California Students and Faculty. California, U.S.

Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar

Vice Chancellor

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi

110067, India

February 19, 2016

Vice Chancellor:

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. Ali A. Olomi, University of California, Irvine
  13. Alix Johnson, University of California, Santa Cruz
  14. Allan StewartOaten,

University of California, Santa Barbara

  1. Alston D’Silva, University of California, Santa Barbara
  2. Amanda Mixon, University of California, Irvine
  3. Amy Elizabeth Alterman, University of California, Los Angeles
  4. Amy Sanchez, University of California, Irvine
  5. Ana Karina de Morais, University of California, Santa Cruz
  6. Anandi Rao, University of California, Irvine
  7. Anastasia Baginski, University of California, Irvine
  8. Anat Schwartz, University of California, Irvine
  9. Andrea Milne, University of California, Irvine
  10. Andreea Marculescu, University of California, Irvine
  11. Andrew McNeely, University of California, Irvine
  12. Angana Chatterji, University of California, Berkeley
  13. Anirban GuptaNigam,

University of California, Irvine.

  1. Anirban Kapil Baishya, University of Southern California
  2. Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz
  3. Anneeth Kaur Hundle, University of California, Merced
  4. AnneLise

Francois, University of California, Berkeley

  1. AnnElise

Lewallen, University of California, Santa Barbara

  1. Ann Elizabeth DeLuca, University of California, Irvine
  2. Ann Smock, University of California, Berkeley
  3. Anshu N. Chatterjee, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
  4. Ante Nikola Bagic, University of California, Irvine
  5. Apratim Vidyarthi, University of California, Berkeley Alum
  6. Archer Porter, University of California, Los Angeles
  7. Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  8. Arushi Singh, University of California, Los Angeles
  9. Aubrey Tang, University of California, Irvine
  10. Baki Tezcan, University of California, Davis
  11. Barbara Metcalf, University of California, Davis
  12. Ben Crow, University of California, Santa Cruz
  13. Ben Leeds Carson, University of California Santa Cruz
  14. Bettina Aptheker, University of California, Santa Cruz
  15. Bhargavi Narayanan, University of California, Santa Barbara
  16. Bhaskar Sarkar, University of California, Santa Barbara
  17. Bishnupriya Ghosh, University of California, Santa Barbara
  18. Bliss Cua Lim, University of California, Irvine
  19. Brandon Kirk Williams, University of California, Berkeley
  20. Brandon Wild, University of California, Irvine
  21. Brian D. Wright, University of California, Berkeley
  22. Brian Donnelly, University of California, Santa Barbara
  23. C. Matthew Snipp, Stanford University
  24. Carole Paul, University of California, Santa Barbara
  25. Casey Brown, University of California, Los Angeles
  26. Catherine Liu, University of California, Irvine
  27. Celeste Langan, University of California, Berkeley
  28. Chaeyoon Yoo, University of California, Irvine
  29. Cherish Asha Bolton, University of California, Irvine
  30. Chima AnyadikeDanes,

University of California, Irvine

  1. Christina García, University of California, Irvine
  2. Christina M. Ceisel, California State University at Fullerton
  3. Christine Philliou, University of California, Berkeley
  4. Christine Rosen, University of California, Berkeley
  5. Christin Zurbach, University of California, Berkeley
  6. Christopher C. Heselton, University of California, Irvine
  7. Christopher Lawson, University of California, Berkeley
  8. Chris ZepedaMillan,

University of California, Berkeley

  1. Claudio Fogu, University of California, Santa Barbara
  2. Colin Cahill, University of California, Irvine
  3. Colin McLaughlinAlcock,

University of California, Irvine

  1. Colleen Lye, University of California, Berkeley
  2. Connor Strobel, University of California, Irvine
  3. Damon R. Young, University of California, Berkeley
  4. Dana Ahern, University of California, Santa Cruz
  5. Danica Loucks, University of California, Irvine
  6. Daniel Carnie, University of California, Irvine
  7. Dard Neuman, University of California, Santa Cruz
  8. Darshana Sreedhar Mini, University of Southern California
  9. David Boyk, University of California, Berkeley
  10. David Delano, University of California, Berkeley
  11. David Farris, UC Berkeley alumnus
  12. David Gordon White, University of California, Santa Barbara
  13. David Michael Lamme, University of California, Irvine
  14. David PalumboLiu,

Stanford University

  1. David Szanton, University of California, Berkeley
  2. Debarati Sanyal, University of California, Berkeley
  3. Debjani Dutta, University of Southern California
  4. Devan Bailey, University of California, Irvine
  5. Diego Arevalo, University of California, Berkeley
  6. Divya Ramani, University of California, Santa Cruz
  7. Edmund Burke III, University of California, Santa Cruz
  8. Ehsan Farshchi, University of California, Irvine
  9. Elisabeth Saatjian Weber, University of California, Santa Barbara
  10. Elisa Tamarkin, University of California, Berkeley
  11. Elizabeth Abel, University of California, Berkeley
  12. Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis
  13. Emily Thornbury, University of California, Berkeley
  14. Erica Maria Cheung, University of California, Irvine
  15. Erika Suderburg, University of California, Riverside
  16. Erin E. Wiegand, San Francisco State University
  17. Erin McElroy, University of California, Santa Cruz
  18. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, University of California, Berkeley
  19. Eyal Amiran, University of California, Irvine
  20. Flagg Miller, University of California, Davis
  21. Forest Agostinelli, University of California, Irvine
  22. Forest Haven, University of California, Irvine
  23. Francis Lee, University of California, Irvine
  24. G.S. Sahota, University of California, Santa Cruz
  25. Garrett Gilmore, University of California, Irvine
  26. Gautam Premnath, Independent Scholar, Berkeley
  27. George Lakoff, University of California, Berkeley
  28. Ghada Mourad, University of California, Irvine
  29. Gillian Hart, University of California, Berkeley
  30. Gina Bloom, University of California, Davis
  31. Gowri Vijayakumar, University of California, Berkeley
  32. Gray Abarca, University of California, Irvine
  33. Gregory Kohler, University of California, Irvine
  34. Gregory Levine, University of California, Berkeley
  35. Guneet Kaur, Alumnus, UC Berkeley School of Law
  36. Hafsa Mohamed, University of California, Santa Cruz
  37. Hamutahl Cohen, University of California, Santa Cruz
  38. Hannah Archambault, University of California, Berkeley
  39. Hannah Carlan, University of California, Los Angeles
  40. Hannah KaganMoore,

University of California, Santa Barbara

  1. Harsha Ram, University of California, Berkeley
  2. Heather OsborneThompson,

California State University, Fullerton

  1. Heena Khangura, University of California, Santa Cruz
  2. Horacio Legras, University of California, Irvine
  3. Huma AhmedGhosh,

San Diego State University

  1. Hunter Hargraves, California State University, Fullerton
  2. Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley
  3. Ignacio Chapela, University of California, Berkeley
  4. Ignacio LópezCalvo,

University of California, Merced

  1. Ismail Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles
  2. Ivonne del Valle, University of California, Berkeley
  3. Jacob Bohrod, University of Southern California
  4. James R. Goebel, University of California, Irvine
  5. Jamie Rogers, University of California, Irvine
  6. Janet Walker, University of California, Santa Barbara
  7. Jason Huber, University of California, Irvine
  8. Jay Patel, University of California, Santa Cruz
  9. Jeffrey Skoller, University of California, Berkeley
  10. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine
  11. Jennifer Duque, University of California, Berkeley
  12. Jennifer Kelly, University of California, San Diego
  13. Jennifer Teschler, University of California, Santa Cruz
  14. Jennifer Zelnick, University of California, Irvine
  15. Jenni Sorkin, University of California, Santa Barbara
  16. Jenny Fan, University of California, Irvine
  17. Jeremy White, University of California, Santa Barbara
  18. Jess Bailey, University of California, Berkeley
  19. Jessica Conte, University of California, Irvine
  20. Jessica Ziegenfuss, University of California, Irvine
  21. Jingqiu Guan, University of California, Los Angeles
  22. Jisha Menon, Stanford University
  23. Joanna Picciotto, University of California, Berkeley
  24. John Marx, University of California, Davis
  25. John McCollum, University of California, Irvine
  26. Joseph Krall, University of California, Irvine
  27. Jose Rabasa, University of california, Berkeley
  28. Joshua Clover, University of California, Davis
  29. Juana María Rodíguez, University of California, Berkeley
  30. Judith Rodenbeck, University of California, Riverside
  31. Judith Rodriguez, University of California, Irvine
  32. Julian Francolino, University of California, Irvine
  33. Julie Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara
  34. Juned Shaikh, University of California, Santa Cruz
  35. Kamala Visweswaran, University of California, San Diego
  36. Kara Keeling, University of Southern California
  37. Karen Yamashita, University of California, Santa Cruz
  38. Karin Shankar, University of California, Berkeley
  39. Karl Ashoka Britto, University of California, Berkeley
  40. Kasturi Ray, San Francisco State University, San Francisco
  41. Kate Korroch, University of California, Santa Cruz
  42. Katherine Collins, University of California, Berkeley
  43. Katherine H. Lee, University of California, Merced
  44. Kathleen Frederickson, University of California, Davis
  45. Kathryn Cox, University of California, Irvine
  46. Kavita Philip, University of California, Irvine
  47. Keith M. Murphy, University of California, Irvine
  48. Keith Samujh, University of California, Santa Cruz
  49. Kelly Camacho, University of California, Berkeley
  50. Kelly Hacker, University of California, Irvine
  51. Kevin B. Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara
  52. Kevis Goodman, University of California, Berkeley
  53. Kirsty Singer, University of California, Irvine
  54. Kristine Jermakian, University of California, Irvine
  55. Kristin Peterson, University of California, Irvine
  56. KT Bender, University of California, Los Angeles
  57. Laila Shereen Sakr, University of California, Santa Barbara
  58. Larry Polansky, Dartmouth College (Emeritus), University of California Santa Cruz
  59. Laurie Dickmeyer, University of California, Irvine
  60. Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
  61. Leah Zani, University of California, Irvine
  62. Leslie Salzinger, University of California, Berkeley
  63. Leti Volpp, University of California, Berkeley
  64. Libby Catchings, California Institute of Technology
  65. Linette Park, University of California, Irvine
  66. Lisa Parks, University of California, Santa Barbara
  67. Lisa Rofel, University of California, Santa Cruz
  68. Lorenzo Galdon Ramos, University of California, Berkeley
  69. Lucas Hilderbrand, University of California, Irvine
  70. Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, University of California, Los Angeles
  71. Lyle Massey, University of California, Irvine
  72. Lyn Hejinian, University of California, Berkeley
  73. MacKenzie Weeks, University of California, Irvine
  74. Madhavi Murty, University of California, Santa Cruz
  75. Maggie Dethloff, University of California, Irvine
  76. Mahel Hamroun, University of California, Berkeley
  77. Mark Goble, University of California, Berkeley
  78. Mark LeVine, University of California, Irvine
  79. Marques Augusta Vestal, University of California, Los Angeles
  80. Martin Harries, University of California, Irvine
  81. Mary C. Schmitt, University of California, Irvine
  82. Mary Shi, University of California, Berkeley
  83. Matthew Stratton, University of California, Davis
  84. Matt Knutson, University of California, Irvine
  85. Megan Brooker, University of California, Irvine
  86. Megan Moodie, University of California, Santa Cruz
  87. Megan Neal, University of California, Irvine
  88. Meghan Chandler, Santa Monica College
  89. Melissa Melpignano, University of California, Los Angeles
  90. Melissa Wrapp, University of California, Irvine
  91. Melody Jue, University of California, Santa Barbara
  92. Michael Berlin, University of California, Irvine
  93. Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
  94. Michaeljit Sandhu, University of California, Berkeley
  95. Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles
  96. Miguel Angel Olvera, University of California, Irvine
  97. Mikaela Smith, University of California, Irvine
  98. Mohammed Ali, University of California, Irvine
  99. Mohsin Ali, University of California, Los Angeles
  100. Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco
  101. Morgan Slade, University of California, Irvine
  102. Mrinalini Tankha, University of California, Irvine
  103. Nandita Badami, University of California, Irvine
  104. Natalia Brizuela, University of California, Berkeley
  105. Natalia Cecire, University of Sussex; UC Berkeley alumna
  106. Nathan Coben, University of California, Irvine
  107. Naveed Mansoori, University of California, Los Angeles
  108. Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College, formerly University of California, Santa Cruz
  109. Nefertiti Takla, University of California, Los Angeles
  110. Nick Mitchell, University of California, Santa Cruz
  111. Nima Lamu Yolmo, University of California, Irvine
  112. Nitin Govil, University of Southern California
  113. Nivedita Nath, University of California, Los Angeles
  114. Nuha Khoury, University of California, Santa Barbara
  115. Olive Mckeon, University of California, Los Angeles
  116. Olivia Humphrey, University of California, Irvine
  117. Olufemi O. Taiwo, University of California, Los Angeles
  118. Omnia El Shakry, University of California, Davis
  119. Oviya Govindan, University of California, Irvine
  120. Paola Bacchetta, University of California, Berkeley
  121. Parama Roy, University of California, Davis
  122. Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside
  123. Peter Beattie, University of California, Irvine
  124. Peter Haffner, University of California, Los Angeles
  125. Philip Anselmo, University of California, Irvine
  126. Poulomi Saha, University of California, Berkeley
  127. Pragya Saxena, University of California, Irvine
  128. Pratibha Parmar, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
  129. Priya Jaikumar, University of Southern California
  130. Priya Satia, Stanford University
  131. Puneeta Kala, University of California, Berkeley
  132. R. Gustav Steinhardt, University of California, Berkeley
  133. Rachael De La Cruz, University of California, Irvine
  134. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, University of California, Berkeley
  135. Rahim Kurwa, University of California, Los Angeles
  136. Raja GuhaThakurta, University of California, Santa Cruz
  137. Raka Ray, University of California, Berkeley
  138. Ramit Malhotra, University of California, Berkeley Alum
  139. Ramona Naddaff, University of California, Berkeley
  140. Rebecca Chavez, University of California, Berkeley
  141. Rebecca Farmer, University of California, Berkeley
  142. Rebecca Hasselbeck, University of California, Irvine
  143. Rei Terada, University of California, Irvine
  144. Richard B. Norgaard, University of California, Berkeley
  145. Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara
  146. Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara
  147. Rita Raley, University of California, Santa Barbara
  148. Robert Barrett, University of California, Irvine
  149. Robert Goldman, University of California, Berkeley
  150. Robert Wood, University of California, Irvine
  151. Rohit Chopra, Santa Clara University
  152. Rohit Reddy, University of California, Los Angeles
  153. Roi Livne, University of California, Berkeley
  154. Ryan King, University of California, Santa Cruz
  155. Ryanson Ku, University of California, Irvine
  156. Saima Ali, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  157. Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, University of California, Berkeley
  158. Saloni Mathur, University of California, Los Angeles
  159. Samala Gunasekera, University of California, Santa Cruz
  160. Samuel Mark Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles
  161. Sanchita Saxena, University of California, Berkeley
  162. Santhi KavuriBauer,

San Francisco State University San Francisco

  1. Sarah Nicolazzo, University of California, San Diego
  2. Sarah Shields, University of California, Los Angeles
  3. Sarita Echavez See, University of California, Riverside
  4. SA Smythe, University of California, Santa Cruz
  5. Scott Saul, University of California, Berkeley
  6. Sean Mallin, University of California, Irvine
  7. Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University
  8. Shaivya Mishra, University of California, Berkeley
  9. Shakthi Nataraj, University of California, Berkeley
  10. Shamell Bell, University of California, Los Angeles
  11. Shannon M. Lieberman, University of California, Santa Barbara
  12. Shannon Steen, University of California, Berkeley
  13. Sharareh Frouzesh, University of California, Irvine
  14. Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
  15. Sherene Seikaly, University of California, Santa Barbara
  16. Shivani Sud, University of California, Berkeley
  17. Shweta Saraswat, University of California, Los Angeles
  18. Shyam Patel, University of California, Irvine
  19. Simmy Makhijani, San Francisco State University
  20. Simone Popperl, University of California, Irvine
  21. Simon Leung, University of California, Irvine
  22. Sofiga Vijayan, University of California, Santa Cruz
  23. Sohini Pillai, University of California, Berkeley
  24. Sridevi Prasad, University of California, Berkeley
  25. Stephanie O’Brien, University of California, Irvine
  26. Stephen Shaver, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
  27. Steven Justice, University of California, Berkeley
  28. Sudipta Sen, University of California, Davis
  29. Sue Ellen Case, University of California, Los Angeles
  30. Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley
  31. Sunaina Maira, University of California, Davis
  32. Suraiya Anita Jetha, University of California, Santa Cruz
  33. Susan L. Foster, UCLA
  34. Susan Schweik, University of California, Berkeley
  35. Suzanne Decemvirale, University of California, Santa Barbara
  36. Swati Chattopadhyay, University of California, Santa Barbara
  37. Swati Rana, University of California, Santa Barbara
  38. Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, University of California Santa Barbara
  39. Tanya Matthan, University of California, Los Angeles
  40. Tara Gonsalves, University of California, Berkeley
  41. Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
  42. Taylor Wondergem, University of California, Santa Cruz
  43. Tejeswara Reddy Gogulamudi, University of California, Santa Cruz
  44. Thomas Blom Hansen, Stanford University
  45. Tianna S. Paschel, University of California, Berkeley
  46. Tobias Menely, University of California, Davis
  47. Ursula Dalinghaus, University of California, Irvine
  48. Vanita Seth, University of California, Santa Cruz
  49. Varsha Venkatasubramanian, University of California, Berkeley
  50. Vasudha Paramasivan, University of California, Berkeley
  51. Vijaya Nagarajan, University of San Francisco
  52. Vinay Lal, University of California, Los Angeles
  53. Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
  54. William H. Ma, University of California, Berkeley
  55. Williston Chase, University of California, Irvine
  56. Wujun Ke, University of California, Irvine
  57. Yimin Lai, University of California, Irvine
  58. Youstina Youssef, University of California, Berkeley
  59. Zachary Levenson, University of California, Berkeley
  60. Zaib Tufail, University of California, Irvine

Student Organizations:

Students for Justice in Palestine, University of California, Berkeley

South Asia Graduate Students’ Association, UCLA

The Undercommons at UCLA

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