Consolidated Solidarity Statements in Support of JNU

JNU Solidarity Poster

Kafila posted a set of solidarity statements recently in support of the students, faculty and autonomy of JNU. We are posting another set, received from the following organisations:

  1. First-Decade JNU Graduates and Other Graduates – 548 signatories.
  2. Faculty, Staff and Students at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
  3. California Students and Faculty. California, U.S.
  4. Current Fellows of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU, Delhi.
  5. Colorado College, Colorado, U.S.
  6. Faculty at DePaul University, Chicago, U.S.
  7. Faculty, Students and Staff, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and University of Rhode Island, Providence, U.S.
  8. McGill and Concordia Universities, Canada.
  9. Canadian Academics from Various Universities.

Please click on Read More below for the statements and signatories:

  1. Statement by First-Decade JNU Graduates and Other JNU Graduates

February 25, 2016

Dear Mr. Vice Chancellor

We, the undersigned, representing the first-decade JNUites express our full support for the students and faculty of JNU and the ethos that JNU has represented since its inception. As the early beneficiaries as well as the enablers of this JNU ethos, we are pained by the ongoing police intervention in JNU’s affairs that has resulted in unlawful arrest of some of its students.

A mind for critical thinking is a necessary ingredient of learning and innovation. Right to question and criticize is an essential component of critical thinking. By stifling that right, a university ceases to be a place of learning.

As a new Vice Chancellor of the University, it is imperative that you preserve the ethos that JNU has created. Its successes are many. More than 50 Secretaries of various Ministries are JNUites, most of them being first-decade JNUites; at least 4 MPs are from JNU; at one point all the three heads of the intelligence agencies were JNUites; the current Foreign Secretary and the head of CBI are both JNUites. Of course, there are numerous well known alumni across the globe in the field of academia. There are numerous well known journalists; there are some CEOs too. The list goes on and on. Surely, none of them is anti-national. Many of them have grown out of existing student organizations that are critical of society and that seek change.

We urge you respectfully to help maintain the autonomy that a University like JNU deserves and has always enjoyed. We request your assistance in seeking the release of all the students from jail and dismissal of all the charges against them. We also wish to remind you that allowing police to enter a university campus so freely is never in the best interest of its autonomy.

P.S. There are some signers here who might not be from among First-Decade JNUites or not JNUites at all. However, they have felt compelled to join this petition in the interest of JNU and the country.

  • Chandra Shekhar Tibrewal, USA
  • Anjal Lele, India
  • Nandini Manjrekar, India
  • Jamsheed Rizwani, France
  • Chandra Prakash Jha, India
  • Ravi Kumar Joshi, India
  • Renu Thomas, India
  • Sudeep Kumar, India
  • Anil Kumar, Ukraine
  • Peter Ronald Desouza, India
  • Bhupendra Kumar, India
  • C. Natarajan, India
  • Ishita Manna, India
  • Priyanka Sandhu, India
  • Abhay Dhall, India
  • Selvyn Jussy, India
  • Sriram Janakiram, India
  • Ranjit Devraj, India
  • Vijaya Brahma, Canada
  • Utpala Mukherjee, India
  • Vasudevan, India
  • Mandeep B, Australia
  • Amiya Kumar, India
  • Gautam Prasad, India
  • Krishna Sahai, India
  • Shweta Prasad, India
  • N J George, UAE
  • Srijeet Mukherjee, India
  • Renu Gupta, India
  • P Saha, India
  • Dhanu Swadi, India
  • Chaman Lal, India
  • Anand Awasthi, India
  • Ajit Patil, India
  • Ajay Bhardwaj, India
  • Ajay Yadav, India
  • सुयश सुप्रभ, India
  • Sandeep Singh, India
  • Sourav Roy, India
  • Kumkum Roy, India
  • Sandeep Sharma, India
  • Sameer Ahmad, India
  • Aniruddh Menon, India
  • Rajwant Kaur, India
  • Rohan Kumar, India
  • Suman Pandit, India
  • Avinash Chandra Jha, India
  • Saraswathi Menon, India
  • Michael Neri, USA
  • Vijay Kumar Verma, India
  • Rahul Kumar, India
  • Huma Ghosh, USA
  • Anurag Sahay, India
  • Meena Joshi, India
  • Ritoo Jerath, India
  • Anand Jain, India
  • Yimshen Jamir, India
  • Richa Rastogi, Saudi Arabia
  • Srijan Sahay, India
  • Ramakrishna Reddy, India
  • Sunny Yadav, India
  • Parijat Bhattacherjee, India
  • Diskit Dolma, India
  • Kanwal Dhaliwal, UK
  • Tilak Balagangadhara, India
  • Tanuja Nigam, India
  • Mitra Ranjan, India
  • Geevan Chandanathil, India
  • Anuj Mukherjeeanujm, India
  • Mandeep Das, UK
  • Sucheta Mahajan, India
  • Kismat Katewa, India
  • Sitaram Singh, India
  • Chandrashekar Srinivasan, India
  • Arindam Chakravarty, India
  • Bishnupriya Gupta, UK
  • Malini Adiga, India
  • Mj Neela, India
  • Valerian Rodrigues, India
  • Aftab Azad, India
  • Wasim Ahmad, India
  • Sumit Sarkar, India
  • M.Raza Raza, India
  • Prativa Thomas, UK
  • Rakhi Malhotra, India
  • Bhaneshwar Meena, India
  • Irfan Firdous, India
  • Sarita Sabiruddin, India
  • Kunwar Sudhanshu, India
  • Kamalika Mukherjee, India
  • Satish Misra, USA
  • Vinay Sarawagi, India
  • Martin Henson, UK
  • Vandana Chaudhary, India
  • Prakash Upadhyaya, India
  • Sohail Hashmi, India
  • Rupa Banerjee, India
  • Vijay Singh, France
  • Oyndrila Sarkar, Germany
  • Anuradha Senguptaa, India
  • Shishir Yadav, India
  • Sitakanta Mishra, India
  • Pratik Bhattacharya, India
  • Najmuddin Ameen, India
  • Shailendra Kumar, India
  • Usha Singh Kashyap, India
  • Sarita Chouhan, India
  • Pavel Chakraborty, India
  • Shobha Gunnery, USA
  • Vineeta Singh, India
  • Pritika Nehra, India
  • Ujjwal Dubey, India
  • Ashish Awasthi, India
  • Bal Krishna Mishra, India
  • Arun Maheshwari, India
  • Tigiripalli Krishna Kanth, India
  • Vijai Mathur, India
  • R. Darapuri, India
  • Yashwant Yash, India
  • Yashwant Mathur, India
  • Vijai Mathur, India
  • Sucheta Rakshit, Germany
  • Kuldeep Kumar, India
  • Poonam Kumari, India
  • Pankaj Butalia, India
  • Rajesh Singh, India
  • Yadvendra Yadav, India
  • Vijay Kumar Yadavendu, India
  • Ajay Gudavarthy, India
  • Navdeep Kumar, India
  • Azad Hoshiarpuri, UK
  • Ravi Palat, USA
  • Subodh Lal, India
  • Ashok Kumar Pandey, India
  • Cj Kuncheria, USA
  • Priyam Adhikary, India
  • Claire Joubert, France
  • Krishna Kant, India
  • Shehla Hashmi Grewal, India
  • Akshay Bakaya, France
  • Mohan Shrotriya, India
  • Krishan Dev Sharma, India
  • Nandini Sundar, India
  • प्रतीक कटियार, India
  • Asang Ghosh, India
  • Raza Haider, India
  • Sadaf Jafar, India
  • Anil Chaudhary, India
  • Praveen Vadhera, India
  • Jagannath Jaggu, India
  • Gautam Pratap, India
  • Rakesh Achal, India
  • Supriy Ranjan, India
  • Ratnakar Tripathy, India
  • जगदीश्वर चतुर्वेदी, India
  • Dinesh Pratap, India
  • Kathyayini Dash, India
  • Pankaj Kumar, India
  • Shakil Ahmed Khan, India
  • Ashok Lal, India
  • Raj Narayan, India
  • Sonam Chaturvedi, India
  • Saeed, India
  • Rajiv Shankar, India
  • Vandana Misra, India
  • Ankur Pandey, India
  • Ashok Pande, India
  • Tajinder Singh, India
  • Devesh Khatarkar, India
  • Rashmita Behera, India
  • Parvez Ahmed, India
  • Prachi Jha, India
  • Saurabh Kumar, India
  • Nilanjana Dalmia, India
  • Shiv Sakti Pandey, India
  • Shailja Tandon, India
  • Shifa Tirkey, India
  • Pravati Dalua, India
  • Kishor Jose, India
  • Sangeeta Kala, USA
  • Ashwani Gaur, India
  • Anshul Trivedi, India
  • Dilip Sarma, India
  • Farhana Khatoon, India
  • Yashasvi Chandra, UK
  • Faraz Ahmad, India
  • Aya Ikegame, UK
  • Madhavi Shukla, India
  • Dinesh Pal, USA
  • Tiasangla Longkumer, India
  • Rashmi Jh, India
  • Amod Shah, India
  • Monika Thoudam, India
  • Arun Prakash Mishra, Slovenia
  • Sudeshna Devi, India
  • Tara Acharya, India
  • Lin Thoi, India
  • Rituparna Mudra Rakshasa, India
  • Awanish Kumar, India
  • Rajat Datta, India
  • Ajanta Das, India
  • Sharmila Choudhury, Singapore
  • Syedda Shahid, India
  • Pallavi Saini, India
  • Ashwani Sharma, India
  • Dinesh K, India
  • Paridhi Gupta, India
  • Jahangir Saleem, India
  • Divya Gaur, India
  • Bijoy Jose, India
  • Taniya Roy, India
  • Bhishma Mago, USA
  • Ranjana Saxena, India
  • Neha Kamrani, India
  • Sumit Dutta, India
  • Ritam Sengupta, India
  • Samiya Latief, India
  • Neha K, India
  • Amirul Jaish, India
  • Seema Sirohi, USA
  • Anita Pinheiro, India
  • Vijay Pratap, India
  • Nikhil Kumar, India
  • Andaleeb Haider, India
  • Jayaram, India
  • Tawqeer Nasir, India
  • Jp Mahto, India
  • Tanwi Singh, India
  • Robert William, India
  • Pooja Agarwal, India
  • John Xaviers, India
  • Bhogendra Thakur, India
  • Leena Shah, USA
  • Maninder Singh, India
  • Azeem Ahmed, India
  • Archana Prasad, India
  • Ashim Mukherjee, India
  • Soham Basak, India
  • Rayies Altaf, India
  • Akhil Kumar, India
  • Zuber Khalid, India
  • Mohandas Warrier, USA
  • Sanjeev Singh, India
  • Varun Kumar, India
  • Amreesh Parvez, India
  • Jowhar Raza, India
  • Sania Hashmi, India
  • Jayaprakash N.D., India
  • Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, India
  • Lata Lal, India
  • Daizi Hazarika, India
  • Deshdeepak Ratna, India
  • Subin Mathew, India
  • Srinivasa Rao Yenda, India
  • Sandhya Chowdhary, India
  • Ishwarbhai Prajapati, USA
  • Mireia Lozano, Spain
  • Manvendra Bhangui, India
  • Ali Syed, India
  • Shikha Sen, India
  • Rachel Davis, USA
  • Nishant Singh, India
  • David Clarance, India
  • Peter Isaac, USA
  • Krishna Choudhary, India
  • Bharat Singh, India
  • Talib Rasool, India
  • Vijay Gupta, India
  • Fyzer Ahmed, India
  • Prof Bashir Ahmad, India
  • Karista Paul, India
  • Namita Kujur, India
  • Mary John, USA
  • Gita Dang, India
  • Amali Wedagedara, Sri Lanka
  • Shrutika Lakshmi, India
  • Abhey Sandhu, India
  • Krishna Sankaran, USA
  • William Haris, India
  • Freeda Kerketta, India
  • Inderjit Nandan, India
  • Daisy Mathew, India
  • Somasekhara Sarma, India
  • Sandhya Ganapathy, India
  • Mousuf Raza, India
  • Sarabjeet Singh, India
  • Marry Venus, India
  • Rohan Chauhan, India
  • Anurag Chaturvedi, India
  • Neha S, India
  • Rashmi Doraiswamy, India
  • Ujjwal Toppo, India
  • Ritambhara Shastri, India
  • Rajkumar Chandramohan, India
  • Harsh Deo, India
  • Jawarimal Parakh, India
  • Sanjaya Baru, India
  • Purushottam Agrawal, India
  • Vasudha Pande, India
  • Loyn Pereira, India
  • Navin Singh, India
  • Anju Srivastava, India
  • Ranabir Chakravarti Chakravarti, India
  • Sikha Ghosh, India
  • Bishnupriya Basak, India
  • Stephen Jesukanth, USA
  • Anju Dubey, India
  • Abdul Gaffar, India
  • Aditya Nigam, India
  • Shekhar Sathe, India
  • Vinayak Srivastava, India
  • Ashok Kumar, USA
  • Manu Agarwal, India
  • Tigi Philip, India
  • Amit Kumar, India
  • Ramprakash Jangid, India
  • Nandini Sateesh Talupuri, India
  • Masaud Akhtar, India
  • Bhuraram Jangid, India
  • Dibyendu Paul, India
  • Kavita Krishnapallavi, India
  • Kumar Krishnaswamy, India
  • Mohini Singh, India
  • Garima Tiwari, India
  • Usman Idrisi, India
  • Deepak Roy, India
  • Man Mohan, India
  • Maddy Bajekal, UK
  • Karmegan S, India
  • Mukund Jha, India
  • Rajesh Kumar, India
  • Devendra Pratap, India
  • Sonya Surabhi Gupta, India
  • Kripal Singh Mandloi, India
  • Monobina Gupta, India
  • Chaitali Bhowmick, India
  • Kapil Swami, India
  • Parul Nadar, India
  • D N Yadav, India
  • Jyoti Sanghera, Switzerland
  • Uma Ranade, India
  • Naresh Prerna, India
  • Prafulla Prakash, Singapore
  • Sanjay Kumar, Canada
  • Prashant Patrick, India
  • Jayshree Shankar, India
  • Chinnasamy Jayaraj, Seychelles
  • Smita Sharma, India
  • Manish Singh, India
  • Vishal Amler, India
  • Sharique Asir, India
  • Judith Anne, India
  • Singareddy Nagarjuna, USA
  • Dahlia Ghosh, Singapore
  • Shobhit Shobhit Raj Verma, India
  • Aamir Anwar, India
  • Varinder Khurana, India
  • Pradeep Singh, India
  • Maryam Fatima, USA
  • Divya Bisht, India
  • Yawer Yousuf, India
  • Apra Vaidya, India
  • Harpreet Kaur Dyhia, India
  • Rajendra Nath, France
  • Kamal Mahendroo, India
  • Saba Ahmed, India
  • Geeta Yadav, India
  • Saurabh Pal, India
  • Shubha Shubha, India
  • Alamu R, India
  • Urna Mukherjee, India
  • Saurav Aman, India
  • Shalini Kumari, India
  • Aman Jaswal, India
  • Rahul Rastogi, USA
  • Pratima Dixit, USA
  • Tenzin Yangki, India
  • Sumit Chowdhury, India
  • Abdul Basit, India
  • Najibullah Naji, India
  • Pedro Arruda, Brazil
  • Suchismita Mohanty, India
  • Francis Gonsalves, India
  • Jaskiran Grewal Mathur, USA
  • Hoimi Mukherjee, India
  • Manoj Singh, India
  • Ravi Tomar, Australia
  • Catherine George, India
  • Meetha Medhora, USA
  • Ashutosh Kumar, Canada
  • Naren Kini, India
  • Prof Mo Alamgeer, India
  • Ann Ninan, India
  • Mahabir Singh Khatri Khatri, India
  • Roma Banerjee, India
  • Rashmi Bhargava, India
  • Ena Panda, India
  • Joti Sekhon, USA
  • Ishita Arora, India
  • Ambar Ahmad, India
  • Shantha Sinha, India
  • Ajay Sharma, India
  • Aditi Agrawal, India
  • Shailesh Kumar, India
  • Prabhat Kumar, India
  • Venu Gopalreddy, India
  • Radica Mahase, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Satish Deshpande, India
  • Rashmi Pant, India
  • Shashi B.Upadhyay Ignou, India
  • Sanjay Sharma, India
  • Mani Pulimood, India
  • Bharat Shekhar, India
  • Rajaraman Sundaresan, India
  • Jasjit Randhawa Khan, USA
  • Surinder Singh, India
  • Kiran Kushwaha, India
  • Sachi Chugh, India
  • Pradip Krishen, India
  • Karthikeyan Bharath Kumar, USA
  • Damodaran A N, India
  • Pankaj Borkar, India
  • Khushboo Kumari, India
  • Priya Kumari, India
  • Payal Arya, India
  • Venkata Ramakrishna Rao Duvvuri, India
  • Chetan Patil, India
  • Sagar Boppudi, India
  • Himanshu Joshi, India
  • Amit Sengupta, India
  • Ravi Kumar, India
  • Venugopal Rao Nel, India
  • Jitendra Singh, India
  • Rita Krishna, UK
  • D K Gupta, India
  • Mithu Das, India
  • Peimila Luikham Makan, India
  • Meeta Aggarwal, India
  • Meraj Khan, USA
  • Devika Jayakumari, India
  • Jyotsna Roy, India
  • Rabia Bains, India
  • Sara Hassan, India
  • Kanniappan Elangovan, India
  • Samuel Asir Raj, India
  • Joseph Pamu, India
  • Rashmi Paliwal Eklavya, India
  • Misria Ali, India
  • Gerard Camoens, India
  • Nandita Gupta, New Zealand
  • Nirmala George, India
  • Shradha Kumar, India
  • Laxmi Arali, India
  • निकेश सक्सेना, India
  • Roger Alexander, India
  • Aarti Mangal, India
  • Dwijottam Bhattacharjee, India
  • Prakhar Sharma, India
  • Lisa Neidich, UK
  • Prem Kumar, India
  • Pushpa Devendra, India
  • Binu Horn, India
  • Deepika K, India
  • Sakshi Suditi, India
  • Naveen Verma, India
  • Arif Samma, India
  • Mahadep Chaturvedi, India
  • Rajshree Chandra, India
  • Shreshtha Saraswat, India
  • Ish Mishra, India
  • Pushpa Sharma, India
  • Meenakshy Dehlvi, India
  • Gautam Singh, India
  • Saurabh Bajpai, India
  • Janbee Shaik Mopidevi, UK
  • Urfee Roomi, India
  • Gopal Sharma, India
  • Kalpana Kannabiran, India
  • Shahid Akhtar, India
  • Mathew Titus, India
  • Gurjinder Singh, India
  • Chitra Joshi, India
  • Mahadev Dovre Wudali, USA
  • Shyamika Smits, Netherlands
  • Atal Tewari, India
  • Sonia Khadimali, France
  • Errol D’Souza, India
  • Lisa Viegas, India
  • Jean Chapman, Canada
  • Salil Misra, India
  • Indra Thappa, Australia
  • Amrita Basu, USA
  • Ujani Chakraborty, USA
  • Anita Singh, India
  • Hayden Bellenoit, USA
  • Seema Fani Yazdi, Germany
  • Sarah Fani Yazdi, Germany
  • Sumit Joshi, India
  • Govindan Nair, India
  • Tanvir Ahmad, India
  • Barsleeby Alex Daniel, India
  • Mandavi Sharma, India
  • Syed Aftab, India
  • Faizi Hashmi, India
  • Vasundhara Mukundan, India
  • Simrita Gopal Singh, India
  • Archana Kaul, India
  • Rafi Ahmed Madar, Finland
  • Tshetan W Norbhu, India
  • Millee Roy, India
  • Aflah Habeeb Mohammed, India
  • Dipti Raj, India
  • Saed Fysal, UAE
  • Shubham Rajpurohit, India
  • Biswajit Das, India
  • Bernard Vivian Fernandes, India
  • Dimple Wanchoo, India
  • Rahul Worlikar, India
  • Sabiha Baig, India
  • Dhiraj Sinha, India
  • Abhilasha Kumari, India
  • Talat Aziz, India
  • Simha Jayarao, India
  • Afreen Usman, India
  • Safarullah Ceeyel, India
  • Manu Tr, Oman
  • Mukul Mangalik, India
  • Vera Garg, India
  • Prabodh Jhingan, India
  • Sara Rai, India
  • Uzma Azhar, India
  • Rasika Meena, India
  • Sarwar Azam, India
  • Abhijit Sharma, India
  • Rohan Mudshingikar, India
  • Ghazanfar Abbas, India
  • Anil Rai, India
  • Shivakumar Sundarrajan, India
  • Kirti V Das, USA
  • Nitya Malik, USA
  • Rizwanur Rahman, India
  • Santu Maity, India
  • Ras Behari Das, India
  • Amit Kumar, India
  • Upendra Prasad Singh, India
  • Shikha Gulia, India
  • Ramanjit Johal, India
  • Pragati Mohapatra, India

 

COMMENTS

  • Jamsheed Rizwani, France JNU has to be defended against the hordes which are baying for its blood. This unique island of creation and excellence must be preserved;
  • Chandraprakash Jha, India –  Because it’s a positive petition and there can’t be a reason, good or bad, not to sign it a JNUite.
  • Ravi Joshi, India – I am deeply concerned at what’s happening in my old university and I want you to stand up to the forces that are threatening its intellectual freedom and academic ethos.
  • Peter Ronald Desouza, India – I agree with everything Tibrewal has written and more because I feel alarmed by the JNU bashing that is going on
  • C. Natarajan, India – I respect freedom of speech AND responsible behaviour by students should be internally managed by JNU and not by the Police.
  • Sriram Janakiram, India – “I feel the Govt has overreacted in arresting the JNUSU President who did not initiate the gathering. Also, unless the University proves incapable or the problem is of a very serious nature, the University authorities should have the autonomy to resolve these matters in a manner they deem fit. We should not use a hammer to swot a fly.”
  • Ranjit Devraj, India – “JNU has contributed significantly to the intellectual capital of this country. The students and faculty are drawn from diverse backgrounds and represent the plurality of this great nation. “
  • Sriram Janakiram, India – “Also, as the Vice Chancellor defending the interests of all stake holders in JNU, a police complaint and a legal case must be immediately filed by JNU against 3 BJP MLA :
    1. The BJP MLA who beat up the JNU student at the Patiala Court
    2. The BJP MLA who labelled women student protestors as prostitutes
  • The BJP MLA who wanted the protestors shot. “
  • Chaman Lal, India – As a new VC if you wished to earn the goodwill and trust of JNU faculty and students,you would not have allowed police inside campus, as your worthy immediate predecessor never allowed and defended and saved JNU from Hindutva goons. Instead you choose to act remote of Smriti Irani,an avowed enemy of JNU, I feel sorry for you. If you have guts condemn arrest of elected JNUSU President and atrocities on faculty and students,if you can not go back to IIT,to save your name from written in black words of JNU history.
  • Sourav Roy, India – The battle is not limited to JNU anymore. This time, it is power hungry politicians versus honest idealist academia. This is a nationwide struggle. It’s time to choose between Mahatma’s India and Godse’s India.
  • Michael Neri, USA – The sedition charge against JNUSU president is patently absurd and if the courts act in a non-partisan manner, they will dismiss the charge to the administeation’s embarrassment. Prudence and self interest suggest withdrawal of the case.
  • Vijay Kumar Verma, India – For freedom of Space, Freedom of Speech, Freedom from RSS & Manusmriti
  • Meena Joshi, Indis As an ex student of JNU I am really concerned by what is happening there. I just do not agree with the govt.or those who think that this university is a breeding place for terrorists!
  • Anand Jain, India country of the blind
  • Ramakrishna Reddy, India I am deeply concerned about building a stronger India and the only way to do that is by giving a chance to dissent and absorbing different views and interests into the national consensus but not through suppressing voices in the name of nationalism
  • Parijat Bhattacherjee, India I am a JNUite
  • Kanwal Dhaliwal, UK Down with Neo-Nazis of India hidden under the masks of Hindu Ultra-nationalism.
  • Tilak Balagangadhara, India JNU autonomy must be entertained; before siding with one of the stakeholders of JNU crisis the VC may have taken some lessons in political science from JNU teachers!
  • Geevan Chandanathil, India JNU’s tradition is to question openly, think freely, tolerate dissent, and not to shy away from debates – however contentious or controversial they may be. When there have been disputes, the JNU community has found ways to reconcile conflicts peacefully, unequivocally informing those who erred why they were wrong, or agree to disagree when there is no other option. JNU has been for India a cherished version of the greatest academic institutions in the world like Oxford, nurtured by the freedom to think, question, and debate freely. That must be sustained, come what may, in the long-term interest of the people of this country. JNU must exist as an institution that responds to the pulse of the people of India. It must continue to resonate with the aspirations of the marginalized communities of this country from every nook and corner. It must bolster the difficult and complex struggle against casteism and caste orthodoxy. It must continually provide new radical ideas to enrich the Indian democracy.
  • Sucheta Mahajan, India I care for this university which has shaped my ideas, indeed my life. These are canards spread by people who hate the idea of India we all share.
  • Sitaram Singh, India Being an ex stuxent, its my responsibility
  • Arindam Chakraarty, India We hate the attitude of the current government. JNU is a premier institution and we need to protect the intellectual diversity.
  • Malini Adiga, India – I’m signing because as a former JNU ite I know how vibrant and democratic the ethos of the University is. It is in the nature of the University as an academic space to promote debate and critical thinking.
  • Kunwar Sudhanshu, India – since I know kanhaiya personly from last 10 years. He can never be a anti national. He is a great AISF activist, which always stand for poor, dalits, marginalized, minorities and women. As I have spent 12 years in JNU I know what JNU stands for. JNU can never be anti-national.
  • Satish Misra, USA – Because I strongly feel that the NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is assaulting freedom of speech and freedom of thought and action.The JNU which represents country’s best liberal traditions is under attack today. Its union president is being wrongly confined for sedition a crime which he has not committed.
  • Chandra Shekhar Tibrewal, USA Right to free speech is inalienable in a democracy. If a University does not foster an ethos for criticism, who will?
  • Martin Henson, UK  – I have had a close connection with university for seven years.
  • Prakash Upadhyaya, India – Hindu fascism has dared to destroy an ethos of thinking and fighting in favour of the weak in j n u. My unconditional solidarity with teachers and students of j n u.
  • Sohail Hashmi, India – I am signing this petition because not speaking out now would be akin to not taking a stand against jingoism, flag waving and breast beating patriotism and narrow minded parochialism.
  • Najmuddin Ameen, India – I am an ex student, and firmly believe that there are no anti national elements, the liberty of mind to think to ask the questions is the culture of the campus which jnuites will never agree to be stripped off.
  • Shobha Gunnery, USA  – I believe in freedom of speech.
  • Ujjwal Dubey, India Want to save my beloved country
  • Ashish Awasthi, India – In Solidarity with JNUSU JNUTU!!!!
  • Tigiripalli Krishna Kanth, India Please don’t try to destroy the JNU unique culture and character.
  • R. Darapuri, India – It is an attack on right to dissent.
  • Ajay Gudavarthy, India – VC needs to know his responsibility of maintaining the autonomy of the university he heads. If he doesn`t he might as well hand it over to the MHRD
  • Navdeep Kumar, India – I stand with JNU
  • Akshay Bakaya , France – The reasons why we are signing are also well articulated here (search Youtube): “Romila Thapar: The Protests by JNU Students and Teachers Have Been Remarkable”
  • Mohan Shrotriya, India – I know JNU, and I love JNU.
  • Akshay Bakaya , France – Romila Thapar explains the stakes involved very well: <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QusvKlgMM50&#8243; rel=”nofollow”>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QusvKlgMM50</a&gt;
  • Ratnakar Tripathy, India – there is a frontal attack on the democratic values that India nurtured during and after the freedom struggle. and because we are staring into the face of dire barbarity.
  • Ratnakar Tripathy, India – Indian democracy is in danger like never before.
  • Pankaj Kumar, India I condemned the arrested of Kanhaiya Kumar and his friends. We are living in a democratic country and no one will allowed to suppress the voice of students. Its your duty Mr. VC to safeguard the democratic right of expression inside the university and protect students from sitting government goons. But you get failed. I sighed this petition in against of government and system.
  • Shakil Ahmed Khan, India – Because i am with JNU and it is very important to save them. If you want to save India you need to save JNU.
  • Ashok Lal, India – It is an act of tyranny…silence is criminal.
  • Raj Narayan, India – I support kanhaya kumar
  • Saeed, India – Please uphold the sanity in JNU by allowing students to voice their concerns and stopping the police action.
  • Ashok Pande, India – I can’t allow a bunch of rogues decide for the nation who is nationalist or antinational.
  • Tajinder Singh, India – India is my country and I love my country don’t want it to be like Pakistan or Afghanistan
  • Saurabh Kumar, India – I want to study without any fear from right wing in our country.
  • Pravati Dalua, India – Let my university breath….don’t criminalise my space of freedom and knowledge that taught me d philosophy of live and let live
  • Faraz Ahmad, India – I stand with JNU
  • Tiasangla Longkumer, India I support JNU
  • Arun Mishra, Slovenia – I am signing because everything is done with prejudice, to take revenge, and it is criminal in its action.
  • Awanish Kumar, India – This is tarnishing the image of this institution at large.
  • Ajanta Das, India – the attack on democracy can’t be tolerated at all
  • Jahangir Saleem, India – More than 30 years of war crimes in kashmir …
  • Neha Kamrani, India – I’m signing because I believe that the VC is unable to stand by the university he has been appointed to.
  • Amirul Jaish, India – Highly concerned with the attempt being made to malign the image of JNU.
  • Jp Mahto, India – Jnu is democratic soul of our Indian nation state.
  • Tanwi Singh, India – I stand by jnu.
  • Bhogendra Thakur, India – I want India to be a secular and liberal republic, not a fascist Hindu state.
  • Mohandas Warrier, USA – Let’s have a forgive and forget, healing, national perspective which is like a mighty ocean into which flow all the smaller rivulets of smaller perspectives without letting even the smallest rivulet feeling dry or actually dry up. Mera Bhaarath Mahaan.
  • Sanjeev Singh, India – I want this government which support criminal elements of RSS is defeated
  • Daizi Hazarika, India – I know it is a political conspiracy and the students of JNU are being targeted. I had been a student here and i know the environment which is prevalent on campus. It teaches us to stand for the right which is essential for a just society and not develop anti -nationalist sentiments
  • Ishwarbhai Prajapati, USA – I stand by JNU Students
  • Peter Isaac, USA – I am proud former student of this university, which taught and permitted me to doubt, to think and to question. I am ashamed at the way this is being handled by Modi and his cronies.
  • Krishna Choudhary, India – I stand with JNU
  • Prof Bashir Ahmad, India – I owe it to my alma mater
  • Amali Wedagedara, Sri Lanka I love JNU
  • Krishnasankaran, Korea – I’m signing because the actions of this regime are unconscionable, violate the basic principles of democracy and a civilized polity, and show them to be the goons and thugs they are. We will not back down in the face of such intimidation – and stand fully behind the students and the JNUSU.
  • Sarabjeet Singh, India – ruling party’s unlawful working
  • Rohan Chauhan, India – I’m signing this petition because the issue
  • Ritambhara Shastri, India – JNU has to be saved
  • Harsh Deo, India – Freedom of expression is in danger.
  • Jawarimal Parakh, India – जवाहर लाल नेहरु विश्वविद्यालय की महान लोकतान्त्रिक और गौरवमय शैक्षिक परंपरा को बचाने और बनाए रखने के लिए जिन पर सांप्रदायिक फासीवाद का हमला जारी है
  • Purushottam Agrawal, India – DEFENDING JNU MEANS DEFENDING THE VERY IDEA OF THE UNIVERSITY.
  • Stephen Jesukanth, USA – Students are the future of India. Stifling their expression will inhibit what we become as a nation!
  • Shekhar Sathe, India – I think we have had enough.
  • Ashok Kumar, USA – I believe in open discussion.
  • Rajkumar Chandramohan, India Freedom of individual thought and its expression has to be total in a genuine democracy .It will only strengthen our Nationhood as its edifice is built on diversities of every possible hue
  • Amit Kumar, India – Because i care about my university which i think i the best of the world
  • Sonya Surabhi Gupta, India  – JNU stands for intellectual freedom and a spirit of enquiry.
  • Kapil Swami, India  – In defense of Democracy
  • D N Yadav, India – Stand With JNU
  • Jyoti Sanghera, Switzerland I was in JNU between 1976 and 1981. This university taught me passion for intellectual work for the power of ideas. It also introduced to me the magic of dreaming for a better and inclusive world
  • Naresh Prerna, India – JNU is like breath for Indian Democracy…
  • Sanjay Kumar, Canada- I am a proud JNUite and I believe that the state using law to oppress political ideology is the very opposite of the idea of Independence of India and democracy. Students from all over the world come to JNU to earn quality higher education. We must celebrate diversity and freedom and no other educational institution in India does this better than JNU. Save JNU and its culture. It’s a master peice, India has created.
  • Chinnasamy Jayaraj, Seychelles I am signing this petition
  • Manish Singh, India-Because JNU is pride of India, can’t allow even PM to ruin it!!!
  • Vishal Amler, India – I am not a student of JNU, but i have seen the struggle & the pain of these students first hand through my friends & Family. our country has a lot of engineers and doctors, but only a few number of individuals who have the desire to question. to stand. your prestigious institute is an incubation centre for such intellect that can bring about change. Change by the power of speech and the might of the pen. Such intellect should be cultivated not destroyed. There is no democracy without opposition. This is the true essence of our country.
  • Aamir Anwar, India – Educational institution of such repute should have an environment that allows them to ponder over critical issues so that they are assimilated after much needed debates and reasoning. Simply branding an institution a terrorist university will add more fuel to the fire rather than dousing it.
  • Yawer Yousuf, India – “Freedom of speech is supreme! A democracy’s essential feature is right to dissent. The ability to question the norm without fear or intimidation. Any idea as abhorrent as it may appear need be put on the table. If people don’t like it, it will die down anyway. Between these noises, the essential question we’re not asking is that what kind of environment are we creating? Is it okay to question someone’s patriotism? Dissent, if it collides with ‘nationalistic’ ideas is a slippery slope, for one man’s sedition is another man’s patriotism. For some, patriotism is glorification their country for others it is act of criticizing and challenging the inner conscience within the society. Who are you to question anyone’s love for the country? Are some people less Indian than others? People may have raised slogans, but my love for my country doesn’t get affected with that. Not one bit. There is no difference between blasphemy laws in the country you love to hate and what you’re doing in the name of sedition. If your patriotism is threatened by few people chanting slogans, then problem doesn’t lie with them…let go of this insecurity.”
  • Geeta Yadav, India – Due to irresponsible behaviour of Jagdish Kumar, we innocent JNU student are facing mental harassment through social media.
  • Saurabh Pal, India – I am a student of JNU and I too believe that a police presence in the campus is not compatible with its autonomy. Please, I would like to request the VC, to withdraw the permission given to the police to enter the campus.
  • Prakash Upadhyaya, India – In jnu we all learnt to think by ourself with the help of facts and the experience as well as confidence in we gained in the argumentative culture of respecting critical approach of thinking and growing with continuous learning which goes till we love. That is why I am still part of jnu despite being far away from here. That is why I say we are all jnu and we are all Kanahya Kumar and if he has committed addition by thinking I his own we are all seditionists.
  • Urna Mukherjee, India – I’m a research student at JNU and I wish to uphold the culture of debate, discussion and dissent JNU has had, that has produced some of the greatest minds in academia the world has seen.
  • Prof Mohammad Alamgeer, India – I feel disgusting act of Home Minster
  • Ann Ninan, India – I believe in the Constitution.
  • Mahabir Singh Khatri, India – In defense of freedom of expression, university autonomy. Against any kind of lumpenism.
  • Garima Tiwari, India – I support JNU because the government’s interference in an educational institute is the worst thing to have happened. Education should be free from all forms of outside politics. Students have every right to debate and discuss and express their views. Unfortunately the present government has made up its mind to enter academic campuses and enforce their own thoughts and ideals which is nothing but Fascism.
  • Prabhat Kumar Basant, India – The idea of JNU matters. Dissent and hope are more fundamental than nationalism translated into oppression.
  • Venu Gopalreddy, India – This a blatant attack on fundamental rights of our constitution. A democratically elected government doing this kind of acts are shameful to the democracy !!
  • Jasjit Khan, USA – I beleive in JNU and what it stands for.
  • Kiran Kushwaha, India – “क्योंकि मैं फाँसीवाद का विरोध करती हूँ।”
  • Sachi Chugh, India – I’m of the strong belief that India, being a democratic nation has given its people the right to speak out their minds, state views even when they tend to differ from what is supposed to be right. Freedom means say what you believe, debate if you feel you have to make a point. To arrest students for stating an opinion is in no way the act of a democratic country. We support JNU.
  • Damodaran A N, India – to save JNU, to promote dissent, for autonomy of Educational institutions.
  • Priya Kumari, India – I am signing this petition because injustice done to our University students like Kanhaiya will not be tolerated at all and University’s Administration should learn to tackle problem within its campus rather than giving charge to other forces like police because we are students and not any anti-social elements and we demand democratic institution to study.
  • Venkata Ramakrishna Rao Duvvuri, India “Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is the policy for promoting progress in the arts and the sciences and a flourishing socialist culture in our land.””- Let us uphold this spirit and LET US FIGHT AGAINST ALL SORTS OF FASCIST OPPRESSION ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION”
  • Himanshu Joshi, India – Right to question is an integral part of freedom of speech
  • Jitendra Singh, India – Freedom being violatef
  • D K Gupta, India – I see the JNU authorities losing their independent thinking and decision making. They are ready to work as extended arm of powerful people in power.
  • Jyotsna Roy, India – “I deeply believe that “”A mind for critical thinking is a necessary ingredient of learning and innovation. Right to question and criticize is an essential component of critical thinking.”” and JNU nurtured and enabled that. I also add that immediate cognizance be taken of the documented violence and vile disrespect to women, students and otherwise. JNU lives in US!! “
  • Misria Ali, India – Democracy in universities are important in its true essence.
  • Gerard Camoens, India – “Freedom is the soil in which great minds flourish. We need to safeguard that freedom. Repression of students and capture of campuses must end.”
  • Nirmala George, India – The attack on JNU is an attempt by rightwing forces to take down the country’s foremost university. JNU has to be saved.
  • Shradha Kumar, India – Proud to be JNUite..
  • निकेश सक्सेना, India में ये पेटिशन फासीवाद के विरोध और लोकतंत्र के समर्थन में साइन कर रहा हूँ लोकतंत्र भीड़ से नहीं प्रगतिशील मूल्यों से आगे बढ़ता है कामरेड कन्हैया कुमार जो जेएनयू स्टूडेंट यूनियन के अध्यक्ष है उनकी बेबुनियादी गिरफ़्तारी बताती है कि सरकार के मंशा उच्च शिक्षण संस्थानों में गुसपैठ करने की है में उसके विरोध और जेएनयू की सॉलिडेरिटी के लिये इसे साइन कर रहा हूँ
  • Prem Kumar, India – I condemned the activities of central government on students issues.
  • Naveen Verma, India – I am worried about India and it core people whoa re fighting for daily needs and other people are fighting for them.
  • Mahadep Chaturvedi, India Nationalism , Cow mother , Bharat Mata and religion are as fake as God living in the minds of the people but we can not stop the public to worship them as their mindsets are traditionally built and became static . So far JNU is concerned it should not be panicked for the nation but arresting of Mr.Kanhaiya Kumar JNSU President is the shameful act of Delhi Police and Govt.of India with a nose dive action .
  • Sucheta Rakshit, Germany – For whatever cause Indian Police have to learn non violence way of handling the so called guilty Person brings more better results long way. Police pple are educated, hence no violent act is suitable. High time India changed this.
  • Ish Mishra, India – मुझे इस देश से प्रेम है इसीलिये इसे तोड़ने वाले दक्षिणपंथी उग्रवादी गुंडों से सख्त नफरत. याद रखो फासिस्ट इस्तेमाल कर अपने गुर्गों को कंडोम की तरह फेंक देता है. हिटलर जिस तूफानी दस्ते, य़सए के जरिये हंगामे करवाता था 1934 में यसयस बनाकर सबको अपने भाग्य पर छोड दिया पुलिस के संरक्षण में कुत्तों की तरह झुंड में 15 फरवरी को तथा आज शिक्षकों तथा छात्रों पर हमला करने वाले मोदी के पालतू गुंडे देशप्रेमी हैं त थूकता हूं ऐसे देश प्रेम पर. रोहित वेमुला की संस्थानात्मक हत्या करने वाले मनुवादी द्रोणाचार्य देश भक्त हैं तो थूकता हूं इस देश भक्ति पर जेयनयू पर पूर्वनियोजित हमला देशद्रोह है. फेसबुक पर देखते 3 किमी लंबी मानव श्रृंखला. जेयनयू की माटी में तर्क-विवेक के बीज हैं उन्हें कुतर्क तथा दक्षिणपंथी आतंकवाद से दबाया नहीं जा सकता. रोहित वेमुला की आत्महत्या के विरुद्ध जयभाम-लाल सलाम की एकता ने दक्षिणपंथी उग्रवादी देशद्रोहियों में खलबली मचा दी तथा सारे देशद्रोही, जो आजादी की लड़ाई के दौरान अंग्रेजों की दलाली करते थे तथा अब अमरीका की, देशभक्ति की सर्टीफिकेट बांट रहे हैं. भला हो राजनाथ-मनुस्मृति इरानी का जिन्होने सोते शेरों को जगा दिया. आज दिल्ली विवि में, जहां 100-200 छात्र जमा करना मुश्किल है स्वस्फूर्त 1400-1500 विद्यार्थी रोमिला थापर को सुनने जाने के पहले घंटों जेयनयू के साथ एकजुटता दिखाते हुये जंगे आजादी के गीत गाते रहे. देशद्रोहियों की नजर में देश का बहुसंख्यक देशद्रोही है मुट्ठी भर संघी देश भक्त. फासीवादी अपनी कब्र खुद खोदता है तथा हिटलर-मुसोनी सी घृणित मौत मरता है तथा इतिहास के कूड़ेदान में कीड़ों की तरह बजबजाता है. गीदड़ की मौत आती है तो वह शहर की नतरफ भागता है, संघी जेयनयू की तरफ. इंदिरा गांधी ने भी पुलिस से डराने की कोशिस की थी लेकिन उस माटी में निडरता के भी बीज हैं.
  • Gopal Sharma, India – I believe Freedom of expression & Right to question and criticize are as essential as breathing in life. Please let us breath in our own country. “Before cleaning the Ganga better clean your ideology of hatred.”
  • Gurjinder Singh, India – because, I want universities to survive.
  • Indra Thappa, Australia – I feel this is a test that could determine the future independence not only of JNU but of universities around the country. As a matter of general concern, other universities should take a stand on the issue as they might well be next on BJP’s list. If the rot is not stopped at the beginning it will set a precedent for the future. Are we prepared to put up with this?
  • Ujani Chakraborty, USA – Patriotism cannot be higher than humanity
  • Sumit Joshi, India – I stand in solitude with all the students of JNU……….. I know what has paid media done……….
  • Lata Govindan, India – I concur fully
  • Faizi Hashmi, India – My alma mater is under unjust attack
  • Archana Kaul, India – I know the free flow of ideas in JNU since its establishment…it could be antigovernment, but not anti-India.
  • Millee Roy, India – “Questioning the anti-nationalist tag, a JNU student’s Facebook status read, “As far as nationalism goes (and I certainly want it to end for good) that is the best form of responsibility a citizen can undertake. It has never been a question of the death of a soldier versus that of a farmer or a student. It is a question of policies and agendas of state machinery that while being responsible for killing them all, makes martyrs of some and invisibilizes others to further its interests.” Another former student updated, “A culture of healthy debates and engagement with dissent is any day a better usage of ‘tax payer’s money’ and goes in the long term interest of the republic in a real sense than suppression of debates and silencing of dissents in the name of nationalism…According to me jnu students are not wrong, have the right to speech. They are not against India but are questioning of policies and agendas of state machinery that while being responsible for killing them all, makes martyrs of some and invisibilizes others to further its interests. Any jnu student has not said anti slogans but it was all bcoz of some outsiders.”
  • Dipti Raj, India – According to me jnu is not wrong. They have not raised anti slogans . Its all bcoz of some outsiders who said anti slogans. Its all bcoz of outside elements. My teachers are also supporting jnu and according to me they cant be wrong. So I m with jnu and its students.
  • Vivian Fernandes, India – I am signing this petition we want students who are politically aware like those in JNU and not those who merely mouth slogans.
  • Dhiraj Sinha, India – JNU is being framed under bad light by few goons which is not acceptable. JNU has been the temple of my education which made me a sensible person unlike what we get to see in other universities. I firmly believe, no one can be more national than JNU as an institution and its students.
  • Abhilasha Kumari, India – I am signing this petition not only because I condemn the arrest of JNUSU President but also because I see this as an concerted attack on all liberal and democratic spaces by the Sangh Parivar that constitutes the government of the day, I sign this petition in defence of my right to dissent and that of my countrymen and women and to do so openly without fear.
  • C.L.A.Rahiman Laciath, India – “I love my country in it’s entirety…. with it’s Unity in Diversity…. Let none destroy it’s secular credentials. Jai Hind.”
  • Ghazanfar Abbas, India – Being an Indian its my responsiblity to be a part of save Indian universities campaign from Political dictatorship.
  • Kirti V Das, USA – Freedom of thought and expression take us forward as a community, city and Nation. To stand by while these basic building blocks of a critical and productive mind are curbed, on campus in particular, is as bad as being the one curbing them.
  • Nitya Malik, USA – Signing this petition is a small role I can play in the affairs at home while I live abroad.
  • Upendra Singh, India – I SUPPORT THE CAUSE

2. Staff, Students and Faculty at IIM Bangalore

We are a group of faculty, staff, and students at IIMB, Bengaluru, shocked at the recent turn of events at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Jingoism and xenophobia masquerading as patriotism have sought to crush universities as pivotal sites of critical reason, argument, debate, and especially dissent. Bigoted and narrowly sectarian notions of nationalism have been used as an indefensible excuse to stifle independent thinking.

We express our solidarity with thousands of academics in India and beyond who have come out in support of universities as spaces where the “mind is without fear, and head is held high; where knowledge is free.”

Bengaluru

Friday, 26th February 2016

The signatories to this letter (listed in lexicographic order below) have signed this statement in their personal capacities. This statement does not represent the views of IIMB.

  1. Amar Sapra
  2. Amit Gupta
  3. Amol Agrawal
  4. Anand Sasidharan
  5. Anjchita Nair
  6. Anubha Dhasmana
  7. Anuradha Rao
  8. Deepak Malghan
  9. Faizan Ahmed Hashmi
  10. Hema Swaminathan
  • Jamshida Mannarayil
  1. Jayanthan kingsly
  2. Jobis Jacob John
  3. Jothsna Rajan
  • Ketan Goswami
  1. Kunal Kumar Kejriwal
  2. Malay Bhattacharyya
  3. Manaswini Bhalla
  4. Mira Bakhru
  5. Naveen Bharathi
  6. Nita Maitra
  7. Papireddy . A
  8. Praveen S
  9. Premkumar SJ
  10. Prithwiraj Mukherjee
  11. Raghuram Gullapalli
  12. Rahul Singh
  13. Rajalaxmi Kamath
  14. Rajluxmi V Murthy
  15. Ravi Kant Singh
  16. Sai Yayavaram
  17. Salvika Jajoria
  18. Sandeep S
  19. Sharada
  20. R
  21. Suchitra J. Y.
  22. Swagato Chatterjee
  23. T S Krishnan
  24. Taranum Banu
  25. Vinod Vijayakumar
  26. Vipul Sahni
  27. Vivek

3. California Students and Faculty. California, U.S.

Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar

Vice Chancellor

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi

110067, India

February 19, 2016

Vice Chancellor:

We, the undersigned, students, scholars, and faculty from across California stand in solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi against the illegal and unconscionable crackdown by police. With them, we affirm the autonomy of the university as a nonmilitarized space for freedom of thought and expression. Accordingly, we condemn police presence on campus and the harassment of students on the basis of their political beliefs. The charge of sedition, under the guise of which the police have been given a carte blanche to enter the JNU campus, to raid student hostels, arrest and detain students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, the current president of the JNU Students Union, is an alibi for the incursion of an authoritarian regime onto the university campus. Under Indian law sedition applies only to words and actions that directly issue a call to violence. The peaceful demonstration and gathering of citizens does not constitute criminal conduct. The continued police action on the JNU campus is illegal under the constitution of India.

To our friends, colleagues, and comrades in JNU and elsewhere, we stand with you in your resistance against statesponsored violence, which curbs any form of dissent. We believe that scholarship and the concomitant development of our critical faculties should be used to bring into being a pluralistic and just world. An open, tolerant, and democratic society is inextricably linked to critical thought and expression cultivated by universities in India and abroad.

As teachers, students, and scholars, we are watching with extreme concern the situation unfolding at JNU and refuse to remain silent as our colleagues (students, staff, and faculty) resist the illegal detention and autocratic suspension of students. We urge the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University to protect members of the university community and safeguard their rights.

  1. Aaron Guerrero, University of California, Irvine
  2. Abdul R. JanMohamed, Univ of California, Berkeley
  3. Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced
  4. Aishwary Kumar, Stanford University
  5. Ajay Gehlawat, Sonoma State University
  6. Ajay Shenoy, University of California, Santa Cruz
  7. Akhil Gupta, University of California, Los Angeles
  8. Alba Tomasula y Garcia, University of California, Berkeley
  9. Alenda Chang, University of California, Santa Barbara
  10. Alexander Jabbari, University of California, Irvine
  11. Alex Moore, University of California, Santa Cruz
  12. Ali A. Olomi, University of California, Irvine
  13. Alix Johnson, University of California, Santa Cruz
  14. Allan StewartOaten,

University of California, Santa Barbara

  1. Alston D’Silva, University of California, Santa Barbara
  2. Amanda Mixon, University of California, Irvine
  3. Amy Elizabeth Alterman, University of California, Los Angeles
  4. Amy Sanchez, University of California, Irvine
  5. Ana Karina de Morais, University of California, Santa Cruz
  6. Anandi Rao, University of California, Irvine
  7. Anastasia Baginski, University of California, Irvine
  8. Anat Schwartz, University of California, Irvine
  9. Andrea Milne, University of California, Irvine
  10. Andreea Marculescu, University of California, Irvine
  11. Andrew McNeely, University of California, Irvine
  12. Angana Chatterji, University of California, Berkeley
  13. Anirban GuptaNigam,

University of California, Irvine.

  1. Anirban Kapil Baishya, University of Southern California
  2. Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz
  3. Anneeth Kaur Hundle, University of California, Merced
  4. AnneLise

Francois, University of California, Berkeley

  1. AnnElise

Lewallen, University of California, Santa Barbara

  1. Ann Elizabeth DeLuca, University of California, Irvine
  2. Ann Smock, University of California, Berkeley
  3. Anshu N. Chatterjee, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey
  4. Ante Nikola Bagic, University of California, Irvine
  5. Apratim Vidyarthi, University of California, Berkeley Alum
  6. Archer Porter, University of California, Los Angeles
  7. Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  8. Arushi Singh, University of California, Los Angeles
  9. Aubrey Tang, University of California, Irvine
  10. Baki Tezcan, University of California, Davis
  11. Barbara Metcalf, University of California, Davis
  12. Ben Crow, University of California, Santa Cruz
  13. Ben Leeds Carson, University of California Santa Cruz
  14. Bettina Aptheker, University of California, Santa Cruz
  15. Bhargavi Narayanan, University of California, Santa Barbara
  16. Bhaskar Sarkar, University of California, Santa Barbara
  17. Bishnupriya Ghosh, University of California, Santa Barbara
  18. Bliss Cua Lim, University of California, Irvine
  19. Brandon Kirk Williams, University of California, Berkeley
  20. Brandon Wild, University of California, Irvine
  21. Brian D. Wright, University of California, Berkeley
  22. Brian Donnelly, University of California, Santa Barbara
  23. C. Matthew Snipp, Stanford University
  24. Carole Paul, University of California, Santa Barbara
  25. Casey Brown, University of California, Los Angeles
  26. Catherine Liu, University of California, Irvine
  27. Celeste Langan, University of California, Berkeley
  28. Chaeyoon Yoo, University of California, Irvine
  29. Cherish Asha Bolton, University of California, Irvine
  30. Chima AnyadikeDanes,

University of California, Irvine

  1. Christina García, University of California, Irvine
  2. Christina M. Ceisel, California State University at Fullerton
  3. Christine Philliou, University of California, Berkeley
  4. Christine Rosen, University of California, Berkeley
  5. Christin Zurbach, University of California, Berkeley
  6. Christopher C. Heselton, University of California, Irvine
  7. Christopher Lawson, University of California, Berkeley
  8. Chris ZepedaMillan,

University of California, Berkeley

  1. Claudio Fogu, University of California, Santa Barbara
  2. Colin Cahill, University of California, Irvine
  3. Colin McLaughlinAlcock,

University of California, Irvine

  1. Colleen Lye, University of California, Berkeley
  2. Connor Strobel, University of California, Irvine
  3. Damon R. Young, University of California, Berkeley
  4. Dana Ahern, University of California, Santa Cruz
  5. Danica Loucks, University of California, Irvine
  6. Daniel Carnie, University of California, Irvine
  7. Dard Neuman, University of California, Santa Cruz
  8. Darshana Sreedhar Mini, University of Southern California
  9. David Boyk, University of California, Berkeley
  10. David Delano, University of California, Berkeley
  11. David Farris, UC Berkeley alumnus
  12. David Gordon White, University of California, Santa Barbara
  13. David Michael Lamme, University of California, Irvine
  14. David PalumboLiu,

Stanford University

  1. David Szanton, University of California, Berkeley
  2. Debarati Sanyal, University of California, Berkeley
  3. Debjani Dutta, University of Southern California
  4. Devan Bailey, University of California, Irvine
  5. Diego Arevalo, University of California, Berkeley
  6. Divya Ramani, University of California, Santa Cruz
  7. Edmund Burke III, University of California, Santa Cruz
  8. Ehsan Farshchi, University of California, Irvine
  9. Elisabeth Saatjian Weber, University of California, Santa Barbara
  10. Elisa Tamarkin, University of California, Berkeley
  11. Elizabeth Abel, University of California, Berkeley
  12. Elizabeth Freeman, University of California, Davis
  13. Emily Thornbury, University of California, Berkeley
  14. Erica Maria Cheung, University of California, Irvine
  15. Erika Suderburg, University of California, Riverside
  16. Erin E. Wiegand, San Francisco State University
  17. Erin McElroy, University of California, Santa Cruz
  18. Evelyn Nakano Glenn, University of California, Berkeley
  19. Eyal Amiran, University of California, Irvine
  20. Flagg Miller, University of California, Davis
  21. Forest Agostinelli, University of California, Irvine
  22. Forest Haven, University of California, Irvine
  23. Francis Lee, University of California, Irvine
  24. G.S. Sahota, University of California, Santa Cruz
  25. Garrett Gilmore, University of California, Irvine
  26. Gautam Premnath, Independent Scholar, Berkeley
  27. George Lakoff, University of California, Berkeley
  28. Ghada Mourad, University of California, Irvine
  29. Gillian Hart, University of California, Berkeley
  30. Gina Bloom, University of California, Davis
  31. Gowri Vijayakumar, University of California, Berkeley
  32. Gray Abarca, University of California, Irvine
  33. Gregory Kohler, University of California, Irvine
  34. Gregory Levine, University of California, Berkeley
  35. Guneet Kaur, Alumnus, UC Berkeley School of Law
  36. Hafsa Mohamed, University of California, Santa Cruz
  37. Hamutahl Cohen, University of California, Santa Cruz
  38. Hannah Archambault, University of California, Berkeley
  39. Hannah Carlan, University of California, Los Angeles
  40. Hannah KaganMoore,

University of California, Santa Barbara

  1. Harsha Ram, University of California, Berkeley
  2. Heather OsborneThompson,

California State University, Fullerton

  1. Heena Khangura, University of California, Santa Cruz
  2. Horacio Legras, University of California, Irvine
  3. Huma AhmedGhosh,

San Diego State University

  1. Hunter Hargraves, California State University, Fullerton
  2. Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley
  3. Ignacio Chapela, University of California, Berkeley
  4. Ignacio LópezCalvo,

University of California, Merced

  1. Ismail Poonawala, University of California, Los Angeles
  2. Ivonne del Valle, University of California, Berkeley
  3. Jacob Bohrod, University of Southern California
  4. James R. Goebel, University of California, Irvine
  5. Jamie Rogers, University of California, Irvine
  6. Janet Walker, University of California, Santa Barbara
  7. Jason Huber, University of California, Irvine
  8. Jay Patel, University of California, Santa Cruz
  9. Jeffrey Skoller, University of California, Berkeley
  10. Jeffrey Wasserstrom, University of California, Irvine
  11. Jennifer Duque, University of California, Berkeley
  12. Jennifer Kelly, University of California, San Diego
  13. Jennifer Teschler, University of California, Santa Cruz
  14. Jennifer Zelnick, University of California, Irvine
  15. Jenni Sorkin, University of California, Santa Barbara
  16. Jenny Fan, University of California, Irvine
  17. Jeremy White, University of California, Santa Barbara
  18. Jess Bailey, University of California, Berkeley
  19. Jessica Conte, University of California, Irvine
  20. Jessica Ziegenfuss, University of California, Irvine
  21. Jingqiu Guan, University of California, Los Angeles
  22. Jisha Menon, Stanford University
  23. Joanna Picciotto, University of California, Berkeley
  24. John Marx, University of California, Davis
  25. John McCollum, University of California, Irvine
  26. Joseph Krall, University of California, Irvine
  27. Jose Rabasa, University of california, Berkeley
  28. Joshua Clover, University of California, Davis
  29. Juana María Rodíguez, University of California, Berkeley
  30. Judith Rodenbeck, University of California, Riverside
  31. Judith Rodriguez, University of California, Irvine
  32. Julian Francolino, University of California, Irvine
  33. Julie Carlson, University of California, Santa Barbara
  34. Juned Shaikh, University of California, Santa Cruz
  35. Kamala Visweswaran, University of California, San Diego
  36. Kara Keeling, University of Southern California
  37. Karen Yamashita, University of California, Santa Cruz
  38. Karin Shankar, University of California, Berkeley
  39. Karl Ashoka Britto, University of California, Berkeley
  40. Kasturi Ray, San Francisco State University, San Francisco
  41. Kate Korroch, University of California, Santa Cruz
  42. Katherine Collins, University of California, Berkeley
  43. Katherine H. Lee, University of California, Merced
  44. Kathleen Frederickson, University of California, Davis
  45. Kathryn Cox, University of California, Irvine
  46. Kavita Philip, University of California, Irvine
  47. Keith M. Murphy, University of California, Irvine
  48. Keith Samujh, University of California, Santa Cruz
  49. Kelly Camacho, University of California, Berkeley
  50. Kelly Hacker, University of California, Irvine
  51. Kevin B. Anderson, University of California, Santa Barbara
  52. Kevis Goodman, University of California, Berkeley
  53. Kirsty Singer, University of California, Irvine
  54. Kristine Jermakian, University of California, Irvine
  55. Kristin Peterson, University of California, Irvine
  56. KT Bender, University of California, Los Angeles
  57. Laila Shereen Sakr, University of California, Santa Barbara
  58. Larry Polansky, Dartmouth College (Emeritus), University of California Santa Cruz
  59. Laurie Dickmeyer, University of California, Irvine
  60. Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
  61. Leah Zani, University of California, Irvine
  62. Leslie Salzinger, University of California, Berkeley
  63. Leti Volpp, University of California, Berkeley
  64. Libby Catchings, California Institute of Technology
  65. Linette Park, University of California, Irvine
  66. Lisa Parks, University of California, Santa Barbara
  67. Lisa Rofel, University of California, Santa Cruz
  68. Lorenzo Galdon Ramos, University of California, Berkeley
  69. Lucas Hilderbrand, University of California, Irvine
  70. Lucy Mae San Pablo Burns, University of California, Los Angeles
  71. Lyle Massey, University of California, Irvine
  72. Lyn Hejinian, University of California, Berkeley
  73. MacKenzie Weeks, University of California, Irvine
  74. Madhavi Murty, University of California, Santa Cruz
  75. Maggie Dethloff, University of California, Irvine
  76. Mahel Hamroun, University of California, Berkeley
  77. Mark Goble, University of California, Berkeley
  78. Mark LeVine, University of California, Irvine
  79. Marques Augusta Vestal, University of California, Los Angeles
  80. Martin Harries, University of California, Irvine
  81. Mary C. Schmitt, University of California, Irvine
  82. Mary Shi, University of California, Berkeley
  83. Matthew Stratton, University of California, Davis
  84. Matt Knutson, University of California, Irvine
  85. Megan Brooker, University of California, Irvine
  86. Megan Moodie, University of California, Santa Cruz
  87. Megan Neal, University of California, Irvine
  88. Meghan Chandler, Santa Monica College
  89. Melissa Melpignano, University of California, Los Angeles
  90. Melissa Wrapp, University of California, Irvine
  91. Melody Jue, University of California, Santa Barbara
  92. Michael Berlin, University of California, Irvine
  93. Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
  94. Michaeljit Sandhu, University of California, Berkeley
  95. Michael Meranze, University of California, Los Angeles
  96. Miguel Angel Olvera, University of California, Irvine
  97. Mikaela Smith, University of California, Irvine
  98. Mohammed Ali, University of California, Irvine
  99. Mohsin Ali, University of California, Los Angeles
  100. Monisha Bajaj, University of San Francisco
  101. Morgan Slade, University of California, Irvine
  102. Mrinalini Tankha, University of California, Irvine
  103. Nandita Badami, University of California, Irvine
  104. Natalia Brizuela, University of California, Berkeley
  105. Natalia Cecire, University of Sussex; UC Berkeley alumna
  106. Nathan Coben, University of California, Irvine
  107. Naveed Mansoori, University of California, Los Angeles
  108. Neferti Tadiar, Barnard College, formerly University of California, Santa Cruz
  109. Nefertiti Takla, University of California, Los Angeles
  110. Nick Mitchell, University of California, Santa Cruz
  111. Nima Lamu Yolmo, University of California, Irvine
  112. Nitin Govil, University of Southern California
  113. Nivedita Nath, University of California, Los Angeles
  114. Nuha Khoury, University of California, Santa Barbara
  115. Olive Mckeon, University of California, Los Angeles
  116. Olivia Humphrey, University of California, Irvine
  117. Olufemi O. Taiwo, University of California, Los Angeles
  118. Omnia El Shakry, University of California, Davis
  119. Oviya Govindan, University of California, Irvine
  120. Paola Bacchetta, University of California, Berkeley
  121. Parama Roy, University of California, Davis
  122. Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside
  123. Peter Beattie, University of California, Irvine
  124. Peter Haffner, University of California, Los Angeles
  125. Philip Anselmo, University of California, Irvine
  126. Poulomi Saha, University of California, Berkeley
  127. Pragya Saxena, University of California, Irvine
  128. Pratibha Parmar, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
  129. Priya Jaikumar, University of Southern California
  130. Priya Satia, Stanford University
  131. Puneeta Kala, University of California, Berkeley
  132. R. Gustav Steinhardt, University of California, Berkeley
  133. Rachael De La Cruz, University of California, Irvine
  134. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, University of California, Berkeley
  135. Rahim Kurwa, University of California, Los Angeles
  136. Raja GuhaThakurta, University of California, Santa Cruz
  137. Raka Ray, University of California, Berkeley
  138. Ramit Malhotra, University of California, Berkeley Alum
  139. Ramona Naddaff, University of California, Berkeley
  140. Rebecca Chavez, University of California, Berkeley
  141. Rebecca Farmer, University of California, Berkeley
  142. Rebecca Hasselbeck, University of California, Irvine
  143. Rei Terada, University of California, Irvine
  144. Richard B. Norgaard, University of California, Berkeley
  145. Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara
  146. Richard Falk, University of California, Santa Barbara
  147. Rita Raley, University of California, Santa Barbara
  148. Robert Barrett, University of California, Irvine
  149. Robert Goldman, University of California, Berkeley
  150. Robert Wood, University of California, Irvine
  151. Rohit Chopra, Santa Clara University
  152. Rohit Reddy, University of California, Los Angeles
  153. Roi Livne, University of California, Berkeley
  154. Ryan King, University of California, Santa Cruz
  155. Ryanson Ku, University of California, Irvine
  156. Saima Ali, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  157. Sally J. Sutherland Goldman, University of California, Berkeley
  158. Saloni Mathur, University of California, Los Angeles
  159. Samala Gunasekera, University of California, Santa Cruz
  160. Samuel Mark Anderson, University of California, Los Angeles
  161. Sanchita Saxena, University of California, Berkeley
  162. Santhi KavuriBauer,

San Francisco State University San Francisco

  1. Sarah Nicolazzo, University of California, San Diego
  2. Sarah Shields, University of California, Los Angeles
  3. Sarita Echavez See, University of California, Riverside
  4. SA Smythe, University of California, Santa Cruz
  5. Scott Saul, University of California, Berkeley
  6. Sean Mallin, University of California, Irvine
  7. Shahzad Bashir, Stanford University
  8. Shaivya Mishra, University of California, Berkeley
  9. Shakthi Nataraj, University of California, Berkeley
  10. Shamell Bell, University of California, Los Angeles
  11. Shannon M. Lieberman, University of California, Santa Barbara
  12. Shannon Steen, University of California, Berkeley
  13. Sharareh Frouzesh, University of California, Irvine
  14. Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
  15. Sherene Seikaly, University of California, Santa Barbara
  16. Shivani Sud, University of California, Berkeley
  17. Shweta Saraswat, University of California, Los Angeles
  18. Shyam Patel, University of California, Irvine
  19. Simmy Makhijani, San Francisco State University
  20. Simone Popperl, University of California, Irvine
  21. Simon Leung, University of California, Irvine
  22. Sofiga Vijayan, University of California, Santa Cruz
  23. Sohini Pillai, University of California, Berkeley
  24. Sridevi Prasad, University of California, Berkeley
  25. Stephanie O’Brien, University of California, Irvine
  26. Stephen Shaver, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
  27. Steven Justice, University of California, Berkeley
  28. Sudipta Sen, University of California, Davis
  29. Sue Ellen Case, University of California, Los Angeles
  30. Sugata Ray, University of California, Berkeley
  31. Sunaina Maira, University of California, Davis
  32. Suraiya Anita Jetha, University of California, Santa Cruz
  33. Susan L. Foster, UCLA
  34. Susan Schweik, University of California, Berkeley
  35. Suzanne Decemvirale, University of California, Santa Barbara
  36. Swati Chattopadhyay, University of California, Santa Barbara
  37. Swati Rana, University of California, Santa Barbara
  38. Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, University of California Santa Barbara
  39. Tanya Matthan, University of California, Los Angeles
  40. Tara Gonsalves, University of California, Berkeley
  41. Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
  42. Taylor Wondergem, University of California, Santa Cruz
  43. Tejeswara Reddy Gogulamudi, University of California, Santa Cruz
  44. Thomas Blom Hansen, Stanford University
  45. Tianna S. Paschel, University of California, Berkeley
  46. Tobias Menely, University of California, Davis
  47. Ursula Dalinghaus, University of California, Irvine
  48. Vanita Seth, University of California, Santa Cruz
  49. Varsha Venkatasubramanian, University of California, Berkeley
  50. Vasudha Paramasivan, University of California, Berkeley
  51. Vijaya Nagarajan, University of San Francisco
  52. Vinay Lal, University of California, Los Angeles
  53. Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
  54. William H. Ma, University of California, Berkeley
  55. Williston Chase, University of California, Irvine
  56. Wujun Ke, University of California, Irvine
  57. Yimin Lai, University of California, Irvine
  58. Youstina Youssef, University of California, Berkeley
  59. Zachary Levenson, University of California, Berkeley
  60. Zaib Tufail, University of California, Irvine

Student Organizations:

Students for Justice in Palestine, University of California, Berkeley

South Asia Graduate Students’ Association, UCLA

The Undercommons at UCLA

 

4. Current Fellows of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, JNU, Delhi.

Professor M. Jagadesh Kumar,

Vice Chancellor

Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi 110067

February 22, 2016.

Dear Professor Kumar,

As current Fellows of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study, we write with deep concern at recent events on the campus of JNU. We chose to come here because of JNU’s reputation for debate, discussion, high scholarly achievement, and extraordinarily rich campus life. We feel privileged to be here at this center of academic excellence. Over the past week or so, we have watched with deep alarm at the manner in which student debate and discussion has been policed. The patently trumped up charges of sedition against students participating in democratic discussion of public events is highly objectionable. Universities have to protect the right of their faculty and students to freedom of speech and thought. We share the concern of our colleagues who teach at JNU, and indeed colleagues from dozens of universities all over the world, that this freedom is now threatened. The police have no right to make arbitrary searches and arrests. Rather, the police should ensure that students, faculty and other staff are not intimidated by aviolent mob at the gates of the campus. It is the job of the University Administration to safeguard JNU’s intellectual traditions, and the safety of its students and teachers. We ask you, as the University’s senior most administrator, to provide a public assurance to students, teachers and the international community that JNU will remain a place for free and vigorous discussion and debate, and not open to police actions ofthe kind it has recently seen.

Sincerely,

Peter Arnds, Fellow TCD and Director, M.Phil in Comparative Literature and M.Phil in Literary Translation, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Renata Czekalska, Associate Professor, Institute of the Middle and Far East,

Chair for East and South Asian Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow,

Poland

Lina M Fruzzetti, Professor of Anthropology, Brown University

Suvir Kaul Professor, English, Comparative Literature, South Asian Studies,

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Ania Loomba, Professor, English, Comparative Literature, South Asian Studies,

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Katharina Michaelowa, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of

Zurich, Switzerland

Shirin M. Rai, Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies

University of Warwick, UK

Ayesha Ray, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, King’s

College, Pennsylvania, USA

Svati P. Shah, Associate Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies,

University of Massacussetts, Amherst, USA

Ari Sitas, Professor, Sociology and Global Studies, University of Cape Town,

South Africa.

Janjira Sombatpoonsiri, Lecturer Faculty of Political Science Thammasat

University Prachan, Bangkok

5. Colorado College, U.S.

We, the undersigned at Colorado College, are writing to express our solidarity with the students, faculty and staff of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). We condemn the BJP government for ordering the police to suppress peaceful expressions of dissent by JNU students and for arresting the JNU Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar on false charges of sedition and criminal conspiracy. Furthermore, we condemn the investigation of Umar Khalid and five other students in order to file similar charges. We believe that the charges against Mr. Kumar and the others are fraudulent and demand that they be dropped immediately. We also demand that the police withdraw from the university campus and desist from filing false charges against the other students.

It is apparent to us that the arrest of Mr. Kumar and the police actions on the JNU campus, including constant surveillance by plainclothes officers, are part of a broader campaign by the ruling party and organizations affiliated with it to take control of India’s public universities in order to suppress critical thought and political dissent on campuses all over India. Prior to the events at JNU, the government had suppressed student protests at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and put pressure on the university administration at Hyderabad Central University to expel Mr. Rohit Vermula, a talented and thoughtful PhD scholar who was also active in the Ambedkar Students Association. As a result, Mr. Vermula committed suicide. Over the past week, student residences at JNU have been raided by the police and various student groups have been placed under surveillance. In addition to police violence, faculty and students of JNU have been subjected to a vicious campaign of slander and prejudice by the mass media. JNU students and faculty who had gone to attend Mr. Kumar’s hearing at the High Court were physically assaulted by lawyers and other individuals associated with the ruling party. From all accounts, the attacks were carried out with the connivance of the police. We not only condemn these attacks, we also demand that the Delhi police should withdraw from the JNU campus and that the Indian government desist from its campaign of harassment of students, faculty and staff at universities throughout the country.

Based on the accounts that we have read, it is clear that the legal case against Mr. Kumar is false and that the colonial era law of sedition is being used to silence students who are critical of the Hindu nationalist government and its idea of India as a Hindu nation. Indeed, we believe the use of the sedition law and the deployment of state machinery to suppress political dissent on university campuses and elsewhere in India is designed to normalize the ruling party’s commitment to Hindu majoritarianism. In other words, we believe that these actions by the government are but one part of a larger project to undermine the Indian Constitution’s commitment to equality and freedom.

As scholars and students, we believe that the right to freedom of speech and assembly and to dissent are essential to the pursuit of knowledge and contribute to a flourishing democracy and to a more just and equal society. Indeed, the JNU community and students and faculty of other Indian universities who have peacefully assembled and protested in solidarity embody the very qualities of citizenship that are essential to a vibrant democracy like India’s. We stand by the students and faculty who have been unjustly targeted in this vicious campaign against academic freedom and against their right to critically engage with problems of inequality and injustice in India and to protest against the Indian government’s policies. In this spirit, we urge the Vice Chancellor of JNU to support the students by keeping the police out of the campus and we demand that the government cease its campaign against the students.

Signed,

Yogesh Chandrani

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Claire Oberon Garcia

Professor, English Department

Director of Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies

Jane H. Murphy

Associate Professor of History

Rashna Singh

Visiting Professor of English

Anusha Kedhar

Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance

Purvi Mehta

Assistant Professor of History

Nadia Guessous

Assistant Professor of Feminist and Gender Studies

Peter Matthews Wright,

Associate Professor of Religion

Naomi Pueo Wood

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

Amanda Minervini

Visting Assistant Professor of French and Italian

Sarah Hautzinger

Professor of Anthropology & Chair, Department of Anthropology

John Gould

Associate Professor of Political Science

John Williams

Director of Asian Studies & Associate Professor of History

Heidi R. Lewis

Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies

Devaka Premawardhana

Assistant Professor of Religion

Tomi-Ann Roberts

Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Department of Psychology

Laurel Taylor Sebastian (2016), Environmental Science

Jamal Ratchford

Assistant Professor of History

Alberto Hernandez-Lemus

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Ruth Markwardt (Alum)

Department of Anthropology, Paraprofessional

Joan E. Ericson

Professor of East Asian Languages

Rachel Mintz (2016)

Senior, Anthropology

Carol Newton (2019)

First Year Student

Sachin Mathur (2017)

Political Science

6. Faculty at DePaul University, Chicago, U.S.

February 29, 2016.

We, the undersigned, at DePaul University, Chicago, stand in solidarity with the students, faculty, and staff at JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) in their ongoing struggle to challenge the flagrant violations of their democratic rights by the Indian state.

We condemn the use of a colonial era sedition law (designed to silence anticolonial protests) to prevent the expression of free speech and academic debate on a university campus.

We condemn the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya on spurious charges of “anti-nationalism”. We protest the use of vigilante justice and violent attacks by lawyers. Courts of law should not become mouthpieces of the state. Students, faculty, journalists, and other dissenting voices should not be subject to violence and “trial by media”.

University campuses should be spaces where students have the freedom to grapple with ideas, engage in difficult conversations, and challenge the status quo. As academics, we are disturbed at the smothering of dissent, the framing of critical perspectives as seditious, and the use of violence to impose the casteist and communal views of the current administration.

This attack on JNU is not an isolated incident. Other academic institutions like Hyderabad Central University (HCU) and Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) have been attacked in similar ways. It is part of a wider pattern of intimidation, silencing of dissent, and intolerance towards demands for a more plural and just society.

We demand the immediate release of Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya. We demand the rollback of the archaic colonial sedition laws used to arrest them. We also demand the prosecution of the vigilante lawyers who violently and brazenly attacked students, faculty and journalists at the court at Patiala House, as the police stood by.

In Solidarity,

  1. Shailja Sharma (Associate Dean and Associate Professor)
  2. Kalyani Devaki Menon (Associate Professor)
  3. Sanjukta Mukherjee (Assistant Professor)
  4. Rajit Mazumdar (Associate Professor)
  5. Frida Kerner Furman (Professor)
  6. David J. Wellman (Associate Professor)
  7. John Shanahan (Associate Dean and Associate Professor)
  8. Alec Brownlow (Associate Professor)
  9. Khaled Keshk (Associate Professor and Chair)
  10. Charles R. Strain (Professor)
  11. Carolina Sternberg (Assistant Professor)
  12. Winifred Curran (Associate Professor)
  13. Alex G. Papadopoulos (Associate Professor)
  14. Ann Russo (Associate Professor)
  15. Elizabeth Rottenberg (Associate Professor)
  16. Peg Birmingham (Professor)
  17. Amor Kohli (Associate Professor and Chair)
  18. Chris Mount (Associate Professor)
  19. Aminah Al-Deen (Professor)
  20. Nila Ginger Hofman (Associate Professor)
  21. Morag M. Kersel (Assistant Professor)
  22. Larry Mayo (Associate Professor)
  23. John Mazzeo (Associate Professor)
  24. Robert Rotenberg (Professor and Chair)
  25. Laila Farah (Associate Professor)
  26. Heidi J. Nast (Professor)
  27. Maureen Sioh (Associate Professor)
  28. Maria del Rosario Acosta Lopez (Associate Professor)
  29. Kaveh Ehsani (Assistant Professor)
  30. Felix Masud-Piloto (Professor)
  31. Randall Honold (Assistant Dean)
  32. Scott Hibbard (Associate Professor)
  33. Jane Eva Baxter (Associate Professor)
  34. Angelika Cedzich (Associate Professor)
  35. Scott Paeth (Associate Professor)
  36. Chernoh Sesay, Jr. (Associate Professor)
  37. Beth S. Catlett (Associate Professor and Chair)
  38. Julie E. Moody-Freeman (Associate Professor)
  39. Juan Mora-Torres (Associate Professor)
  40. Tom Krainz (Associate Professor)
  41. Sandra Jackson (Professor)

7. Faculty, Students and Staff, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and University of Rhode Island, Providence, U.S.

Statement of Support for Jawaharlal Nehru University

26th February 2016

We, the undersigned, at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and University of Rhode Island, strongly condemn the violence unleashed by the BJP, RSS, ABVP, and the Delhi Police within and outside the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus over the last few days.

We demand the immediate withdrawal of the unfounded, unjust and archaic charges brought against JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, and of his release from custody. The invocation of colonial laws on sedition, while labeling people as “anti-national,” has been used as a tool to criminalize dissenting opinions and political and social movements that challenge the status quo. These allegations of ‘anti-national’ behaviour, are being used by the government as an alibi to raid hostels and disrupt peaceful demonstrations, violently assault students and faculty, and flagrantly violate the constitutional rights of the university community.

We further believe that the charges of ‘sedition’ and ‘anti-national activities’ being brought against Umar Khalid and other students (based on claims that they resorted to anti-India slogans and spoke out for Kashmir’s right to self-determination) reflects the failure of the state to respect critiques and engage meaningfully with disagreements, the failure to appreciate the value of robust, diverse and politically vibrant public universities, and the failure to concede that freedom of speech, especially against state injustice, is a fundamental right.

We strongly condemn this increasingly prevalent tendency to unleash state-sponsored violence and intimidation techniques on university campuses, to stifle students’ voices and scuttle academic freedoms. This is connected to a more general culture of intolerance towards any opinion that articulates dissent or resistance against the capitalist, casteist and Hindu fundamentalist government, evident most recently in the systematic harassment and tragic death of the Dalit student Rohith Vemula at the University of Hyderabad.

An open, tolerant and pluralistic society must be measured not by self-appointed gatekeepers of ‘nationalism’ from a dominant caste, religion or community, but by the degree to which that society fosters critical thinking and freedom of speech. The current political environment—the vicious slander against dissenting students and the maligning of the university on social media and television—poses a growing threat to such freedoms in India, and is of concern not only to members of JNU but to students and engaged citizens around the world. We therefore extend our solidarity with the JNU students in their struggle, and express our hopes for a long-term, united movement towards a more just and a truly free society.

Signatories:

  1. Magnus Pharao Hansen, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Brown University
  2. Juan F. Santoyo, Staff, Neuroscience, Brown University
  3. Shishav Parajuli, Graduate Student, Poitical Science/Theory, Brown University
  4. Lakshmi Padmanabhan, Graduate Student, Modern Culture and Media/History, Brown University
  5. Christopher J. Lee, Graduate Student, English, Brown University
  6. Bryan Moorefield, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Brown University
  7. Anne Gray Fischer, Graduate Student, History, Brown University
  8. Felix Green, Graduate Student, Brown University
  9. Paja Faudree, Faculty, Anthropology, Brown University
  10. Genoviva Coker, Graduate Student, Public Health, Brown University
  11. Lydia Kelow-Bennett, Graduate Student, Africana Studies, Brown University
  12. Faiz Khan, Graduate Student, Brown University
  13. Yeong Ran Kim, Graduate Student, TAPS, Brown University
  14. Noga Rotem, Graduate Student, Political Science, Brown University
  15. Kanksha Barman, Graduate Student, Center for Language Studies, Brown University
  16. Rama Srinivasan, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Brown University
  17. Pavitra Govindan, Graduate Student, Economics, Brown University
  18. Veronica Ciocanel, Graduate Student, Applied Mathematics, Brown University
  19. Esha Sraboni, Graduate Student, Brown University
  20. Rajeev Kadambi, Graduate Student, Political Science/Theory, Brown University
  21. Puneet Bhasin, Graduate Student, Political Science, Brown University
  22. Andi, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Brown University
  23. Julia Gettle, Graduate Student, History, Brown University
  24. Dennis Johannssen, Graduate Student, German Studies, Brown University
  25. Matthew Ellis, Graduate Student, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
  26. Sertac Sen, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Brown University
  27. Benjamin Bellman, Graduate Student, Sociology, Brown University
  28. Simran Vazirani, Graduate Student, Public Policy, Brown University
  29. Elizabeth Dean Hermann, Faculty, Division of Architecture and Design, RISD
  30. Suvaid Yaseen, Graduate Student, History, Brown University
  31. Miriam Rainer, Graduate Student, German Studies, Brown University
  32. Darien Acero, Undergraduate Student, Religious studies, Brown University
  33. Colin, Graduate Student, Applied Mathematics, Brown University
  34. Vazira Zamindar, Faculty, History, Brown University
  35. Dorin Smith, Graduate Student, English, Brown University
  36. Anindita Adhikari, Graduate Student, Sociology, Brown University
  37. Kaustav Chakrabarti, Graduate Student, Political Science, Brown University
  38. Stephanie Galasso, Graduate Student, Brown University
  39. Bhrigupati Singh, Faculty, Anthropology, Brown university
  40. Brian Horton, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Brown University
  41. Prerna Singh, Faculty, Political Science, Brown University
  42. Rijuta Mehta, Faculty, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
  43. Erik Ehn, Faculty, Theatre Arts, Brown University
  44. Michael D. Kennedy, Faculty, Sociology and International and Public Affairs, Brown University
  45. Viraj Sikand, Undergraduate Student, Environmental Science, Brown University
  46. Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Faculty, Art & Art History/Art, University of Rhode Island
  47. Uday Shriram, Graduate Student, Neuroscience/Biotechnology, Brown University
  48. Karie Fisher, Staff, Watson Institute, Brown University
  49. Catherine, Graduate Student, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, Steidl University
  50. Jessica Katzenstein, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Brown University
  51. Malay Firoz, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Brown University
  52. Kay Warren, Faculty, Anthropology, Brown University
  53. Patrick Mayne, Graduate Student, Sociology, Brown University
  54. Quinn Bernier, Graduate Student, Sociology, Brown University
  55. Abhilash Medhi, Graduate Student, History, Brown University
  56. Ferris Lupino, Graduate Student, Political Science, Brown University
  57. Cecilia Garza, Undergraduate Student, Development Studies, Brown University
  58. Nur Yasemin Bavbek, Graduate Student, Sociology, Brown University
  59. Charlotte Buecheler, Graduate Student, Comparative Literature, Brown University
  60. Apoorva Bhandari, Staff, CLPS, Brown University
  61. Jammie Chomsky, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  62. Rehan Jamil, Graduate Student, Political Science, Brown University
  63. Shreena Thakore, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  64. Emily Cunniffe, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  65. Arohi Kapoor, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  66. Aidan Dunbar, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  67. Divya Mehta, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  68. Sebastian Clark, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  69. India Ennenga, Brown University
  70. Ryan Lee, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  71. Aanchal Saraf, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  72. Eli Neuman-Hammond, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  73. Athena Washburn, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  74. Mackenzie Abernethy, Staff, School of Professional Studies, Brown University
  75. Maya Sorabjee, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  76. Tathya Abe, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  77. Sheena Raza Faisal, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  78. Tuba Tariq, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  79. Jagdeep Raina, RISD
  80. Nicole Burrowes, Faculty, History, Brown University
  81. Valentine Moro, Podova University
  82. Terrence George, Graduate Student, Mathematics, Brown University
  83. Syeda Masood, Graduate Student, Sociology, Brown University
  84. Hannah Marshall, Graduate Student, Anthropology, Brown University
  85. Jan Stockbruegger, Graduate Student, Political Science, Brown University
  86. Kudrat Wadhwa, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  87. Yashas Vaidya, Graduate Student, Sociology, Brown University
  88. Taylor Johnson, RISD
  89. Dennis Congdon, Faculty, Painting, RISD
  90. Tenzin Lama, Undergraduate Student, Brown University
  91. Shreya Jindal, Graduate Student, Education, Brown University
  92. Patrick Heller, Faculty, Sociology, Brown University
  93. Jonathan Highfield, Faculty, English, RISD
  94. Poulomi Chakrabarti, Graduate Student, Political Science, Brown University
  95. Raghvi Bhatia, RISD
  96. Avishek Ganguly, Faculty, Literary Arts and Studies, RISD

8. McGill and Concordia Universities, Canada.

We, the undersigned, students, faculty, staff, and other members of McGill and Concordia Universities are in solidarity with students, faculty and staff at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), India, against
ongoing anti-democratic actions by the Indian state. We are appalled by the continuing intimidation, harassment and violence against students at the JNU campus and in courtrooms, and the use of archaic and colonial laws of sedition to inhibit freedom of speech and expression. We denounce the ongoing demonization and vilification of JNU students by the media, and criticise the collusion of political parties with the media in fabricating news stories and misleading the public. We also condemn the suppression of dissent in the name of nationalism, as we consider the right to debate as an essential principle of a healthy
democracy.

The increasing threat to academic freedom, and the restriction of critical debates within universities, is on the rise globally.  Whether motivated by fundamentalism disguised as nationalism, or fear of dissent
disguised as the provision of security, it stands in opposition to all principles of democracy. We are in solidarity with all who oppose these incursions on intellectual inquiry. We applaud the students of JNU for
their continued resistance to government-led oppression, their creativity in responding to egregious repression and are grateful to the faculty of JNU for their unwavering support for students at this
critical time.

We pledge our support for their cause.

Signatures
1. Ayesha Vemuri, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
2. Sophie Toupin, Media@McGill, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
3. Darin Barney, Grierson Chair in Communication Studies, McGill
University.
4. Jonathan Sterne, James McGill Chair in Culture and Technology, McGill
University.
5. Carrie Rentschler, William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies,
McGill University.
6. Stéphane Couture, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Art History
and Communication Studies, McGill University.
7. Zoe De Luca, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
8. Sonja Solomun, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
9. Isadora Hellegren, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
10. Tomasz Grusiecki, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
11. Mary Bunch, Faculty Lecturer, Institute for Gender, Sexuality and
Feminist Studies, McGill University
12. Katherine Zien, English Department, McGill University
13. Katherine Hales, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
14. Claire Michela, Staff Member, Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and
Feminist Studies, McGill University.
15. Kedar Mate, Graduate students, SPOT, McGill University
16. Heather Holdsworth, Undergraduate student, McGill University
17. Prashant Keshavmurthy, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University
18. Ayanna Dozier, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies & IGSF, McGill University
19. Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological
Literacy, McGill University
20. Ali Karimi, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
21. Michelle Hartman, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University.
22. Melis Cagan, Undergraduate Student, McGill University
23. Aziz Choudry, Associate Professor, Integrated Studies in Education,
McGill University
24. Thomas Waugh, Professor, Cinema, Concordia University.
25. M. Fariduddin Attar, Graduate Student, Institute of Islamic Studies,
McGill
26. Narendran Subramanian, Political Science, McGill University
27. Cayley Sorochan, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University
28. Naznin Patel, Graduate Student, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill
University
29. Meghant Sudan, Department of Philosophy, Concordia University
30. Pooja Sen, Graduate Student, Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, McGill University.
31. Geneviève Mercier-Dalphond, Graduate Student, Faculty of Religious
Studies, McGill University

9. Canadian Academics in Solidarity with JNU

We, the undersigned, faculty and students at universities across Canada, wish to express our solidarity with the ongoing student struggle at Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, India. In doing so, we wholeheartedly condemn the extra-constitutional detention of the JNU Students’ Union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and seven other students on February 9, 2016. Universities should be places of academic freedom where dissent and critical thinking must not only be tolerated but should be actively encouraged. The students who have been charged with sedition (a colonial-era relic that the Supreme Court of India itself has attempted to weaken) for questioning the Indian state’s controversial execution of Afzal Guru, the man accused in the attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001, breached no law, and are being illegally detained. Credible news reports from India’s leading television channels and newspapers have confirmed that the police action, and subsequent occupation of the university by police, was spurred on by the right-wing students group, the ABVP, that seems to have a direct line of influence with the ruling BJP in central government.

Since the February 9 incident, other students and faculty of JNU have been intimidated and beaten up, and journalists have been threatened and assaulted. Further exacerbating the attacks, on 15 February 2016, JNU students and faculty, along with at least ten journalists, were violently attacked by lawyers and a legislator from the ruling party when they were peacefully attending court in support of Kanhaiya Kumar’s hearing. All of this amounts to one of the most concerted and vicious projects of undermining not just one of India’s leading universities, but of creating a widespread culture of intolerance and state-sanctioned violence and orchestrating an assault on public education. The attack on JNU comes on the heels of what is being termed the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula, a dalit student at the University of Hyderabad, and the concerted attacks on dalit students there, also in the name of a manufactured patriotism in which any questioning of the state’s role in entrenching caste and class hegemony is rendered “anti-national”.

We want to assure the students, staff and faculty of JNU that they are not alone in their struggle. At Canadian universities, we are part of a growing global movement that seeks to condemn and resist the vicious attack on democratic norms, academic freedom and political dissent at JNU and in other universities globally.

1 Jayeeta Sharma, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

2 Rachel Berger, Associate Professor, Concordia University, Montreal QC Canada

3 Ishita Pande (JNU, 1999), Queen’s University, KIngston

4 Natalie Rothman, University of Toronto

5 Deborah Cowen, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

6 Ajay Rao, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

7 Prashant Keshavmurthy, Professor, Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal

8 Dr. Kristine Alexander, the University of Lethbridge

9 Raju J Das, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto

10 Andrea Marion Pinkney, McGill University, Montreal, QC

11 Rupinder Minhas, York University, Toronto

12 Rianne Mahon, Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

13 Rabea Murtaza, Toronto

14 Nhung Tuyet Tran, University of Toronto

15 Sara Saljoughi, English & Cinema Studies, University of Toronto

16 Katharine N. Rankin, University of Toronto

17 Daniel White, Professor of English, University of Toronto

18 Margrit Eichler, Professor Emerita, OISE/UT

19 Lynne Viola, University Professor, University of Toronto

20 Bettina von Lieres, Centre for Critical Development Studies, UTSC

21 Prasad Khanolkar, University of Toronto, Canada

22 Chandler Davis, University of Toronto, Toronto

23 Francis Cody, University of Toronto, Toronto

24 Bhavani Raman, University of Toronto, Toronto

25 Neilesh Bose, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

26 Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto, Toronto

27 Jens Hanssen, Depts of History and NMC, Toronto

28 Alejandro Paz, Anthropology, University of Toronto

29 Anup Grewal, University of Toronto

30 Dia Da Costa, University of Alberta

31 Rosa Sarabia, University of Toronto

32 Tong Lam, University of Toronto, Canada

33 Malini Guha, Carleton University

34 Laura Toth

35 Nicholas Sammond, University of Toronto, CANADA

36 Sanjeev Routray, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

37 Michael Lambek, FRSC, Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto

38 Richard Roman, Sociology, Emeritus, University of Toronto

39 Dharashree Das, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

40 Samar Nour, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto, Canada

41 Kari Dehli, Professor Emerita, University of Toronto

42 Katherine Blouin, University of Toronto, Toronto

43 Meghana Rao, University of Toronto

44 Kanishka Goonewardena, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

45 Kajri Jain, University of Toronto

46 Sheila L. Cavangh, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto, Canada.

47 Ruth Marshall, Associate Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto

48 Renisa Mawani, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia

49 Sara Shneiderman, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

50 Meenal Shrivastava, Professor Political Economy and Global Studies, Athabasca University

51 Sherene Razack, Professor, University of Toronto

52 Andrea Muehlebach, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada

53 Alexandre Da Costa, University of Alberta, Canada

54 Leslie Orr, Professor, Concordia University, Montreal

55 Ju Hui Judy Han, Assistant Professor in Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

56 Parnisha Sarkar, PhD candidate, University of Toronto

57 Richard Sandbrook, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Toronto

58 Kate Holland, Associate Professor, Dept of Slavic Langs and Lits, University of Toronto
59 Denise Reaume, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada

60 Michelle Murphy, History, University of Toronto

61 Charles Chiu

62 Elena Razlogova, Concordia University, Montreal

63 Roberta Buiani , University of Toronto

64 Firoza Elavia, York University, Toronto

65 Jack Quarter, University of Toronto

66 Amandeep Kaur Panag, York University, Toronto

67 Rajyashree N Reddy, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto

68 Carla Nappi, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

69 Vasuki Shanmuganathan, University of Toronto, Canada

70 Omar Sirri, PhD student, University of Toronto – Toronto, Canada

71 Sikata Banerjee, University of Victoria

72 Ozlem Aslan, University of Toronto, Toronto

73 David Seitz, Lecturer, University of Toronto

74 Nestor E. Rodriguez, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

75 D. Alissa Trotz, University of Toronto, Toronto

76 Reeju Ray, University of Western Ontario

77 Naisargi N. Dave, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Toronto

78 Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Professor, University of Toronto

79 Emily Gilbert, University of Toronto, Canada

80 Sam Walker, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

81 Neera Singh, University of Toronto

82 Sevi Bayraktar, PhD student, University of California, Los Angeles

83 Professor Jody Berland, York University, Toronto, Canada

84 Bianca Dahl, University of Toronto

85 Shyam Ranganathan, Department of Philosophy, York University, Toronto

86 Christopher Webb, University of Toronto, Canada

87 Greg Albo, Political Science, York University, Toronto

88 Jaby Mathew, University of Toronto, Toronto

89 Justin GD, York University, Toronto

90 Shubhra Gururani, Associate Professor, Anthropolgy, York University, Toronto

91 Alan Sears, Sociology, Ryerson University, Toronto

92 Andre Sorensen, Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough

93 Arsalan Kahnemuyipour, Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of Toronto

94 Elizabeth Brule, York University, Toronto

95 Rahul Varma, playwright

96 Genevieve Mercier-Dalphond, McGill University, Montreal Canada

97 Zain R. Mian, McGill University, Montreal QC

98 Adrian Murray, University of Ottawa

99 Teresa Hubel, Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada

100 Parastou Saberi, University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto

101 Jennifer Chun, Sociology, University of Toronto Scarborough

102 Pasha M. Khan, McGill University, Montreal

103 Elliot Montpellier, McGill University

104 Tayyaba Jiwani, University of Toronto

105 Kevin Coleman, University of Toronto, Canada

106 Catherine Larouche, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

107 Nadir Khan, Law Student at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

108 Meghant Sudan, Concordia University, Montreal

109 Yves Winter, McGill University, Montreal

110 Gavin Smith, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

111 Qamar Zaidi, York University, Canada.

112 Dominik Wujastyk, University of Alberta, Edmonton

113 Sanchia deSouza, University of Toronto, Toronto

114 Prasanta Dhar, Dept of History, University of Toronto

115 Jennifer Glassco, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, McGill University, Montreal

116 Sergio Arcaro Centennial College Toronto Ontario Canada

117 Nishant Upadhyay, York University, Mississaugas of New Credit Territories (Toronto)

118 Joel Dickau, University of Toronto, Canada

119 Ponni Arasu, Graduate Student, Department of History, University of Toronto.

120 Piyusha Chatterjee, Concordia University, Montreal

121 Apurva Ashok, BA Student, McGill University.

122 Rebecca Coulter, PhD, Professor Emerita, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada

123 Maya Khankhoje, former student at Concordia University/McGill University, Montreal.

124 Kiran Mirchandani, University of Toronto, Canada

125 Dr. Dylan Clark, Lecturer, The Asian Institute, University of Toronto (Canada)

126 Joseph H. Carens, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto

\127 Mohamad Tavakoli, University of Toronto

128 Michael Nijhawan, York University, Toronto

129 Holly Gilmour, Oshawa, Ontario

130 Jordy Cummings, York University, Toronto

131 Zaheer Baber, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto

132 Ayyaz Mallick, PhD student, York University Canada

133 Mostafa Abedinifard, MacEwan University, Edmonton

134 Michael Truscello, Associate Professor, Mount Royal University

135 Jennifer Nedelsky, Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada

136 Rupaleem Bhuyan, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

137 Akshaya Tankha, Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto

138 Colin J Campbell, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

139 Justin Podur, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto

140 Kanta Murali, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

141 Poulami Roychowdhury, McGill University, Montreal

142 Pierre-Alexandre Paquet, PhD Student and Lecturer, McGill University

143 Sailaja Krishnamurti, York University, Toronto

144 Nick Tosaj, University of Toronto

145 Nick McGee, University of Toronto, Toronto

146 Anil Varughese, Assistant Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa

147 Chandrima Chakraborty, Associate Professor, McMaster University, Hamilton

148 Katherine Lemons, McGill University, Montreal

149 Noa Shaindlinger, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

150 Jessica Stilwell, McGill University, Montreal

151 Reena Shadaan, PhD Candidate, York University

152 Mary Louise Adams, Queen’s University, Canada

153 Sadeqa Siddiqui, Montreal Canada

154 Dhruv Jain, York University, Toronto, Canada

155 Ashutosh Kumar

156 Emma Alexander, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg

157  Andrew Ivaska, Associate Professor of History, Concordia University, Montreal

158 Chiara Letizia, UQAM, Montreal, Canada

159 Holly Gilmour, Oshawa, Ontario

160 Elise Chenier, Professor, Simon Fraser University

161 Edward Dunsworth, University of Toronto, Canada

162 Chandan Narayan, York University

163 Kajri Jain, University of Toronto, Toronto

164 Sandeep Banerjee, McGill University

165 Charles Stankievec, University of Toronto, Canada

166 Naomi Nagy, University of Toronto

167 R.Cheran, University of Windsor, Canada

168 LM Ishiguro, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

169 Katie Davis, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

170 Daniel Bender, Historical and Cultural Studies, University of Toronto-Scarborough

171 Radhika Mongia, York University, Toronto

172 Kristin Bright, Carleton University, Ottawa Canada

173 Kevin A. Gould, Concordia University, Department of Geography, Planning and Environment

174 Jamie Magnusson, U of Toronto, Canada

175 Mona Luxion, PhD Candidate, McGill University (Montreal); visiting scholar at CEPT University and IIM Bangalore

176 Ken MacDonald, Dept. of Geography, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

177 Diane Shea, Dawson College, Montreal

178 David Morris, Concordia University, Montreal

179 Miriam Diamond, Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto

180 Michael Ekers, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

181 Luin Goldring, York University, Toronto, Canada

182 Katherine Bischoping, Department of Sociology, York University, Toronto

183 Punam Khosla, York University

184 Nancy Jackson, Vancouver BC. Associate Professor Emerita, University of Toronto

185 Penni Stewart, York University, Toronto

186 Nancy Mandell, Professor, Sociology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

187 Hyun Ok Park, Associate Professor of Sociology, York University, Toronto

188 Margaret E. Beare, York University, Toronto

189 Shubhra Gururani, Associate Professor, York University

190 Sophie Voegele, York University Toronto, Canada and Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK, Switzerland

191 Mark Thomas, Department of Sociology, York University, Toronto, Canada

192 Amber Gazso, York University, Canada

193 Elizabeth Lunstrum, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto, Canada

194 Kathryn Barber, York University

195 Azar Masoumi, York University, Canada

196 Melanie Balfour, PhD student, History department, University of Toronto

197 Gokboru S. Tanyildiz, PhD Student, Sociology, York University, Canada

198 Michael Ornstein, Sociology, York University

199 Diana Abraham, York University

200 David McNally, Professor of Political Science, York University, Toronto, Canada

201 Matt Jones, University of Toronto

202 Benjamin Christensen, PhD Candidate, York University

203 Pauline O’Connor, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

204 Walter Whiteley, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

205 Nalini Persram, York University, Canada

206 Pallavi V Das, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay

207 Honor Ford-Smith, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

208 Tina Virmani, Humber College, Toronto

209 Erin Runions, a Canadian in the U.S. (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College, California)

210 Danijel Matijevic, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario

211 Peter Vandergeest, York University, Toronto

212 Perry Maddox, McGill University

213 Daniel Yon, Associate Professor, Dept. of Anthropology and Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto.

214 Miguel Gonzalez, York University

215 Zoe Newman, Toronto, Canada

216 Karen Anderson, Associate Professor, York University Canada

217 Malcolm Blincow, Anthropology, York University (Retired)

218 Mark Goodman, Department of Sociology, York University

219 Eric Clark, professor, Lund University, Sweden

220 Gizem Cakmak, York University (Toronto, Canada)

221 Dr. Alex Latta, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON

222 Max Haiven, Assistant Professor, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

223 Girish Daswani, University of Toronto, Canada

224 Sima Aprahamian, Ph.D. Simone de Beauvoir Institute

225 Alexandra L., University of Toronto

226 Lorna Erwin, Associate Professor, York University

227 Prof.Emeritus, Meyer Brownstone, University of Toronto, Toronto Ontario Canada

228 Colleen Bell, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan

229 Gulay Kilicaslan, York University, Toronto, Phd Student at Sociology

230 Bonita Lawrence, Department of Equity Studies, York University

231 Duygu Gul Kaya, York University, Toronto

232 Soma Chatterjee, School of Social Work, York University, Toronto

233 Rana Sukarieh, Phd candidate, Sociology department, York University

234 Paul Kingston, Associate Professor Political Science, university of Toronto

235 Matthew Rowlinson, English and Centre for Theory and Criticism, Western University

236 Harry Smaller (Ph.D), Faculty of Education, York University, Toronto

237 Pablo Idahosa, York Univetsity

238 Lily Cho, York University, Toronto

239 Tariq Amin-Khan, Ryerson University, Toronto

240 Himani Bannerji

241 Anwesha Ghosh, University of Toronto, Toronto

242 David L. Robinson, University of Toronto

243 Natalie Kouri-Towe, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

244 Carlota McAllister, York University, Toronto, Canada

245 Sara Carpenter, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

246 Liette Gilbert, York University, Toronto

247 Amir Hassanpour, Associate Prof (Ret.), University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

248 Lorna Weir, York University, Toronto, Canada

249 Stephen Slemon, Professor of English & Film Studies, University of Alberta

250 Stephen Rockel, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

251 Anna Zalik, York University, Canada

252 Joan Simalchik, University of Toronto Mississauga

253 Emily Zimmermann, York University MA student, North York, On

254 Monica Espaillat Lizardo, University of Toronto

255 Hyun Ok Park, Associate Professor of Sociology, York University, Toronto

256 Barbara Evans, Department of Cinema and Media Studies, York University, Toronto

257 Karen Murray, York University

258 Marcia Macaulay, York University, Toronto, Canada

259 Eric Mykhalovskiy, Associate Professor, York University

260 Ranu Basu York University

261 Dr. Barbara Heron, Professor, School of Social Work, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

262 Prof. Sam Lanfranco, York University, Canada

263 Deborah Brock, York University, Toronto

264 Prof. Ian Radforth, Department of History, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

265 Teresa Abbruzzese, York University, Toronto, Canada

266 Louis Lefeber, Professor of Economics, York university, Toronto, Canada

267 Leigh Denholm, York University, Canada.

268 Prof. Aryn Martin, York University, Toronto ON Canada

269 M Shohet, UTSC, Toronto, Canada

270 Viviana Patroni, York University, Canada

271 Hira Singh, York University

272 Shahrzad Mojab, University of Toronto

273 Professor Gail Vanstone, York University, Toronto, Canada

274 Srilata Raman, Religion, University of Toronto

275 Anne O’Connell, Associate Professor, York University

276 Caroline Hossein, York University

277 Robert Latham, Political Science, York University, Toronto, Canada

278 Roshney Kurian, McMaster University, Hamilton ON, Canada

279 Craig Jennex, Department of English & Cultural Studies, McMaster University, Canada

280 Ravi Adve, University of Toronto

281 Sarah Harrison, McMaster University, Hamilton ON Canada

282 Olivia Polk, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

283 Shalini Sharma, Dept. of Economics, University of Toronto at Mississauga

284 Eva C Karpinski, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto

285 Tyler Pollard, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

286 Nour Afara, McMaster University, Hamilton

287 Alison Crosby

288 Glenn Stalker, Associate Professor, York University, Toronto

289 BD Ferguson, McMaster University, Ontario

290 Danielle Landry, PhD student, York University

291 Susie O’Brien, McMaster University, Hamilton ON canada

292 Franca Iacovetta, Professor, University of Toronto

293 Eliot Tretter, Proffesor, University of Calgary

294 Markus Reisenleitner, York University

295 Kasim Husain, PhD Candidate and Sessional Lecturer, McMaster University

296 Mary O’Connor, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

297 Sarah D’Adamo, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

298 Elizabeth Zanoni, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto Scarborourgh

299 Adan Jerreat-Poole, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, CANADA

300 Dr. Anne Savage, McMaster University

301 Dr. Lorraine York, McMaster University, Hamilton ON

302 James King, F.R.S.C.

303 Marcelo Vieta, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

304 Jeff Fedoruk, McMaster University, Hamilton Ontario

305 Benjamin Prus, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

306 Constantine Gidaris, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON

307 Michelle Buckley, University of Toronto

308 Donald Goellnicht, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada

309 Caitlin Janzen, Ph.D Student, York University

310 Lesley Wood, York University, Toronto Canada

311 Christine Dalton, Hamilton

312 Andrew Clement, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

313 Marcelle Kosman, University of Alberta, Edmonton Alberta

314 Marcello Musto, York University

315 Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

316 Amber Dean, McMaster University

317 Donna Gabaccia, University of Toronto

318 Jeffrey Pilcher, University of Toronto

  1. Michelle Cho, McGill University, Montreal
  2. Malavika Kasturi, University of Toronto, Toronto
  3. Janet Rubinoff, York University, Toronto

322 Molly Ladd-Taylor, York University

323 Neil ten Kortenaar, University of Toronto Scarborough

324 Natasha Pinterics, University of Alberta, Edmonton

325 Craig Fortier, Assistant Professor Social Development Studies, Renison University College (University of Waterloo)

326 Malissa Phung, McMaster University, Canada

327 Carmela Murdocca, York University

328 Shamika Shabnam, Doctoral Candidate at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

329 Kovid Sharma

330 Brycen Dwayne Janzen, McMaster University – Hamilton, ON

331 Janet Rubinoff, York University (Toronto)

332 Sonia Persaud,  McMaster University Hamilton

333 Hilton Bertalan, York University

334  Aditi Gupta, University of Alberta, Edmonton

335 Sandra den Otter, Queen’s University, Kingston

336 Andrew Ivaska, Associate Professor of History, Concordia University, Montreal

337 Aditi Gupta, University of Alberta, Edmonton

338 Kathleen Lowrey, University of Alberta, Edmonton Canada

339 Laurie Adkin, Associate Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

340 Jesook Song, University of Toronto, Canada

February 18, 2016: Solidarity Statement from Scholars in Canada

We, the signatories to this statement, are in absolute and resounding support of the students, faculty, staff, and allies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. We strongly condemn the witch-hunt by the Indian government targeting students on campus and the onslaught on the elected Student’s Union. The Union’s President, Kanhaiya Kumar, among five others, have been charged with sedition due to an event that took place in the campus on February 9, 2016. We believe the sedition charges inappropriate since there was no incitement to violence. We condemn the violent attack on the students, teachers, and media-persons in the court where Kanhaiya was presented. We believe this attempt to interfere with due process of law represents an attack on not only on civil liberties, but also on fundamental rights.

It is deeply disturbing to note public debate around this on the mainstream Indian media, especially the television news channels and social media that is replete with threats of violence against those who are now branded ‘anti-national’. The contention is that universities should not be spaces of political engagement, but of quiet ‘apolitical’ scholarly repose. As students and researchers committed to the principles of transnational social justice, it is distressing to note the attempts to tarnish the university and those associated with it as ‘anti-national.’

As scholars who have studied in, debated with, learnt from, and found solidarity in Jawaharlal Nehru University, since its establishment in 1969, we are disappointed to note the Delhi Police’s apparent inability to track down the people who attacked Kanhaiya Kumar in court premises, while it launches a country-wide hunt for another student leader, Umar Khalid, who was falsely branded as an associate of a terrorist organization and subjected to a speedy media trial. It is with rising alarm that we register that the University’s library website has been hacked and the institution has been subjected to surveillance by the police. Increasingly, we see how sites of higher education like the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and the University of Hyderabad (UoH) are becoming sites of state persecution.

As scholars living and working in Canada, we recognize the importance of academic and political freedom. The threat posed to academic freedom by governments motivated by political expedience and the intoxication of power knows no borders, and a threat to academic freedom anywhere is a threat to freedom everywhere. We stand with our colleagues in India and call upon the Indian government to stop its anti-democratic action against the students of JNU.

To our fellow students, faculty and staff at JNU: we extend our support and solidarity and stand with you in this struggle.

(An earlier version of this statement has been signed by the department of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. This statement has been modified to include scholars who seek to show solidarity with the very idea of India as represented by the Jawaharlal Nehru University today.)

We #StandwithJNU

Signed,

  1. Shruti Buddhavarapu, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Aprajita Sarcar, Queen’s University, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Territory
  1. Sanober Umar, Queen’s University, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Territory
  1. Tanvi Sirari, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Harshita Yalamarty, Yorke University, Toronto
  1. Parnisha Sarkar, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Reeju Ray, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario
  1. Patrick Corbeil, Queen’s University, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Territory
  1. Ishita Pande, Queen’s University, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Territory
  1. Meghana Rao, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Rachel Berger, Concordia University, Tiotià:ke, unceded Mohawk/Kahnawake territory
  1. Kamal Arora, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Sanjeev Routray, University Of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Richa Sharma, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Prajna Rao, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Bhavani Raman, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Akshaya Tankha, Doctoral Candidate, University of Toronto
  1. Renisa Mawani, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. D. Alissa Trotz, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Natalie Rothman, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Dina Al-Kassim, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Tanveer Pratap, University of Victoria, Victoria
  1. Sunera Thobani, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Prasad Khanolkar, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Vertika, McGill University, Montreal
  1. Sabina Chatterjee, York University, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory
  1. Magnolia Pauker, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Michelle Murphy, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Nishant Upadhyay, York University, Mississaugas of New Credit Territories (Toronto)
  1. Sean Grisdale, University of Toronto, Toronto, CA
  1. Dr Tsering Shakya, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Tashi Tsering, Mount Royal University, Calgary
  1. Dharashree Das, Simon Fraser University
  1. Malavika Kasturi, University of Toronto
  1. Shwetha Govindan, McGill University, Montreal
  1. Senjuti Kundu, McGill University, Montreal
  1. Anwesha Ghosh, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Sonam Yangzom, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Rajyashree N Reddy, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Prof Katharine N Rankin, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Sanchia deSouza, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Tushna Mehta, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Rajeev Das, Canadian Nuclear Labs, McGill University, Montreal
  1. Mohit Malhotra, York University
  1. Espen Stranger-Johannessen, University of British Columbia
  1. Sanjay Tewari, JNU SES 1990 Class
  1. Elliot Hanowski, University of Winnipeg
  1. Sara Shneiderman, University of British Columbia
  1. Rajarshi Sengupta, University of British Columbia
  1. Heena Mistry, Queen’s University
  1. Jesse Henderson, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Dia Da Costa, University of Alberta
  1. Kajri Jain, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Shubhra Gururani, York University
  1. Kristi Carey, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Ilan Kapoor, York University, Toronto
  1. Guillaume Dandurand, York University
  1. Pooja Parmar, University of Victoria, Coast and Straits Salish peoples’ traditional territories
  1. Radhika Mongia, York University, Toronto
  1. Ajay Bhardwaj, University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Upasana Thakkar. University of British Columbia, Unceded Musqueam Territory
  1. Chandrima Chakraborty, McMaster University, Hamilton
  1. Stefan Kipfer, Associate Professor, York University
  1. Darren J. Patrick, PhD Candidate, York University
  1. Dr. Sundar Viswanathan, York University, Toronto
  1. Dr Tania Das Gupta, York University, Toronto
  1. Prof. Luin Goldring, York University, Toronto
  1. Gaurav Singh, McGill University, Montreal
  1. Anita Sivabalan, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Ajay Rao, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Anil Varughese, Carleton University
  1. Francis Cody, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Prashanta Dhar, University of Toronto, Toronto
  1. Supriya Routh, University of Victoria
  1. Nalini Persram, York University, Toronto
  1. E.C. Woodley, University of Toronto, Toronto, CA
  1. Deborah Cowen, University of Toronto

78.Soma Chatterjee, York University, Toronto

  1. Srilata Raman, University of Toronto
  1. Chaahat Singh, University of British Colimbia
  1. Helina Gebremedhen, University of Toronto

 

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