End Casteist – Fascist attacks on students of University of Hyderabad now: Read NAPM’s full statement

VC Appa Rao Podile, MP Dattatreya, and Minister Smriti Irani must resign!! 

The National Alliance of People’s Movements is shocked at the brutality that has been meted out to the students and faculty of University of Hyderabad (UoH).We condemn, in the strongest possible words, the violence unleashed on the peaceful protesters on the 22nd March, followed by arrests of 27 students and 2 faculty members. In a complete violation of basic human rights, the university administration denied access to food, water, electricity and even freedom of movement to students for the next two days, imprisoning them within their own university. As if this was not enough, those arrested were beaten up even in the police custody and even after remand, while the witch-hunt of students and militarization of the campus continues to this moment. Various fact-findings have revealed that the allegation of “vandalism” by students is a mere fig-leaf for repression.

It is, however, important to note that this is not a one-off incident. It is an extension of the continuous repression faced, and fought bravely, by the student’s movement of the university in the past few months. Challenging the casteist and fascist State and its visible influence on the autonomy of the university, as well as in the lives of the students, especially of those from oppressed communities, has been an important contribution of the movement. They have raised pertinent questions about caste, capital punishment, food-fascism, gender, discrimination within the university, fellowships of students, among others, thereby shaping a discourse of dissent and criticality.

This is, evidently, a threat and a reason enough to invite the wrath of the powers that be. From the Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani to MP Bandaru Dattatreya, along with the Vice-Chancellor Appa Rao and the anti-student administration, all colluded to orchestrate an unprecedented attack on the students, finally leading to the institutional murder of Dalit research scholar and Ambedkarite activist Rohith Vemula. However, Rohith’s killing sparked a country-wide uprising of students against the Brahminical Hindutva nature and workings of the ruling party, and this recent attack and reinstating of the VC when the case against him is still sub judice, is only to suppress the momentum gained by the movement and the questions it raises.

The National Alliance of People’s Movements stands in complete solidarity with the struggling students of the UoH and demands: 

  1. Immediate release of all students and faculty members and dropping of all charges against them. End Police Raj on the campus.
  1. Immediate removal of the VC Appa Rao and resignation of Smriti Irani and Bandaru Dattatreya
  1. Enactment of Rohith Act and ending caste-based discrimination on campuses.
  1. Legal action against all those responsible for the repression against the students and faculty at UoH.

We wish to reiterate that these fearless young people, their articulation, clarity of thought and vision and their commitment make us hopeful of the times ahead, and we stand with them and join them in the struggle for democratic and just universities as well as the whole of society.

 

Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan & Lingraj Azad – Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti & Meera – Narmada Bachao Andolan, NAPM, MP; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelkandan – NAPM Kerala; P Chennaiah & Ramakrishnan Raju – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh – NAPM, UP; Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union & Rukmini V P, Garment Labour Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan & Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant – Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan & Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar; Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, & J S Walia, NAPM Haryana; Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan; Amitava Mitra & Sujato Bhadra, NAPM West Bengal; B S Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini & Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar and Shabnam Shaikh – NAPM, Delhi.

  • Aparna Choudhary

    I have an issue to talk about which is related to caste system: Why do we have reservations only for select group pf people ? If reservation has to be there, then lets have reservation for each and every poor belonging to any caste (be it brahmin or any other high caste) . This will be a fair basis of reservation, uplifting the poor and under-privileged from all castes and tribes., not just select castes. , OR lets not have reservation at all,because the current reservation criteria is very unfair and biased, the current reservation makes no sense at all.

    On the other hand, I also think that having reservation system is not correct. We should give all kind of facilities to the poor and under-privileged from any caste or tribe. Right from their childhood, facilities like books, schools etc., should be made available to them. But the exams (for admission to higher college or any job) should have the same cut off for all the people, irrespective of their caste/gender. In such a system, only worthy candidates will pass the exam. As far as clearing any exam is concerned, it depends totally on one’s hardwork and to some extent on intelligence. Again intelligence varies from person to person irrespective of caste/creed or tribe in which he/she is born.

    • Ammisetti RamaKrishna

      Aparna , Your line of argument was discussed thoroughly ,has been repudiated many times.The answer for your argument in one sentence is there can not be equality among unequals.The perks you mentioned for dalits are no way bring them on equal platform .It may take generations for attaining some sort of social equality.

      Poor and underprivilised need to claim their legitamate equal share in all resources not reservations.

      • subramanian n

        not really second generation dalits do fine enough,most of them do not marry dalits and even if they do they have money and power and nobody cares,there goes your logic