International Statement of Solidarity by Academics, Activists, Artists and Writers with University of Hyderabad

Over 300 academicians, activists, artists and writers condemn the state violence and unlawful detention of faculty and student protesters of the University of Hyderabad.

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We, academicians, activists,  artists and writers, condemn the ongoing brutal attacks on and unlawful detention of peacefully protesting faculty and students at the University of Hyderabad by the University administration and the police. We also condemn the restriction of access to basic necessities such as water and food on campus.

The students and faculty members of the University of Hyderabad were protesting the reinstatement of Dr. Appa Rao Podile as the Vice-Chancellor despite the ongoing judicial enquiry against him related to  the circumstances leading to the death of the dalit student Rohith Vemula on January 17th, 2016. Students and faculty members of the university community are concerned that this may provide him the opportunity to tamper with evidence and to influence witnesses. Suicides by dalit students have been recurring in the University of Hyderabad and other campuses across the country.  The issue spiraled into a nationwide students’ protest with the death of the dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. The protests have pushed into the foreground public discussion and debate on the persistence of caste-based discrimination in  educational institutions, and surveillance and suppression of dissent and intellectual debate in university spaces.

Since the morning of March 22 when Dr. Appa Rao returned to campus, the students and staff have been in a siege-like situation.  The peacefully protesting staff and students were brutally lathi-charged by the police, and 27 people were taken into custody. The 27 detainees were untraceable for 48 hours, brutally tortured, and denied legal access. In short, all legal procedures of detention have been suspended. After the incident, the university has been locked down with no access to food, water, electricity, and Internet connectivity.   Students were brutally assaulted when they opened community kitchens.  Lawyers and members of human rights organization as well the ordinary citizens of the city were denied access to students. University of Hyderabad is one of India’s biggest public universities.

We have followed, with deep concern, similar violent attacks and undemocratic crackdown on students on the campuses of Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Film and Television Institute of India, the University of Allahabad, Jadavpur University, Burdwan University, and others across the country. That the highest administrative authorities in the university have allowed the silencing of debate and dissent is unfortunate. We are disturbed by the pattern of growing nexus between student vigilante groups, youth wing of the ruling party, state and university authorities in colleges and university campuses across the country in order to mobilize the state machinery against vulnerable students. This has created a climate of fear and oppression in the country, and continually violates fundamental human and Constitutional rights of students.

We stand in support of the protesting students, staff and faculty of the University of Hyderabad and demand the following:

  1. Immediate withdrawal of police from the campus.

  2. Immediate release of, and withdrawal of all cases against, all arrested students and faculty.

  3. Suspension of the Vice-Chancellor P. Appa Rao.

  4. Judicial enquiry into the role of the HRD Ministry, the HRD Minister and Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya in inciting violence against Dalits on campus.

  5. Independent enquiry into the incidents of violence on the campus including the role of the ABVP in vandalising the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

  6. Action against police personnel named by students in their complaints.

  7. Passage of the “Rohith Act” against caste discrimination in education.


  1. Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley

  2. Navtej K Purewal Deputy Director, South Asia Institute SOAS University of London

  3. Akhil Gupta, Director, Center for India and South Asia (CISA), UCLA

  4. Michael Davis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Creative Writing, University of California Riverside

  5. Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, The Oakland Institute

  6. Barbara Harriss-White, Oxford University

  7. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary AIPWA

  8. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

  9. G. Arunima, Professor and Chair, Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU

  10. Sandeep Pandey, former Visiting Faculty, IIT, BHU, Varanasi

  11. Michael D. Yates, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, United States

  12. Abha Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  13. Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

  14. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Chair, Department of International Development Studies, Trent University, Canada

  15. Apoorvanand, University of Delhi

  16. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Women’s Studies Department, Simon Fraser University, Canada

  17. Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  18. Surinder S. Jodhka, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  19. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University

  20. Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  21. Dr. Shailaja Paik, University of Cincinnati

  22. Kevin B. Anderson, Professor of Sociology, University of California  Santa Barbara

  23. Tithi Bhattacharya, Professor of History, Purdue University

  24. Pranav Jani, The Ohio State University

  25. Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota

  26. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  27. Alpa Shah, London School of Economics

  28. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  29. Srirupa Roy, University of Göttingen, Germany

  30. Rahul Varman, IIT Kanpur

  31. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland, College Park

  32. Jens Lerche, SOAS, University of London

  33. Gillian Hart, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

  34. Adrian Wilson,  Social Anthropology, London School of Economics

  35. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor ,Jawaharlal Nehru University

  36. Meher Engineer

  37. Aishwary Kumar, School of Humanities & Sciences, Stanford University

  38. Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

  39. Jyoti Puri, Chair and Professor of Sociology, Simmons College

  40. Abdul JanMohamed, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

  41. Dr. Nathaniel Roberts, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen, Germany

  42. Paula Chakravartty, New York University

  43. Atul Sood, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  44. Prof. Mohan Rao, Jawaharlal  Nehru University

  45. Yasmin Saikia, Professor of History, Arizona State University

  46. Nandini Chandra, Delhi University

  47. Elisabeth Weber, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

  48. C. P. Chandrasekhar, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  49. Prof. Rupa Viswanath, University of Goettingen, Germany

  50. Rama Baru, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  51. Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  52. Immanuel Ness, Professor, City University of New York

  53. Balmurli Natrajan, William Paterson University

  54. Veena Hariharan, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  55. Rajat Datta, Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  56. Geraldine Forbes, Professor, State University of New York, Oswego

  57. Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  58. Richard Seymour, London School of Economics

  59. Susan Visvanathan, Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  60. Dr. Pérez de Mendiola, Richard Armour Professor of Modern Languages, Chair, Dept. of Latin American, Caribbean and Spanish Literatures and Cultures & Humanities, Scripps College

  61. Peter Spiegler, Asst. Prof.,  Dept. of Economics, UMass, Amherst

  62. Swati Birla, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  63. Atreyi Dasgupta, Baylor College of Medicine

  64. Kuver Sinha, Syracuse University

  65. Sirisha Naidu, Wright State University

  66. Siddhartha Mitra, Programmer, Rockefeller University

  67. Samantha Agarwal, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

  68. Anup Gampa, PhD Candidate, University of Virginia

  69. Anu Mandavilli, Friends of South Asia

  70. Deepankar Basu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  71. Nandini Dhar, Assistant Professor, Florida International University

  72. Michael Levien, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

  73. Devika Dutt, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  74. Smita Ramnarain, Assistant Professor of Economics, Siena College

  75. Taki Manolakos, Wright State University

  76. Valentina Dallona, Johns Hopkins University

  77. Iveta Jusova, Carleton College, USA

  78. Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced

  79. Hee-Young Shin, Wright State University

  80. Anjali Arondekar, UC Santa Cruz

  81. Jinee Lokaneeta, Drew University

  82. Ajay Chandra, University of Warwick

  83. Xiao Yu, Peking University

  84. Bettina Apthekar, UC Santa Cruz

  85. Anirban Karak, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  86. Natasha S K, Syracuse University

  87. Mitul Barua, Syracuse University

  88. Simmy Makhijani, San Francisco State University

  89. Sofia Gavtadze, Solidarity Network, Georgi

  90. Avishek Konar, Alumnus, The Ohio State University

  91. Robert Carley, Wright State University

  92. Dia Da Costa, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

  93. Ann Smock, University of California, Berkeley

  94. Liz Mount, Syracuse University

  95. Terese V Gagnon, Syracuse University

  96. Giorgi Kobakhidze, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

  97. Levin Ahmed, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  98. Christos Mais, Universiteit Leiden

  99. Taveeshi Singh, Syracuse University

  100. Aniruddha Das, Columbia University

  101. Safar Safqat, St Mary’s College of Maryland

  102. Ramaa Vasudevan, Colorado State University

  103. Osman Keshawarz, doctoral student, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

  104. Narendra Subramaniam, McGill University

  105. Ammel Sharon, University of Pennsylvania

  106. Gventa Gventsadze

  107. Borisi Cirekidze

  108. Minakshi Menon, Max Planck Institute, Berlin

  109. Dmitri Khuskivadze

  110. Salo Kaladze

  111. Judith Rodenbeck, UC Riverside

  112. Ashok Prasad, Colorado State University

  113. Priyanka Srivastava, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  114. Arani Roy, Brandeis University

  115. Dag Erik Berg, University of Gottingen, Germany

  116. Rahul Nair, Antioch College, USA

  117. Gajendran Ayyathurai, Goettingen University, Germany

  118. Balaji Narasimhan, William Paterson University, United States

  119. Ember Skye Kanelee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  120. Jungyeon Suh, Independent Researcher, United States

  121. Kannan Srinivasan

  122. Roli Verma, University of New Mexico

  123. Piya Chatterjee, Scripps College, US

  124. Lalit Batra, University of Minnesota

  125. Avanti Mukherjee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  126. Tyler Hansen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  127. Subho Basu, McGill University, Canada

  128. Laurie Nisonoff, Hampshire College, United States

  129. Satya Mohapatra, MIT

  130. Julia Corwin, University of Minnesota

  131. Parama Roy, UC Davis

  132. Noeleen McIlvenna, Wright State University

  133. Daniel Thompson, Johns Hopkins University

  134. Jesse Knutson, University of Hawaii, Manoa

  135. Prashant Keshavmurthy, McGill University, Canada

  136. Anasuya Sengupta, Berkeley, USA

  137. Uditi Sen, Hampshire College

  138. Zarrina Juraqulova, Denison University, USA

  139. Kiran Asher, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  140. Prakash Kashwan, University of Connecticut, Storrs

  141. Hamid Rezai, Pitzer College, USA

  142. Anindya Dey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  143. Lara Deeb, Scripps College, USA

  144. Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota

  145. Vatsal Naresh, Columbia University

  146. Niharika Yadav, Princeton University

  147. Bedatri Datta Choudhury, NYU

  148. Sanjiv Gupta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  149. Suvadip Sinha, University of Minnesota

  150. Ipsita Mandal, Perimeter Institute, Canada

  151. Poulomi Pal, Fulbright scholar

  152. Asmita Rangari, Activist, New Delhi

  153. Shipra Nigam, Activist, New Delhi

  154. Srinivas Lankala, Independent media scholar, Hyderabad

  155. Carolyn Elliott, University of Vermont

  156. Aviroop Sengupta, Columbia University

  157. Madhura Lohokare, Syracuse University

  158. Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  159. Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College, USA

  160. Oishik Sircar, University of Melbourne

  161. Arjun Bagchi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  162. Greg Anderson, Ohio State University

  163. Prarit Agarwal, Seoul National University, Korea

  164. Sayori Ghoshal, Columbia University

  165. Uponita Mukherjee, Columbia University

  166. Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College

  167. Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside

  168. Sofia Checa, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  169. Arpan Roy, John Hopkins University

  170. Cynthia Correa, The University of Texas at Austin

  171. Parvathy Binoy, Syracuse University, Syracuse

  172. Jonathon Hurd, RN, Seattle

  173. Varuni Bhatia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  174. Erin McElroy, UCSC, Director, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

  175. Geert Dhondt, John Jay College, The City University of New York

  176. Mithun Bhowmick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  177. Alladi Sitaram, Retired Professor, Indian Statistical Institute

  178. Dr Kasturi Ray, San Francisco State University

  179. Alicia Giron, National University of Mexico

  180. Probal Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute

  181. Larry Halpern, Wittenberg University

  182. Suchitra Mathur, Faculty, IIT Kanpur, India

  183. Aditi Saraf, Johns Hopkins University

  184. Ketaki Jaywant, University of Minnesota

  185. Nagesh Rao, Colgate University

  186. Irfan Ahmad, ACU Melbourne, Australia

  187. Suvrat Raju, TIFR

  188. Saikat Ghosh, IIT Kanpur

  189. Samyak Ghosh, Columbia University

  190. Catherine Liu, UC Irvine

  191. Francis Cody, University of Toronto

  192. Bhavani Raman, University of Toronto

  193. Erika Suderburg, University of California Riverside

  194. Saptarshi Mandal, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat

  195. Anannya Bohidar, Graduate Student, South Asia Studies, UPenn

  196. Rahul Pandey, visiting faculty, IIM Lucknow

  197. Tania Bhattacharyya, Columbia University

  198. Aditi Sarkar, Architect, Las Cruces, New Mexico

  199. Shakti Sathish Nambiar, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

  200. Krishna Melnattur, Washington University School of Medicine

  201. Rupal Oza, Hunter College, City University of New York

  202. Maroona Murmu, Assistant Professor, Jadavpur University

  203. Gayatri Chatterjee, Symbiosis School of Liberal Art

  204. Sipra Mukherjee, Professor, West Bengal State University

  205. Raja Swamy, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Tennessee

  206. Anandavardhanan, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

  207. Priyanka Bhattacharya, The Doon School, Dehradun

  208. Anuradha Roy, Jadavpur University

  209. Ramesh Sreekantan, Statistics and Mathematics Unit Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore.

  210. Srinath Jagannathan, Indian Institute of Management Indore

  211. Tanima Sharma, PhD student, University of Chicago

  212. Meena Alexander, City University of New York

  213. Sharmila Sreekumar, IIT Bombay

  214. Venkatesh K Subramanian, IIT Kanpur

  215. Food Sovereignty Alliance, India

  216. The Ghadar Alliance, US

  217. Nandita Narain, St.Stephen’s College, Delhi University

  218. Deepa Kurup, University of Oxford

  219. Ramesh Bairy, IIT Bombay

  220. Papori Bora, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  221. Ritwik Balo

  222. Ranjani Mazumdar, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  223. PK Vijayan

  224. Dr. Papia Sengupta, CPS/SSS

  225. Krishna V V, CSSP/SSS

  226. A.K. Ramakrishnan, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  227. Arunima S Mukherjee

  228. George Chkhaidze

  229. Elizabeth Abel

  230. Dr. Kochurani Abraham, Kerala

  231. Saumyajit Bhattacharya

  232. Pradip Datta, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  233. Rohit Azad, Center for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  234. Deepak K Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  235. Tulay Atay–Avsar, Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey

  236. Dr. Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  237. Saradindu Bhaduri, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi and ISS, The Hague

  238. Dr Erica Wald, Goldsmiths, University of London

  239. Navaneetha Mokkil

  240. Manidipa Sen, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  241. Ameet Parameswaran, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  242. K. B. Usha, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  243. Gopinath Ravindran

  244. Avinash Kumar, CISLS, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  245. Puja Rani, University of Delhi

  246. Ritoo Jerath, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  247. Hannah Carlan, Department of Anthropology, UCLA

  248. Ganga Bhavani Manthini

  249. Sucharita Sen, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  250. Dr. Mallarika Sinha Roy, Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  251. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  252. Dinesh Abrol, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development.

  253. Vikas Rawal, Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  254. Sanjaya Kumar Bohidar, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University

  255. Simona Sawhney, IIT Delhi

  256. Dr Debjani Sengupta, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

  257. Anirban Gupta-Nigam, University of California, Irvine

  258. Nandita Badami, University of California, Irvine

  259. Sneha Gaddam, PhD Candidate, University of Leicester

  260. Prabhu Mohapatra Department of History Univ of Delhi

  261. Farida Khan, Univ. of Wisconsin Parkside

  262. Pankaj Mehta, Dept. of Physics, Boston University

  263. Tista Bagchi, University of Delhi

  264. Ra Ravishankar, Bangalore

  265. Sambuddha Chaudhuri, University of Pennsylvania

  266. Ani Maitra, Colgate University

  267. Ethel Brooks, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, Rutgers University

  268. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, University of Delhi

  269. Surajit Mazumdar, Center for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  270. Sonajharia Minz, Professor, School of Computer & Systems Sciences, JNU

  271. Vinay Kumar Ambedkar

  272. Naveen Gaur, Associate Professor, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi

  273. Margot Weiss, Wesleyan University

  274. Vivekananda Mukherjee, Professor, Dept. of Economics, Jadavpur University

  275. Dr Shakira Hussein, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

  276. Udaya Kumar, Professor, CES, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU

  277. Kriti Budhiraja, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

  278. Radhika Balakrishnan, Rutgers University

  279. Seema Saha Poddar

  280. Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley

  281. Swapnil Deshmukh, Mumbai University

  282. Dr Lata Singh

  283. Tyler Feaver, Wright State University

  284. Pavithra Vasudevan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  285. Santosh Rohit Yerrabolu, Buffalo, NY

  286. Professor V V Krishna, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, SSS, JNU

  287. Amy E. Alterman, Graduate Student, University of California Los Angeles

  288. Ian Duncan, Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

  289. Bir singh, Asstt. Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Delhi

  290. Amit Singh, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

  291. Poonam Srivastava, University of Chicago, Postdoc Researcher

  292. Omnia El Shakry, University of California, Davis

  293. Jhuma Sen, O.P. Jindal Global University, India

  294. Corey Payne and Chase Alston, Co-Presidents of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Johns Hopkins University

  295. Sankaran Krishna, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  296. Mytheli Sreenivas, Professor, Ohio State University

  297. Preeti Shekar, Asian College of Journalism

  298. Susan Himmelweit, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University, Walton Hall, UK

  299. Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar, Graduate Student, Princeton University

  300. Nicolau Dols, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain

  301. Kartik Misra, Graduate Student, Dept. of Economics, UMass, Amherst

  302. Dolly Daftary, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

  303. Sugata Ray, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

  304. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University

  305. Soma Marik, Associate Professor of History, RKSM Vivekananda Vidyabhavan

  306. Pratiksha Baxi, Assoc. Prof., Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU
  307. 307. Aditya Nigam, CSDS, Delhi
  308. Nivedita Menon, JNU


8 thoughts on “International Statement of Solidarity by Academics, Activists, Artists and Writers with University of Hyderabad”

  1. I saw the videos of the brutal lathi charge by police, men women student, faculty, nobody was spared.It was no less brutal than the “Jaliawaln Bag” lathi chargeand firing by British on Indian fighting for freedom from Brits.I reminded me of the S S storm troopers of Nazis cracking down on any body who disagreed with them.India is going backwards, these are not the signs of a prospering democracy. How our P.M ji expect “Make in India and Made in India”.I think his deafening silence is the major cause of this social unrest in Universities all over India.The civil society has to rise to the occasion.I think that government is abusing police [power) for an ideologic war fare,which in the end will backfire.


  2. Professor Bhalchandra Mungekar, former MP, Member ,Planning Commission and Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai says:

    I am deeply involved in the Rohit Vemula case. I strongly condemn the brutal police attacks on the peaceful student and teacher demonstrators protesting the resuming the office of the VC by shri appa Rao, one of the main accused in the Rohit Vemula’s suicide.


  3. I do not really know where our country is heading towards with such callous and insensitive
    people at the highest level of governance.We have a P.M. who goes ga ga over the histrionics of the HRM Smiriti Irani in parliament and the intellectual bank of the NDA , Arun
    jaitley totally out of touch with the ground realities. let us hope sane and good sense dawns on the ruling elite of this nation.


  4. i m fully agree with above subject… i heartly with UOH..Government should take action against VC and police also..


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