Stop Harassment of Delhi University Professors

We the undersigned condemn the ongoing harassment of senior professors of Delhi University Dr. Ali Javed, Prof Nirmalangshu Mukharji and Dr. Vijay Singh in the name of questioning over a seminar which is construed as an anti national event. These professors were kept in the police station till 3 amat night and have been subjected to questioning for nearly 12 hours a day. Dr. Tripta Wahi was also called for questioning on Monday but allowed to leave in the evening.

All this is related to a meeting held at the press club in which Dr. Ali Javed, Prof. Nirmalangshu Mukharji, Dr. Vijay Singh and Tripta Wahi had participated and spoken. It seems a case is being tried to be made that it was an anti-national meeting and these four academics who are involved in it.

Dr. Ali Javed has made it very clear in his letter to the press club and in his statement to the police that he was not the organiser of the event. His role was confined to get venue for Dr. S. A. R. Geelani booked at his request. All four of them had spoken very clear in the meeting that for them the Indian constitution was supreme. All problems including that of Kashmir needs to be resolved in the frame work of the constitution. They had also made it abundantly clear that they did not regard Afzal Guru as martyr.

We also want to emphasize that India has a long tradition of various types of anti-establishment campaigns which have only strengthened the Indian democracy and made it more robust and resilient. State alone does not represent India. It is the people, of different shades and hues, of differing ideas of democracy which make India. India has witnessed protests in Mizoram, Nagaland, Bodoland, Manipur, Gorkhaland and other places. To criminalize expression of dissent and protest would subvert the very idea of a free and democratic India.

Indian state cannot be allowed to turn into a police state which believes in only one kind of ‘nationalist’ ideology. Expression of frustration and even anger by people who have a feeling of being wronged by the state cannot be termed seditious.

Kashmiri people, as Indian citizens, have a right to express themselves, however disagreeable their protest might be to some of us as long as it is not a violent act.

The atmosphere of fear and intimidation that has been built in the last week bodes ill for Indian democracy. The capitulation of the press club before the police, its alacrity in lodging a complaint against the organisers of the above mentioned event and its act of termination of the membership of Ali Javed shows that autonomy of institutions is under severe stress.

For the last four days the four academics are being harassed by keeping them at the police station long hours. It’s very distressing and disturbing that all this is happening in the capital of India and involves four well know academics who have all their life fought for democratic and secular values of India who are being subjected to constant harassment.

We demand that the Delhi Police stop subjecting these senior academics to needless harassment and indignity.

A K Mohammed Azad, Electronics Engineer
A.Prakash, VJ College, New Delhi
Abhishek Srivastava
Ajita, WSS & PUDR
Almas Shamim,Public Health Professional, New Delhi
Amalendu Upadhyaya, Journalist
Amit Srivastav, Advocate
Amita V. Joseph, Advocate
Anand Chakravarti
Anil Chowdhary, Social Activist
Anil Sadgopal, Former Dean, Faculty of Education, Delhi University
Anjuman Ara Begum, Human Rights Defender
Apoorvanand, Professor Delhi University
Asad Ashraf, Journalist
Asha G, Scientist
Ashish Ranjan, Alumnus IIT Kharagpur
Ashok Agrawal
Bhim Subba, Research Scholar, Delhi University
Braham Yadav, Advocate
Chandana Das – Social Activist.
Daniel Mazgaonkar, Sarvodaya Activist
Dhruv Mankad
Dhruv Narain, Publisher
Dilip Simeon, Historian
Dipak Dholakia
Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat, Social Activist
Dr Walter Fernandes, Senior Fellow, North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati
Dr.Subash Mohapatra, Global Human Rights Communications, Bhubaneswar
Fr. Cedric Prakash, Human Rights Activist
Guneet Kaur, Lawyer- Delhi
Haridas T, Social Activist
Harjinder (Laltu) Singh, Professor, IIIT-Hyderabad
Harsh Kapoor, Social Activist
Harsh Mander, Social Activist
Indu Prakash singh, Human Rights Defender: President, Forum against Corruption & Threats (FACT)
John Dayal
Joseph Mathai, Publisher
Juhi Jain, Feminist Activist
K. M. Shrimali, Former Professor, Delhi University
K. Saradamoni, Social Scientist
K. Satchidanandan, Writer
Kalpana Mehta
Kalyani Menon-Sen, Feminist Learning Partnerships
Karen Gabriel, Delhi University
Kashif Ahmed Faraz, APCR
Kavita Krishnan, Secretary, AIPWA
Kavita Srivastava, PUCL
Kiran Shaheen, New Delhi
Kumar Sundaram, Researcher
Latika Vashist
Leena Dabiru, Social Activist
M.K.George, Kozhikode
Madhuresh Kumar, NAPM
Madhurima Nundy, Associate Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
Manasi Thapliyal, Ambedkar University Delhi
Manisha Gupte, Women’s Rights Activist
Manisha Sethi, JTSA
Manoj Jha, Professor Delhi University
Manoranjan Mohanty, Former Professor Delhi University
Mansi Sharma, Social Activist
Mary E. John, Centre for Women’s Development Studies
Meena Radhakrishna, formerly of Delhi University
Nandini Sundar, Professor Delhi University
Nasir Tyabji, Formerly with Jamia Millia Islamia.”
Nasiruddin, Journalist
Nasreen Fazalbhoy
Navaid Hamid, President All India Muslim Majlis e Mushawarat
Nayantara Sahgal, Writer
ND Pancholi, Advocate
Neelima Sharma, Dramatist
Neshat Quaiser, Dr. Associate Professor Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Nikita Sonavane, Student, Government Law College, Mumbai
Nirmala Sathe
Nisha Biswas, Retd Scientist CSIR
Nitika Pant, Secretary, SAKAR
Ovais Sultan Khan, Social activist
P K Vijayan, Delhi University
Palash Biswas
Parijata, Lawyer- Bombay
Prof Girija Gupte, Mumbai
Prof Jagmohan
Purushottam Agrawal
Pyoli, Advocate, Supreme Court
Qurban Ali
Rachna Dhingra, Bhopal Group for Information & Action
Radhika Desai, Hyderabad
Rahul Govind, Professor Delhi University
Rajani Koantambigi
Rakesh Manchanda
Ram Naresh Jha, Patna
Ram Puniyani, Writer
Ramesh Awasthi, PUCL Maharashtra
Ramesh Patnaik,All India forum for Right to Education
Ramsharan Joshi, Journalist
Ranjana Kanhere
Ranu Jain, Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Ravi Duggal, Health Researcher and Activist, Mumbai
Ravi Nair, SAHRDC
Ravi Nitesh
Rita Manchanda, Writer, Activist
Ritwik Agarwal, Professor Delhi University
Rohini Hensman (writer)
Rosemary Viswanath
S.Q.Masood, Social Activist, Hyderabad
Saba Naqvi, Journalist
Saheli, New Delhi
Sanghmitra Misra, Professor Delhi University
Sania Hashmi, Documentary Film-maker
Satinath Sarangi, Bhopal Group for Information & Action
Satya Sivaraman, Journalist
Seema Mustafa, Journalist
Shabana Diler, Pune
Shabnam Hashmi, Social Activist
Shamsul Islam, Author
Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, Writer/Journalist
Shivani Taneja, Educationist, Bhopal
Shoma Sen, RTM Nagpur University
Shripad Dharmadhikary
Sneha Gole
Sohaib Ahmad, JTSA
Sukhvinder Shahi, Visiting Lecturer, Hindu College, University of Delhi
Sukumar Muralidharan, Journalist
Sumit Chakravarty, Journalist
Sunita V S Bandewar, Independent Sr Research Professional
Tanvir Aeijaz, Delhi University
Teesta Setlvad, Social Activist
Tshering Chonzom Bhutia, PhD, (Ex JNU), Associate Fellow,Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
Tultul Biswas, MP Mahila Manch, Bhopal
Uma Chakravarti, Feminist
Uma V Chandru, WSS, Bangalore
Vargheesh Antony. Advocate
Vasantha Kumari A S
Vikram Kanhere
Viren Lobo
Vivek Sakpal, Publisher, People’s Literature Publication
Vivek Sundara,Social Activist
Xonzoi (Sanjay) Barbora