide struggle in defense of autonomy of public educational institutions and against authoritarian and police intervention in campuses.
Gopalji Pradhan Rukmini Sen Arindam Banerjee Secretary President Treasurer

Students protesting against incidents in Hyderabad and in solidarity with the students of HCU and Fergusson college arrested in Mumbai

Harshan Harsha, Ranjini Basu, Aravindhan Nagarajan – all research scholars from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai – and others have been arrested by the police in Mumbai. They had gathered at Dadar station (East) to protest against recent incidents in Hyderabad and in solidarity with the students of HCU and Fergusson college, Pune. The protest was organised by various student and youth organisations, including SFI, DYFI, PSF, AISF, AIYF, AISA and RYA. Some people had been tailing them since 5 pm when the protest was supposed to start. Later when they went to Matunga police station to register a protest, they were manhandled and detained. They are being detained at Sion police station.

‪#‎StandWithHCU‬ ‪#‎JusticeForRohith‬ ‪#‎StandWithFergusson‬

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Why is Prof. K.Y.Ratnam being targetted?

Prof K.Y.Ratnam is the last person one expects to get arrested on charges of destruction of public property or provoking violence. So we were dismayed to find that he is one of the people arrested in UOH along with 27 young students and a faculty member in this week’s crackdown in the University.

But perhaps one should expect that he is on the watch-list of the current Vice Chancellor Prof. Appa Rao Podile. In 2001, Prof Ratnam, then an assistant warden of hostels, was targeted by administrative humiliation, which led to student support and the rustication of eight dalit students from the university. The current vice chancellor Prof Appa Rao Podile was then the chief warden of the hostels. He was the authority who handed out the humiliating posting to Ratnam. He has also been charged with pursuing the rustication of the nine dalit students. His antagonism with Ratnam therefore is well known.

Prof. Ratnam has been one among the SC/ST faculty who have extended whole hearted support to the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice in HCU formed after Rohith Vemula’s suicide two months ago. In the melee which led to his arrest, Ratnam was seen and heard pleading with the police not to be too harsh with the students. And this seems to be the ‘offence’ that he was arrested for. According to those who visited him in the Cherlapally prison he was beaten by the police in the van and in the police station too. And sustained injuries in his face.

Following his arrest he is likely to be suspended from the university. If this happens his course with 72 students is likely to remain unfinished. This would definitely trouble him, being the conscientious teacher that he is. He has had several dalit M Phil and PhD students successfully defend their work under his guidance over the past two decades. And his gentle and persuasive force towards rational thinking in the anti-caste struggles is too well known in the university and the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh too.

A few lines about his other academic credentials will not be out of place here. He started the Centre for Ambedkar Studies in the University of Hyderabad. And is the first teacher to take up Ambedkar’s writings in the curriculum and has taught the issue of caste and oppression in the department of political science. He has been part of a recent collective initiative that published a volume analyzing and criticizing the attempt by the RSS to appropriate the thought of Ambedkar.

Conscientiousness, academic credentials and political commitment seem to be the crimes for which Prof. Ratnam is being targetted by Prof. Appa Rao Podile’s administration. Fortunately they are not crimes in the Indian Penal Code.

Friends of Prof.K.Y.Ratnam
(R.Srivatsan, A.Suneetha, Gogu Shyamala and others)

 

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