Students In Solidarity With Professor Nivedita Menon and Rajshree Ranawat – A Statement – UPDATED SIGNATORIES.

We, the undersigned, condemn the repeated attacks on Professor Nivedita Menon, the most recent of which being the police complaint lodged against her on the 3rd of February, 2017 (as also against Professor Rajshree Ranawat) for allegedly making ‘anti-national’ remarks during a seminar organised by the Department of English, Jai Narain Vyas University. This incident, we believe, is continuous with the spate of attacks that Professor Menon has had to face for taking an astute stand against the RashtriyaSwayamsevakSangh (RSS), its student-wing the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), and the nefarious politics of Hindutva in general. We refuse the rationale of dissent against Hindutva as dissent against the nation, because our idea of the nation is not of the Hindu Rashtra but of secularism, democracy, and social justice. Both as a voice of dissent and a formidable scholar of politics, Professor Nivedita Menon is an inspirational figure. She is a consistent articulation of conscience and an abiding commitment to the ideals that our freedom fighters envisioned for our nation. It is our conviction that patriotism is not only love for the abstract entity of the nation but also for its people, regardless of class, caste, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or any other marker that is used to advantage or disadvantage groups. The ‘patriotism’ that the RSS and its henchmen claim to champion is hateful, divisive, and truly anti-national.

It is our concern as students, therefore, that the ABVP claims to speak for the student community. This petition is a rejection of that assertion, and a statement in solidarity with Professor Nivedita Menon. We hope for and demand the cessation of attacks on Professor Nivedita Menon and the protection of her inalienable freedom and right to oppose the politics of division and communalism.

  1. Kartik Maini, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  2. Chanya Jaitly, University of Delhi
  3. Shriya Tandon, University of Delhi
  4. Mrinal, University of Delhi
  5. Kaushik Thanugonda, National Law University, Delhi
  6. Priyali Dhingra, University of Delhi
  7. Shikha Dimri, University of Delhi
  8. Neelambari M., St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  9. Ananya Jha, University of Delhi
  10. Vasudha Singh, University of Delhi
  11. Apoorvi Jha, O.P. Jindal Global University
  12. Shehla Rashid Shora, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  13. Paras Arora, Hindu College, University of Delhi
  14. Sameer Thakur, NALSAR University of Law
  15. Akbar Chawdhary, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  16. Samim Asgor Ali, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  17. Tanmoy Sharma, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  18. Afnan Hussain KT, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  19. Vageesh Vishnoi, Zakir Hussain College, University of Delhi
  20. Pradyumna Jairam, King’s College London
  21. Sara Haungaihching, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  22. Mir Uzair Farooq, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  23. Shivani  Kasumra, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  24. Suchismita Panda, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  25. Somok Roy, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
  26. Nikita Audichya, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  27. Karan Audichya, Amity University
  28. Khushi Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  29. Matthew Kurian, NALSAR University of Law
  30. Mitsu Sahay, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
  31. Sudhir Selvaraj, King’s College London
  32. Prashanth KP, National Law University, Delhi
  33. Kankana, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  34. Harshita Y, York University, Canada
  35. TabishRafiq Mir, SRM University, Chennai
  36. Sivangi Dash, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
  37. Medha Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  38. Taanya Kapoor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  39. Suchismita Chattopadhyay, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
  40. Raya Sarkar, O.P. Jindal Global University
  41. Jhilli Sarkar, St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi
  42. Musharrab Noor, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  43. Afreen, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  44. Anushka Kaushik, Sciences Po, Paris
  45. Vardaan Aggarwal, University of Warwick
  46. Rupali, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  47. Swadha Bharpilania, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  48. Prerna Subramanian, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
  49. Anshul Mukarji, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  50. SharikLaliwala, King’s College London
  51. Mihira Sood, London School of Economics & Political Science
  52. Shambhavi Shukla, Kamla Nehru College, University of Delhi
  53. RomyorupMitra, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  54. Misbah, University of Delhi
  55. Anil Singhal, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  56. Sumaira Nawaz, School of Oriental and African Studies
  57. Rene Sharanya Verma, University of Oxford
  58. Kunal Garg, University of Delhi
  59. Mohona Chaudhuri, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  60. Mohit Kumar Pandey, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNUSU)
  61. Kriti Budhiraja, University of Minnesota
  62. Anusha Sinha, College of Business Studies, University of Delhi
  63. Nupur Asher, Centre for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  64. Madhavi, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  65. Sukanya Roy, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  66. Divya, ZHCES, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  67. Niyati Sharma, University of Oxford
  68. Ritanjan Das, University of Portsmouth
  69. Shiva Sai Ram, University of Hyderabad
  70. Anmol Arora, Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, GGSIPU
  71. Rafia Zaman, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  72. Alia Zaman, University of Delhi
  73. Anshu, Gargi College, University of Delhi
  74. Vani Shree, University of Delhi
  75. Aparaajita Pandey, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  76. Preeti Raghunath, University of Hyderabad
  77. Sneha Banerjee, Researcher
  78. Ghania, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  79. Silpa, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  80. Afzal Husain, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  81. Azra, JamiaMilliaIslamia
  82. Bayar Jain, University of Delhi
  83. Mohit Manohar, Yale University
  84. Amya, University of Delhi
  85. Shradha TK Lama, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  86. Chhewang Dorje, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  87. Nayantara Nandi Basu, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  88. Nainika, National Institute of Kathak
  89. Kalyani Pandey, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  90. Ritika Thakur, Hindu College, University of Delhi
  91. Rajni Nair, University of Delhi
  92. Jibran S Anand, University of Delhi
  93. SanjanaChettri, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  94. Dawa Lhamu Sherpa
  95. Anugyan Nag, New York University
  96. Shyamolie, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  97. Tarana, University of Oxford
  98. Amreen, Miranda House, University of Delhi
  99. Anju Christine, King’s College London
  100. Aayush Mukherjee, IIT Kanpur
  101. ToorjoGhose, University of Pennsylvania
  102. Alamu R, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  103. Ayu Kusumastuti, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  104. Shruti Ambast, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  105. IshitaTiwary, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  106. Akansha, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  107. Sambhavi, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  108. Khan, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  109. Sohini Chattopadhyay, Columbia University
  110. Aabha Muralidharan, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  111. ArchanaaSeker, Vettiver Collective
  112. Inayat Singh Kajar, PGIMER, Chandigarh
  113. Sumegha, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  114. Bhabhani Shankar Nayak, University of Glasgow
  115. Andrew deSouza, Delhi School of Economics
  116. Debjanee Ganguly, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  117. Tabrez, JamiaMilliaIslamia
  118. Aprajita Sircar, Queen’s University
  119. Partha Pratim Shil, University of Cambridge
  120. Anand PK, Harvard-Yenching Institute
  121. Aqsa Zaidi, Pitamah Foundation for Educational Leadership
  122. Snigdha Kumar, University of Minnesota
  123. Kanta, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  124. Muskan, JamiaMilliaIslamia
  125. Rishika, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  126. Afiya Khalid, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  127. AvinashUppuluri, MFA
  128. Sumedha Chakravarthy, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  129. Katyayani Dalmia, New School for Social Research
  130. Bhawna Kapoor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  131. Sarandha Jain, Columbia University
  132. Shilpi Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  133. Gitika Debnath, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  134. Jigyasa Sharma, University of Delhi
  135. Paro Tomar, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
  136. Preeti Gulati, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  137. U Vindhya, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
  138. Bedatri Datta Choudhury, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
  139. Shiromi Chaturvedi, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  140. Sana Fathima, University of Hyderabad
  141. Medha Saxena, University of Delhi
  142. Suniti Madaan, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  143. Zainab H Razavi, University of Delhi
  144. Mitul Lall, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  145. Ardra NG, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  146. Shilpa Sharma, University of Delhi
  147. Anindya Sengupta, ISI Delhi
  148. Kaushiki Arha, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  149. Supriy Ranjan, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  150. Ena Panda, University of Delhi
  151. Annalisa Mansukhani, Nalanda University
  152. Nilajanaa, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  153. Shruti Mukherjee, SUNY, Stony Brook, New York
  154. Ridhima Mehra, University of Delhi
  155. Sharika Parmar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  156. Debojit Dutta, Antiserious Magazine
  157. Anannya Chatterjee, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  158. Seerat Chabba, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  159. Sonya Ochaney, Mumbai University
  160. Alok Yadav, IIT Delhi
  161. Apoorva, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  162. Poonam A., Syracuse University
  163. Sushmita Pati, Azim Premji University
  164. Dhananjay, University of Delhi
  165. Anmol Makkar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  166. Naveen Chander
  167. DharmeshChaubey, University of Allahabad
  168. Bhargav Rani, City University of New York
  169. Paavani Singh, King’s College London
  170. Angana Sinha Ray, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  171. Blessy, University of Delhi
  172. Abhay Kumar, CHS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  173. Subia Ahmad, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  174. Vishesh Guru, Ashoka University
  175. Vikash Raj, University of Delhi
  176. Dharmendra Sundesha, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  177. Sikandar Kumar, University of Michigan
  178. Kamyakiran, University of Delhi
  179. Keisha Kashyap, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  180. Monika, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  181. Mayur Suresh, School of Oriental and African Studies
  182. Telugu Venkateshwarlu, MSW
  183. Roshni Bano, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  184. Abhijeet Kumar, University of Delhi
  185. Tanya Kapoor, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  186. Sameer Chopra, University of Delhi
  187. Abhigyan, University of Delhi
  188. Sadaf Wani, Delhi School of Economics
  189. Fiona Kumari Campbell, University of Dundee
  190. Devika Dutt, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  191. Tahiba, Delhi School of Economics
  192. Smarika Kumar, UHH
  193. SaswatiSengupta, Miranda House, University of Delhi
  194. Spandan Bhattacharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  195. Jitendra Kumar, University of Delhi
  196. Rishika Sharma, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
  197. Deachen Angmo, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
  198. Aayushi
  199. Neha Chaudhary, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  200. Raghunandan Reddy, IIT
  201. Anoushka Sinha, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
  202. Nemo, IGNOU
  203. Dikshita Somaina Boro, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
  204. Zoya Khan, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  205. Bhupendra Kumar, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  206. Ashna, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  207. Sanjit, University of Delhi
  208. Ankit, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi
  209. Aastha Sethi, University of Delhi
  210. Samanwita Paul, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  211. Amita Dhanda, NALSAR University of Law
  212. Shamini Kothari, St. Xavier’s College
  213. Vebhuti Duggal, Sarai-CSDS
  214. Ishan Mukherjee, University of Cambridge
  215. Parnisha Sarkar, University of Toronto
  216. Sutapa Majumdar, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
  217. Ankush Das, Indian Institute of Human Rights
  218. Masih, South Asian University
  219. Rasmil K, University of Delhi
  220. Taneesha Mohan, London School of Economics and Political Science
  221. Akanksha Gupta, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
  222. Ekta Kudale, Pune University
  223. Shreiya Maheshwari, Faculty of Law
  224. Veronica Sudesh, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  225. Sudar Oil Gunasekaran, School of Architecture and Planning, Chennai
  226. Aman Sinha, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  227. MP Terence Samuel, Madurai
  228. Sourjya Dutta, New York University
  229. Ammar Ahmad, Shiv Nadar University
  230. Subhangi, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  231. Shashank Kumar Singh, IGNOU
  232. Utpal Anish, Gujarat Vidyapith
  233. Arijit Roy, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
  234. Sarahbeth N George, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi
  235. Uttara Shahani, University of Cambridge
  236. Vijaya Chamundeswari, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  237. Mrinalini Ghosh, Jadavpur University
  238. Malvika, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  239. Hoimi Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  240. Annapurna Menon, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  241. Paromita, Pune University
  242. Pushpa Surendra, Mysore
  243. Sanjay Patil, University of Mumbai
  244. Milind, Tata Institute of Social Science
  245. Udit Khanduri, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
  246. Sandeep S, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  247. Urmimala Sankar Munsi, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  248. Somdatta Nandi, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  249. Tenzin Yangki, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  250. Simple Rajrah, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  251. Nalini Rajan, Asian College of Journalism
  252. Ruchika Jain, Indian Institute of Technology
  253. A. Jeganathan, Madurai Kamraj University
  254. Abhishek Indrekar, Gujarat University
  255. Manisha Madapathi, Jamia Millia Islamia
  256. Navina Lamba, Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
  257. Swati Ratnoo, Ambedkar University
  258. Tanu, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  259. Rajat Kanti Sur, University of Calcutta
  260. Souradeep Roy, University of Delhi
  261. Kirsty Singer, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
  262. Deepasri Baul, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  263. Sayli Waghmare, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  264. Sonia Roy, SIS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  265. Rithvik Mathur, NALSAR University of Law
  266. Rajvardhan Shankar, NALSAR University of Law
  267. Yugal Jain, NALSAR University of Law
  268. Abhishek Babbar, NALSAR University of Law
  269. Ajoy S. Karpuram, NALSAR University of Law
  270. Lorna Sheikh, NALSAR University of Law
  271. TPS Harsha, NALSAR University of Law
  272. Shujat Bhat, NALSAR University of Law
  273. Sunisth Goyal, NALSAR University of Law
  274. Sayan Bhattacharya, NALSAR University of Law
  275. Bhavini Singh, NALSAR University of Law
  276. Srujana Bej, NALSAR University of Law
  277. Yuvraj Mehra, NALSAR University of Law
  278. Aadhya Kancharla, NALSAR University of Law
  279. P Avinash Reddy, NALSAR University of Law
  280. Malvika Awasthi, NALSAR University of Law
  281. Vaibhav Laddha, NALSAR University of Law
  282. Sathvik Chandrashekhar, NALSAR University of Law
  283. Aatmin, NALSAR University of Law
  284. Siddharth Aiyanna, NALSAR University of Law
  285. Lovish, NALSAR University of Law
  286. Sachit Kapoor, NALSAR University of Law
  287. Shrutika Murthy, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  288. Abinash DC, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
  289. Tarangini Sriraman, Azim Premji University.
  290. Shahana Bhattacharya, University of Delhi.

5 thoughts on “Students In Solidarity With Professor Nivedita Menon and Rajshree Ranawat – A Statement – UPDATED SIGNATORIES.”

  1. Isn’t there a penalty any more for what were called ‘frivolous’ charges? Or don’t judges any more evoke that clause? No wonder our courts are choked.


  2. It would be great if students as well as academicians of other universities and educational institutes express solidarity . United struggle against growing ruling- class tyranny is the need of the hour. The authoritarianism must be responded with staunch widespread dissent and protracted agitation


  3. The lecture by Nivedita Menon was in no way ANTINATIONAL or anti-establishment- though the later is not a crime or objectionable in cultured societies-, then why has she been targeted.
    She criticized RSS and hinduttva no doubt. But before our universities became hired societies of the powers that be , these opinions and arguments uttered at such seminars never even attracted attention of authorities; not to talk of censuring them.


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