The High Court of Delhi Order, May 13

Here is the main text of the High Court Order staying the punishments imposed by JNU on the basis of HLEC till the appeals filed by students are heard and disposed of:

At the outset, learned counsel for petitioners assure and undertake to this Court that JNUSU as well as its affiliated bodies would withdraw their pending strike and would not indulge in any strike or dharna or agitation in future in connection with the issues before this Court and/or till the legal proceedings pending as of date between the parties attain finality. They further assure this Court that discipline on the campus shall be maintained. However, they pray that they be given permission to make peaceful appeal/representation to the concerned authorities.

The statements, assurances and undertakings given by the learned counsel for petitioners as well as on behalf of JNUSU are accepted by this Court and petitioners are held bound by the same.

A perusal of the paper books reveal that all the petitioners have filed appeals against the impugned High Level Enquiry Committee report. Some of the petitioners have even filed stay applications for stay of the High Level Enquiry Committee report as well as the penalty imposed.

Since an appeal is continuation of the main proceedings and no date of hearing is fixed in the present appeals, this Court is of the opinion that the petitioners cannot be condemned unheard. Consequently, it directs that till the appeals of the petitioners and others who have filed the appeals or/are in the process of being filed, are heard and disposed of, the impugned orders shall not be given effect to.

To facilitate the petitioners to file alternate proceedings, in the event, appeals filed by the petitioners are rejected, the said appellate orders shall not be given effect to for a period of two weeks.

However, it is made clear that the protection granted by this Court is conditional upon the petitioners and JNUSU complying with their undertaking to this Court that they shall immediately withdraw their strike and would not indulge in any strike or dharna or agitation or coercive action in future in connection with the issues before this Court and/or till the legal proceedings pending as of date between the parties attain finality

Before parting with these cases, this Court would like to place on record its appreciation for the pragmatic stand taken by the counsel appearing for the parties.

With the aforesaid observations and directions, present writ petitions and applications stand disposed of.

Order dasti under the signature of the Court Master.

The PDF file can be seen here.


JNU seeks answer keys to entrance tests, deans stumped | The Indian Express

In a notice that has stumped the deans of JNU schools, the university administration has asked them to hand over the ‘answer keys’ to questions in entrance exam papers, weeks before the exams are scheduled to be held.
The notice to the deans had stated, “We request you to kindly provide the answer keys of objective question papers as well as descriptive question papers because according to the guidelines, the same is required to be uploaded on the website after the declaration of results”.

“In view of the above, you are requested to provide the answer keys in a sealed envelope, addressed to the COE by name, latest by May 10.” it added.

One of the deans said, “Every answer could have several interpretations, there is no fixed answer for these questions”.

Source: JNU seeks answer keys to entrance tests, deans stumped | The Indian Express


Here is the operative part of the notice sent by Controller of Examinations.


Resolution passed by Members of the Academic Council, JNU, May 10, 2016

The overwhelming sense expressed in the academic council meeting held on May 10, 2016 was that the whole range of punishments meted out to students is excessive and that the harsher punishments such as rustication, suspension, banishment from campus, and exorbitant fines should be immediately revoked.

We are distressed by the fact that no deference was shown by the Chair to the opinions expressed by AC members, and the Chair adjourned the meeting abruptly and unreasonably.

We, the members of the Academic Council, resolve that all unreasonable punishments arising from the February 9th incident are revoked.

We resolve that the VC immediately implement this resolution.

Signed by

1.       Ameet Parameswaran      SAA/SAA

2.       Bishnupriya Dutt              SAA/SAA

3.       Jayati Ghosh                      CESP/SSS

4.       Debashis Ghoshal            SPS

5.       Manu Mittal                       CRS/SLL & CS

6.       Kunal Chakrabarti            CHS/SSS

7.       C.P. Chandrasekhar        SESP/SSS

8.       A.M. Chenoy                     SIS

9.       G. Arunima                         CWS/SSS

10.   Amir Ali                                                CPS/SSS

11.   Ajay Gudavarthy              CPS/SSS

12.   Anwar Alam                       CIL/SLL &CS

13.   Manindra Nath Thakur  CPS/SSS

14.   B.S. Butola                          CSRD/SSS

15.   S.K. Pandey                        CRCAS/SIS

16.   Rajesh S. Kharat                               CSAS/SIS

17.   D.K. Lobiyal                         SC & SS

18.   J.M. Moosa                        CAS/SIS

19.   Ritoo M. Jerath                 CRS/SLL & CS

20.   Rekha Vaidyarajan          CGS/SLL&CS

21.   Rajendra Dengle              CGS/SLL & CS

22.   Nivedita Menon               CCPPT/SSS

23.   V. Sujatha                           CSSS/SSS

24.   Rohini Muthuswami       SLS

25.   Urmimala Sarkar Munsi SAA

26.   Monidipa Sen                    CP/SSS

27.   Anupama Roy                    CPS/SSS

28.   Asha Puri                             CF & FS/SLL &CS

29.   Archana Prasad                 CISLS/SSS

30.   Swati Tiwari                        SBT

31.   Rajib Dasgupta                  CSMCH/SSS

32.   Andrew Lynn                     SC & IS

33.   Bhaswati Sarkar                                CES/SIS

34.   Sucharita Sen                     CSRD/SSS

35.   Padmini Pani                      CSRD/SSS

36.   Ritu Agarwal                       CEAS/SIS

37.   Madhulika Srivastava     NII

38.   S. Sreekesh                        CSRD/SSS

39.   Hemant K. Adlakha         CCSEAS/SLL &CS

40.   Rajat Datta                          CHS/SSS

41.   Dayawanti                           CC&SEAS/SLL & CS

42.   Franson Manjali                                CL/SLL & CS

43.   Satya Brata Das                 CES/SLL & CS

44.   Vikas Rawal                        CESP/SSS

45.   Pratiksha Baxi                    CSLG

46.   Saumen Chattopadhyay                               HCES/SSS

47.   Rizwanur Rahman                            CAAS/SLL & CS

48.   CSR Murthy                                        CIPOD/SIS

49.   K S Verma                                           CRS/SLL & CS

50.   Kunal Chakrabarti                            CHS/SSS

51.   R D. Shah                                             SPS

52.   B.C. Tripathy                                      SLS

53.   Bhagat Oinam                                    CMS/ SSS

Report on Proceedings of the Academic Council Meeting, JNU, May 10, 2016

In view of the emergency situation on the campus, faculty members of the Academic Council of JNU demanded that the issue of the hunger strike in response to unjust punishment of students be the first item on the agenda. The Vice Chancellor adamantly refused this. His refusal was met with prolonged opposition by the AC members which eventually compelled him to agree to let the AC discuss the matter.

The overwhelming sense of the house was that the punishments are unjustified and excessive, and must be reconsidered. However, the VC was not willing to concede anything despite the hunger strike of the students entering the 13th day and many students being in serious condition. Instead of trying to resolve the crisis, the VC insisted that the matter could be discussed later.

In view of the emergency situation, the members of the Academic Council deeply concerned and argued that a resolution of the matter could not be postponed any further. However, the VC hastily adjourned the meeting and left.

Therefore, the first Academic Council meeting chaired by the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Jagadeesh Kumar, could not conduct any business. The responsibility for this lies squarely on the shoulders of the Vice Chancellor.

Subsequently, after the VC had left, the AC members passed a resolution regretting the VC’s adjournment of the meeting and stating that “the whole range of punishments meted out to students is excessive and that the harsher punishments such as rustication, suspension, banishment from campus, and exorbitant fines should be immediately revoked”. The AC members further resolved that the VC immediately implement this resolution.

Full HLEC Report

JNU’s Draft Material Reply to Loksabha Question Starred/Unstarred Diary No. 1298 and 5169 to be answered on 02.05.2016 asked by Shri P. Karunakaran, Shri Mohd. Salim and Shri Md. Badaruddoza Khan regarding “Higher Level Committee” has the full HLEC Report, including all the Annexures. Some of these have not been in the public domain so far.

Here is the infamous document that has finally become available in full. While most of it has been in the public domain, the last page is new.



Umar Khalid: Protest against witch hunt, be ready for more witch-hunt – JNU administration’s message for us! | Notice for participating in screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai

Day 2 of Hunger Strike, and I thought of going to my hostel to take a shower. As I entered, there it was, waiting for me already, something every progressive student activist always expects these days – a show cause notice by his highness the Chief Proctor. The same that Com. Anirban received yesterday. The crime – same as his – “participating” in the screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai last August. Not going into the point already made by Com. Anirban about Rohith Vemula being targeted for the same “crime”, not even going into the very important point made by others of why exactly is the BJP government so scared of this documentary that it sends it thugs to physically stop it everytime. I have only one question to ask the JNU administration and His Highness The Chief Proctor – it took you 9 months to wake up from your slumber and realise this great “indiscipline” on our part! Is it a simple coincidence that the JNU administration chose to send this notice to us, when we are already into a movement against witch-hunt of student activists? Protest against witch hunt, be ready for more witch-hunt – that is the JNU administration’s message for us. More importantly, the way they are “digging up” old “cases” is also to profile us as repeat offenders, those hard to discipline students against whom the present punishments are justified – Punish, penalize, rusticate, send more notices and Discpline. To hell with your intimidatory tactics, Mr. Jagdish Kumar and people in your esteemed coterie. We are going to fight back.

And if anyone thought that the 9th Feb program was the reason for the present crackdown on JNU – look now, it is not just Kashmir or Afzal Guru. They don’t want you to talk about anything – Muzaffarnagar, Gujarat, Beef Ban, Caste…the list of taboo topics in universities is ever increasing. Just a few days back, another student was show caused for writing Jai Bhim on the Ad Block Wall. And it wasn’t about defacement, anyone who has been to JNU would have seen the graffiti all over Ad Block. They chose to target the specific student who wrote Jai Bhim. Then again, those who burnt the Manusmriti on 8th March also have a proctorial enquiry going on against them – the organisers in this case include those who left the ABVP. Inko ko to saza milegi, barabar milegi – those asteen ke saap jinhone pehle to RSS ki naak katwayi, and then dared to strike at the core of RSS.

There is a need to realize the present attack for what it is – an all out, concerted ideological attack on the students movement by the fascists in power. They want to “cleanse” the universities of all voices of dissent. These theatrics are just an attempt to scare us, so that next time we start self censoring ourselves. No one is shutting up, and as a protest against this continued targeting, JNUSU has called for a screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai tonight itself. We will fight this witch-hunt, while continuing to speak truth to power. We will stand by the people of Muzzafarnagar, Gujarat, Vidarbha, Bastar, and yes Kashmir and Manipur too. Because that is our commitment to the tax payer’s money. And every attack by the powers that be only makes us stronger. Mr. VC, you are new to this campus, you don’t know its history much, but I hope you read Iqbal. Ho sake to yeh lines padne ke baad, apne aaka Modi Sahab ko bhi bhejiyega –

“Kuch baat hai ki hasti mit-ti nahi hamari
Sadiyon raha hai dushman daur-e-zaman hamara.”



Anirban Bhattacharya: “Tum kitne show-cause bhejogey?!” | Notice for participating in screening of Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai

There was an unfamiliar knock on the door. I was anticipating that they may come any time demanding that I vacate my hostel room as per the farcical order of rustication. But as I opened the door, I was honoured with, guess what, yet another Notice from the proctor’s office!

Remember the screening of the documentary ‘Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai’ last August? (4th August, 2015 to be precise). It was a protest screening organized by DSF as the screening of this documentary was being vandalized across the country by the sanghi goons of ABVP.

In fact the episode that finally led to the tragic institutional murder of Rohit Vemula, also began with the protest screening of “Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai” around the same time in HCU. It was the issue of this screening that invited the wrath of the RSS-MHRD-ABVP-Administration combine that earned Rohith and his friends the epithet of “anti-national”, “casteist” and “communal”.

The JNU administration too proving its allegiance to the sangh, as usual, tried to stop the screening arbitrarily. And as happens on every such occassion, all progressive democratic left-ambedkarite-democratic students organisations and individuals flocked in hundreds at Godavari and held the protest screening peacefully against the undemocratic diktats of the administration aimed at curtailing our democratic space. I was one amongst the hundreds others registering our dissent that night. After all these months, here comes the proctorial enquiry Notice! It says “Second Notice”. However, I hadn’t received any first. I am, in fact waiting for the NEXT proctorial notice for the screening of the documentary “Caste in the Menu Card” by BAPSA few months back which too was screened finally by all of us together against a similar denial of “permission” by the adminiatration!

The Witch-Hunt is relentless. But let the puppets & their puppeteer know that SO IS OUR RESISTANCE. We are not going to be buried under the pile of your show cause notices. We’ll burn each and every one of them in defence of our democratic space and our inalienable right to Dissent!

Stand in solidarity with the ongoing hunger strike against the fascist witch hunt in the name of HLEC!
Right to Dissent Long Live!



Office orders issued by JNU, April 25th

JNU administration has issued orders to punish students on the basis of the HLEC report. Here are the office orders that have become available so far.


Anirban Bhattacharya: Office Order No. 143

Umar Khalid: Office Order No. 144

Mujeeb Gattoo: Office Order No. 145


Prohibitory order served to Kanhaiya Kumar by the Jt. Commissioner of Police, Pune City

The Joint Commissioner of Police has served prohibitory order to Kanhaiya Kumar, which holds him responsible for any breach of public peace that may take place in the event of his giving a speech in Pune. Pathetic!


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Janaki Nair: Echoes from Karnataka and Kerala

Not all the responses from other parts of the country to the momentous events that have unfolded in JNU over the past two and a half months have been hostile. Not one, but two compilations of talks/writings/poems/cartoons have been produced in Kannada recently. The first, JNU Mele Daali: Bharatada Mele Daali (An Attack on JNU is an Attack On India) edited by Neela K with able translations by Ashok KR, Srinivas Karkala and Vedaraj NK, and published by Kriya Pustaka contains articles by Kanhaiya Kumar, G Sampath, P Sainath, Romila Thapar, Irfan Habib and Sandipan Sharma, as well as original writings in Kannada by Neela K, Purushotham Bilimale (currently holding the Kannada Chair at JNU) Natraj Huliyar, Sugatha Srinivasaraju and other well known writers in Kannada. Prof. Bilimale has been reporting on JNU issues since the struggle broke out in the leading Karnataka paper Prajavani.

JNU Mele Daali not only contains a diary of events and a document to the overwhelming support from institutions within and beyond India, it also includes photographs (though not of very high quality) and cartoons (of very high quality). The strength of Kannada cartooning is on full display: a poor peasant asking a well fed politician about when ACCHE DIN will arrive, and being told his “love of country” is deficient! A policeman gives an interview before the Patiala house court, explaining to the press that the lawyer beating up the unsuspecting man is showing “love of country” which the victim is an enemy of the nation! The pyrrhic conquest of Mount JNU, and several other Indian cartoons are included as well.

A surprising aspect of the first volume is the silence on how the JNU story connected to the HCU events, and to the tragic death of Rohith Vemula. This exceptionalisation of JNU is avoided in the other Kannada volume, Desha Andare…Manushyaru (the nation is …made of its people) published by the well know Lankesh Prakashan (named after the famous writer P Lankesh, who had for years brought out the leading journal Lankesh Patrike, now in its new avatar Gauri Lankesh). The volume is edited by Harshkumar Kudve, and is a more comprehensive, set of articles which have been picked from the wide range of writings on student politics since the fateful year 2016 began. In addition to the tragic eloquence of Rohith in his suicide note, Kanhaiya Kumar’s first speech, there are articles on Umar Khalid, Rama Naga’s life story, Shehla Rashid’s speech: the 45 article volume ends appropriately with Kanhiaya Kumar’s electrifying speech on March 3, 2016 following his release.

The events that have swept the Indian campuses in 2016 no doubt mark a watershed, a new level of attacks on university autonomy. It is fortunate that it has in equal measure generated a huge amount of concern, sympathy, hostility, anger and wariness about the student movement in India generally. This volume is testimony to the wide range of issues that have been openly voiced, that have gone well beyond the immediate crisis, to include reflection on the relationship between the Left and the Ambedkarites surely, but also between established left politics and the crucial categories of caste, sexuality, and ideas of nationalism. Also included is the open letter to Smriti Irani after her dramatic performance in the Rajya Sabha from a fearful and bewildered student. Among the other interesting inclusions, apart from poems in Kannada, is the letter from a teacher at HCU and member of the sexual minorities cell of Telengana.

We are at a time of great uncertainty about the future of the public university, and about the prospects of sustaining and nurturing the huge and inclusive spaces they have become. These volumes will serve to spread the concerns and anxieties as well as the triumphs and creativity well beyond the four walls of the University. It is therefore even more gratifying to note also that Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, (whose degrees are awarded via JNU) is continuing the series of nationalism lectures in its campus.

Bail order issued by the Court of Sh. Ritesh Singh, ASJ-02/FTC, New Delhi District Patiala House Courts, Delhi

Here is a scanned copy of the bail order for Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya: bailorder-umarban


Report of the JNU High Level Enquiry

The JNU High Level Enquiry Committee submitted its report. Part of the report has become available in the public domain and can be seen here.

Delhi High Court’s Bail Order for Kanhaiya Kumar

Click here to download the text of the Delhi High Court’s judgement dated 2 March 2016, granting 6-months’ interim bail to JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar:

Delhi High Court’s Bail Order for Kanhaiya Kumar, dated 2 March 2016

Nandita Haksar interviewed by Prabir Purukayastha on NewsClick


We are of this country and love the soil of India: Full text of Kanhaiya Kumar’s speech | The Indian Express

Speech made by JNUSU president on JNU campus, February 10

Source: We are of this country and love the soil of India: Full text of Kanhaiya Kumar’s speech | The Indian Express

A test of freedom: ‘To be anti-Indian is not a criminal offence, and it is definitely not sedition’ | The Indian Express

Sedition in India is not unconstitutional, it remains an offence only if the words, spoken or written, are accompanied by disorder and violence and/ or incitement to disorder and violence

Source: A test of freedom: ‘To be anti-Indian is not a criminal offence, and it is definitely not sedition’ | The Indian Express