Cornell University

We, the undersigned members of Cornell University strongly condemn the arbitrary, unconstitutional, and anti-democratic actions which have been taken against the students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in India. We demand an immediate end to all police action on campus, a withdrawal of all frivolous charges against the President of the JNU Students’ Union, Kanhaiya Kumar, and an end to the campaign of harassment and intimidation against students at the university. That Kanhaiya Kumar is being held on account of sedition, a product of an archaic and colonial-era law (IPC 124A), is shocking and abhorrent. The existence and validity of this law in India has been called into question time and again. This incident reinforces the need to reconsider its continued existence in the Indian constitution. The agenda of the present Indian government to create a homogeneous discourse of nationalism that privileges an upper caste, Hindu, male worldview is particularly worrisome. There has been a pattern of marginalization and suppression of minority views and dissent. The deliberate targeting of Umar Khalid, and other students as ‘anti-national Muslim terrorists’ is in keeping with the agenda of the state to create and fight false enemies. This is a dangerous trend and completely antithetical to the democratic and secular ethos that India stands for. There has been an attempt to brand all students and faculty of JNU as anti-national. This is creating an environment of terror. People are getting arrested and beaten because they look like JNU students, and there is continuous presence of a violent mob at the JNU gates. There have been violent attacks on JNU faculty, reporters, and Kanhaiya Kumar inside the Patiala House court complex, not once but twice, with the police standing by as silent spectators. In addition, the sexual harassment of women protesters (both students and faculty) is repugnant and highly condemnable. We believe that universities are places of debate, discussion, and dissent for people belonging to various backgrounds and ideologies. This attack on the students of JNU is an attempt to stop any kind of political discourse and discussion in university campuses and among students in India. This is in line with a pattern of state repression that has been visible in other Indian campuses like the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), University of Hyderabad, and most recently in Jadavpur University. We stand in solidarity with the ongoing students’ movement in JNU to protect campus democracy, autonomy, and the fundamental right of freedom of speech and expression. We admire the teacher-student solidarity in JNU in the the wake of these protests, and are inspired by it. We extend our wholehearted support to this struggle against state repression in academic spaces.
1. Debak Das, Government, Graduate
2. Reet Chaudhuri, Applied and Engineering Physics, Graduate
3. Andi Kao, ILR,Graduate 4. Shiuli Vanaja, Applied Economics, Graduate
5. Disha Mendhekar, City and Regional Planning, Graduate
6. Rumela Sen, Government, Graduate
7. Nidhi Mahajan, Anthropology, Faculty
8. Arwa Awan, History, Undergraduate
9. Yagna Nag Chowdhuri , Asian Studies, Graduate
10. Shivrang Setlur, History, Graduate
11. Jeff Mathias, Science and Technology Studies, Graduate
12. James Ingoldsby, English, Graduate
13. Geethika Dharmasinghe, Asian Studies, Graduate
14. Bhavya Paliwal, Applied Economics, Graduate
15. Shubha Bharadwaj, CIPA, Graduate
16. Shreya Bhardwaj, CIPA, Graduate
17. Pratiti Deb, Physics, Undergraduate
18. Kareem Hamdy, Applied & Engineering Physics Alumnus
19. Nazli Konya, Government, Graduate
20. Archishman Raju, Physics, Graduate
21. Tiffany Fotopoulos, Undergraduate
22. Charis Boke, Anthropology, Graduate
23. Jesse Goldberg, English, Graduate
24. Kevin Duong, Government, Graduate
25. Ti-Yen Lan, Physics, Graduate
26. Tripti Poddar, Public Administration, Graduate
27. Marc Kohlbry, Comparative Literature, Graduate
28. Alana Staiti, Science and Technology Studies, Graduate
29. Ed Quish, Government, Graduate
30. Paul Ahrens, ILR School, Graduate
31. Divya Sharma, Development Sociology, Graduate
32. Tanvi Rao, Applied Economics, Graduate
33. Michaela Brangan, English, Graduate
34. Sena Aydin, Anthropology, Graduate
35. Sam Whitehead, Physics, Graduate
36. Philip S Burnham, Physics, Graduate
37. Van Tran, Government, Graduate
38. Naoki Sakai, Asian Studies, Faculty
39. Tim Vasko, Government, Graduate
40. Jacob Swanson, Government, Graduate
41. Robert Lincoln Hines, Government, Graduate
42. Michael Jones-Correa, Government, Faculty
43. Mitul Dey Chowdhury, Physics, Undergraduate
44. Stephen Roblin, Government, Graduate
45. Kaitlin Emmanuel, South Asian Studies, Graduate
46. Hao Shi, Physics 47. James Sethna, Physics
48. Andre Keiji Kunigami, Asian Studies, Graduate
49. Natalie Nesvaderani, Anthropology, Graduate
50. Katherine Quinn, Physics
51. Pauliina Patana, Government, Graduate
52. Jose Sanchez-Gomez, Government
53. Nandini, CIPA, Graduate
54. Xavier Eddy, Industrial and Labor Relations, Undergraduate
55. Martijn Mos, GOVT, Graduate
56. Gargi Wable, Nutrition, Graduate
57. Youyi Zhang, Government, Graduate
58. Jimena Valdez, Government, Graduate
59. Brinda Kumar, History of Art, Alumna
60. Colin Chia, Government, Graduate
61. Elizabeth Acorn, Government,Graduate
62. Margaret Jodlowski, Applied Econ and Management,Graduate
63. Anne Raccuglia, Art, Graduate
64. Natasha Bissonauth, Art History, Graduate
65. Hayden Kantor, Anthropology, Graduate
66. Gustavo Quintero, Romance Studies, Graduate
67. Lara Fresko, History of Art and Visual Studies, Graduate
68. Iftikhar Dadi, History of Art, Faculty
69. Aye Min Thant, Asian Studies, Graduate
70. Stephanie Clark, AAP, Graduate
71. Whitney Taylor, Government, Graduate
72. Sadia Shirazi, History of Art and Visual Studies, Graduate
73. Prabudhya Bhattacharyya, Physics, Undergraduate
74. Sibyl Ashcraft-Holt, Classics, Undergraduate
75. Rebecca John, FGSS, Alumna
76. Ian MacCormack, Physics, Undergraduate
77. Christina Zhang, History, Alumna
78. Daniel Brinkerhoff Young, Philosophy, Alumna
79. Veronica Pillar, Physics, Graduate
80. Elliot Padgett, Applied and Engineering Physics, Graduate
81. Lea Bonnefoy, Physics, Alumna
82. Myne Okoukoni, Arts & Sciences, Alumna
83. David Holmberg, Anthropology, Faculty
84. Heidi Kaila, Economics, Visiting graduate student
85. Megan Holtz, Applied and Engineering Physics, Graduate
86. Manfred Elfstrom, Department of Government, Graduate
87. José C., Department of Anthropology, Graduate
88. James Siegel, Anthropology & Asian Studies, (retired) Faculty
89. Rebekah Ciribassi, Anthropology, Graduate
90. Tyler Takaro, Physics, Undergraduate
91. Joseph Wraga, Physics, Alumna
92. Farhana Ahmad, City and Regional Planning, Graduate
93. Brenna Mockler, Physics, Undergraduate
94. Anthony Santa Maria, Economics; Feminist gender and sexuality studies; Africana studies, Recent Graduate
95. Caroline Aust, Physics, Alumna
96. Chelsea Cole, Archaeology, Masters
97. Tom Davidson, Sociology, Graduate
98. Daniel Freund, Applied Mathematics, Graduate
99. Anurag Meshram, ILR, Masters
100. Janet Smith, DSOC, Graduate
101. Mel White, Engineering, Graduate
102. Rohini Jalan, ILR School (OB Dept), Graduate
103. Max McComb, History, Graduate
104. Natalie Hofmeister, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Graduate
105. Benjamin P Cohen, Biomedical Engineering, Graduate
106. Ewan Robinson, Development Sociology, Graduate
107. Airlia Shaffer, Physics, Alumna
108. Laura Menchaca Ruiz, Anthropology, Graduate
109. Valeria Dani, Romance Studies, Graduate
110. Brian Clarke, Science & Technology Studies, Graduate
111. Kelsey Utne, History, Graduate 112. Sarah Portway, Fiber Science and Apparel Design, Graduate
113. Lizabeth McKinney, ILR, Graduate
114. Kristie McAlpine, ILR Human Resource, Graduate
115. Molly Reed, History, Graduate
116. Vincent Burgess, Asian Studies, Graduate
117. Marcela Villarreal, Food Science, Graduate
118. Sara Keene, Development Sociology, Graduate
119. Asli Menesve, Art History, Graduate
120. Nicholas Huelster, Romance Studies, Graduate
121. Kurt A. Jordan, Anthropology & American Indian Studies, Faculty
122. Nick Krachler, Industrial and Labor Relations, Graduate
123. Amanda Denham, FSAD, Graduate
124. Vincent Hiscock, English, Graduate
125. Sahar Tavakoli, Science and Technology Studies, Graduate
126. Satya Mohanty, English, Faculty
127. Chris Hesslbein, Science and Technology Studies, Graduate
128. Durba Ghosh, History, Faculty
129. Robert Travers, History, Faculty
130. Anne Blackburn, Asian Studies, Faculty
131. Bronwen Bledsoe, South Asia, Faculty
132. Lucinda Ramberg, Anthropology, Faculty
133. Katryn Evinson, Romance Studies, Graduate
134. Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, Science and Technology Studies, Graduate
135. Chris Hesselbein, STS, Graduate
136. Olivia Duell, English and Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Alumna
137. Ujani Chakraborty, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Graduate
138. Madhura Raghavan, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Graduate
139. Anaar Desai-Stephens, Music,

Graduate Student Organizations:
1. Cornell Graduate Students United (Organizing and Steering Committees).

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