It’s a battle for all of us: Two nights with the JNU hunger strikers at Freedom Square

Harsh Mander writes in The Scroll:

On the wall is a painting of a beaming Rohith Vemula. Below his face is a poignant engraving: 1989-Forever. Under the painting on the floor are sprawled around 20 mattresses, on which groups of students sit in clusters, work on their laptops, or stretch out listlessly. The days are […]

Crime and punishment: Why the entire JNU administration now faces a crisis of credibility

Ayesha Kidwai writes:

The extremely obstinate, vengeful and motivated enquiry proceedings and disciplinary action have perverted university procedures and institutions.

Source: Crime and punishment: Why the entire JNU administration now faces a crisis of credibility

‘We faced a trial by media’: The Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya interview

A month ago, if one went by the announcements made on some news channels, it would seem that Jawaharlal Nehru University student Umar Khalid was very a dangerous man indeed.

NewsX had called him a Jaish-e-Mohammed sympathiser and Zee News said that he had apparently made 800 calls in the week leading up to Feburary […]

Full text: 139 academics condemn ‘vicious media campaign’ against JNU professor Nivedita Menon

A group of 139 academics from around the world has sent out an open letter decrying the “right-wing media campaign” against Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Nivedita Menon, a political scientist and well-known feminist scholar. The list of signatories includes some of the world’s leading scholars including Partha Chatterjee, Homi Bhabha, Lila Abu-Lughod and Sheldon Pollock.

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Heart of the matter: Which dissent is impermissible in a democracy?

Harsh Mandar in scroll.in: As Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya remain in jail, even the liberal discourse is divided on whether the alleged anti-national sloganeering by the JNU students is a crime.

Heart of the matter: Which dissent is impermissible in a democracy?

Azadi voices: At JNU march, students speak out against state repression and for the right to dissent

 

Students and labour unions marched across Delhi on Tuesday to demand that the cases of sedition with which Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and SAR Geelani have been charged be dropped.

Azadi voices: At JNU march, students speak out against state repression and for the right to dissent

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‘What is happening in India today is similar to the McCarthy era’: Partha Chatterjee

There is something ominously new in the manner in which the attack against freedom of thought and expression has been launched this time, says the noted political scientist.

‘What is happening in India today is similar to the McCarthy era’: Partha Chatterjee

Kanhaiya has got bail but the state has more to gain from keeping his two classmates behind bars

It will be easier for the government to claim that JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya were involved in seditious activities.

Kanhaiya has got bail but the state has more to gain from keeping his two classmates behind bars

Kanhaiya Kumar bail order: When the court seems imprisoned by a sense of majoritarian rhetoric

The order has collectively punished and stigmatised one of India’s best universities, effectively turning it into an open jail or a place for Kanhaiya’s rehabilitation.

Kanhaiya Kumar bail order: When the court seems imprisoned by a sense of majoritarian rhetoric