STATEMENT CONDEMNING Incidents of Violence by ABVP: Students and Academics From Around the World

 

We, the undersigned students and academics, gravely condemn the attack on the students and faculty of Delhi University on the 22nd of February, 2017. The students and faculty of Delhi University were expressing their democratic right to protest against the vandalism and hooliganism unleashed by the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Ramjas College, Delhi University, on the 21st of February, 2017. We oppose ABVP’s systematic and deliberate attempts to humiliate, terrorize and bully the students and the faculty members.
We also condemn the brutal, unconstitutional, and illegal actions taken by the Delhi Police against the students and faculty members. Delhi Police’s refusal to lodge legal detention and parading of students in buses, and scapegoating of democratic student and faculty body threatens and undermines values of the Constitution, and has created an environment of fear and dismay.


We also find the media sensationalization of the incident extremely disturbing. Media outlets have unethically reported the incident as a rift between political parties (AISA vs ABVP), and uncritically used labels like ‘anti-national’ and ‘traitor’, when it’s the ‘patriotism’ that the ABVP claims to champion that’s hateful, divisive, and truly anti-national. We stand in solidarity with the members of Delhi University in their efforts to uphold the freedom of expression and the democratic right to dissent.

 

We want to highlight that the incident is a continuation of systematic attacks on students in various parts of the country (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Hyderabad Central University; and Delhi University) whereby democratic and academic discussions are being stifled, and there is an increasing move towards controlling and policing campuses by the ABVP. We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned with the shrinkage of academic and democratic space within universities in India, and demand that the witch-hunt against students and university campuses be brought to an end, and action taken against those who continue to violate fundamental rights for their political agendas.

 

 

  1. Humaira Chowdhury, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  2. Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar, University of Cambridge
  3. Tathagata Dutta, MPhil candidate, University of Cambridge
  4. Koyna Tomar, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  5. Soumyajit Kar, Master’s student, Sciences Po Paris
  6. Rosa Campbell, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  7. Kévin Cristin, French Supervisor, Trinity College
  8. Megha Harish, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  9. Parwana Fayyaz, PhD student, Cambridge University
  10. Eszter Sarolta Pos, PhD student, University of Cambridge
  11. Lalitha Mahalingam, MPhil student , University of Cambridge
  12. Animik Ghosh, PhD student, University of Kentucky
  13. Abhinav Joshi, University of Bonn
  14. Sagnik Dutta, PhD candidate, University of Cambridge
  15. Archita Misra, Master’s student, Sciences Po Paris
  16. Sharan Banerjee, Masters Student, Sciences Po, Paris
  17. Aarohi Sood, Master’s Student, Imperial College London
  18. Rachel Stewart, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  19. Thasneem Gafoor, PhD student, University of Cambridge
  20. Mihira Sood, PhD Candidate, London School of Economics & Political Science
  21. Snehadeep Kayet, Master Student, Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po.
  22. Pradyumna Jairam, PhD student, Kings College, London
  23. Shruti Balaji, Master’s Student, Sciences Po Paris
  24. Mitrajyoti Ghosh, University of Cambridge
  25. Hermon Bahru, LLM student, University of Cambridge
  26. Harman deep, Masters Student, UCD Michael Smurfit Business School
  27. Suhaas Savio Ema, Master’s Student, Sciences Po, Paris
  28. Iza Hussin, Lecturer, University of Cambridge
  29. Anandaroop Sen, Lecturer, University of Cape Town
  30. Nishanthini Ganesan, Undergraduate, University of Cambridge
  31. Malvika Srivastava, Student, University of Cologne
  32. Alexander McCleery, MPhil Student, University of Cambridge
  33. Rajaz Khan Amitava, PhD Student, Iowa State University
  34. Utsav Saksena, Master’s Student, Tilburg University
  35. Oishee Kundu, Master’s student, Sciences Po Paris
  36. Aishwarya Visweswaran, Master’s student, Columbia University in the City of New York
  37. Ananya Manchanda, Master’s student, LSE
  38. Shreya Tandon, Master’s student, London School of Economics
  39. Danny Cook, Undergraduate, Iowa State University
  40. Namitha Sadanand, Master’s student, London School of Economics
  41. Mohammed Uzair Belgami, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  42. Gaurav Daga, MPhil student, University of Cambridge.
  43. Utsa Sarmin, MPhil, University of Cambridge
  44. Sijo Abraham, MSc Chemistry, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris.
  45. Shania Bhalotia, Master’s Student, London School of Economics
  46. Manasij Pal Chowdhury, Master’s Student, University of Manchester
  47. Kavya Iyer Ramalingam, Master’s Student, Sciences Po, Paris
  48. Zervaan Bunshah, Master’s Student, University of Edinburgh
  49. Ankit Parasrampuria, Master’s, London School of Economics
  50. Nicholas Pye, Research Assistant, University of Cambridge
  51. Amitrajeet Mukherjee, MA, Delhi University
  52. Uddeepta Deka, MSc, Delhi University
  53. Sumedha Chakravarthy, MA, SOAS (University of London)
  54. Prerna Subramanian, Masters, HSS, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
  55. Anunay Kulshrestha, MA Candidate, Stanford University
  56. Shriya Sundaram, Master’s student, Sciences Po, Paris
  57. Zohra Salih, MA, Ambedkar University, New Delhi
  58. Sameer Gardner, MA, Tatan Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
  59. René Sharanya Verma, MSt Women’s Studies Candidate, University of Oxford
  60. Bahuli Sharma, BCL Candidate, University of Oxford
  61. Poulomi Solanki, MPhil, University of Cambridge
  62. Payaswini Tailor, MPhil, University of Oxford
  63. Annalisa Mansukhani, MA, Historical studies, Nalanda University
  64. Kavya Saxena, MSc, London School of Economics
  65. Rohit Revi, MA, Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
  66. Vrinda Sharma, MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  67. Sushant Chaudhary, BS, University of California – San Diego
  68. Anithasree Athiyaman, Master’s student, Sciences Po Paris
  69. Monika Pareek – MSW, TISS, Mumbai
  70. Shidhanta Sen, Bsc hons, St Stephens College
  71. Abhinav Chugh, MSc., London School of Economics and Political Science
  72. Alisa Schubert, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  73. Madhavi Jha, Masters Student, London School of Economics and Political Science
  74. Jihun Kim, Mphil, University of Cambridge
  75. Aprajita Srivastava, Masters Student, London School of Economics and Political Science
  76. Priyanka Roychoudhury, MSc student, London School of Economics and Political Science
  77. Shashwat Sridhar, MSc Student, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  78. Saniya Heeba, MSc Student, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  79. Roderick Wijunamai, Master’s Student, TISS, Mumbai
  80. Shudhashil Bharthuar, Masters student, University of Helsinki, Finland
  81. Shreyashi Roy, Masters student, SIMC, Pune
  82. Andrew Cluness, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  83. Deepak Chaudhary, MA, DU
  84. Chengzi Li, MSc, Royal Holloway, University of London
  85. Alastair Spray, Mphil Student, University of Cambridge
  86. Arul Ajmani, BCS, University of Waterloo, Canada
  87. Arjun Soin, BA, Stanford University
  88. Alexandra Onofrei, MRes Student, University of Exeter
  89. Pénélope Ouellet, Student in literature, Édouard-Montpetit College, Canada
  90. Julie Hutchinson, MPhil Development Studies candidate, University of Cambridge
  91. Kacho fayaz, PhD School of International Studies, University of St Andrews
  92. Amit Tiwari, B.Tech in Electrical Engineering, IIT Gandhinagar
  93. Jonathan Das, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  94. Selma Skov Høye, MPhil student, University of Cambridge
  95. Isha George, Master’s Student,St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  96. Hemant Raj Singh, B.Com(P), Ramjas College,University of Delhi
  97. Ye Wei, MSc Student, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  98. Ragini Nath, M.A Student, IIT Gandhinagar
  99. Archit Sunat, MSc Student, IIT Gandhinagar
  100. Aneesha Parvathaneni, MSc Student, LSE
  101. Aparna Nampoothiri, PhD student, IIT Gandhinagar
  102. Pratyush Pranav, BA, University of Cambridge
  103. Ali Yawar, PhD student, Yale University
  104. Cezary Łastowski, MPhil, University of Cambridge
  105. Aakriti Mehrotra, BA(H), History, Batch of 2016
  106. Faisal Seh, BTech Civil Engineering, IITGN
  107. Ganesh Sreeram, Purdue University
  108. Basil Isaac, Master’s Student, Delhi University
  109. Liz Maria Kuriakose, MA, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
  110. Shayantani Das, Ma, Ambedkar University
  111. Swati Pathak, India Urban Fellow, Indian Institute for Human Settlements
  112. Akanksha, BA (H), LSR, University of Delhi
  113. Sayan Chaudhuri, PhD student, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  114. Gargi Patel, BA Hons., LSR, DU
  115. Gunjan Kohli, BA(H) , Lsr , University of Delhi
  116. Anjali Bawa,B.A.(Programme),LSR,DU
  117. Raina Singh, B.A.(Honors)English,LSR, DU
  118. Aabha Jo. M.S.W. Dalit and Tribal Studies, TISS
  119. Shikha Dwivedi, B.A.( Honours) History, LSR, DU
  120. Arushi Mukherji B.A. History Hons, LSR, DU
  121. Tanya Kant, B.A.(H), St. Stephen’s College
  122. Garima Chander B.A.(H) Lady Shri Ram college DU
  123. Tanima, PhD student, University of Chicago
  124. Vidura Jang Bahadur, MFA Visual Arts, University of Chicago
  125. Vasudeva Naidu, PhD student, IIT Gandhinagar
  126. Romit Chakraborty, PhD Chemistry, University of Chicago
  127. Ahona Panda, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago
  128. Aditi Das, PhD Candidate, University of Chicago
  129. Jayanthi Iyengar, MA psychology student, SNDT women’s university
  130. Indrashish Chakraborty, B.A(H) Political Science, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College(E)
  131. Adi Narayanan, B.Sc. (H) Physics, Ramjas College, D.U.
  132. Agnivo Sarkar, Phd Physics, IIT Gandhinagar
  133. Abhishek Bhattacharyya, Phd Student, University of Chicago.
  134. Supriya Das, B.Sc (P) Life Sciences, Ramjas College, University of Delhi.
  135. Rashmi Rangarajan, Masters Student, Sciences Po Paris
  136. Tanya Kak, Masters Student, Sciences Po
  137. Lakshika Sharma,B.SC(hons) Mathematics, LSR,DU
  138. Taarini Mookherjee, PhD Student, Columbia University
  139. Aananth Daksnamurthy, PG student, Ashoka university
  140. Arjumand Ara, M.A. student, English, Delhi University
  141. Krittika Bhattacharjee, PhD candidate, University of Edinburgh
  142. Hanneke Schreur, MJur student, University of Oxford
  143. Tania Bhattacharyya, PhD Candidate, Columbia University
  144. Megha Sanyal, M. Sc. Cognitive Science, IIT Gandhinagar
  145. Jeevan Jyoti Timsina,Computer Science,Tezpur University
  146. Shreya Khedia, Genpact Social Impact Fellow
  147. Sumaira Nawaz, MA, SOAS, University of London
  148. Vaishnavi Varadarajan, Masters Student, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  149. Arushi Gupta, Masters student, B.A (hons) Psychology, LSR, Delhi University
  150. Rishik Shetty, D.Y. Patil Institute of Engineering & Technology, Ambi, Pune University.
  151. Sarah Ahmad, Masters student, Sarah Lawrence College
  152. Anandita Thakur, BA (H), University of Delhi
  153. Chaitanya Dwivedi, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Delhi
  154. Anahita Sarabhai, BA Performing Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, NY
  155. Vinaya E H, Msc , IIT Gandhinagar
  156. Piya Thakur. JNU
  157. Shivani Sharma, PhD, IIT Gandhinagar
  158. Sumaiyyah Ahmad, M.A., Jamia Millia Islamia
  159. Rahul Menon, Assistant Professor, St Xavier’s College
  160. Monica Thomas, Student.
  161. Zoya Vallari, Graduate Student, Stony Brook University, New York
  162. Siddhant Dangi, B.Tech., IIT Kanpur
  163. Shashank Bhushan, B.Tech IIT Kanpur
  164. Vidushi Shukla, B.A.(Hons.), LSR, Delhi University
  165. Mariam Rauf, B.A. (Hons.), LSR, Delhi University
  166. Sadia Rao, Master’s student, Sciences Po Paris, France
  167. Sakshi Singh, BSc(hons), LSR, Delhi University
  168. Anjishnu Bandyopadhyay, PhD Student, University of Bonn, Germany
  169. Kratu Goel, Ex Student, Ramjas College, University of Delhi and University of Cambridge.
  170. Smriti Sikri , MSW, Tata institute of social sciences
  171. Anna Sinha, M.A. Economics, Ambedkar University; Ex. Student, Dept. of Economics, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
  172. Ilina Acharya, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  173. Glen Chua, BA Natural Sciences, Cambridge University
  174. Annabelle Walker, Masters of Corporate Law, Cambridge University
  175. Karl Vaitiekunas, Bachelor of Environments, Masters in Construction Management, The University of Melbourne
  176. Shivam Mogha, IMA Sociology, University of Hyderabad
  177. Oishi Sengupta, Bachelor of English, Ambedkar University Delhi
  178. Likhita Banerji, Masters Student, Sciences Po
  179. Vani Sharma, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  180. Aditya Vardhan Sharma, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  181. Rohan Gupta, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  182. Harsh Srivastava, National Law School of India University, 5 Bangalore.
  183. Karan Dhalla, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  184. Aditi Gupta , National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  185. Jayant Nayar,vellore institute of technology,vellore.
  186. Satyashoova Sahu, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  187. Kashish Makkar,National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  188. Kaajal Joshi, BA Candidate, George Washington University, Washington DC
  189. Ambarin Khambati, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  190. Shreya Jaipuria, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  191. Tenzing Namgyal Bhutia, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  192. Prithvi Joshi, National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  193. Parv Kaushik, National Law School of India University
  194. Yashaswi Bagga, B.A. student, University of Oxford
  195. Anam Fatima, MA English, University of Delhi
  196. Appu Ajith, Azim Premji University
  197. Asmi, M.A student, Azim Premji University
  198. Anushka Tiwari, National Law School of India University
  199. Smiha kapoor, B.A. student, Falmouth University.
  200. Baishali Bhattacharyya, MA, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  201. Varun Kaul, MSc Student, Universiteit Leiden
  202. Kayeon Yoo, PhD, University of Cambridge
  203. Sumit Roy, B.Tech Student, IIT(BHU), Varanasi
  204. Sujoy Sarkar, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  205. Sakshi Mandal, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  206. Mohnish Kedia, Peking University, China
  207. Divya Singh, Masters of Arts, Delhi University.
  208. Prashant Ingole, PhD student, IIT Gandhinagar.
  209. Ayushi Sharma, B.A Hons. English Literature (Alumni of DU)
  210. Sujit Thomas, PhD candidate, New York
  211. Sayantani Mukherjee, PhD candidate, Columbia University
  212. Meghana Chandra, MPP, University of Chicago
  213. Inayat Singh Kakar, Research Coordinator, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
  214. Keshav Rajendran, Alumnus, Loyola College, Madras University
  215. Sreshtha Sen, MFA, Sarah Lawrence (Alumni of DU)
  216. Waranya Chaiyaphak, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  217. Sigl Veronika, LMU München, Germany
  218. Pulkit Joshi, M.Sc. Chemistry, University of Delhi.
  219. Unnati Ghia, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  220. Stuti Rai, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  221. Kuriakose Saju Vaisian, St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi
  222. Leah Chrestien. University of London.
  223. Sayori Ghoshal, Columbia University
  224. Havisha Khurana, B.Sc. Mathematics, St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi
  225. Aviroop Sengupta, PhD candidate, Columbia University
  226. Sohini Chattopadhyay, PhD candidate, Columbia University
  227. Ranjani Srinivasan, Fulbright Fellow, MDes Critical Conservation, Harvard University
  228. Alokita Verma, MA, Delhi University
  229. Alok Shrivastava, Harvard University
  230. Ankan Bag, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
  231. Avikal Somvanshi, Fulbright Fellow, New York University, New York
  232. Shivankar Mohan, B.A. History(Hons.), Batch of 2016
  233. Smriti Kalra, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
  234. Sara Barqawi, MPhil Student, University of Cambridge
  235. Saranya Nayak, MA, University of Manchester
  236. Naveen Babu Isarapu, BA Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
  237. Aprajita Verma, BA Social Sciences, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
  238. Samyak Ghosh, Columbia University
  239. Utsav Gupta, Ryan International School
  240. Maria Do, MPhil candidate, University of Cambridge
  241. Saronik Bosu, New York University
  242. Sandipan Chowdhury, Imperial College London
  243. Anandi Bandyopadhyay, University of Chicago
  244. Reecha Das, Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  245. Michael Economou, PhD candidate, Columbia University
  246. Nihav Dhawale, PhD Candidate, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (NCBS) & Yale University
  247. Neshat Quaiser, Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia
  248. Daniel Ortiz de Lanzagorta, MPhil Candidate, University of Cambridge
  249. Zorawar Whig, BA Hons., University of Delhi
  250. Arjun Anand, BSc student, University College London
  251. Vaibhav Aggarwal, MS, New York University
  252. Manosi Abe Chatterjee, BA Hons English, LSR Delhi University
  253. Arvind Ilamaran, Master of Public Policy, University of Chicago.
  254. Aishwarya Joshi, Master’s, HSS, IIT Gandhinagar
  255. Lakshmy Venkatesh, MSt, University of Oxford
  256. Diksha Beniwal, MA, University of Delhi
  257. Neha Tetali, MA, IIT Gandhinagar
  258. Manjari Singh, MA, University of Delhi
  259. Anushree Rai, Masters student at SciencesPo
  260. Rhea John, Master’s student, University of Sussex
  261. Aadil Sud, BA student, Sciences Po
  262. Ritwik Sarkar, B.A Honours (History) Batch of 2015, Ramjas College
  263. Tripti Poddar, Cornell University
  264. Shruti Chakravarty, Integrated PhD, IISER Pune.
  265. Himanshi Sharma, Msc Physics, Department of physics and astrophysics, Delhi University.
  266. Joël Robert Terschuur, Research assistant, Complutense University of Madrid.

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