Purdue University Stands in Solidarity with JNU

We, the undersigned faculty and students at Purdue University, strongly condemn the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar. We oppose the systematic and deliberate attempts to humiliate, bully and terrorize the university’s community of scholars and political activists. It is unethical for a government to spread canards about students with the hope of distracting attention away from its over-zealous, slapdash interventions in academic institutions. We demand that this scapegoating and hounding of Umar Khalid, and all other students, cease immediately.

We salute the courageous JNU community that stands proud and resolute in the face of physical violence, media trials, and sectarian, antediluvian discourses that confuse students for enemies, and dissent – the cornerstone of democracy – for sedition.

More generally, we detect a pattern in this government’s deployment of the state machinery against young adults committed to addressing the inequities and discriminations so blatant in our country today. We insist, therefore, that the central government end its programmatic assault on public educational institutions and the spirit of free-thought. Institutions of higher education must be created and preserved as spaces where caste oppression, gender and minority-exclusion can be studied, and their resistance practiced. JNU exemplifies a dual commitment to combining academic rigor with a political-ethical conscience. We stand in solidarity with JNU’s vision of a diverse campus, charged with a robust polity, where no monolithic, auto-corrected version of the nation or patriotism dominates. We believe that university campuses, like society at large, can thrive only when celebrations of the myriad manifestations of the nation are accompanied by an honest and fearless capacity to criticize its inadequacies.

  1. Alisha Karabinus, Graduate Student, Department of English
  2. Allison Layfield, Graduate student, Department of English
  3. Anant Goel, Undergraduate student, Department of Computer Science
  4. Anish Vanaik, Faculty, Purdue Honors College
  5. Anna Monical, Undergraduate student, Department of English
  6. Arielle McKee, Graduate student, Department of English
  7. Audrey Gradzewicz, Graduate student, Department of English
  8. Ben Ashmani, Alumnus
  9. Benjamin Balthaza, Faculty, Indiana University, South Bend
  10. Benjamin Madrid, Alumnus
  11. Bill Mullen, Faculty, Department of English and American Studies
  12. Brianna Grace Cheesman, Undergraduate student
  13. Carlos Macias Prieto, Alumnus, American Studies
  14. Casarae Gibson, Alumna, American Studies
  15. Casey Root Varner
  16. Cesar Andres Elvir Velches, Graduate student, Department of English
  17. Chandrahas Reddy, Undergraduate student, Purdue Polytechnic Institute
  18. Christopher Munt, Graduate Student, American Studies
  19. Dan Kenzie, Graduate Student, Department of English
  20. Dana Bisignani, Graduate Student, Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
  21. Dana Roders, Graduate student, Department of English
  22. Don Unger, Alumnus, Department of English
  23. Dwaine Jengelley, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Purdue Honors College
  24. Elle Rochford, Graduate student, Department of sociology
  25. Greg Allendorf, Alumnus, Department of English
  26. Gulcin Con, Graduate student, Department of Sociology
  27. Helen Knight, Alumna, Department of English
  28. Jared M. Wright, Graduate student, Department of Sociology
  29. Joohyun Jade Park, Graduate student, Department of English
  30. Julia Smith, Graduate student, Department of English
  31. Kara Krewer, Alumna, Department of English
  32. Kevin Names, Undergraduate student
  33. Lauren Carpenter, Alumna, Department of English
  34. Lisa Ann Curtin, Alumna, Department of English
  35. Lisa Young, Graduate Student, American Studies
  36. Matt Townsley, Alumnus, Department of English
  37. Matt Varner, Alumnus, Department of English
  38. Megan Schoen, Alumna, Department of English
  39. Megha Anwer, Faculty, Purdue Honors College
  40. Namrata Mitra, Alumna, Department of English
  41. Natasha Duncan, Faculty, Department of Political Science
  42. Nathaniel Coghlan, Director of Outreach, Purdue Honors College
  43. Patricia Morton, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology
  44. Paul Eliot, Graduate Student, Department of English
  45. Preethi Krishnan, Graduate student, Department of Sociology
  46. Priya Sirohi, Graduate student, Department of English
  47. Ryan Hubble, Alumnus, Department of English
  48. Saba Pirzada, Graduate student, Department of English
  49. Steve Gooch, Graduate Student, Department of English
  50. Tehmina Pirzada, Graduate student, Department of English
  51. Teht Ashmani, Alumna, Department of English
  52. Tithi Bhattacharya, Director, Global Studies
  53. Tracey Jean Boisseau, Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
  54. Tristan Abbott, Alumnus, Department of English
  55. Wesley Bishop, Graduate student, History Department
  56. Zachary Pamler, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology
  57. Zahra Tehrani, Faculty, Purdue Honors College

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