JNU High Level Committee Delivers a Low Blow – Students Unjustly Rusticated, Fined, Declared ‘Out of Bounds’

So, the High Level Enquiry Committee at JNU, set up under the watch of Jagadish Kumar, the recently appointed Vice Chancellor, has just delivered a low blow. A summary of its decisions (taken from the Facebook Wall of JNUSU Vice President, Shehla Rashid) meted out as the consequences of the events of February 9 and after is as follows :

Umar Khalid, rusticated for one semester + 20K fine.

Anirban, rusticated till 15 July & from 25 July, out of bounds for 5 years.

Another Kashmiri student rusticated for two semesters.

Ashutosh, former JNUSU President, removed from hostel for one year + fine.

Chintu, former JNUSU Gen Sec: 20K fine

Rama, current JNUSU Gen Sec: 20K fine

Anant, former JNUSU Vice-President: 20K fine

Aishwarya, current GSCASH representative: 20K fine.

Gargi, current JNUSU councillor: 20 K fine

Shveta Raj, current SL & CS Convener: 20 K fine

Kanhaiyya, current JNUSU President: 10K fine

Other organisers fined from 10K to 20K

Two ex students declared out of bounds from campus.

This is an administration, which, in obedience to its backers in the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the Government of India, that knows only one way of dealing with the students in its charge – and that is a replica of the vindictive path that eventually drove Rohith Vemula to his institutionally mandated death in Hyderabad University.

This is an administration that invited police to intervene in what was essentially a dispute between groups of students, at the instigation of right wing thugs.

This is an administration that refused to take responsibility for the life and safety of students when they were given death threats.

This is an administration that has vitiated the academic atmosphere, been complacent when professors have been defamed in the media, and has made a mockery of academic autonomy.

This is an administration that has acted as the shock-troops of the current regime’s war on young people.

Here are three statements, two by Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya – who have been assaulted by this draconian order, and by Shehla Rashid the current vice president of the JNU Students Union. All three statements are taken from their Facebook walls.

Here is Anirban‘s statement:

Our Decision, simple: UNACCEPTABLE.

Down with the fascist witch-hunt of student activists by the administration under the diktats of Nagpur!

Reject as per the UGBM mandate the punishments handed down by the administration on the basis of the findings of the farcical HLEC!

Right to Dissent Long Live!

Here is Umar Khalid‘s statement:

The JNU administration declares its allegiance to RSS, once again!

After allowing police to enter campus to unleash the worst repression on unprecedented in the history of JNU, now the JNU admin has come down with its own list of punishments. Its official now – the recommendations of the farcical High Level Enquiry Commitee have been released to the press in a press statement today by the JNU administration. Punishments include rustication, withdrawal of hostel facilities, fines and even out of bounds orders for some. Interestingly, the statement states punishment to be taken against two ex-students of JNU, who were never even summoned by the admin during the enquiry! A farce is what this enquiry has been from day one made to witch-hunt and punish students by hook or crook. Do we need to remind you, Mr Jagdish Kumar that unlike you the students and teachers of this campus are not pliant stooges of the RSS. Your friend Appa Rao did the same to our friend Rohith Vemula and his comrades. They fought back, they are our inspiration and so will we. The punishments on students are NOT acceptable to us. Get ready for a fight back!

Here is Shehla Rashid‘s (JNUSU Vice President) statement.

We completely reject this farcical enquiry report, as it is based on sheer vendetta and a biased enquiry. These are all innocent students, coming from extremely humble and underprivileged backgrounds. They are all dedicated activists and this is a conspiracy to crush anti-Modi voices.

Not only will we not remain silent against this anti-people government, we will also challenge this sham of a report.

The punishments are all based on one-sided statements from ABVP members, and our repeated calls to conduct a fair enquiry were ignored.

The VC is taking directions from the Central govt. He should have acted first as an academician and then as an RSS loyalist. Rakesh Bhatnagar, the head of the committee, is the treasurer of anti-reservationist Youth for Equality, and most students who have been punished belong to Dalit, Muslim and backward castes.

Students across the country have assured support to us. People from all walks of life are supporting JNU students against this targeting. We will launch a countrywide campaign to expose this government’s anti-student, anti-Dalit character.

There will be no more Eklavyas.

On April 12, 2016  (thirteen days ago) the General Body Meeting of JNU Students voted in favor of the following resolution : :

Resolution 2: This house rejects the HLEC formed by the JNU administration to look into the 9th February incident. The Constitution of the Committee is undemocratic and biased. Bypassing the Proctorial board and other democratic institutions, the Committee had handpicked anti-student members, most notably the head of the Committee who is in-charge of raising funds for the anti-reservation Youth for Equality. The committee had token additions to it, but no fresh enquiry was conducted. This house mandates the JNUSU to reject the HLEC and oppose any action against students based on the HLEC.

Proposer: Shehla Rashid
Seconder: Rama Naga

Against: 5; For: 80

It is up to all the students of JNU to decide how they will respond to the shocking decision of the HLEC as a united body. As is evident above, the UGBM revolution of the 12th of April commits them to totally rejecting the administration’s punitive course of actions. If these students, who have been very patient, and extremely restrained till now, decide to intensify their resistance, then only the administration and the current vice chancellor can be held responsible for the consequences. If students and young people across India decide to stand with the students of JNU and Hyderabad University and confront this regime, and its masters in Nagpur then the regime itself will be responsible for the social conflicts that will erupt.

It is clear that the regime is headed by idiots, but it is also increasingly becoming clear that they are digging their own graves, eroding and tearing apart the already fragile fabric of their own legitimacy.

If the students and the young decide to take the fight forward. We will all stand by them.

20 thoughts on “JNU High Level Committee Delivers a Low Blow – Students Unjustly Rusticated, Fined, Declared ‘Out of Bounds’

  1. Ram

    Now that punishment has been declared by the JNU administration, the punished students have the example of Rohith Vemula. You follow that example. Your sacrifice will shake India. And if you do not, then your support for Rohith was just a lip service, political in nature, and devoid of any conviction.

    1. shikha

      Sorry , we wont give you that pleasure any longer. There will be no more Rohits or Eklavya’s .Now its the turn of the shameless dehumanised Ram’s and the Dronacharya’s . Now its your turn. We will not allow this to happen to anyone else over here . Be ready for the fight back and the repayments now.

      1. Shiela

        OMG, Shikha, you are so right! It is the turn of people like Vijay Mallya and Narendra Modi to go to their friend’s hostel room and hang themselves.
        Why are they not doing so? Isn’t it because their ‘stipends’ are being paid on time?
        By disrupting the ‘stipend’ system we are saving ourselves from a million Mallyas and Modis!

      2. Ram

        Madam, you and Brahmins like Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattacharya and many others in Communist pantheon cannot fool Dalits or OBCs by shouting anti-Brahmanism slogans. They do not have the same DNA as Rohith Vemula and therefore the same courage and conviction. The day a Dalit comes up with leadership qualities, they will find some excuse to oppose him/her. Why only Brahmins lead the leftist movements, but Sanghis catapult a almost Dalit to PM. Why Dr Ambedkar did not join the Communist Party, or Mayawati is not a Communist. The answer is simple. They did not want to work under the shadow of Brahmin Communists. Just look at. Who is Sita Ram Yechuri? A Brahmin. What about Karat? A Brahmin DNA. Can you ever allow an Ekalavya or Rohih to come up? You only want to hoist your red flag on their dead bodies.

          1. shikha

            And while you are at it sir, do try and find out more about the social profile of those indicted indicted and those sitting on the hunger strike since you seem to care so much for that . The limits of blind reactionary sectarian logic will be immediately obvious !

            1. er… barking up the wrong tree? That is Shuddabhrata you have replied to, the one who posted this article in the first place. What irony!

              1. shikha

                No i did not the replies were to ram only,but unfortunately the blog does not seem to be posting it wheere it should . So letme clarify,all comments are directed to @ram

        1. shikha

          You do know Rama Naga is a dalit student, Umar is a muslim student and kanhiaya is the son of a poor anganwadi worker. What kind of politics is this that seeks death wish on people like them and anirban who’s been clearly penalised severely for crossing teh lines as a ‘brahmin’ by brahmanvaadi sanghwaad ? If this is what taking on brahmanvaad is Mr. Ram in your words, then this is the surest way to ensure it will live long – for sectarianism can never be countered by sectarianism . If people cant see who the real enemy is over here instead of taking out their sectarian anxts over young vulnerable students who are daring to question this regime despite that , god help you , really !!

    2. Parth

      Wow! How convenient of you to say that. I textbook example of #BhaktLogic. But let me tell you something, it’s not gonna be so easy for you this time. You better buckle up. All the best. May the bhakti be with you.

  2. shaturya

    Though I disagree with many of things advocated by Shehla and her ilk, I find myself rejecting this stupid enquiry…even the basic ethics of enquiry were not followed..It appears that having failed to browbeat the leftist students through police action and plain direct action of hooliganism, the same forces have now taken the route of administrative action a la HCU…This is sad…

  3. K SHESYU BABU

    High-handedness of the government over educational institutions is being perpetrated again and again despite so many ugly incidents.

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  6. Clearly, the Vedic / Brahmanical Order has brought out its “spiritual” fangs. They are quite aware of the potency of the Left-Ambedkar alignment. This powerful force can shake both capitalism and the Vedic / Brahmanical Order in India. Hence, their attack will be all the more powerful – with the goal of trying to nip it in the bud!

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