AMBEDKAR UNIVERSITY DELHI FACULTY ASSOCIATION

AMBEDKAR UNIVERSITY DELHI FACULTY ASSOCIATION

PRESS RELEASE

14/02/16

AUDFA is shocked and deeply concerned with the course of events in the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi since 12th February, Friday. AUDFA condemns the police entering and conducting indiscriminate raids on campus, searching hostel rooms without warrant as well as the arrest of the duly elected JNU Student Union President, Kanhaiyya Kumar on sedition charges on 12th February 2016. The police are in the look out for many other students. This kind of police action on the pretext of national security and branding any kind of dissent as anti-national is a dangerous and undemocratic practice—a feature that was witnessed by University of Hyderabad recently and now JNU. Universities are necessarily sites of dialogue, debate, dissent and emergent ideas and philosophies—an ethos deeply enshrined in our Constitution. Having police on campus and creating an atmosphere of fear among students and other members of a University community is in violation to the spirit of the Constitution and undermines critical thinking within our Universities.

AUDFA expresses solidarity with all progressive voices of JNU—students, faculty members and administrative staff, at this difficult moment when democratic principles of a University are under threat.

Gopalji Pradhan                                 Rukmini Sen                           Arindam Banerjee

Secretary                                             President                                 Treasurer

 

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