The night they rusticated JNU’s Umar and Anirban

The JNU campus was quiet last night; it was late, and the worlds that come together at the night-time tea-stalls are still coming together. One might imagine furious discussions in hostel rooms and common rooms; the campus is under attack again. But the barbarians, this time, are not at the gates. They are within, they are the gatekeepers; and they don’t speak the language that JNU understands or accepts.

What the state apparatus has so far failed to establish, the university authorities are apparently attempting to vindictively do for them: make an example of a few students, with a view to intimidating others. Jawaharlal Nehru University’s ironically-named “High Level Enquiry Committee” has released the news to the press that Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya are to be ‘rusticated’ – a quaint Victorian word that reeks of Mr Squeers’ infamous school and is further indication of the infantilisation by the Indian state of its student-citizens, in the manner of the colonial state.

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