Happy to Disturb – RJ Sayan and The Jadavpur Police Station, Kolkata

The disgusting police violence and simple thuggery unleashed by the Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University at the behest of his masters in the Trinamool Congress Party and the West Bengal Government has resulted in a counter-offensive that features rage mixed with humour, mirth, music and creativity. Nothing can be more lethal for the zombies in power than the laughter and music of the young.

Here is a brilliant radio clip – produced by RJ Sayan (Meter Down, 104 FM, Kolkata).

Thanks to Debjani Dutta for the translations and the English subtitles in the video.

6 thoughts on “Happy to Disturb – RJ Sayan and The Jadavpur Police Station, Kolkata”

  1. I heard this yesterday via soundclip. I respect the sentiment of the RJ but it was same old “I am a man and that is why I am talking. Are you a man?” “Are you feeling like a man after beating women”? When will we do better? Why invoking maleness/mardangi in it? I find it strange that he had to be a “man” to point what is wrong. I thought remaining a human being was enough for that.

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  2. Kavita Panjabi, Professor at Jadavpur University, writes:

    Laathir Mukhe Gaaner Shur, Dekhiye diyechhe Jadavpur

    (Laathi ke Munh mein Gaane ka Sur, Dikha diya hai Jadavpur
    Singing in the face of Blows, this is what Jadavpur Shows) [Translations Kavita’s]

    This was the slogan with which Jadavpur University students led the march from JU to Gol Park today.

    I’ve been a teacher at this university for 25 years, and a student before that, and I have never witnessed something so grim, so appalling on this campus as happened last night.
    I write with a heavy heart.

    Never, in all these years have students been laathi charged on campus by the police in the dead of night.
    Never has this university, that has taken such pride in its student teacher relationships, switched off its lights to leave its students in darkness – and to be beaten up.
    Never has it witnessed booted police, or chappal clad outsiders in plain clothes, attacking our young women, pulling them by the hair, walking over their bodies, tearing off their clothes, and then staring at one even as she tries to pull a friend’s shirt over her head to cover her self.
    Never have students here been told that it is “beneath one’s dignity” to talk to them, been denied even a hearing.

    Today is different. This is what the media is showing us today, this is what our students are telling us happened today.

    Yet, never before has the need for a fair and adequate trial for the sexual harassment of a woman been demanded so firmly here, so unitedly by so many students, male and female, across so many ideological persuasions and so many political positions.
    Yes, today is different.
    For never before have so many sensitive young women come to the fore, on campus and on television, in such calm, powerful and intelligent articulation of their claim to dignity.

    On principle I firmly oppose a gherao of teachers and administration by students. Such forced confinement is wrong.
    Yet I am proud of our students today, I am proud of Jadavpur.

    I am proud of our students who so determinedly protected each other at the cost of severe injuries to themselves, who resisted the violent attacks en-masse, but did not attack en-masse.
    I am proud of our students who led the march today chanting Laathir Mukhe Gaaner Shur, Dekhiye Diyechhe Jadavpur.
    I am proud of our students for having shown the world that Jadavpur is not about sexual harassment, tyranny and violence; that Jadavpur is about dignity, and it is about returning blows with spirited song.
    Our students have given us so much today. Thank you for restoring our pride in our university, and in you. Thank you for restoring hope in this world today.


  3. Just awesome !!!! Fabulous !!!
    RJ Sayan ….tumi awesome guru !!!

    SOM from TRIPURA.


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