Statement of Solidarity for Hyderabad Central University from UK-based academics


We, the undersigned, who are UK-based concerned scholars, express our deep dismay over the police brutality directed at students and faculty members of Hyderabad Central University, starting on March 22, 2016. We are alarmed that students and staff calling for justice at the University have had charges pressed against them, have been disappeared from the campus, and that there are reports of assaults on them in custody. We condemn the police presence on campus, the authorities’ denial of water, electricity, and food to those remaining in student accommodation, and the brutal attack on a PhD scholar for cooking in University premises.

These actions, coming in the aftermath of events culminating in the suicide of a Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula, constitute a severe assault on democratic rights of free expression and thought, assembly and association. They go against the very purpose of universities as places for critical thinking, and damage the international reputation of HCU. As scholars who admire the work of many academic colleagues and alumni at HCU, we are concerned that HCU seems to be fast descending into a campus of unrestrained repression of dissenting voices among students and staff.

We urge the Vice Chancellor and other University authorities to get rid of the police on campus, to protect its students and staff who have been held in custody and have had charges pressed against them, to bring normalcy to campus, and to assure its staff and students that their freedoms, dignity and rights will always be respected.

  1. Dr. Subir Sinha, SOAS, University of London
  2. Dr. Rashmi Varma, University of Warwick
  3. Dr. Alpa Shah, LSE
  4. Dr. Jens Lerche, SOAS, University of London
  5. Dr. Navtej Purewal, SOAS, University of London
  6. Dr. Alessandra Mezzadri, SOAS, University of London
  7. Dr. Kalpana Wilson, LSE
  8. Prof. Phiroze Vasunia, University College London
  9. Dr. Sarah Hodges, University of Warwick
  10.                Professor Judith Heyer, University of Oxford
  11. Dr. Leena Kumarappan, London Metropolitan University
  12. Dr. Meeta Rani Jha, London Metropolitan University
  13. Somak Biswas, doctoral student, University of Warwick
  14. Dr. Lars Peter Laamann, SOAS, University of London
  15. Prof. G K Bhambra, University of Warwick
  16. Prof. Alfredo Saad Filho, Professor, SOAS, University of London
  17. Prof. Mary Kaldor, LSE
  18. Prof. Chandak Sengoopta, Birkbeck, University of London
  19. Prof. Ben Rogaly, University of Sussex
  20. Dr. Paolo Novak, SOAS, University of London
  21. Dr. Feyzi Ismail, SOAS, University of London
  22. Shreya Sinha, doctoral student, SOAS, University of London
  23. Lisa Tilley, University of Warwick
  24. Dr. Nicola Pratt, University of Warwick
  25. Prof. Venkatesh Chakravarthy, Michigan State University
  26. Kanchana N Ruwanpura, University of Edinburgh
  27. Aravinda Meera Guntupalli, Open University
  28. Prof. Gerhard Kling, SOAS, University of London
  29. Antonia Salib, University of Warwick
  30. Krittika Bhattacharjee, University of Edinburgh
  31. Gladwin Emmanuel
  32. Dr. Veli Yadirgi, SOAS, University of London
  33. Dr. Thomas Marois, SOAS, University of London
  34. Eleanor Higgs, doctoral student, SOAS, University of London
  35. Radhika Govinda, University of Edinburgh
  36. Aaron Vansintjan, Birkbeck, University of London
  37. Barclay Lane, University of Warwick
  38. Mathijs Lucassen, Open University
  39. Oyndrila Sarkar, doctoral student, University of Heidelberg
  40. Ritanjan Das, University of Portsmouth
  41. Aditya Ray, Queen Mary University of London
  42. Siobhan McGrath, Durham
  43. J Jamie
  44. Zakia Salime, Rutgers University
  45. Prof. Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, University of Warwick
  46. Prof. Pasquale Scaramozzino, SOAS, University of London
  47. Prof. Barbara Harriss-White, University of Oxford
  48. Prof. David Graeber, LSE
  49. Ioana Cerasella, University of Birmingham
  50. Niyati Sharma, doctoral student, Oxford University
  51. Mazen Masri, City University of London
  52. John Garrett, American University, Washington DC
  53. Yasser Shams Khan, University of Oxford
  54. Javed Wani, doctoral student, Royal Holloway
  55. Isabelle Guerin, IRD-Cessma, France
  56. Prof. Susan Himmelweit, Open University
  57. Krithika Srinivasan , University of Exeter
  58. Tahoora
  59. Dr. Nikita Sud, University of Oxford
  60. Baisali Mohanty, University of Oxford
  61. Aashique Iqbal, doctoral student, University of Oxford
  62. Devanshi Chanchani, University of East Anglia
  63. Dr. Laura Bear, LSE
  64. Dr. Rahul Rao, SOAS, University of London
  65. Dr. Liam Campling, Queen Mary University of London
  66. Sean Grover-Richards
  67. Dr. Alice Tilche, LSE
  68. David Andrew, Queen Mary University of London
  69. Dr. Markus Daechsel, Royal Holloway College, London
  70. Deepa Kurup, doctoral student, University of London
  71. Sanjay
  72. Neha Vermani, PhD student, Royal Holloway College, London
  73. Prof. Katy Gardner, LSE
  74. Prof. Wendy Olsen, University of Manchester
  75. Varun
  76. Dr. Indrajit Roy, University of Oxford
  77. Deepak Padmanabhan, Queen’s University, Belfast
  78. Dr. Rohan Deb Roy, University of Reading
  79. Anju Christine
  80. Prof. Zoe Matthews, Southampton University
  81. Dr. Rochana Bajpai, SOAS, University of London
  82. Cosimo Zene,SOAS, University of London
  83. Laura Tidd, Durham University
  84. Prof. Pritam Singh, Oxford Brookes University
  85. Srinath Vedal
  86. Dr. Aravinda Guntupalli, Open University
  87. Abhilasha Joshi, University of Oxford
  88. Prof. Matthew McCartney, University of Oxford
  89. Satendra Rao
  90. Dr. Hugo Gorringe, University of Edinburgh
  91. Prof. David Owen, University of Southampton
  92. Prof. Francesca Orsini, SOAS, University of London
  93. Prof. Patricia Jeffery, University of Edinburgh
  94. Kavita Bhanot, writer
  95. Dr. Mireille Ribiere, independent scholar and writer
  96. Karthikeyan Damodaran, University of Edinburgh
  97. Dr. Claire Chambers, University of York
  98. Amrita Sengupta, MSc Student, University of Oxford
  99. Divya Ghelani, writer
  100. Sipra Mukherjee, West Bengal State University
  101. Dr. Luisa Steur, University of Amsterdam
  102. Nithya Natarajan, doctoral student, SOAS, University of London
  103. Sourit Bhattacharya, doctoral student, University of Warwick
  104. Dr. Annapurna Waughray, Manchester Metropolitan University
  105. Rowena Hill, Nottingham Trent University
  106. Pritham Chakravarthy, Chennai
  107. Dr. Meera Sabaratnam, SOAS, University of London
  108. Usha Iyer, Clark University, US
  109. Christi Merrill, University of Michigan, US
  110. Ranjani Mazumdar, JNU, India
  111. Connor Hiorth, Trent University, Canada
  112. Indrani Karmakar, University of York
  113. Dr. Nicole Thiara, Nottingham Trent University
  114. Prof. Arun Mukherjee, York University, Canada
  115. Ravichandran
  116. Prof. Alok Mukherjee, Ryerson University, Canada
  117. Dr. Julie Mullaney, Manchester Metropolitan University
  118. Prof. Nitya Rao, University of East Anglia
  119. Prof. Roger Jeffery, University of Edinburgh
  120. Dr. Doyeeta Majumder, University of Edinburgh
  121. Dr. Dorota Goluch, University of Cardiff
  122. Dr. Eda Ulus, University of Leicester
  123. Judith Misrahi-Barak, Universite Paul-Valery Montpellier 3, France
  124. Dr. Caroline Osella, SOAS, University of London
  125. Dr. Tim Pringle, SOAS, University of London
  126. Priya
  127. Dr. Satoshi Miyamura, SOAS, University of London
  128. Dr. Letizia Alterno, University of Manchester
  129. Akanksha Mehta, doctoral student, SOAS, University of London
  130. Jayesha Koushik, Hindu College, University of Delhi
  131. Dr. Eleanor Newbigin, SOAS, University of London
  132. Prof. Edward Simpson, SOAS, University of London
  133. Dr. Gajendran Ayyathurai, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
  134. Rajni Kumar, Springdales
  135. Dr. Simona Vittorini, SOAS, University of London
  136. Dr. Roulin Khondoker, Imperial College, University of London
  137. Dr. Mary Montgomery, LSE
  138. Dr. Candide Simard, SOAS, University of London
  139. Prof. Richard Widdess, SOAS, University of London
  140. Dr. Lucia da Corta, University of Bath
  141. Chinmay Sharma, doctoral student, SOAS, University of London
  142. Dr. Caroline Herbert, Leeds Beckett University
  143. Dr. Cyril Fouillet, ESSCA Business School, France
  144. Prof. Deborah James, LSE
  145. Dr. Andrew Newsham, SOAS, University of London
  146. Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London
  147. Dr. Carolyn Heitmeyer, University of Sussex
  148. Dr. Michael Waters, University of Oxford
  149. Margaux Fisher, LSE
  150. Dr. Catherine Allerton, LSE
  151. Gill Shepherd, LSE
  152. Prof. David Jonas
  153. Marcos Marchesoni
  154. Dr. Mishka Sinha, University of Cambridge
  155. Prof. David Mosse, SOAS, University of London
  156. Dr. Shabnum Tejani, SOAS, University of London
  157. Yanina Hinrichsen, LSE
  158. Prof. Raminder Kaur, University of Sussex
  159. Dr Fae Dussart, University of Sussex
  160. Dr. Emma Mawdsley, University of Cambridge
  161. Prof. Gilbert Achcar, Professor, SOAS, University of London
  162. Dr. Sumi Madhok, LSE
  163. Dr. Adam Hanieh, SOAS, University of London
  164. Prof. Henry Bernstein, Professor Emeritus, SOAS, University of London
  165. Prof. David Lewis, LSE
  166. Dr. Matthew Nelson, SOAS, University of London
  167. Dr. James Staples, Brunel University
  168. Prof. Andrea Cornwall, University of Sussex
  169. Prof. Katharine Adeney, University of Nottingham
  170. Dr. Yasmeen Narayan, Birkbeck, University of London
  171. Dr. Stephen Hughes, SOAS, University of London
  172. Dr. Kate Meagher, LSE
  173. Dr. Jacqueline Hirst, University of Manchester
  174. Dr. John Stevens, SOAS, University of London
  175. Dr. James Caron, SOAS, University of London
  176. Anwesha Mukherjee, University of East Anglia
  177. Dr. Geert De Neve, University of Sussex
  178. Dr. Virinder S Kalra, University of Manchester
  179. Prof. Filippo Osella, University of Sussex
  180. Dr. Aditya Sarkar, University of Warwick
  181. Demeter Chanter, LSE
  182. Dr. Kavita Ramakrishnan, University of East Anglia
  183. Dr. Grace Carswell, University of Sussex
  184. Dr. Ben Selwyn, University of Sussex
  185. Stephanie Putsch
  186. Vani Sreekanta

One thought on “Statement of Solidarity for Hyderabad Central University from UK-based academics”

  1. Now, to prolong the matter, a skirmish has been fabricated in NIT Srinagar , Kashmir. The attention of public has been turned to the incidents in Kashmir and the fanatics are raising hue and cry on the safety of ‘Hindu minorities’. Thus, the investigations in HCU and JNU are no more hot topics. They have been relegated and justice to Rohith has been sidelined. This is deliberate tactics of ABVP/ BJP / VHP and their coterie to take up ‘non-issues’ in some institute or the other and agitate on it till the heat subsides. Then, take an other useless one and continue. In this way, they are planning to cover -up their follies and mistakes and at the same time see that the real issues fade out from public memory.
    The solidarity statements are most welcome, but just not enough. Something more militant is needed to achieve the goals and thwart attempts of ruling fundamentalists along with their student wing of deliberate fabrication of issues and agitation so as to keep the real matters at bay.


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