Statement on Behalf of Facultyand Students of O.P Jindal Global University in Solidarity With JNU

 

We, the undersigned Faculty and Students from the O.P Jindal Global University (JGU) in our individual capacity, condemn the police crackdown in Jawaharlal Nehru University- Delhi(JNU) and the apathy towards JNU demonstrated by State actors through their coercive actions.

It is our firm belief that Universities are places for unhindered engagement with ideas, which is essential for a holistic education. This becomes meaningless without space for dissent, critique, and engagement with alternative ideologies. Academic spaces such as universitiesrequire academic freedom, and taking such freedom seriously warrants space for ideological engagement with the world. In this stead, we are of the opinion that the charges levied on the President of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union (JNUSU) are uncalled for and contrary to the values of liberty and freedom protected by The Constitution of India. The actions of the police and views of senior ministers of the central government fail to appreciate the importance of allowing students to express their opinions freely. If any opinion is found to be irresponsible or distasteful, it should be countered by contrary opinions and not State coercion.

It is imperative to understand that under the Indian constitutional framework, freedom of speech is the rule, and the reasonable restrictions that follow themare it merely exceptions. It is unfortunate that senior members of the government, the police, and many sections of the media are miserably failing to appreciate our constitutional scheme.They rely on colonial laws and ideas that were employed to curb free thought and expression which were cherished by the leaders of India’s struggle for independence many of whom were drafters of the Constitution of India.Brandishing JNU as an institution and its students, as terrorists and anti-nationals is a reflection of the impoverished understanding of constitutional values that such sections of the society hold.We find such brandishing to becondemnable.

The turn of events at JNU highlight the need to seriously reconsider the notions of nation, nationalism,Stateand cultural diversity. Indian society has had a history of mature engagement with such ideas. The current handling of affairs in JNU by State actors however betrays their ignorance of such well-established intellectual and political traditions in Indian society. Indeed, it goes unsaid that the idea of India being a multi-national State is staple fare in intellectual debates across India and the world. The coercive State response to the events at JNU not only runs contrary to India being a mature democracy capable of nurturing diverse ideologies, but alsocounter-productive to the constitutional guarantee of freedom of speech and expression.

Along with eminent members of the legal profession, we too are of the view that the sedition charges imposed upon the students is without any substance, and contrary to the law on sedition laid down by the Supreme Court of India. Indeed, the law of sedition is in itself a problematic colonial remnant that needs to be repealed. We demand the immediate release of the students currently in custody. We also condemn the attack on the teachers and students of JNU and journalists in the Patiala Court House, and urge the State to take action on the aggressors immediately. The events at Patiala House are another reminder to the state of falling standards of ethical conduct in our society.It is also a reminder of the state’s repeated failure to bring about police reforms in India to protect the basic right to bodily integrity and security of its citizens. Failure to understand the gravity of police inaction in courts is an alarming signal for the failure of the state performing its essential functions.

We stand in solidarity with our fellow teachers and students of JNU and hope for the spate of affairs to return to normalcy at the earliest. For those who did raise alleged slogans against the unity of India, we respect their right to express their views and appeal to state actors and society at large to engage with them through speech and criticism, rather than by coercion and abuse.

 

Signatories:

  1. Kanika Dabra, Student, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  2. Sukaina Husain, Student, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  3. Saloni, Student, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  4. Alwyn Lobo, Student, Jindal Global Business School
  5. Sabarish Suresh, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  6. Madhavi Achaiah, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  7. Ishani Sharma, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  8. Rohini Sud, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  9. Jyoti Goyal, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  10. Avi Srivastava , Student, Jindal Global Law School
  11. Misria Shaikh Ali, Student, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  12. Vijayant Singh, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  13. SERUPALLY RAJESH, Student, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  14. Sajal Mendiratta, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  15. Shourya Bari, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  16. Yash Sharma, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  17. Pranav Kapoor, Student, Jindal global law school
  18. Mansi Sheth, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  19. Avani Joshi, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  20. Pallavi Laungani, Student, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  21. Shivakshi Bhattacharya, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  22. Prachi Sharma Student- Jindal Global Law School
  23. Pushpa devendra, student, Jindal School of International Affairs
  24. Karanraj Bhatia, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  25. ASHWATHEJ, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  26. Saurabh Kaushik, Student, Jindal School of International Affairs
  27. Pritam Baruah Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  28. Mitali, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  29. Srivatsan M, Student – Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  30. Titiksha Mohanty, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  31. Rashmi, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  32. Ajita Sharma, Jindal Global Law School (Alumni)
  33. Shikhar Tyagi, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  34. WAJAHAT AHMAD, Visiting Faculty, Jindal Global Business School
  35. Eshani Singh, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  36. PALLAVI KISHORE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Jindal Global Law School
  37. Nishita , Student, Jindal School of International Affairs
  38. Anush, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  39. Abhishek, Student
  40. Joanna Baretto, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  41. Chetan Patil, Student, Jindal School of International Affairs
  42. Alliya Anjum, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
  43. Rakesh Ankit, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  44. Mihira Sood, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  45. Samiksha Pednekar, Student, Jindal Globa Law School
  46. Sagnik Dutta, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School.
  47. Swagato Sarkar, Associate Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  48. Vinitika Vij, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  49. Parvaz, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  50. Faiz Tajuddin, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  51. Carthik Venkat Balasubramanian, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  52. Aiman Singh Kler, Alumni, Jindal Global Law School
  53. Anshika, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  54. Amala Dasarathi, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  55. Shruti Agarwal, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  56. Niranjan Sankar Rao, Student. Jindal Global Law School
  57. Ahonaa Roy, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Public Policy,
  58. Shivprasad Swaminathan, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  59. Nisha Nair, Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
  60. Jhuma Sen, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  61. Sandeshika Sharma, Associate Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  62. Krithika Ashok, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
  63. Partha Saha, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  64. Mohsin Khan, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs
  65. Sannoy Das, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
  66. Deepanshu Mohan, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs
  67. Rohini Sen, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  68. Ish Maini, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  69. Zara Hasnain, Student , Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  70. Deblina Dey, Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
  71. Satya Prateek, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  72. Rahul Jayaram , Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  73. Suhavi Arya, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  74. Bonny John, Student, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  75. O.S, Student, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy.
  76. Amrita Sharma, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
  77. Prashant Iyengar. Assistant Professor , Jindal Global Law School
  78. Gitanjali Surendran, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  79. Gorang Goyal, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  80. Upasana Mahanta, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  81. Samrat Sinha, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs.
  82. Aishwarya Singh, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  83. Meenakshi Ramkumar, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  84. Ishu, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  85. Riina Ylinen, Student, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  86. Ammarah Khalid, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  87. Aiswarya Pinisetti, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  88. Manyata Misra, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  89. Anamika Srivastava, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  90. Rohini Thyagarajan, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  91. Haridya Iyengar, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  92. Kavana Ramaswamy, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
  93. Debdatta Dobe, Senior Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
  94. Nirmal John, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  95. Sameena Dalwai, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  96. Ratna Kapur, Professor of Law, Jindal Global Law School
  97. Alik Poonani, Student, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  98. Siddharth Raja , Visiting Associate Professor , Jindal Global Law School
  99. Lahar Santra, Research Associate, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy
  100. Jayani Bonnerjee, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  101. Mandavi Jayakar, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  102. Mercy Deborah, Research Associate, Jindal Global Law School
  103. Arjun Puri, Research Associate, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  104. Anuranjan Sethi, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  105. Dipika Jain, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  106. Yasodhara Rakshit, Research Associate, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  107. Weatherly Schwab, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  108. Vedaant, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  109. Mohammed Shahrukh, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  110. Snigdha Mishra, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  111. Porus Jain, Student, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  112. Alina Merin Mathew, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  113. Manasa Ramakrishna Student, Jindal Global Law School
  114. Ashish Bharadwaj , Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School
  115. Vedaant Tiwary, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  116. Himanshu Malik, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  117. Akshat Agrawal, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  118. Eesha Bakshi, Student , Jindal Global Law School
  119. Dhruv Yadav, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  120. Himabindu, Student, Jindal School of International Affairs
  121. Palak Sehgal, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  122. Yuhina Sangha, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  123. Uday Vir Garg , Student, Jindal Global Law School
  124. Ayush Jain, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  125. Shlok Goel, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  126. Shubhra, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  127. Sidhanth, Student, Jindal Global Business School
  128. Aditi singh kashyap, student, Jindal Global Law School
  129. Sunoj, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  130. Simran Sharma, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  131. Raya Sarkar, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  132. Sanjay E, Student, Jindal Global Law Schol
  133. Surabhi Gusain, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  134. Samykya, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  135. Vatsala Khandelwal, Student, Jindal Global Law School
  136. Ishita Sharma, Research Associate, JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  137. Aditi Khemani Student, JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  138. Kavya Kartik Student, JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  139. Swati Malik, Research Associate, JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  140. Viren Bansal Student, JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  141. Jasmine Hsu, Research Associate, JINDAL GLOBAL BUSINESS SCHOOL
  142. Brian Henry Moses, Student JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  143. Mohd Tanweer Alam, Student, JINDAL SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY
  144. Didon Misri, Student, JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  145. Mathew John Associate Professor     JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  146. Ashrita Prasad Kotha, Assistant Professor, JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  147. Pranav Narang, Student, JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL
  148. Kshitiz Rao, Student, JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL

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