Statement of Solidarity with JNU: from the community of New York University, New York

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We, the signatories to this statement, stand in solidarity with the student and faculty protests at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Student liberties, as well as the right to free speech protected in the Indian Constitution, were irreparably damaged by the State-sanctioned police action on the JNU campus, and the unjustified arrest of the student union President, Kanhaiya Kumar on the grounds of sedition. This is a grave charge reserved only for the active incitement of organised violence against the State, and one that was entirely inappropriate in the present circumstances.

We condemn the rhetoric of hate that has labelled protesting students as “anti-national”, “parasites on public money” and “terrorists”. We believe that the State has been unwilling to accept dissent through dialogue and open discussion on issues that it has been unsuccessful and irresolute in handling with justice and dignity. We see the attack on JNU to be an integral part of the larger processes — both implicitly and now explicitly facilitated by the government — of threatening and attacking university campuses across the country, and attempting to establish an intolerant, casteist, and fundamentalist regime which brooks no debate nor dissent. The institutional harassment and death of the Dalit PhD Scholar, Rohith Vemula at the University of Hyderabad, the violent attacks on the students of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, the Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda and Jadavpur University, Kolkata (to name a few) have all been indicative of the rising intolerance for any kind of dissent against the Right-wing, Hindu fundamentalist government.

We are deeply disturbed at the opportunistic subversion of the judicial process following the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, by the physical attacks on students and journalists conducted by lawyers, and by the public discourse surrounding the incident especially in certain television news channels and social media. The mass bloodlust present in the communal rhetoric against student leaders like Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid is shameful and erodes any semblance of progress that any civilised society should aim for. It is alarming how any efforts at changing how things work that do not emerge from within the government or its allies, is treated with suspicion and rendered illegitimate. As students, teachers and civil society members committed to ideas of social justice, we condemn the use of archaic laws that threaten the democratic space that universities must offer.

Recognising what is happening in India is not arising out of a socio-political vacuum, but is finding resonances all over the world, we oppose the growing intolerance for student liberties and stand against the systematic State-orchestrated persecution of free thinking students and their allies.

We, the students, faculty and members of the larger NYU community, stand by fellow students and colleagues at JNU in this immediate struggle and promise solidarity in the larger struggle against injustice and intolerance, and in upholding the ideals of a true democracy.

 

  1. Aisha Khan, Faculty, Dept of Anthropology, New York University
  2. Alberto Bisin, Professor, Department of Economics, New York University
  3. Alex Boodrookas, Ph.D. Student, Middle Eastern Studies & History, Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University
  4. Ali Mirsepassi, Professor, Gallatin/Middle East and Islamic Studies, New York University
  5. Alia Ayman, PhD Student, Dept of Anthropology, New York University
  6. Allen Feldman, Professor, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University
  7. Ana Dopico, Director KJCC, Dept Comp Lit, Dept Spanish and Portuguese, New York University
  8. Anamika Jain, Undergrad Student, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University
  9. Anamika Singh, Student, Cooper Union
  10. Andrea Gadberry, Faculty, Gallatin and the Dept. of Comparative Literature, New York University
  11. Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
  12. Angela Zito,Associate Professor, Anthropology & Program in Religious Studies, New York University
  13. Anisha Chadha, PhD student, Department of Anthropology, New York University
  14. Anjana Sreedhar, International Relations Department, College of Arts and Science, New York University
  15. Anjika Prashar, NYU Stern School of Business, New York University
  16. Ann Pellegrini, Professor, Performance Studies and Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
  17. Anne Rademacher, Associate, Professor, Anthropology and Environmental Studies, New York University
  18. Astha Sharma Pokharel, JD Candidate, NYU School of Law
  19. Avital Ronell, University Professor of the Humanities, New York University
  20. Bambi Schieffelin, Professor, Dept of Anthropology, New York University
  21. Bedatri Datta Choudhury, Graduate Student, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  22. Bruce Grant, Professor, Dept of Anthropology, New York University
  23. Charles Wilson, Professor, Dept of Economics, New York University
  24. Christopher Flinn, Professor of Economics, New York University
  25. Cristina Beltran, Associate Professor, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University
  26. Crystal Parikh, Associate Professor, English/SCA, New York University
  27. David Pearce, Professor, Dept of Economics, New York University
  28. Dean Saranillio, Associate Professor, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
  29. Debraj Ray, Julius Silver Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science, and Professor of Economics
  30. New York University
  31. Diana Taylor, Professor, Performace Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  32. Dylan Soltis, Graduate Student, Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  33. Eliot Borenstein, Professor, Russian & Slavic Studies, New York University
  34. Emanuela Bianchi, Department of Comparative Literature, New York University
  35. Emily Martin, Professor, Anthropology, New York University
  36. Faye Ginsburg, Professor, Anthropology, New York University
  37. Fred Myers, Siver Professor of Anthropolgy, New York University
  38. Gaurav C. Garg, PhD. Candidate, History Department, New York University
  39. Gianluca Violante, Dept of Economics, New York University
  40. Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Associate Professor, Gallatin, New York University
  41. Greg Grandin, Professor of History, New York University
  42. Guillaume Frechette, Associate Professor, Economics, Arts and Sciences, New York University
  43. Hye Jun Lee, Student, English and American Literature, College of Arts and Science, New York University
  44. Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology, New York University
  45. John M. Archer, Professor of English, New York University
  46. Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University
  47. Jose Luis Montiel Olea, Department of Economics, New York University
  48. Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Dept of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University
  49. Karl Storchmann, Economics Department, New York University
  50. Karla Reyes, Graduate Student, Steinhardt School, New York University,
  51. Kate Conroy, NYU Gallatin
  52. Kim Phillips-Fein, Associate Professor, Gallatin, New York University,
  53. Kiran Samuel, MA Student, Media, Culture & Communication, Steinhardt, New York University,
  54. L. Cortana, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University,
  55. Laura Murray, PhD student, Anthropology, New York University,
  56. Lauren Minsky, Asst Professor of History, New York University
  57. Linda Gordon, Florence Kelley Professor of History and University Professor of the Humanities, NYU
  58. Lisa Duggan, Prof of Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU
  59. Lisa Duggan, Professor, SCA, New York University,
  60. Luke Stark, NYU Steinhardt
  61. Manu Goswami, Associate Professor of History, New York University
  62. Mara Mills, Assistant Professor, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University,
  63. Margaret Day, Digital Media Archivist, Teaching and Learning with Technology, NYUIT
  64. María Fe Martínez, Graduate Student, NYU Steinhardt
  65. Marie Cruz Soto, Clinical Assistant Professor, Gallatin School, New York University
  66. Marita Sturken, Professor, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU
  67. Mary Nolan, Professor, History Department, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, New York University
  68. Meghna Chaudhuri, Dept of History, New York University
  69. Millery Polyne, Associate Professor, NYU Gallatin
  70. Mo Ogrodnik, Asssociate Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  71. Mohammad Hamad, Department of Sociology, City University of New York
  72. Moss Roberts, Prof of Chinese, East Asian studies, New York University
  73. Nathan H. Madson, Esq., Ph.D. student, Linguistic Anthropology, New York University
  74. Negar Taymoorzadeh, PhD student, Cinema Studies, Tisch School of the Arts
  75. Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor, MCC, New York University
  76. Nilita Vachani, Teacher, Tisch School of the arts, NYU
  77. Paula Chakravartty, Associate Professor, Gallatin School & Department of Media Culture and Communication, NYU
  78. Pedro Cabello, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University,
  79. Priscilla Karant, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Professional Studies, New York University
  80. Prof. Michael Gilsenan, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Faculty Arts Sciences, New York University
  81. Professor Bertell Ollman, Dept. of Politics, New York University,
  82. Rachel Weber, President, Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization, New York University
  83. Radha S. Hegde, Associate Professor, MCC, Steinhardt, New York University
  84. Rayna Rapp, Professor, Anthropology, FAS, New York University
  85. Rebecca E. Karl, Associate Professor, History Department, New York University
  86. Ritty Lukose, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
  87. Sahil Bhattad, NYU Steinhardt
  88. Samuel Carter Franklin, Graduate Student, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  89. Sarah Bean, Graduate Student, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  90. Shanker Satyanath, Professor, Arts and Sciences, New York University
  91. Sinclair Thomson, Associate Professor, History Department, New York University
  92. Sonia Das, Faculty, Dept of Anthropology, New York University
  93. Sonya Posmentier, Department of English, New York University
  94. Soumi Sarkar, MA, Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
  95. Stephen Duncombe, Professor, Gallatin and MCC/Steinhardt, New York University
  96. Stephen Duncombe, Professor, Gallatin School & MCC, New York University
  97. Sydney Ludvigson, Professor, Department of Economics, New York University
  98. Tanner Tafelski, Graduate Student, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  99. Tejaswini Ganti, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, New York University
  100. Thomas Abercrombie, Department of Anthropology, New York University
  101. Timothy J. Reiss, Professor Emeritus, Comparative Literature, New York University
  102. Toral Gajarawala, English and Comparative Literature, New York University
  103. Vasuki Nesiah, NYU Gallatin
  104. Vemana Madasu, NYU Steinhardt
  105. William Easterly, Professor of Economics, New York University
  106. Yoav Halperin, doctoral student, Department of Media Culture and Communication, NYU
  107. Zachary Lockman, Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and of History, NYU
  108. Zeynep Sertbulut, PhD Student, Anthropology, New York University
  109. Zöe Graham, Cinema Studies, New York University

 

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