California Students and Faculty stand with JNU
Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar Vice Chancellor
Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi­110 067, India
Vice Chancellor:
February 19, 2016
We, the undersigned, students, scholars, and faculty from across California stand in solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi against the illegal and unconscionable crackdown by police. With them, we affirm the autonomy of the university as a non­militarized space for freedom of thought and expression. Accordingly, we condemn police presence on campus and the harassment of students on the basis of their political beliefs.
The charge of sedition, under the guise of which the police have been given a carte blanche to enter the JNU campus, to raid student hostels, arrest and detain students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, the current president of the JNU Students Union, is an alibi for the incursion of an authoritarian regime onto the university campus. Under Indian law sedition applies only to words and actions that directly issue a call to violence. The peaceful demonstration and gathering of citizens does not constitute criminal conduct. The continued police action on the JNU campus is illegal under the constitution of India.
To our friends, colleagues, and comrades in JNU and elsewhere, we stand with you in your resistance against state­sponsored violence, which curbs any form of dissent. We believe that scholarship and the concomitant development of our critical faculties should be used to bring into being a pluralistic and just world. An open, tolerant, and democratic society is inextricably linked to critical thought and expression cultivated by universities in India and abroad.
As teachers, students, and scholars, we are watching with extreme concern the situation unfolding at JNU and refuse to remain silent as our colleagues (students, staff, and faculty) resist the illegal detention and autocratic suspension of students.We urge the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University to protect members of the university community and safeguard their rights.
1. Aaron Guerrero, University of California, Irvine
2. Abdul R. JanMohamed, Univ of California, Berkeley
3. Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced
4. Aishwary Kumar, Stanford University
5. Ajay Gehlawat, Sonoma State University
6. Ajay Shenoy, University of California, Santa Cruz
7. Akhil Gupta, University of California, Los Angeles
8. Alba Tomasula y Garcia, University of California, Berkeley
9. Alenda Chang, University of California, Santa Barbara
10. Alexander Jabbari, University of California, Irvine
11. Alex Moore, University of California, Santa Cruz
12. AliA.Olomi,UniversityofCalifornia,Irvine
13. AlixJohnson,UniversityofCalifornia,SantaCruz
14. AllanStewart­Oaten,UniversityofCalifornia,SantaBarbara
15. AlstonD’Silva,UniversityofCalifornia,SantaBarbara
16. AmandaMixon,UniversityofCalifornia,Irvine
17. AmyElizabethAlterman,UniversityofCalifornia,LosAngeles
18. Amy Sanchez, University of California, Irvine
19. AnaKarinadeMorais,UniversityofCalifornia,SantaCruz
20. Anandi Rao, University of California, Irvine
21. AnastasiaBaginski,UniversityofCalifornia,Irvine
22. Anat Schwartz, University of California, Irvine
23. Andrea Milne, University of California, Irvine
24. Andreea Marculescu, University of California, Irvine
25. Andrew McNeely, University of California, Irvine
26. Angana Chatterji, University of California, Berkeley
27. Anirban Gupta­Nigam, University of California, Irvine.
28. Anirban Kapil Baishya, University of Southern California
29. Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz
30. Anneeth Kaur Hundle, University of California, Merced
31. Anne­LiseFrancois,UniversityofCalifornia,Berkeley
32. Ann­Elise Lewallen, University of California, Santa Barbara
33. Ann Elizabeth DeLuca, University of California, Irvine
34. Ann Smock, University of California, Berkeley
35. Anshu N. Chatterjee, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
36. Ante Nikola Bagic, University of California, Irvine
37. Apratim Vidyarthi, University of California, Berkeley Alum
38. Archer Porter, University of California, Los Angeles
39. Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
40. Arushi Singh, University of California, Los Angeles
41. AubreyTang,UniversityofCalifornia,Irvine
42. Baki Tezcan, University of California, Davis
43. Barbara Metcalf, University of California, Davis
44. Ben Crow, University of California, Santa Cruz
45. Ben Leeds Carson, University of California Santa Cruz
46. Bettina Aptheker, University of California, Santa Cruz
47. Bhargavi Narayanan, University of California, Santa Barbara
48. Bhaskar Sarkar, University of California, Santa Barbara
49. Bishnupriya Ghosh, University of California, Santa Barbara
50. Bliss Cua Lim, University of California, Irvine
51. BrandonKirkWilliams,UniversityofCalifornia,Berkeley
52. Brandon Wild, University of California, Irvine
53. Brian D. Wright, University of California, Berkeley
54. Brian Donnelly, University of California, Santa Barbara
55. C. Matthew Snipp, Stanford University
56. Carole Paul, University of California, Santa Barbara
57. Casey Brown, University of California, Los Angeles
58. Catherine Liu, University of California, Irvine
59. Celeste Langan, University of California, Berkeley
60. Chaeyoon Yoo, University of California, Irvine
61. CherishAshaBolton,UniversityofCalifornia,Irvine
62. Chima Anyadike­Danes, University of California, Irvine
63. Christina García, University of California, Irvine
64. Christina M. Ceisel, California State University at Fullerton
65. Christine Philliou, University of California, Berkeley
66. Christine Rosen, University of California, Berkeley
67. Christin Zurbach, University of California, Berkeley
68. Christopher C. Heselton, University of California, Irvine
69. Christopher Lawson, University of California, Berkeley
70. Chris Zepeda­Millan, University of California, Berkeley
71. ClaudioFogu,UniversityofCalifornia,SantaBarbara
72. Colin Cahill, University of California, Irvine
73. Colin McLaughlin­Alcock, University of California, Irvine
74. Colleen Lye, University of California, Berkeley
75. Connor Strobel, University of California, Irvine
76. Damon R. Young, University of California, Berkeley
77. Dana Ahern, University of California, Santa Cruz
78. Danica Loucks, University of California, Irvine
79. Daniel Carnie, University of California, Irvine
80. Dard Neuman, University of California, Santa Cruz
81. Darshana Sreedhar Mini, University of Southern California
82. David Boyk, University of California, Berkeley
83. David Delano, University of California, Berkeley
84. David Farris, UC Berkeley alumnus
85. David Gordon White, University of California, Santa Barbara
86. David Michael Lamme, University of California, Irvine
87. David Palumbo­Liu, Stanford University
88. David Szanton, University of California, Berkeley
89. Debarati Sanyal, University of California, Berkeley
90. Debjani Dutta, University of Southern California
91. DevanBailey,UniversityofCalifornia,Irvine
92. Diego Arevalo, University of California, Berkeley
93. Divya Ramani, University of California, Santa Cruz
94. Edmund Burke III, University of California, Santa Cruz
95. Ehsan Farshchi, University of California, Irvine
96. Elisabeth Saatjian Weber, University of California, Santa Barbara
97. Elisa Tamarkin, University of California, Berkeley
98. Elizabeth Abel, University of California, Berkeley
99. Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis
100. Emily Thornbury, University of California, Berkeley
101. Erica Maria Cheung, University of California, Irvine
102. Erika Suderburg, University of California, Riverside
103. Erin E. Wiegand, San Francisco State University
104. Erin McElroy, University of California, Santa Cruz
105. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, University of California, Berkeley
106. Eyal Amiran, University of California, Irvine
107. Flagg Miller, University of California, Davis
108 Forest Agostinelli, University of California, Irvine
109. Forest Haven, University of California, Irvine
110. Francis Lee, University of California, Irvine
111. G.S. Sahota, University of California, Santa Cruz
112. Garrett Gilmore, University of California, Irvine
113. Gautam Premnath, Independent Scholar, Berkeley
114. George Lakoff, University of California, Berkeley
115. Ghada Mourad, University of California, Irvine
116. Gillian Hart, University of California, Berkeley
117. Gina Bloom, University of California, Davis
118. Gowri Vijayakumar, University of California, Berkeley
119. Gray Abarca, University of California, Irvine
120. Gregory Kohler, University of California, Irvine
121. Gregory Levine, University of California, Berkeley
122. Guneet Kaur, Alumnus, UC Berkeley School of Law
123. Hafsa Mohamed, University of California, Santa Cruz
124. Hamutahl Cohen, University of California, Santa Cruz
125. Hannah Archambault, University of California, Berkeley
126. Hannah Carlan, University of California, Los Angeles
127. Hannah Kagan­Moore, University of California, Santa Barbara
128. Harsha Ram, University of California, Berkeley
129. Heather Osborne­Thompson, California State University, Fullerton
130. Heena Khangura, University of California, Santa Cruz
131. ​Horacio Legras, University of California, Irvine
132. Huma Ahmed­Ghosh, San Diego State University
133. Hunter Hargraves, California State University, Fullerton
134. Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley
135. Ignacio Chapela, University of California, Berkeley
136. Ignacio López­Calvo, University of California, Merced
137. Ismail Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles
138. Ivonne del Valle, University of California, Berkeley
139. Jacob Bohrod, University of Southern California
140. James R. Goebel, University of California, Irvine
141. Jamie Rogers, University of California, Irvine
142. Janet Walker, University of California, Santa Barbara
143. Jason Huber, University of California, Irvine
144. Jay Patel, University of California, Santa Cruz
145. Jeffrey Skoller, University of California, Berkeley
146. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine
147. Jennifer Duque, University of California, Berkeley
148. Jennifer Kelly, University of California, San Diego
149. Jennifer Teschler, University of California, Santa Cruz
150. Jennifer Zelnick, University of California, Irvine
151. Jenni Sorkin, University of California, Santa Barbara
152. Jenny Fan, University of California, Irvine
153. Jeremy White, University of California, Santa Barbara
154. Jess Bailey, University of California, Berkeley
155. Jessica Conte, University of California, Irvine
156. Jessica Ziegenfuss, University of California, Irvine
157. Jingqiu Guan, University of California, Los Angeles
158. Jisha Menon, Stanford University
159. Joanna Picciotto, University of California, Berkeley
160. John Marx, University of California, Davis
161. John McCollum, University of California, Irvine
162. Joseph Krall, University of California, Irvine
163. Jose Rabasa, University of california, Berkeley
164. Joshua Clover, University of California, Davis
165. Juana María Rodíguez, University of California, Berkeley
166. Judith Rodenbeck, University of California, Riverside
167. Judith Rodriguez, University of California, Irvine
168. Julian Francolino, University of California, Irvine
169. Julie Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara
170. Juned Shaikh, University of California, Santa Cruz
171. Kamala Visweswaran, University of California, San Diego
172. Kara Keeling, University of Southern California
173. Karen Yamashita, University of California, Santa Cruz
174. Karin Shankar, University of California, Berkeley
175. Karl Ashoka Britto, University of California, Berkeley
176. Kasturi Ray, San Francisco State University, San Francisco
177. Kate Korroch, University of California, Santa Cruz
178. Katherine Collins, University of California, Berkeley
179. Katherine H. Lee, University of California, Merced
180. Kathleen Frederickson, University of California, Davis
181. Kathryn Cox, University of California, Irvine
182. Kavita Philip, University of California, Irvine
183. Keith M. Murphy, University of California, Irvine
184. Keith Samujh, University of California, Santa Cruz
185. Kelly Camacho, University of California, Berkeley
186. Kelly Hacker, University of California, Irvine
187. Kevin B. Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara
188. Kevis Goodman, University of California, Berkeley
189. Kirsty Singer, University of California, Irvine
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191. Kristin Peterson, University of California, Irvine
192. KT Bender, University of California, Los Angeles
193. Laila Shereen Sakr, University of California, Santa Barbara
194. Larry Polansky, Dartmouth College (Emeritus), University of California Santa Cruz
195. Laurie Dickmeyer, University of California, Irvine
196. Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
197. Leah Zani, University of California, Irvine
198. Leslie Salzinger, University of California, Berkeley
199. Leti Volpp, University of California, Berkeley
200. Libby Catchings, California Institute of Technology
201. Linette Park, University of California, Irvine
202. Lisa Parks, University of California, Santa Barbara
203. Lisa Rofel, University of California, Santa Cruz
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207. Lyle Massey, University of California, Irvine
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210. Madhavi Murty, University of California, Santa Cruz
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215. Marques Augusta Vestal, University of California, Los Angeles
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218. Mary Shi, University of California, Berkeley
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220. Matt Knutson, University of California, Irvine
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222. Megan Moodie, University of California, Santa Cruz
223. Megan Neal, University of California, Irvine
224. Meghan Chandler, Santa Monica College
225. Melissa Melpignano, University of California, Los Angeles
226. Melissa Wrapp, University of California, Irvine
227. Melody Jue, University of California, Santa Barbara
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229. Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
230. Michaeljit Sandhu, University of California, Berkeley
231. Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles
232. Miguel Angel Olvera, University of California, Irvine
233. Mikaela Smith, University of California, Irvine
234. Mohammed Ali, University of California, Irvine
235. Mohsin Ali, University of California, Los Angeles
236. Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco
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238. Mrinalini Tankha, University of California, Irvine
239. Nandita Badami, University of California, Irvine
240. Natalia Brizuela, University of California, Berkeley
241. Natalia Cecire, University of Sussex; UC Berkeley alumna
242. Nathan Coben, University of California, Irvine
243. Naveed Mansoori, University of California, Los Angeles
244. Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College, formerly University of California, Santa Cruz
245. Nefertiti Takla, University of California, Los Angeles
246. Nick Mitchell, University of California, Santa Cruz
247. Nima Lamu Yolmo, University of California, Irvine
248. Nitin Govil, University of Southern California
249. Nivedita Nath, University of California, Los Angeles
250. Nuha Khoury, University of California, Santa Barbara
251. Olive Mckeon, University of California, Los Angeles
252. Olivia Humphrey, University of California, Irvine
253. Olufemi O. Taiwo, University of California, Los Angeles
254. Omnia El Shakry, University of California, Davis
255. Oviya Govindan, University of California, Irvine
256. Paola Bacchetta, University of California, Berkeley
257. Parama Roy, University of California, Davis
258. Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside
259. Peter Beattie, University of California, Irvine
260. Peter Haffner, University of California, Los Angeles
261. Philip Anselmo, University of California, Irvine
262. Poulomi Saha, University of California, Berkeley
263. Pragya Saxena, University of California, Irvine
264. Pratibha Parmar, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
265. Priya Jaikumar, University of Southern California
266. Priya Satia, Stanford University
267. Puneeta Kala, University of California, Berkeley
268. R. Gustav Steinhardt, University of California, Berkeley
269. Rachael De La Cruz, University of California, Irvine
270. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, University of California, Berkeley
271. Rahim Kurwa, University of California, Los Angeles
272. Raja GuhaThakurta, University of California, Santa Cruz
273. Raka Ray, University of California, Berkeley
274. Ramit Malhotra, University of California, Berkeley Alum
275. Ramona Naddaff, University of California, Berkeley
276. Rebecca Chavez, University of California, Berkeley
277. Rebecca Farmer, University of California, Berkeley
278. Rebecca Hasselbeck, University of California, Irvine
279. Rei Terada, University of California, Irvine
280. Richard B. Norgaard, University of California, Berkeley
281. Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara
282. Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara
283. Rita Raley, University of California, Santa Barbara
284. Robert Barrett, University of California, Irvine
285. Robert Goldman, University of California, Berkeley
286. Robert Wood, University of California, Irvine
287. Rohit Chopra, Santa Clara University
288. Rohit Reddy, University of California, Los Angeles
289. Roi Livne, University of California, Berkeley
290. Ryan King, University of California, Santa Cruz
291. Ryanson Ku, University of California, Irvine
292. Saima Ali, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
293. Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, University of California, Berkeley
294. Saloni Mathur, University of California, Los Angeles
295. Samala Gunasekera, University of California, Santa Cruz
296. Samuel Mark Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles
297. Sanchita Saxena, University of California, Berkeley
298. Santhi Kavuri­Bauer, San Francisco State University San Francisco
299. Sarah Nicolazzo, University of California, San Diego
300. Sarah Shields, University of California, Los Angeles
301. Sarita Echavez See, University of California, Riverside
302. SA Smythe, University of California, Santa Cruz
303. Scott Saul, University of California, Berkeley
304. Sean Mallin, University of California, Irvine
305. Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University
306. Shaivya Mishra, University of California, Berkeley
307. Shakthi Nataraj, University of California, Berkeley
308. Shamell Bell, University of California, Los Angeles
309. Shannon M. Lieberman, University of California, Santa Barbara
310. Shannon Steen, University of California, Berkeley
311. Sharareh Frouzesh, University of California, Irvine
312. Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
313. Sherene Seikaly, University of California, Santa Barbara
314. Shivani Sud, University of California, Berkeley
315. Shweta Saraswat, University of California, Los Angeles
316. Shyam Patel, University of California, Irvine
317. Simmy Makhijani, San Francisco State University
318. Simone Popperl, University of California, Irvine
319. Simon Leung, University of California, Irvine
320. Sofiga Vijayan, University of California, Santa Cruz
321. Sohini Pillai, University of California, Berkeley
322. Sridevi Prasad, University of California, Berkeley
323. Stephanie O’Brien, University of California, Irvine
324. Stephen Shaver, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
325. Steven Justice, University of California, Berkeley
326. Sudipta Sen, University of California, Davis
327. Sue Ellen Case, University of California, Los Angeles
328. Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley
329. Sunaina Maira, University of California, Davis
330. Suraiya Anita Jetha, University of California, Santa Cruz
331. Susan L. Foster, UCLA
332. Susan Schweik, University of California, Berkeley
333. Suzanne Decemvirale, University of California, Santa Barbara
334. Swati Chattopadhyay, University of California, Santa Barbara
335. Swati Rana, University of California, Santa Barbara
336. Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, University of California Santa Barbara
337. Tanya Matthan, University of California, Los Angeles
338. Tara Gonsalves, University of California, Berkeley
339. Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
340. Taylor Wondergem, University of California, Santa Cruz
341. Tejeswara Reddy Gogulamudi, University of California, Santa Cruz
342. Thomas Blom Hansen, Stanford University
343. Tianna S. Paschel, University of California, Berkeley
344. Tobias Menely, University of California, Davis
345. Ursula Dalinghaus, University of California, Irvine
346. Vanita Seth, University of California, Santa Cruz
347. Varsha Venkatasubramanian, University of California, Berkeley
348. Vasudha Paramasivan, University of California, Berkeley
349. Vijaya Nagarajan, University of San Francisco
350. Vinay Lal, University of California, Los Angeles
351. Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
352. William H. Ma, University of California, Berkeley
353. Williston Chase, University of California, Irvine
354. Wujun Ke, University of California, Irvine
355. Yimin Lai, University of California, Irvine
356. Youstina Youssef, University of California, Berkeley
357. Zachary Levenson, University of California, Berkeley
358. Zaib Tufail, University of California, Irvine
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