“Intimidation in universities is fatal to intellectual inquiry”: students and teachers of Jindal University condemn ABVP

Solidarity Statement With Students And Faculty Of Ramjas College, Delhi University From Students And Faculty Of OP Jindal Global University

We, the undersigned students and faculty of O.P. Jindal Global University, condemn the recent attacks by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarti Parishad (ABVP) on students and faculty in Delhi University. We deplore the inaction of the Delhi police, who were present during these attacks. We also condemn the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs who, instead of assuring an investigation stated that, “No anti-India slogans will be allowed in the name of freedom of speech.” We wish to express our solidarity with the members of the DU community who are currently standing up for a university campus free from intimidation by ABVP.

The violence occurred on 21st February, the first day of the Ramjas literary society’s and English Department’s two-day seminar ‘Cultures of Protest’. This was an event for which all necessary permissions had been procured, including from the principal. Objecting to one of the participants at this event – JNU student Umar Khalid – ABVP members engaged in acts of vandalism in Ramjas College and also threatened and assaulted those attending the seminar. Khalid had been invited to speak on the war against Adivasis in Bastar, the topic of his PhD thesis. ABVP members engaged in these acts of violence in the name of defending nationalism. The Delhi Police claimed that they were unable to guarantee the safety of the participants in the face of the violence of ABVP. As a result, the college was forced to cancel the rest of the seminar. The following day, ABVP members disrupted a peaceful march by members of the Delhi University community to the Maurice Nagar police station. Once again, ABVP members physically attacked protesters and molested those present, including faculty and members of the media. Some of the protesters were injured and had to be rushed to hospital.

It is our firm opinion that this is part of a systematic endeavour on the part of the ABVP to use accusations of ‘anti-nationalism’ to crush opposition to their world-view. If universities are mired in this atmosphere of intimidation, fear and repression, it will be fatal to intellectual inquiry in our society.

The Delhi Police, through acts of omission and commission, has abetted these reprehensible developments. By refusing to protect the seminar proceedings on 21st February and allowing ABVP members to engage in violence on 22nd February, the police have offered selective protection of the law: in effect protecting the aggressors. The members of ABVP have received and continue to receive impunity from law enforcement agencies. The Delhi Police falls under the Union Home ministry, and it was dismaying to find its minister of state echoing the ABVP rather than prosecuting them. His statement provides grounds for concern that the investigation into the incident will not be fair.

As a university with a substantial presence of students and faculty studying and teaching the law we are disheartened by this complete and blatant disregard for the law by those who are supposed to uphold it.

We condemn in harshest terms the failure on the part of these authorities to protect every citizen, regardless of caste, class, gender and especially political inclination. We demand that law enforcement agencies must immediately take cognizance of the numerous violations committed against those participating in the seminar and the protesters. They must commence legal action against those committing these acts of violence. The Delhi University administration must also take immediate disciplinary action against the aggressors.

As fellow students and teachers, we admire the courage and resilience displayed by the protesters at Delhi University for refusing to succumb to fear and the threat of violence. We are inspired by this example and see that they are standing up, not merely for their own rights to free thought and expression, but for the rights of us all. It is imperative for all of us to come together at this crucial point of lawlessness to stand together in solidarity. It is important to remind ourselves at this time that neutrality and silence always support the oppressor, never the oppressed.

 

Name Position
Vagmi Shaema Student
Veer Shetty Student
Vibhuti Dikshit Student
Avi Srivastava Student
Sajal Mendiratta Student
Nirmal John Student
Aaryaman Trivedi Student
Adya R Luthra Student
Amala Dasarathi Student
Prajwal K Aradhya Student
Divyansha Student
Krishnesh Student
Mansi Sheth Student
Sajal Jain Student
Ira S Mahajan Student
Dhruv yadav Student
Shweta Reddy Student
Parvaz Student
Muskan Tibrewala Student
Shivam Yadav student
Yashaswini Venkatadri Student
Madhusruthi Neelakantan Student
Shailza Alumni
Sunoj Mysore Student
Pragya Saraf Student
arjun narang student
Rohan Mathew Student
Prashant Alai Student
Agil Vatchalam Student
Namit Chatrath Student
Shlok Goel Student
Priyasha Goyal Student
Kartikeya Jaiswal Student
Ridhima Kohli Student
Prerna Prakash Student.
Anish Vanaik Assistant Prof.
Shivakshi Bhattacharya Student
Meenakshi Ramkumar Student
Diya Mehta Student
Tejasvini Puri Student
Kavya Kartik Student
Sriya Sridhar Student
Sarthak sharma Student
Sakshi Prem Student
Didon Misri Student
Isha Malik Student
Pranati Pandit Student
Rohan Talwar Student
Anicham Tamilmani Student
Jhuma Sen Assistant Professor
Pragya Dahiya Student
Raghav Agrawal Student
Vidisha Bajaj Student
Vaibhav Kulkarni Student
Rakshith Student
Raja Venkata Krishna Dandamudi student
Mohsin Khan Assistant Professor
Amrita Senior Research Associate
Shikha Mehra Alumni/RA
Vedika bakshi Student
Tanushri More Student
Rohini Sen Assistant Professor
Devangana Kuthari Student
Vedant Mundra Student
Avishek Konar Assistant Prof.
Vinod Vyasulu Professor and Vice Dean
Rahil Student
Bhawna Agarwal Alumni
SHWETA RAGHAV Student
Sabarish Suresh student
Sannoy Das Assistant Professor
Sanjay Mukherjee Student
Akshay Dalal Student
Divykush Singh Student
Madhulika Student
Rakesh Ankit Asst. Prof.
Aditi Tiwari student
Sanya Student
Meghana Santosh Student
Uday Vir Garg Student
Pranav kapoor Student
Amogh sushilchandra Student
Himanshu Malik Student
Yuhina Sangha Student
Harshita Iyer Student
Virangna Student
Karan Bhatia Student
Aishwarya Mishra Student
Avani Tewari Student
Ish Maini Student
Annanya Mehan Student
Satyam Aneja Student
Nipun Arora Student
Raghu Vinayak Sinha Student
Siddhant Bhasin Student/RA
Tanushri Agarwal Student
Akriti muddaiah Student
Sambhav Student
Adithyalakshmanan k Student
Aiswarya Pinisetti student
Mishika Chowdhary Student
Upasana Garnaik Assistant Prof.
Ekta Janghu Student
Srivatsan Q Student/R.A.
Aditya Prasad Student
Madhur Arora Student
Deepanshi Student
Anoushka Virk Student
Ekssha Kashyap Student
DEBLINA DEY SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
SERUPALLY RAJESH M. A
Misria Assistant Research Officer
Kshitij Dua Student
Manasa Ramakrishna Student
Ishan Phogat Student
Sanjay E Student
Dr. Maaz Bin Bilal Assistant Prof.
Parul Yadav Student
Shivam Ahuja Student
Prachi Saraogi Student
Anandita Rana Student
Krithika Ashok Assistant Professor
Dhriti Student
Mahak Tanwar Student
Soumyadeep Bera Student
Tumuluri R Student
Vandita Khanna Student
Taarika peres student
Jaisal Baath Student
Mahin Rai Student
Alisha Mehta Student
Atharva Deshmukh Student
Danish MC Student
Ridhi Student
Deepak Goyal Student
Malavika Prasanna Student
rajesh student
Mohit Yadav Student
Dhruv Shekhar Student
Akhshat Sharma Student
Sarah Sharma Student
Rahul Shekhar Student
Aishwarya Student
Titiksha Mohanty Student
Lubhawna Student
Diya Rana Student
Sandesh garg Student
Simran Sharma Student
Pallavi Laungani Student
Anush Student
Akruti Ramachandra Student
Sakshi student
prachi Dang student
Divita Madaan Student
Anshul Bajaj Student
Ramya Student
Romit Sarkar Student
Gitanjali Surendran Associate Professor
Deepti Narayanan Student
Kalyani Menon Student
Rajdeep Pakanati Associate Professor
Ankita Das Student
Shikhar Tyagi Student
Anisha Bhattacharjee Student
Prerna Saroha Student
Upamanyu Student
Bhavya jain Student
Vyshali Kottam Student
Rebika Guineimoi Kipgen Student
Shantanu Raj Student
Priyanka Sham Bhat Student
Jigyasa Singla Student
Shreeja Athota Student
Ananya Saxena Student
Kavana Ramaswamy Assistant Professor
Veda Singh Student
Tanay Hegde Student
Akanksha Student
Sukriti Bhagat Student
Gokula Krishnan Student
Samridh Shastry Student
Aditi Khemani Student
simran Student
Rashmita Sunkara Student
Shuchi Purohit Student
Arjun Joshi Student
Aditya Thyagarajan Student
Antrip Bhattacharjee Student
Shivani Pegatraju Student
Aishwarya Iyer Senior Research Associate
Arup K Chatterjee Assistant Professor
Himabindu Student
Arshiya Chahal Student
Rhea Malik Student
Aparna Sivaraman Student
Palak Sehgal Student
Mercy Deborah Research Associate

Nicolas de Zamacrozy Assistant Professor

Dipika Jain Associate Professor

Kshitij Bansal Senior Research Associate

 

Name Position
Vagmi Shaema Student
Veer Shetty Student
Vibhuti Dikshit Student
Avi Srivastava Student
Sajal Mendiratta Student
Nirmal John Student
Aaryaman Trivedi Student
Adya R Luthra Student
Amala Dasarathi Student
Prajwal K Aradhya Student
Divyansha Student
Krishnesh Student
Mansi Sheth Student
Sajal Jain Student
Ira S Mahajan Student
Dhruv yadav Student
Shweta Reddy Student
Parvaz Student
Muskan Tibrewala Student
Shivam Yadav student
Yashaswini Venkatadri Student
Madhusruthi Neelakantan Student
Shailza Alumni
Sunoj Mysore Student
Pragya Saraf Student
arjun narang student
Rohan Mathew Student
Prashant Alai Student
Agil Vatchalam Student
Namit Chatrath Student
Shlok Goel Student
Priyasha Goyal Student
Kartikeya Jaiswal Student
Ridhima Kohli Student
Prerna Prakash Student.
Anish Vanaik Assistant Prof.
Shivakshi Bhattacharya Student
Meenakshi Ramkumar Student
Diya Mehta Student
Tejasvini Puri Student
Kavya Kartik Student
Sriya Sridhar Student
Sarthak sharma Student
Sakshi Prem Student
Didon Misri Student
Isha Malik Student
Pranati Pandit Student
Rohan Talwar Student
Anicham Tamilmani Student
Jhuma Sen Assistant Professor
Pragya Dahiya Student
Raghav Agrawal Student
Vidisha Bajaj Student
Vaibhav Kulkarni Student
Rakshith Student
Raja Venkata Krishna Dandamudi student
Mohsin Khan Assistant Professor
Amrita Senior Research Associate
Shikha Mehra Alumni/RA
Vedika bakshi Student
Tanushri More Student
Rohini Sen Assistant Professor
Devangana Kuthari Student
Vedant Mundra Student
Avishek Konar Assistant Prof.
Vinod Vyasulu Professor and Vice Dean
Rahil Student
Bhawna Agarwal Alumni
SHWETA RAGHAV Student
Sabarish Suresh student
Sannoy Das Assistant Professor
Sanjay Mukherjee Student
Akshay Dalal Student
Divykush Singh Student
Madhulika Student
Rakesh Ankit Asst. Prof.
Aditi Tiwari student
Sanya Student
Meghana Santosh Student
Uday Vir Garg Student
Pranav kapoor Student
Amogh sushilchandra Student
Himanshu Malik Student
Yuhina Sangha Student
Harshita Iyer Student
Virangna Student
Karan Bhatia Student
Aishwarya Mishra Student
Avani Tewari Student
Ish Maini Student
Annanya Mehan Student
Satyam Aneja Student
Nipun Arora Student
Raghu Vinayak Sinha Student
Siddhant Bhasin Student/RA
Tanushri Agarwal Student
Akriti muddaiah Student
Sambhav Student
Adithyalakshmanan k Student
Aiswarya Pinisetti student
Mishika Chowdhary Student
Upasana Garnaik Assistant Prof.
Ekta Janghu Student
Srivatsan Q Student/R.A.
Aditya Prasad Student
Madhur Arora Student
Deepanshi Student
Anoushka Virk Student
Ekssha Kashyap Student
DEBLINA DEY SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
SERUPALLY RAJESH M. A
Misria Assistant Research Officer
Kshitij Dua Student
Manasa Ramakrishna Student
Ishan Phogat Student
Sanjay E Student
Dr. Maaz Bin Bilal Assistant Prof.
Parul Yadav Student
Shivam Ahuja Student
Prachi Saraogi Student
Anandita Rana Student
Krithika Ashok Assistant Professor
Dhriti Student
Mahak Tanwar Student
Soumyadeep Bera Student
Tumuluri R Student
Vandita Khanna Student
Taarika peres student
Jaisal Baath Student
Mahin Rai Student
Alisha Mehta Student
Atharva Deshmukh Student
Danish MC Student
Ridhi Student
Deepak Goyal Student
Malavika Prasanna Student
rajesh student
Mohit Yadav Student
Dhruv Shekhar Student
Akhshat Sharma Student
Sarah Sharma Student
Rahul Shekhar Student
Aishwarya Student
Titiksha Mohanty Student
Lubhawna Student
Diya Rana Student
Sandesh garg Student
Simran Sharma Student
Pallavi Laungani Student
Anush Student
Akruti Ramachandra Student
Sakshi student
prachi Dang student
Divita Madaan Student
Anshul Bajaj Student
Ramya Student
Romit Sarkar Student
Gitanjali Surendran Associate Professor
Deepti Narayanan Student
Kalyani Menon Student
Rajdeep Pakanati Associate Professor
Ankita Das Student
Shikhar Tyagi Student
Anisha Bhattacharjee Student
Prerna Saroha Student
Upamanyu Student
Bhavya jain Student
Vyshali Kottam Student
Rebika Guineimoi Kipgen Student
Shantanu Raj Student
Priyanka Sham Bhat Student
Jigyasa Singla Student
Shreeja Athota Student
Ananya Saxena Student
Kavana Ramaswamy Assistant Professor
Veda Singh Student
Tanay Hegde Student
Akanksha Student
Sukriti Bhagat Student
Gokula Krishnan Student
Samridh Shastry Student
Aditi Khemani Student
simran Student
Rashmita Sunkara Student
Shuchi Purohit Student
Arjun Joshi Student
Aditya Thyagarajan Student
Antrip Bhattacharjee Student
Shivani Pegatraju Student
Aishwarya Iyer Senior Research Associate
Arup K Chatterjee Assistant Professor
Himabindu Student
Arshiya Chahal Student
Rhea Malik Student
Aparna Sivaraman Student
Palak Sehgal Student
Mercy Deborah Research Associate

Nicolas de Zamacrozy Assistant Professor

Dipika Jain Associate Professor

Kshitij Bansal Senior Research Associate

Albeena Shakil Assistant Professor

Albeena Shakil Assistant Professor

 

  • edsa0601

    Apt sentiments are expressed in the protest but what weight will they carry?
    Will the BJP peasants (like Modi, Rajnath, and the like) take heed? They are the present rulers of India and want to keep ruling. High principle or moral injunctions mean nothing to them.
    They have ordered the police chiefs to go easy on that ABVP gang of thugs.
    So the students are truly in a fix. Whom do you appeal to?

    I was amused by the threat to ‘intellectual inquiry’.
    How much intellectual activity or scholarship goes on in India? Very little, indeed. India is not known for discussion and debate, for innovation and invention.
    I understand there are some 700 universities in India – their standard is probably no more than higher school standards in East Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan).
    Why don’t dismantle these ramshackle ‘universities’ and seek East Asian guidance?

  • K SHESHU BABU

    Solidarity expressed by the staff and students of the university will add to the ongoing struggle. Many more students and teachers of different universities should express solidarity for the students and build congenial atmosphere for debates and discussions