Emeritus Professors Of JNU Write To Vice Chancellor Over ‘Clampdown’ On Free Speech

Ten emeritus professors of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday wrote to Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar saying they were disturbed by the curbs on freedom of speech on the campus.

The letter said the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus had always been a space where free speech was allowed and speakers from outside the university were also invited.

“As emeritus professors we are disturbed by the turn of events at the campus. The university has always been a space where we allowed free discussion of issues raised by students and faculty,” the letter read.

“In the course of such discussion whether in seminars or at other informal gatherings, speakers from both within and from outside the university were invited to participate.”

Source: Emeritus Professors Of JNU Write To Vice Chancellor Over ‘Clampdown’ On Free Speech

Emeritus Professors of JNU write to VC protesting against punishing students | The Indian Express

“As Emeritus Professors of the JNU we are disturbed by the turn of events. The current administration has clamped down on free discussion by imposing severe punishments of fines and rustication on those who organised a meeting on 9th February 2016,” says the letter.

Source: Emeritus Professors of JNU write to VC protesting against punishing students | The Indian Express

Chaos at JNU meeting, Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar alleges he was manhandled

The meeting of JNU’s Academic Council (AC) Tuesday — the first one held after the February 9 incident — was marked by arguments between the administration, teachers and students over the punishment meted out to the students allegedly involved in the incident.

While JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar alleged that some students had tried to “pull his shirt and pin him down”, students and teachers said these were “baseless allegations” and he had left the meeting “abruptly and unreasonably”

After the V-C left, a majority of AC members stated in a resolution, “The overwhelming sense expressed in the academic council meeting was that the whole range of punishments meted out to students is excessive and the harsher punishments… should be immediately revoked.”

“We are distressed by the fact that no deference was shown by the chair to opinions expressed by AC members, and the chair adjourned the meeting abruptly and unreasonably. We resolve that all unreasonable punishments arising from the February 9 incident are revoked. We resolve that the V-C immediately implement this resolution,” it added.

Source: Chaos at JNU meeting, Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar alleges he was manhandled

Walkout VC gets shirty | JNU students dismiss rough-up allegation

New Delhi, May 10: JNU vice-chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar’s today “abruptly” ended an academic council meeting after being forced to allow a discussion on the 13-day-old hunger strike, with the administration accusing students of pulling his shirt as he was walking out.

Students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar has denied the charge.

“When the vice-chancellor proceeded towards his office from the venue, some students attempted to surround him by forming a human chain and prevent him from moving forward,” a statement from university PRO Poonam Kudaisya alleged.

“Some students literally pulled his shirt and tried to pin him down. However, the vice-chancellor, with the help of security staff, managed to reach his office. We appeal to the JNU community to use peaceful means to resolve the issue rather than resorting to violent methods.”

As the meeting began at 2.30pm, students including the eight still on hunger strike chanted slogans outside.

Three of the council’s four student members – Kanhaiya, students’ union vice-president Shehla Rashid and general secretary Rama Naga – insisted the strike be discussed urgently. Several deans and chairpersons of the university’s academic centres backed the students’ stand.

The VC allowed the discussion, which went on for around an hour, but gave no commitments, a dean who was present told The Telegraph. Kumar, he said, then abruptly adjourned the meeting and strode off around 4.15pm.

Shehla followed him out saying: “Sir, you cannot leave. The blood of anyone who may die in the strike is on your hands.”

Escorted by about a dozen guards, Kumar left with chairperson Amita Singh of the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance and the controller of examinations, Colonel Hanuman Sharma. But they walked into a protest by over 200 students outside.

Kumar broke out into a jog, heading for the administrative block 250 metres away, across a garden flanked by students holding hands and shouting: ” Bhagoda VC waapas aao (Absconding VC come back).”

After the VC and the guards reached the administrative block, the students continued sloganeering outside the glass doors, covering them with gamchhas or scarves when the guards began video-recording them from behind the doors.

Kanhaiya denied that Kumar had been manhandled or had his shirt pulled. “The VC has been video-graphed being escorted by a dozen security officers while students were peacefully singing songs and raising slogans,” he said.

“He should be thankful that JNU-ites are democratic people, else they would have pulled his neck.”

The students have been demanding revocation of the punishments awarded to 19 students over a February 9 event commemorating Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru on the campus.

Shehla and Rama had initially been stopped from entering today’s meeting as they were carrying fruits they meant to offer the VC on behalf of the strikers.

Shehla cut her foot on a glass shard during a scuffle with security guards. The students were eventually allowed to enter with the fruits, which Rama presented to Kumar.

The dean who spoke to this newspaper said the fourth student member, students’ union joint secretary Saurabh Sharma of the ABVP, “called us teachers Pakistani agents for supporting the strikers”.

Saurabh said: “I told the professors they had supported anti-national activities like ‘Pakistan zindabad‘ slogans.”

 

Source: Walkout VC gets shirty

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.

JNUTA Appeal | Protest outside AC Meeting | May 10, 2.30 pm, SSS-I Committee Room

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JNUTA is on relay Hunger Strike against Administrative dictate. No communication whatsoever is received from the University Administration so far. This proves total insensitivity of current administration. It is in this light that the JNUTA EC appeals to all colleagues to join the mass protest outside AC meeting on 10th May at 2.30 PM at SSS-I Committee Room.

Please make this success so that a clear and unambiguous message is communicated to the Administration about the strength and resolve of the teachers.

Note: Please circulate widely and ask all colleagues who might miss the mail to join

Ajay Patnaik
President

Bikramaditya Choudhary
Secretary

Hunger strikes in Karnataka in solidarity | May 10

Dear friends

here is a list of people who will be participating in One Day Fasting on 10-05-2016, in solidarity with the ongoing students’ movement of JNU and HCU.
ಜೆ.ಎನ್. ಯು. ಮತ್ತು ಹೈದರಾಬಾದ್ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ ಗಳ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳ ನ್ಯಾಯಯುತ ಹೋರಾಟವನ್ನು ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸಿ ದಿ. 10.05.2016 ರ ಮಂಗಳವಾರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ನಾನಾ ಕಡೆಗಳ ಸಮಾನ ಮನಸ್ಕರು ಒಂದು ದಿನದ ಉಪವಾಸ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದು ಕೆಳಕಂಡವರು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

1. Prof.Purushotham Bilimale, JNU
2. Dr.Muzafar Assadi, Professor, Mysore University.
3. Gauri Lankesh, Journalist
4. Dr.Rahamath Tarikere, Professor, Kannada University
5. Dr.Meti Mallikarjun, Professor,
6. Noor Shridhar, Social activist
7. Basu Sanj, Professor, BIT
8. Dr. Arun JoladaKudligi
9. Prasanna Kumar, Teacher
10. Riyaz Sagar
11, Muddu Tirthahalli, Student, Writer
12. Gulabi Bilimale, Social Activist
13. Shailaja Kanjarpane
14. Sudarshan byndagere
15. M.K Jeermuki
16. Dr D.S Poornanand,
Professor
17. Michael desoza
18. Siddayya Chikka Maadegowda, Social activist
19. Mahantesha doddamani
20. Roopa Mattikere, Lecturer
21. Chakravarthi Chandrachud, Journalist
22. Amaresh Kuri, SFI activist
23. Salim Malik K, Student
24. D Hosalli Shivu, Business
25. Shwetha, Lecturer
26. Aravind M.M, Employee
28. Anshad playa, Social activist
29. Krishnamurthi, Student
30. Veena, Student
31. Ashok chittaragi, Scholar
32. Mallikaarjun, Student
33. Venkatesh Potri, Student
34. Balabhim, Scholar
35. Narasihma Murthi, Advocate
36. DS Baabu Manase
37. Supreetha
38. Vasanth B Ishvaragere
39. Satish paaligaar, Teacher
40.Shivshankar
41. Chethana Tirthahalli, Writer
42.Bhaskar Prasad, Social Activist
43. Pranesh Bharatnur, Public prosecutor
44. M .G Krishnamurthy Indlavaadi, Student
45. Amzad pasha
46. K L Ashok, Social activist
47. Ananth Naik, Advocate, Social activist
48. Kaveridas
49. Muneer kaatipalla
50. Giridhara Karkala
51. Deepa Girish, Social Activist
52. Deepak Kumar Honnaale
53. Bharath D.R,
54. Shi ju Pasha, Journalist
55. Jayaraj Nanjappa, Social activist
56. Baabu reddy, Journalist
57. Naada Maninalkuru, Social Activist
58. Mutturaaju, Social activist
59. Pavithra, Student
60. Anjali, Student
61. Nandashree, Student
62. Mohan Samrat
63. Akash
64. Ravi mohan
65. Rajinikanth
66. Subramanya
67. Somashekar
68. Abhinandan
69. Sarovar Benkikere, Activist
70. Santosh
71. Manjunath
72. Shwetha
73. Kousalya
74. Poornima
75. Shruti Manglore, Social Activist
76. Kumar, Student
77. Ganesh, student
78. Sanjay, Social activist
79. Malikaarjuna
80. Muruli,
81.Hemantha
82. Manjunath
83.Shiva Kumar
84. Shobith Nambiyaar
85. Avinaash Kadeshivaalaya
86. Shashi, Baduku
87. Manju, Baduku
88. Dr Rashmi S, Lecturer
89. Venkatesh Prassad, Student
90. Suresh, Student
91. P. Rajanna
92. Anand N, Assistant professor
93. Manjula Telagade, Journalist
94. Padma
95. Aruna
96. Uday
97. Rekha, Social Activist
98. Sudha, Social Activist
99. Tukarama Yekkar, Social Activist
100. Swarna Bhat, Social Activist
101. Chandrakala, Social Activist
102. Vani Periyodi, Social activist
103. Shrinivas Karkala, Writer
104. Dipak Singh, Political activist
105. Anand Ramanna, Political activist
106. Nagaraj, Student
107. Manjula, Student
108. Prithvi M.G, Social activist
109. Lankesh
110. Vinod, Social activist
111. Pradeep, Student activist
112. Manjunath, Social activist
113. Vikas R Mourya, Teacher
114. Manjula, Lecturer
115. Marutish, Student
116. Manasa R, Student
117. Kavitha, Student
118. Hanumakka, Student
119. Jyoti A, Scholar
120. Gururaj Navalagunda, PDF
121. Gururaj Desai, SFI activist
122. Mahantesh, PDF
123. Vasumati U.V
124. Basu Sanj, Professor, BIT
124. Ashok Kumar, Bhadravathi
125. Dr.Kiran Gajanuru, PDF
126. Harsha Kumar Kugwe, Writer.
127. Shanthi K Appanna,
128. Cuban Cigar,
129. Imam Godekar, Bellari
130. Avinash Holemaruru, Post Master
131. Sagar, Student
132. Sanjyothi, Writer
133. Mahadev Devaiah
134. Ramya
135. Anvitha, 6th standard, Bengaluru
136. Satya ES
137. Ibrahim DK
138. Giridhara Karkala
139. Khan Deshapremi
140. Narasihma Murthy, Advocate
141. K.N. Dipak
142. Vishwas Shetty
143. Anil ogennanavar
144. Sandesh Davangere
and many others.

Sanghita Sen, Department of Film Studies, University of St. Andrews, UK: An open letter to Comrades of JNU and other Universities of India

Dear Comrades

My words fail to express my agony over this stupid silence of an elected government of an independent country acting like a colonial authority. Their indifference to the students’ health and wellbeing in JNU reminds me of 1981 Irish Hunger Strike and the attitude of the then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, an ideological kin of Narendra Modi and ManuSmriti Irani [sans religious Fundamentalism]. They are cruel and callous devoid of human empathy – I don’t want to give them the honour of being called monstrous because that will alienate them from their human form and expected human standards of behaviour in a society. Know that human form doesn’t ensure humane behaviour. Only human beings are capable of such moral and ethical corruption.

Margaret Thatcher remained unperturbed when people were dying in Belfast. An elected MP to the British Parliament Bobby Sands died on 5th May 1981 on the 66th day of his hunger strike. 9 more of his comrades also died. Though their self-immolation radicalised Irish politics, all those valuable lives were lost owing to the perverse standard of human behaviour and lack of empathy of Thatcher who is singularly responsible for miseries of millions of British, Scottish, Irish working class people. Modi and his associates are a new avatar of utterly ruthless politicians like her and some of her more celebrated predecessors who killed people for their sport before and during WWII

It doesn’t matter to likes of Modi and Manu Smriti Irani if all the protestors die. It does not matter to your ABVP classmates in JNU if all of you die. They will look at it as an opportunity to gain complete control over the space that you are fighting to protect. Why do you think they will bother for your failing health? Did they bother when Rohith was forced to his tragic end? Did they pay attention when Rohith and his comrades were on hunger strike? Did they pay attention when Delta was raped and killed? It is not in their system to pay attention to deteriorating human conditions. Had it been the case, there wouldn’t have been 1984 Riot in Delhi massacring the Sikhs, Gujarat riot in 2002 while Modi was the CM of the state [the commission reports show how administration actively engaged in executing the pogrom], or Muzaffarnagar riot in 2013 just before the last parliamentary elections.

Do not die comrades, for they care not for lives. Lives are VOTES for these power mongers. Since you don’t vote for them, why would they care whether are you dead or alive. In fact they would rather have you dead than alive.

Stay alive so that the poison tree of religious fundamentalism and Hindutva fascism could be uprooted from India. You are our only hope. Please don’t give up like this.

In Solidarity with your fight.
Jai Bheem, Laal Selaam
Sanghita Sen
Department of Film Studies
University of St. Andrews, UK

Ten Emeritus Professors write to the JNU VC

May 9, 2016.

Dear Vice-Chancellor,

As Emeritus Professors of the JNU we are disturbed by the turn of events at the JNU. The University has always been a space where we allowed free discussion of issues raised by students and faculty. In the course of such discussion whether in seminars or at other informal gatherings, speakers from both within the University and from outside were invited to participate.

The current administration has clamped down on free discussion by imposing severe punishments of fines and rustication on those who organised a meeting on 9th February 2016. This despite the fact that they were arrested and sent to jail. Now an order has been issued prohibiting the entry of outsiders to the University premises.

We are writing to protest against both these measures. We request that the University administration reconsider both these decisions neither of which is required, and act according to the accepted norms of the JNU.

Yours Sincerely,

Romila Thapar (School of Social Sciences)

Namwar Singh (School of Languages)

Amit Bhaduri (School of Social Sciences)

Sheila Bhalla (School of Social Sciences)

Anil Bhatti (School of Languages)

Utsa Patnaik (School of Social sciences)

Deepak Nayyar (School of Social Sciences)

S.D. Muni (School of International Studies)

Zoya Hasan (School of Social Sciences)

Prabhat Patnaik (School of Social Sciences)

Rajat Dutta: On feku and his degrees

(1)

The pedigree of a degree…

Now we can all agree,
that Modi’s educational degree,
is actually a class apart,
it has fonts, it has print,
it even has a glossy tint,
and looks quite a work of art.

(2)

Damodardas or Damoderdas
What did he pass, what did he pass?
Was it a subject?
Or was it an object?
Or was it some bloody awful gas?

— May 10

Turmoil in JNU can lead to more political confrontation | editorials | Hindustan Times

Students at JNU are on an indefinite hunger strike since April 28, joined by teachers, protesting the punishments meted out to the students by a ‘high level enquiry committee’ over their alleged role in the controversial protests on February 9. Meanwhile, there is a nasty confrontation between pro-ABVP students and students and teachers of Left persuasion at Jadavpur University in Kolkata, with the BJP terming the entire university “as a hub of anti-nationals”.

Source: Turmoil in JNU can lead to more political confrontation | editorials | Hindustan Times

JNU forms committee to look into students’ demands – The Hindu

Jawaharlal Nehru University has formed a four-member committee to look into demands of students who are on hunger strike against punishment in connection with the controversial February 9 event.

“The vice-chancellor has decided to form a team consisting of Rector-1, Rector-II, Dean of Students and Registrar to discuss issues related to students and teachers who have been on hunger strike,” the university said in a statement.

Source: JNU forms committee to look into students’ demands – The Hindu

Mukul Mangalik: Asking questions, chanting slogans, walking to the left where the heart resides

[This statement of support by Mukul Mangalik, who was at JNU in its early days and now teaches History at Ramjas College University of Delhi, was read out at Freedom Square on May 7, 2016 at the meeting called by JNU alumni in solidarity with the struggle of JNU students and teachers.]

Anyone who hasn’t been in the Chilean forest doesn’t know this planet’, wrote Neruda. ‘I have come out of that landscape, that mud, that silence, to roam, to go singing through the world’. Neruda would never know, but for most of us who’ve come out of JNU, he could very easily have been speaking for us and for our university. This after all has been the university which, as any university should, taught so many of us to take risks and ‘Dare to know’, to become women and men of intellect like Diderot or Voltaire, carrying banners inscribed with mottoes of impudent and hazardous intent, ‘Everything must be examined, everything must be shaken up, without exception and without circumspection’. JNU after all, is the place that taught many of us to take flight on the wings of love, to sing with Majaz as the joys and stabs of pain and longing made the impossible seem possible, ‘Bakshi hain humko ishq ne woh jurratein Majaz, darte nahin siyasat-e-ahle jahaan se hum’, while also teaching us with Faiz, ‘gham aur bhi hain zamaane mein mohabbat ke siwa’.

Continue reading Mukul Mangalik: Asking questions, chanting slogans, walking to the left where the heart resides

Open letter to JNU VC from Professor Harjeet Singh Gill, Emeritus Professor, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU

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It’s a battle for all of us: Two nights with the JNU hunger strikers at Freedom Square

Harsh Mander writes in The Scroll:

On the wall is a painting of a beaming Rohith Vemula. Below his face is a poignant engraving: 1989-Forever. Under the painting on the floor are sprawled around 20 mattresses, on which groups of students sit in clusters, work on their laptops, or stretch out listlessly. The days are unbearably warm, and at night sleep is difficult because of mosquitoes (also because of the blaring of patriotic and religious songs by a rival bunch of students a few metres away).

This is the site of the hunger-strike by 20 students of the Jawaharlal University in an open veranda next to the stairs leading to the Vice Chancellor’s office. The official name of the building is the Administrative Block. But the students call it Freedom Square, ever since this became the hub of protests in the wake of the criminal and administrative action mounted against a set of students in February. The students, belonging mainly to Left student organisations, are under fire for their participation in a programme to mark the hanging of Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri man charged with abetting the attack on India’s Parliament in 2001.

Source: It’s a battle for all of us: Two nights with the JNU hunger strikers at Freedom Square

Dharna at Jantar Mantar, May 10

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SPEAKERS:
ALI ANWAR – JDU
ATUL ANJAN- CPI
HARSH MANDER-AMAN BIRADARI
INDU PRAKASH-FACT
JAGMATI SANGWAN-AIDWA
KAVITA KRISHNAN- CPI ML
KC TYAGI- JDU
MANISH TIWARI- CONGRESS
MANOJ JHA- RJD
PAUL DIVAKAR-NCDHR
RAMZAN CHOUDHRY-MEWAT SANGHARSH SAMITI
RITABRATA BANERJEE- CPM
RITUPARNA BORAH -NAZARIYA
SAHBA FAROOQUI-AIDWA
SEEMA MUSTAFA-JOURNALIST SHABNAM HASHMI- ANHAD
AND OTHER INTELLECTUALS AND ACTIVISTS

JNU inquiry into Feb 9 event: Report ‘cannot identify’ centre, surnames of two students | The Indian Express

The last page of JNU’s High-Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC) report — listing the recommendation of punishments to be given to students in connection with the February 9 event on campus — which was hitherto kept private, has now come out in the public domain.

HLEC Chairman Rakesh Bhatnagar had earlier told The Indian Express that the committee had issued call letters to “22 Anjalis” as they were unable to identify which Anjali was the organiser.

Source: JNU inquiry into Feb 9 event: Report ‘cannot identify’ centre, surnames of two students | The Indian Express

Alumni join JNUTA hunger strike – NATIONAL – The Hindu

A diktat by the Jawaharlal Nehru University’s administration asking students not to invite outsiders for protests on the campus has not gone down well with the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA), which has launched a protest against the administration by going on a hunger strike from Saturday.

“The JNUTA had met Vice-Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar two days ago with the hope of finding a solution to the ongoing problem. However, to our utter shock, the JNU administration chose to threaten the teachers’ body on the basis of hearsay. The JNUTA has so far not invited any individual or institution to join the hunger strike,” said its secretary, Bikramaitya Choudhary. “However, it would like to reassert that it is the privilege of an elected teachers’ body to call any institution or individual that it finds fit to speak in the university. It is well within its democratic rights,” he added.

In a circular issued on Friday, the JNU administration said: “The JNU Administration has been holding discussions with the JNUTA, JNUSU and the students on hunger strike. It reiterates that the best way to resolve the issues is through dialogue and discussion. It requests all the teachers and students to avoid inviting people from outside the campus for any gathering or activity to press their demands, which could undermine peace and security in the campus.”

Human chain

A group of JNU alumni also joined the protesting students and teachers an observed a hunger strike on Saturday. In the evening, a human chain was formed by students, teachers and alumni in front of the admin block, which has become the hub of all protests in the campus.

Source: Alumni join JNUTA hunger strike – NATIONAL – The Hindu

AIFUCTO Press Release | May 7, 2016

Here is a statement of solidarity from the All India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisations.

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