Statement of Solidarity by the Students of English Department, Delhi University Against the Police Siege of JNU

Statement of Solidarity by the Students of English Department, Delhi University Against the Police Siege of JNU

As students and research scholars at the Department of English, University of Delhi, we solemnly condemn the ongoing police and state interference at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the ghastly arrest of the JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar on the charges of sedition. This arrest and the ongoing police action in universities across the nation, in the wake of Rohith Vemula’s suicide, is orchestrating a broader spectrum of fear and a sense of students being hunted for their political and cultural views. The social moorings of such attacks are clearly castiest and patriarchal. The student body of any university rests on the founding pillars of a free sharing of ideas and views, which is an intricate part of higher education by any international standard. Imposition of restrictions on this aspect of education is not only against the spirit of democracy but also decidedly detrimental to the very idea of equitable learning. Further, considering that the multiple facets of higher education provide- as ideas and ideologies-the grounding necessary for the progress of any country, the violent curtailment and control of the production of these ideas is injurious to not only the space of the university but also the contested and multiple ideas of the nation. The list of violent interventions by police and student bodies on protesters in recent times is too long to be cited in full. Film and Television Institute of India saw the first wave of these interventions by the police followed by the violent crackdown upon scholars protesting against UGC in Delhi. The Rohith Vemula suicide in the University of Hyderabad was preceded by scholars being ousted from their hostel and followed by police and citizen violence upon protesters in Delhi. These Police intercessions should also be understood as the deliberate attempts by governing institutions as they are to shift the main focus of each movement from the original ideological questions driving such movements to the senselessness and brutality of these Police incursions. In effect, a swift and complete opposition to such crackdowns is necessary to make a counter-political statement as well. As students and scholars who look up to institutes of higher education as spaces for free speech and interaction we wish to make our voices heard so that the right to not only hold views but to develop them is not taken away from us by the use of violence or the hanging fear of it.

Signatures:

M.Phil/Ph.D

  1. Ritwick Bhattacharjee
  2. Azharuddin
  3. Swarnima Bhattacharya
  4. Kritika Chettri
  5. Rachit Anand
  6. Tina Das
  7. Rajorshi Das
  8. Somya Tyagi
  9. Shruti Sareen
  10. Rahul Sen
  11. Laboni Bhattacharya
  12. Deeksha Suri
  13. Thinkal Hansan
  14. Arijeet Mandal

M.A.

  1. Rohan Munshi
  2. Aman Nawaz
  3. Saburi Pandita
  4. Raushan Kamdar
  5. Harleen Kaur
  6. Anchal Bansal
  7. Jyoti Yadav
  8. Mustahseenur Rahman
  9. Vaishali Gahlot
  10. Tapasya Pandita
  11. Brian H. Singson
  12. Nang Plabita Gogoi
  13. Srirupa Goswami
  14. Akanksha Ahluwalia
  15. Surabhi Goel
  16. Mikesh Rai
  17. Hitesh Kumar
  18. Rachit Raj
  19. Shalini Kaushik
  20. Lanu Tzudir
  21. Jenisha Singh
  22. Gunjan Gahlot
  23. Anoorag Bordoloi
  24. Bibin K. Antony
  25. Suma Sankar
  26. Agrima Verma
  27. Rajesh Mondal
  28. Aman Kumar
  29. Neelkanth Pan
  30. Sanjukta Das Bhowmik
  31. Akriti Asthana
  32. Deeksha Bhardwaj
  33. Asif Ali
  34. Prakriti Das
  35. Suvasnnigdha Sethi
  36. Minuka Tamang
  37. Amit Akshay Yadav
  38. Raveena Kohli
  39. Isha Sharma
  40. Conan Karchang Doley
  41. Hansa Kumari

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