I was treated like a criminal: Interview with Koonal Duggal, Dalit research scholar at EFLU | The News Minute

Thursday’s events at the English and Foreign Languages University were nearly a repeat of what happened to Koonal Duggal on Ambedkar Jayanti. On Ambedkar Jayanti, security guards interrupted Koonal Duggal’s speech on “Why Ambedkar Jayanti is also a moment of challenge and not only celebration”. It was to be followed by a song of resistance by Faiz Ahmed Faiz during the event organized on the campus to mark Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary. Koonal was physically removed from the campus and says he was treated like a criminal.

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A voice, under 35: A difficult moment for student politics

These past six months have shown me the kind of challenges that lie ahead for student politics in our country. First, patriarchy is deeply rooted in society and public universities, with many refusing to accept a woman in leadership roles. Second, the university administration enjoys too much power over students, which it abuses when students disagree with it. Third, the autonomy of academic institutions is under severe threat. Ministers in the Central government are using the ABVP and the university administration to harass those who have ideological differences with them. Fourth, dissenting voices are under threat and tolerance is on the decline. And finally, the ABVP, with its record of violence and intimidation, is flourishing under the patronage of the Central government.

It’s the same story everywhere. Be it IIT Madras, FTII Pune, Hyderabad Central University, JNU or IIT-BHU. Other institutions of higher education under the Central government will be headed for the same downward spiral unless students unite in this fight.

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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

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

JNU to March in Solidarity with HCU, March 25, 9.30 pm, from Ganga Dhaba, JNU

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STOP the ATTACK on Richa Singh · Share petition · Vice Chancellor University of Allahabad: Change.org

We strongly condemn the misogynistic attacks on Richa Singh, the first woman President of Allahabad University Students Union on grounds of ‘morality’: an old troupe adopted by Hindutva and Brahmin forces repeatedly to delegitimise women’s struggles and voices. It is extremely disturbing that instead of dismissing and taking action against the sexist and abusive complaint letter written by Rajneesh Kumar Singh, an MA first year student at AU which says things like “The (women’s) hostel’s gates close at 9.00 PM but Richa Singh stays out all night, till 11 PM, 12 PM. I don’t know why she talks to boys and brings them to the women’s hostel. I don’t know what she does. She’s a dabang (bold) type of girl,” it has been forwarded for action. This only shows that University administration is hand in glove with the patriarchal attacks on Richa in the University. Rajneesh Kumar had also lost the union election to Richa Singh last year.

Since Richa has assumed office as the Students’ Union President, she has relentlessly raised her voice against various injustices, malpractices and Hindutva forces in the University and has faced constant harassment in return. She raised questions about the appointment of an OSD who has been accused of sexual harassment and caste discrimination. In Nov last year,  when she opposed the visit of Yogi Adityanath for the inauguration of the students union on the grounds that he is communal, she along with other female students ,was physically attacked and harassed in the university campus on midnight of 19-20th November 2015 in the presence of the proctor of the university. Despite the fact that she sent a complaint to you as the VC, the university administration has not yet constituted any inquiry committee or initiated any action against the culprits. The Proctor continues to hold his post: no questions have been asked of him.

The harassment continues in various forms. Efforts are also being made to cancel Richa’s admission by digging up some ‘anomaly’. She has been admitted in the University as a PhD scholar for nearly two years now: why these questions are being asked suddenly? Even after the head of her Department has verified her claims as valid and in line with the procedures another enquiry was set up which has apparently found some ‘faults’ with her admission procedure. This clearly shows that all these attempts and ‘enquiries’ are politically motivated and directed towards somehow cancelling her admission and hence remove her from her post as President of the Students’ Union. Ultimately it is an attack on suppressing her voice and fearlessness.

Such harassment of Richa is symptomatic of how our Universities treat women who dare to enter the ‘political’ arena and raise their voices. Woman can come and study in the University as docile subjects, get their degrees and get out but dare not demand or raise any questions or even assert their presence in any space. They should just somehow disappear after receiving the knowledge given in classrooms, get locked up in their houses or hostels. Women like Richa, who challenge and transgress these boundaries and attempts at caging women are continuously tried to be ‘put back in their place’.

We want to assert that Richa is not alone in this fight and we stand with her and will fight all attempts at silencing and suppressing her voice. We the undersigned demand that her ostracisation by the University administration is immediately stopped and all enquiries on her quashed.

 

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After Rohith and JNU, we are ABVP’s next target: Allahabad University student leader

Richa Singh, who faces a varsity probe, had launched a massive agitation to protest BJP MP Adityanath’s entry into the campus.

After Rohith and JNU, we are ABVP’s next target: Allahabad University student leader