Open letter to the Prime Minister of India on the Kathua and Unnao Rape Cases – The Full Text

To,

The Prime Minister of India,

Prime Minister’s Office, South Block,

Raisina Hill, New Delhi 110 001.

21 April 2018

Mr Prime Minister,

We are academics and independent scholars from India and abroad, writing to express solidarity with, and to endorse the sentiments expressed by, forty-nine retired civil servants in their open letter to you of April 16th 2018 (https://thewire.in/politics/narendra-modi-open-letter-kathua-unnao).

Along with these civil servants and countless other citizens of India and the world at large, we wish to express our deep anger and anguish over the events in Kathua and Unnao and the aftermath of these events; over the efforts, in both cases, of those administering the relevant States to protect the alleged perpetrators of these monstrous crimes; over the subsequent profoundly distasteful efforts of rationalisation, deflection and diversion that have been so much in evidence in the reactions of your party’s spokespersons in the media; and finally over your own prolonged (and by now familiar) silence that was broken only recently with wholly inadequate, platitudinous, and  non-specific assurances of justice for the victims.

Kathua and Unnao are not isolated incidents. They are part of a pattern of repeated targeted attacks on minority religious communities, Dalits, tribals and women, in which rape and lynching have been employed as instruments of violence by gau rakshaks and others, in a sequence of events spread across Dadri in Uttar Pradesh (2015), Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir (2015), Bijapur and Sukma in Chhattisgarh (2015-16), Harda in Madhya Pradesh (2016), Latehar in Jharkand (2016), Una in Gujarat (2016), Rohtak in Haryana (2017), Delhi (2017), Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh (2017), and now Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh (2018).

Many of these events have occurred in States with BJP Governments, and all of them after the BJP assumed power at the Centre. This is not to associate violence exclusively with your party and with State governments presided over by your party. But there is an undeniable association with the ruling dispensation.

There is little evidence, in government action, of an appreciation of the importance of providing assistance to vulnerable sections of the society – whether through promotional measures aimed at enabling tribals and nomads to have access to forest and common property rights, or through preventive measures aimed at discouraging blatant breaches of the rule of law. Even the Allahabad High Court on April 12th 2018 observed: “If this is the conduct of the police in the state, whom will a victim approach to register a complaint? If this is the stand you are repeatedly taking then we will be forced to observe in our order that law and order has collapsed in the state”.

We send you this letter because it is our duty to do so; so that we are not guilty of silence; and so that callousness and cowardice might finally draw the line at the broken body of a little girl and the rape of a young woman.

Signed:

List of signatories

  1. N Abhilaasha, Centre for Urban Equity, Ahmedabad
  2. Lila Abu-Lughod, Columbia University, New York, USA
  3. Arnab Acharya, Independent researcher, Washington D.C.
  4. Anindita Adhikari , Brown University, USA
  5. Tanvir Aeijaz, Ramjas College, Delhi
  6. Farzana Afridi, Delhi
  7. Aftab Ahmad, Columbia University, New York, USA
  8. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh, San Diego State University, CA, USA
  9. Aniket Alam, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
  10. Seema Alavi, University of Delhi, Delhi
  11. Meena Alexander, Hunter College/Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, USA
  12. Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster, UK
  13. Anandhi, Chennai.
  14. Krishna Ananth, SRM University – AP Amaravati
  15. Mary Anderson: Harvard University and Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, USA
  16. Aneesh, K.A., Jawaharlal Nehru Institute, New Delhi
  17. Gil Anidjar, Columbia University, New York, USA
  18. Anitha Kumary L, Trivandrum
  19. Sundari Anitha, University of Lincoln,  United Kingdom
  20. Annamalai, University of Chicago, USA
  21. Shaik Dawood Ansari, Open Campus Madang, University of Papua New Guinea
  22. Arjun Appadurai, New York University, New York, USA
  23. Anjali Arondekar, UCLA, USA
  24. Balveer Arora, Emeritus Professor and Chairman, Centre for Multilevel Federalism
  25. P K Yasser Arafath, University of Delhi, Delhi
  26. Shoba Arun, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  27. Arunima, JNU, New Delhi
  28. Nina Asher, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA
  29. Kiran Asher, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA
  30. Prashanth Asuri, Santa Clara University, USA
  31. Jayadev Athreya, University of Washington, USA
  32. Venkatesh Athreya, Social Activist and Retired Academic, Chennai
  33. Madhav Badami, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  34. Amiya Kumar Bagchi, (Emeritus), Institute for Development Studies, Kolkata
  35. Barnita Bagchi, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  36. Neha Bagle, IIM Ahmedabad
  37. Vidura Jang Bahadur, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
  38. Amit R. Baishya, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Oklahoma
  39. Mira Bakhru, Retd faculty, IIM Bangalore, Bnagalore.
  40. Aparna Balachandran, University of Delhi, Delhi
  41. Radhika Balakrishnan, Rutgers University, U.S.A
  42. Sai Balakrishnan, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA
  43. Sujata Balasubramanian, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
  44. Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
  45. Sibaji Bandyopadhyay, Retd Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
  46. Abhijit Banerjee, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
  47. Arindam Banerjee, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  48. Chinmoy Banerjee, Emeritus, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
  49. Sukanya Banerjee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
  50. Sumanta  Banerjee, Independent Researcher, Hyderabad
  51. Parama Barai, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
  52. Syamal Kumar Basak (Retd), Presidency College/University, Kolkata
  53. Rakesh Basant, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  54. Alaka Basu, Cornell University, U.S.A
  55. Amrita Basu, Amherst College, Mass, USA
  56. Deepankar Basu, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA, USA
  57. Kunal Basu, University of Oxford, UK
  58. Lopamudra Basu, University of Wisconsin-Stout
  59. Kanika Batra, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
  60. Amita Baviskar, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
  61. Rana P. Behal, University of Delhi, India.
  62. Jyothsna Belliappa, Bangalore
  63. Yael Berda, Hebrew University and Harvard University, USA
  64. Amit Bhaduri, (Emeritus), JNU, New Delhi.
  65. Monika Bhagat-Kennedy, University of Mississippi
  66. Manu Bhagavan, Hunter College and the Graduate Center-CUNY, New York, USA
  67. Alok Bhalla, Former Professor of English, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.
  68. Sheila Bhalla, (Emerita): Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Visiting: Institute of Human Development, New Delhi
  69. Brenna Bhandar, SOAS, University of London, London UK
  70. Gauri Bharat, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
  71. Ira Bhaskar, JNU, New Delhi
  72. Saurabh Bhattacharjee, The WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
  73. Baidik Bhattacharya, University of Delhi. Delhi
  74. Neeladri Bhattacharya, Retd from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  75. Sucheta Bhattacharya, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  76. Debjani Bhattacharyya, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  77. Devaki Bhaya, Stanford, CA, USA
  78. Bhangya Bhukya, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  79. Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University, U.S.A.
  80. A K Biswas, Former Vice-Chancellor, B R Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, Bihar
  81. Bënil Biswas, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  82. Moinak Biswas, Professor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  83. Cavery Bopaiah, Bangalore
  84. Mita Bose, retired, Indraprastha College, Delhi University and currently Adjunct faculty at ICFAI Business School, Gurugram, Haryana
  85. Tirthankar Bose, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  86. Saronik Bosu, New York University, New York, USA
  87. Guillaume Boucher, Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
  88. Milind Brahme, Chennai, India
  89. Vacha Brat, IIM, Ahmedabad
  90. Carmen Bugan, writer and independent scholar, Long Island, USA
  91. Eleanor Byrne, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK
  92. Maya Chadda, William Paterson University, NJ, USA
  93. Kunal Chakrabarti, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  94. Achin Chakraborty, Institute for Development Studies, Kolkata
  95. Chandrima Chakraborty, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  96. Lekha Chakraborty, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi
  97. Madhurima Chakraborty, Columbia College Chicago
  98. Pinaki Chakraborty, New Delhi
  99. Rudrashish Chakraborty, Kirori Mal College, Delhi
  100. Shouvik Chakraborty, PERI, University of Massachussetts Amherst, U.S.A
  101. Ranabir Chakravarti, JNU, New Delhi
  102. Paula Chakravartty, New York University, New York, USA
  103. Mrinalini Chakravorty, University of Virginia, USA
  104. Barnali Chanda, Techno India University, Kolkata
  105. Sudhir Chandra, Historian
  106. Vinita Chandra, Ramjas College, Delhi
  107. P. Chandrasekhar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  108. Tarun Chandrayadula, IIT Madras, Chennai
  109. Charusheela,  University of Washington Bothell, USA
  110. Sayaka Chatani, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  111. Amita Chatterjee, Retired Professor of Philosophy, Jadavpur University
  112. Ananya Chatterjea, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  113. Indrani Chatterjee, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  114. Sreeparna Chattopadhyay, Bangalore
  115. Suchetana Chattopadhyay, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  116. Ruchi Chaturvedi, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  117. Amit Chaudhuri, Writer, Calcutta
  118. Aparna Chaudhuri, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
  119. Rosinka Chaudhuri, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
  120. Sudip Chaudhuri, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
  121. Sukanta Chaudhuri, (Emeritus), Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  122. Supriya Chaudhuri, (Emeritia). Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  123. Wendy Chavkin MD, MPH, Columbia University, New York, USA
  124. Ying Chen, New School for Social Research, New York, USA
  125. Anuradha Mitra Chenoy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  126. Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  127. Dolores Chew, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  128. Anita Chikkatur, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
  129. Camille Cole, Yale University, U.S.A
  130. Andrew Cornford, Geneva Finance Observatory, Switzerland
  131. Amrita Chhachhi, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands
  132. Jagdeep Chhokar, Professor (Retired), Indian Institute of Management,Ahmedabad
  133. Sarah E. Chinn, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, USA
  134. Deborah Choate, MD, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Boston, USA
  135. Noam Chomsky, ( Emeritus) Massachussetts Institute of Technology, and University of Arizona, U.S.A
  136. Deepta Chopra, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
  137. Elora Halim Chowdhury, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA
  138. Indira Chowdhury Bengaluru, India
  139. Indranil Chowdhury, University of Delhi, Delhi
  140. Nusrat S Chowdhury, Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA
  141. Sayandeb Chowdhury, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  142. Francis Cody, University of Toronto, Canada
  143. Karen Coelho, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai
  144. Camille Cole, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
  145. Jonathan R. Cole, Columbia University, New York, USA
  146. Andrew Cornford, Geneva Finance Observatory, Switzerland
  147. Romar Correa, (Retd from) University of Mumbai, Mumbai
  148. Vedita Cowaloosur, Charles Telfair Institute, Mauritius
  149. Vasudha Dalmia, (Emerita), University of California, Berkeley
  150. Katyayani Dalmia, The New School for Social Research, New York, USA
  151. Sumangala Damodaran, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  152. Vinita Damodaran, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
  153. Bijay K Danta, Tezpur, Assam
  154. Jane D’Arista, U/Mass, Amherst, USA
  155. Debapratim Das, Guwahati
  156. Debarshi Das, IIT Guwahati
  157. Mausumi Das, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
  158. Raju J. Das, York University, Toronto, Canada
  159. Samantak Das, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  160. Shinjini Das, University of Oxford, UK
  161. Amlan Dasgupta, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  162. Anirban Dasgupta, South Asian University, New Delhi
  163. Indraneel Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  164. Sunanda Dasgupta, Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus-Senftenberg, Germany
  165. Sejuti Das Gupta, Michigan State University, USA
  166. Tanya Das Gupta, Toronto, Canada
  167. Minati Dash, ICSSR, New Delhi.
  168. Manipadma Datta, TERI School of Advanced Studies( Deemed University), New Delhi
  169. Ruth Davis, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, USA
  170. Subah Dayal, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA
  171. Rohit De, Yale University, New Haven, USA
  172. Ananya Debnath, Jodhpur, Rajastahn
  173. Sowmya Dechamma C C, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
  174. Narayana Delampady, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
  175. Minoo Derayeh, Toronto, Canada
  176. Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut, Storrs, USA
  177. Radhika Desai, University of Manitoba, Canada
  178. Jigna Desai, CEPT University, Ahmedabad.
  179. Jigna Desai, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  180. Miki and Madhavi Desai, Ahmedabad
  181. Renu Desai, Ahmedabad
  182. Anirudh Deshpande, Department of History, Delhi University
  183. Ashwini Deshpande, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi
  184. Satish Deshpande, Delhi University, Delhi
  185. Sudhanva Deshpande, LeftWord Books, New Delhi
  186. Peter Ronald deSouza, CSDS, Delhi
  187. Sanchia deSouza, University of Toronto, Canada
  188. Devika, J. Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram
  189. Ritu Dewan, Centre for Development Research and Action; Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai
  190. Bikramjit Dey, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
  191. Meena Dhanda, University of Wolverhampton, U. K
  192. Biswajit Dhar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  193. Anubha Dhasmana, Bangalore
  194. Roopa Dhawan, Ramjas​ College, Delhi University
  195. Jean Dreze, (Visiting): Ranchi University
  196. Rohan D’Souza, Kyoto University, Japan
  197. Prasenjit Duara, Duke University, Durham, USA
  198. Navroz K. Dubash, New Delhi
  199. Vebhuti Duggal, Ambedkar University, Delhi
  200. Durga Bhavani, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  201. Madhumita Dutta, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  202. Nandini Dutta, Miranda House, Delhi
  203. Souraj Dutta, St Andrews University, UK
  204. Nata Duvvury, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  205. Carolyn Elliott, Professor Emerita, University of Vermont
  206. Meher Engineer, All India Forum on the Right to Education, New Delhi
  207. Gerald Epstein, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
  208. Pradeep Esteves, Context India, Bangalore
  209. Richard Falk, (Emeritus): Princeton University, U.S.A
  210. Alfredo Saad Filho, Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London
  211. Michelle Fine, CUNY, New York, USA
  212. Nancy Folbre, PERI, University of Massachussetts Amherst, U.S.A
  213. Geraldine Forbes, Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita, State University of New York Oswego, USA
  214. Colm Fox, Singapore Management University, School of Social Sciences, Singapore
  215. Smitha Francis, New Delhi
  216. Karen Gabriel, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
  217. Rahul K Gairola, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia
  218. Toral Gajarawala, New York University, New York, USA
  219. Rajmohan Gandhi, Gurgaon
  220. Lata Gangadharan, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  221. Gangadhar, All India Forum for Right to Education
  222. Debjani Ganguly, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
  223. Geetanjali Shree, Writer
  224. Maitreesh Ghatak, London Shool of Economics, U.K
  225. Saran Ghatak, Professor, Keene State College, USA
  226. Asher Ghertner, Rutgers University, USA
  227. Professor Aisha K. Gill, University of Roehampton, UK.
  228. Sayantan Ghosal, University of Glasgow, UK
  229. Arunabh Ghosh, Harvard University, U.S.A
  230. Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  231. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  232. Partha Ghosh, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi
  233. Suman Ghosh, Florida Atlantic University , USA
  234. Geetha Gokul, St. Thomas’ College, Trichur, Kerala
  235. Priyamvada Gopal, University of Cambridge, UK
  236. Radha Gopalan, Independent Researcher and Educationist, Goa
  237. Gayatri Gopinath, New York University, New York, USA
  238. Manu Goswami, New York University, New York, USA
  239. Gregory Goulding, University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
  240. Paul Greenough, University of Iowa, USA
  241. Sumit Guha, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  242. Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Centre for the Study of Social Sciences, Calcutta, Kolkata
  243. Akhil Gupta, University of California, Los Angeles
  244. Bishnupriya Gupta, Warwick University, UK
  245. Ruchira Gupta, New York University and University of California at Berkeley, U.S.A
  246. Sayan Gupta, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai.
  247. Smita Gupta, independent economist, New Delhi
  248. Vikas Gupta, Department of History, Delhi University, Delhi
  249. Vishal Gupta, Ahmedabad
  250. Dean Gupta-Casale, Kean University, NJ, USA
  251. Nira Gupta-Casale, Kean University, NJ, USA
  252. Jaideep Gupte, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex UK
  253. Shubhra Gururani, York University, Toronto, Canada
  254. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, Delhi
  255. John Harriss, Simon Fraser University and Centre for Modern Indian Studies, Goettingen, Germany
  256. Farhat Hasan, University of Delhi, Delhi.
  257. Zoya Hasan, (Emerita): Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  258. Rim Hassen, Warwick University, UK
  259. Neeraj Hatekar, University of Mumbai, Mumbai
  260. John C. Hawley, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA, USA
  261. Himanshu, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  262. Indira Hirway, Center For Development Alternatives, Ahmedabad
  263. Nalini Iyer, Seattle University, USA
  264. Priyadarshini Iyer, IIM – Ahmedabad
  265. Srikanth Krishnan Iyer, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
  266. Vijay Iyer, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
  267. Krati Jain, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India
  268. Sanjay Jain, University of Oxford, UK
  269. Sarandha Jain, Columbia University, New York, USA
  270. Sheena Jain, formerly Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  271. Kathleen James-Chakraborty, University College, Deublin, Ireland
  272. Sadia Jamil, Islamabad, Pakistan
  273. Russell Janis, J.D., University of Massachussetts Amherst, U.S.A
  274. Niraja Gopal Jayal, JNU, New Delhi
  275. Jayaraj, retired economist, Chennai
  276. Rajshri Jayaraman, ESMT Berlin, Germany
  277. Katherine Jellison, Ohio University, USA
  278. Praveen Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  279. Gita Johar, Columbia University, New York, USA
  280. May Joseph, Pratt Institute, New York, USA
  281. Yogi Joseph, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  282. Chitra Joshi, Delhi University, New Delhi
  283. Rutul Joshi, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
  284. Amalendu Jyotishi, Amrita School of Business, Bangalore
  285. Tanishka Kachru, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
  286. K K Kailash, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  287. A. Kalam, C. K. Prahalad Centre for Emerging India, Loyola campus, Chennai
  288. Vidya Kalaramadam, Willliam Paterson University of New Jersey, USA
  289. Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
  290. Uma S Kambhampati, University of Reading, Reading, UK
  291. Milind Kandlikar, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada,
  292. Kalpana Kannabiran, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad.
  293. Ankur Kapoor, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  294. Geeta Kapur, independent art critic, New Delhi
  295. Manju Kapur, writer and ex faculty Miranda House College, Delhi University, Delhi
  296. Ajit Karnik, Mumbai/Dubai
  297. Massoud Karshanas, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, U.K
  298. Malavika Kasturi, University of Toronto, Canada
  299. Nilofer Kaul, Delhi
  300. Nitasha Kaul, University of Westminster, UK
  301. Rajender Kaur, William Paterson University, New Jersey, USA
  302. Mukul Kesavan, Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
  303. Prashant Keshavmurthy, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  304. Rana Khan, Toronto, Canada
  305. Stuti Khanna, IIT Delhi, Delhi
  306. Sushil Khanna, (Retd.), Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.
  307. Reetika Khera, IIT, Delhi
  308. Ateya Khorakiwala, Princeton University, NJ, USA
  309. Ayesha Kidwai, , Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  310. Viktoriya Kim, Osaka University, Japan
  311. Praveena Kodoth, Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum
  312. Dean Kotlowski, Salisbury University, MD, USA
  313. Ashok, Kotwal, (Emeritus): The University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C, Canada
  314. Ashutosh V. Kotwal, Duke University, Durham, USA
  315. Astrid von Kotze, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  316. Jane Krishnadas, School of Law, Keele., UK
  317. Preeti Krishnan, Bengaluru
  318. Radhika Krishnan, IIT Hyderabad
  319. Aishwary Kumar, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, USA
  320. Arun Kumar, Institute of Social Sciences, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
  321. Avinash Kumar, Jawaharla Nehru University, New Delhi.
  322. Deepak Kumar, JNU, New Delhi
  323. Nita Kumar, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA, USA
  324. Udaya Kumar, Centre for English Studies, JNU, New Delhi.
  325. Rachel Kurien, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  326. Somjita Laha, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  327. Nayanjot Lahiri, Ashoka University, Delhi
  328. Vinay Lal, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
  329. Rachel Lee, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, Germany
  330. Roselyn Lemus, Mexico City, USA
  331. Mark Liechty, The University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  332. Cynthia A. Leenerts, East Stroudsburg University, PA, USA
  333. David Lelyveld, New York, USA
  334. Karen Leonard, University of California at Irvine, CA, USA
  335. Jinee Lokaneeta, Drew University, Madison, NJ, USA
  336. Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  337. David Ludden, New York University, New York, USA
  338. Ritty Lukose, Associate Professor, New York University, USA.
  339. Anuja Madan, Kansas State University, Kansas, USA.
  340. Punnappurath Madhavan, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
  341. Aruna Magier, New York University, New York, USA
  342. Darshini Mahadevia, CEPT University, Ahmedabad
  343. Swadesh M Mahajan, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  344. Ram Mahalingam, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  345. Durairaj Maheswaran, NYU, New York, USA
  346. Pushkar Maitra, Monash Business School, Monash University, Australia
  347. Bipasha Maity, Ashoka University, Sonepat, Haryana
  348. Rochona Majumdar, The University of Chicago, USA
  349. Anshu Malhotra, University of Delhi, Delhi
  350. Meenakshi Malhotra, Hansraj college, Delhi
  351. Ashok Malla, McGill University, Canada
  352. Mukul Mangalik, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
  353. Anandi Mani, University of Oxford, UK
  354. Preetha Mani, Rutgers University, USA
  355. Nissim Mannathukkaren, Dalhousie University Canada.
  356. Anuradha Marwah, Zakir Hussain College, New Delhi
  357. Raveena Mascarenhas, Mangaluru
  358. Manu V. Mathai, Bengaluru
  359. John Mathew, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
  360. Shency Mathew, Gulati Institute of Finance & Taxation, Thiruvananthapuram
  361. Navdeep Mathur, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  362. Deepak Maun, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
  363. Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  364. Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex UK
  365. Rushi Mehta, Utrecht, Netherlands
  366. Uday S. Mehta, Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, USA
  367. Gayatri Menon, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
  368. Kalyani Devaki Menon, De Paul University, Chicago, USA
  369. Ritu Menon, Women Unlimited, New Delhi
  370. Kalyani Menon-Sen, Independent Researcher, New Delhi.
  371. Tushar Meshram, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
  372. Zain R. Mian, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  373. John Miller, Wheaton College, Massachussetts, U.S.A
  374. Raza Mir, William Paterson University, NJ, USA
  375. Payoshni Mitra, Independent researcher and activist, London, UK
  376. Siddhartha Mitra, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  377. Sona Mitra, Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, New Delhi
  378. Gautam Mody, New Trade Union Initiative
  379. Nasreen A. Mohamed, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  380. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University, NY, USA
  381. Mritiunjoy Mohanty, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata
  382. Himansu S. Mohapatra, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
  383. Bidisha Mondal, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi
  384. Radhika Mongia, York University, Canada
  385. Dilip Mookherjee, Boston University, Boston MA, USA
  386. Sripad Motiram, University of Massachussetts, Boston, U.S.A
  387. Sharun Mukand, University of Warwick, UK
  388. Projit Bihari Mukharji, University of Pennsylvania, USA
  389. Ankhi Mukherjee, University of Oxford, UK
  390. Arun P. Mukherjee, Professor Emeritus, York University, Toronto, Canada.
  391. Ashesh Mukherjee, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  392. Debashree Mukherjee, Columbia University, New York, USA
  393. Debraj Mukherjee, Ramjas College, Delhi
  394. Sajni Mukherji, Retd. Professor, English dept., Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  395. Sanjukta Mukherjee, DePaul University, Chicago, USA
  396. Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Warwick University, UK
  397. Harbans Mukhia, Former Professor of History and Rector, JNU, New Delhi
  398. Akshaya Mukul, Delhi
  399. Angelie Multani, Academic, New Delhi.
  400. Kanta Murali, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  401. Maroona Murmu, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  402. Hema A Murthy, Dept. of CS&E IIT Madras
  403. Ishwar Murthy, IIMB, Bangalore
  404. M V N Murthy, Professor Emeritus, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
  405. Rajluxmi Vaish Murthy, IIMB, Bangalore
  406. Milind Murugkar , researcher, Nashik , India
  407. Barnali Nag, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  408. Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA
  409. Nagaraj, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai
  410. Harini Nagendra , Bangalore
  411. Ratna Naidu, Professor (retd.) University of Hyderabad and former Vice Chancellor,

SPMVV, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

  1. Sirisha Naidu, Wright State University, Ohio
  2. Janaki Nair, JNU, New Delhi
  3. Constantine Nakassis, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
  4. Ashis Nandy, CSDS, Delhi
  5. Gaura Narayan, Purchase College State University of New York, USA
  6. Sudha Narayanan, Economist, Mumbai
  7. Balmurli Natrajan, Willliam Paterson University of New Jersey, USA
  8. Nandan Nawn, TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi
  9. Nalini Nayak, Associate Professor (Retired), PGDAV (M) College, Delhi University
  10. Nandini Nayak, Ambedkar University, Delhi.
  11. Anuradha Dingwaney Needha, Oberlin College, OH, USA
  12. Neeraja D, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore
  13. Anjali Nerlekar, Rutgers University (New Jersey), USA
  14. Madhurima Nundy, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
  15. Noreen O’Connor, King’s College, Pennsylvania
  16. Rupal Oza, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, USA
  17. Shivarama Padikkal, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  18. Debabrata Pal, New Delhi
  19. Parthapratim Pal, IIM Calcutta, Kolkata
  20. Amrita Pande,  University of Cape Town, South Africa
  21. Bratati Pande, Retired, Delhi University, Delhi
  22. Gyanendra Pandey, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA
  23. Rajyashree Pandey, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK
  24. Kavita Panjabi, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  25. Ameet Parameswaran, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  26. Rajendra Parihar Ramjas College, Delhi
  27. Parthasarathy, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai
  28. Sujata Patel, National Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla
  29. Krishna Patel, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  30. Shekhar Pathak, Historian and Editor, Pithorgarh, Uttarakhand
  31. Vikram Pathania, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
  32. Prabhat Patnaik, (Emeritus): Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  33. Ramesh Patnaik, Andhra Pradesh Save Education Committee,
  34. Utsa Patnaik  (Emerita): Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  35. ​Sonali Perera, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  36. Rosalind Petchesky, (Emerita):, Hunter College & the Graduate Center, CUNY
  37. Geralyn Pinto, Mangalore
  38. Justin Podur, York University, Toronto, Canada
  39. Robert Pollin, University of Massachussetts Amherst, U.S.A.
  40. Sheldon Pollock, Columbia University, New York, USA
  41. Anupama Potluri, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  42. Gopalji Pradhan, School of Letters, Ambedkar, University Delhi
  43. R.Prakash. ARTIC, Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh.
  44. Lokesh Malti Prakash, Activist & Writer, Office Secretary, All India Forum for Right to Education
  45. Anup Pramanik, Indian Institute of Management, Indore
  46. Madhu Prasad. New Delhi
  47. Vijay Prashad, LeftWord Books.
  48. Navtej Purewal, SOAS University of London
  49. Jyoti Puri, Simmons College, Boston, USA
  50. Bandana Purkayastha, Grafton, MA, USA
  51. Meena Radhakrishna, former faculty, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University
  52. Raghavendra, N. Faculty, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  53. Harriet Raghunathan, Jesus and Mary College (retired), New Delhi
  54. Rohit Rahi, London School of Economics, UK
  55. Shirin M. Rai, Warwick University, UK
  56. Rajeswari Sarla Raina, Scientist, New Delhi
  57. Anisa Rahim, Jersey City, NJ
  58. Arvind Rajagopal, New York University, New York, USA
  59. Mrinalini Rajagopalan, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  60. Advaita Rajendra, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  61. Prabina Rajib, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
  62. Surampudi Bapi Raju, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
  63. Priti Ramamurthy, University of Washington, Seattle
  64. Bhavani Raman, University of Toronto, Canada
  65. Usha Raman, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  66. Vasanthi Raman, Independent social scientist, New Delhi
  67. Bharat Ramaswami, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  68. Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University, Durham USA
  69. Kavitha Ranganathan, IIM-Ahmedabad
  70. Malini Ranganathan, Assistant Professor, American University, Washington, DC
  71. Surabhi Ranganathan, University of Cambridge, UK
  72. Ajay Rao, University of Toronto, Canada
  73. Anupama Rao, Barnard College, New York, USA
  74. Govinda Rao, (Emeritus): National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Bangalore
  75. Mohan Rao, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst MA, USA
  76. Mohan Rao, JNU, New Delhi
  77. Nitya Rao, University of east Anglia, Norwich, UK
  78. Sumathi Rao, Harish-chandra Research Institute, Allahabad
  79. Rashmi Kumari, IIM Ahmedabad
  80. Manav Ratti, Salisbury University, MD, USA
  81. Chitra Ravi, visiting faculty at the Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India.
  82. Anushnath Ravichandran, Coimbatore
  83. Vikas Rawal, Jawaharlal Nehru Uiversity, New Delhi
  84. Debraj Ray, New York University, New York, USA
  85. Raka Ray, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  86. Ranjan Ray, Economist, Melbourne, Australia
  87. Aparna Rayaprol, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  88. Chandan Reddy, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  89. Gayatri Reddy, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
  90. Rammanohar Reddy, (Visiting): Goa University, Hyderabad
  91. Rohit Revi, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
  92. Shaunna Rodrigues, Columbia University, New York, USA
  93. Dunu Roy, Director, Hazards Centre, New Delhi
  94. Mallarika Sinha Roy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  95. Modhumita Roy, Tufts University, USA
  96. Parama Roy, University of California, Davis
  97. Satyaki Roy, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi
  98. Srila Roy, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  99. Srirupa Roy, University of Göttingen, Germany
  100. Anamitra Roychowdhury, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  101. Marlene Rutzendorfer, Harvard University Visiting Scholar, Cambridge, MA, USA
  102. Sachin N, Dyal Singh college, New Delhi
  103. Niladri Saha, Basirhat College, West Bengal
  104. Poulomi Saha, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  105. Bhairabi Prasad Sahu, University of Delhi., Delhi
  106. Arupjyoti Saikia, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati.
  107. Rajgopal Saikumar, New York University, New York, USA
  108. Kalyani Samantray, Visiting Professor, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar
  109. Padmanabh Samarendra, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  110. Preeti Sampat, Ambedkar University Delhi.
  111. Samson, Nizamabad district, Telengana
  112. Sudipto Sanyal, Techno India University, Kolkata
  113. Aditya Sarkar, University of Warwick, UK
  114. Sumit Sarkar, (Retired): Delhi University, New Delhi
  115. Tanika Sarkar, (Retired): Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  116. Akshya Saxena, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA
  117. Susan Seizer, Indiana University,  Bloomington IN, USA
  118. Abhijit Sen, Retd from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  119. Hari Sen, Ramjas College, Delhi
  120. Nivedita Sen, Hansraj College, Delhi
  121. Rukmini Sen, Ambedkar University, New Delhi
  122. Sambuddha Sen, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi
  123. Sanghita Sen, St Andrews University, UK
  124. Abhijit Sengupta, University of Essex, UK
  125. Debjani Sengupta, IP College, Delhi University, Delhi
  126. Aaditeshwar Seth, IIT Delhi, Delhi
  127. Puneet Seth, Beachwood, Ohio
  128. Sanjay Seth, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
  129. Svati P. Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
  130. Rachna Shanbog, Dublin, UK
  131. Krupa Shandilya, Amherst College, USA
  132. Arul Shankar, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  133. Shiva Shankar, Scientist, Chennai.
  134. Alpana Sharma, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA
  135. Jayeeta Sharma, University of Toronto, Canada
  136. Shailja Sharma, De Paul University, Chicago, USA
  137. Shilpa Sharma, University of Delhi, Delhi
  138. Abhishek Shaw, Economic & Political Weekly, Mumbai
  139. Samira Sheikh, Vanderbilt University, USA
  140. Sherin B.S, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
  141. Parinitha Shetty, Mangaluru, Karnataka
  142. Tim Shiell, University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA
  143. Snehal Shingavi, Associate Professor, English, University of Texas, Austin
  144. Anooradha Iyer Siddiqui, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA
  145. Amritjit Singh, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA
  146. Harjinder Singh, IIIT- Hyderabad.
  147. Natasha Singh, Oakland, CA
  148. Pritam Singh, Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford
  149. Radhika Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  150. Supriya Singh, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
  151. Upinder Singh, University of Delhi, New Delhi
  152. Vidhu Singh, San Francisco, CA, USA
  153. Dipa Sinha, Ambedkar University Delhi
  154. Rita Sinha, Janki Devi Memorial College, Delhi
  155. Shana Sippy, Centre College, KY, and Carleton College, MN, USA
  156. Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  157. Sobha Rani, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  158. Srilata, K., Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai
  159. Jeena T Srinivasan, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad
  160. Krithika Srinivasan, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  161. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
  162. Ravindran Sriramachandran, Ashoka University, Sonipat, Haryana
  163. Neelam Srivastava, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
  164. Priyanka Srivastava, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA, USA
  165. Hamsa Stainton, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  166. Domna C. Stanton, Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
  167. Abigail J. Stewart, University of Michigan
  168. Catherine Stimpson, New York University, New York, USA
  169. Sivagami Subbaraman, Washington D.C., USA
  170. Binaya Subedi, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  171. K Venkata Subrahmanyam, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai.
  172. Banu Subramaniam, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA, USA
  173. Lakshmi Subramanian, Institute of Advanced Studies, Nantes, France
  174. Narendra Subramanian, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  175. Subramanian, Independent Scholar and former ICSSR National Fellow, Chennai.
  176. Mita Sujan, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA
  177. Nandini Sundar, Delhi University, New Delhi
  178. Vivan Sundaram, artist, New Delhi
  179. S. Sunder, retired professor, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
  180. Kaushik Sunder Rajan, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
  181. Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, New York University, U.S.A.
  182. Shamina Talyarkhan, New York, USA
  183. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland, MD, USA
  184. Tanima, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA
  185. Akshaya Tankha, University of Toronto, Canada
  186. Anand Teltumbde, GIM, Goa
  187. Tariq Thachil, Vanderbilt University, USA
  188. Manish Thakur , IIM Calcutta, Kolkata
  189. Binitha Thampi.. IIT Madras, Chennai
  190. Susie Tharu, Hyderabad
  191. Dania Thomas – University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
  192. Thomas Joseph Thoomkuzhy, Gulati Institute of Finance & Taxation, Thiruvananthapuram
  193. Miriam Ticktin, The New School for Social Research, NYC, USA
  194. Ahmet Tonak, (Visiting): University of Massachussetts Amherst, U.S.
  195. Nasir Tyabji, formerly with Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi
  196. Sahana Udupa, Professor of Media Anthropology, University of Munich (LMU), Germany
  197. Lalit Vachani, CeMIS, University of Göttingen
  198. Ananya Vajpeyi, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.
  199. Vamsi Vakulabharanam, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA
  200. Achin Vanaik, Retd from Delhi University, New Delhi
  201. Sarah Van Arsdale, NYU and Antioch University/LA
  202. Hendrik Van Den Berg, (Emeritus): University of Nebraska, U.S.A
  203. Poornima Varma, IIM, Ahmedabad.
  204. Rahul Varma, playwright and artistic director of Teesri Duniya Theatre
  205. Rashmi Varma, Warwick University, UK
  206. Rohit Varman, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, Kolkata
  207. Ravi Vasudevan, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi
  208. Sylvia Jane Vatuk, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  209. Malathi Velamuri, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai, India
  210. Shikha Verma, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  211. K. Vijayan, Hindu College, Delhi
  212. Bhaskar Vira, University of Cambridge, UK
  213. Sujata Visaria, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.
  214. Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, New York, USA
  215. Kamala Visweswaran, University of California San Diego, CA, USA
  216. Shweta Wagh, KRVIA Mumbai
  217. Gareth Wall , University of Birmingham, UK
  218. Jini Watson, New York University, New York, USA
  219. Amanda Weidman, Bryn Mawr College, USA
  220. Thomas Weisskopf, (Emeritus): University of Michigan, U.S.A
  221. Jeannette Wicks-Lim, PERI, University of Massachusetts, Amherst , USA
  222. David Winter, (Emeritus): University of Michigan, USA
  223. Pramod Yadava, Retd Professor, JNU, New Delhi
  224. Louise Yelin, Professor Emerita, Purchase College, Purchase NY, USA
  225. Nobuharu Yokokawa, Musashi University, Japan
  226. Shundana Yusaf, University of Utah, USA

 

 

5 thoughts on “Open letter to the Prime Minister of India on the Kathua and Unnao Rape Cases – The Full Text

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  2. Apurba K Baruah

    It is worrisome that the country is in this state. we need to do more than writing letters. It is time for academics to go out to villages and campaign to savr democracy.

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  4. K SHESHU BABU

    Rathe than framing new laws, the government should concentrate on arresting the perpetrators of the crimes and institute enquiry immediately under the existing laws. Even after so many incidents, very few have been brought to book, let alone convicted. The rate of conviction is very low and this is a cause of grave concern.
    In solidarity

  5. Darshak

    Arresting the perpetrators is not the only measure that we have to take at this crucial moment, we need to understand the mentality of the people and reasons behind the degeneration of the same. More and more number of rape cases are unfolding in front of our eyes and there is no way than to blame our own population, be it of any race or religion. Let us make a team to work towards understanding the root causes and find the ways to eliminate it. The government is reactive, but, we as the citizens of India, need to be proactive in order to find a permanent solution.

    Darshak

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