Statement of Academics on Rabindra Bharati University Incident of Harassment

Dear Friends,

As some of you might be aware, our friend and colleague, Dr. Saraswati Kerketta (Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, Rabindra Bharati University), has recently been a victim of caste-based attack in the university. We write this statement to unequivocally condemn the attack.

We, the concerned faculty members/research scholars across institutions in India and abroad, are deeply disturbed by this incident of caste-based attack on Dr. Kerketta. Dr. Kerketta is a young faculty member from a Scheduled Tribe background, and the sole faculty member appointed in a substantive position in her department, thereby taking on the tremendous task of running the department on her young shoulders. This brazen instance of caste-based harassment meted out to her by a group of students who claim to be affiliated to a political party has hurt and disturbed us immensely as citizens of India. The nature of attack meted out to her – for instance she has been followed by the students up till home after the incident – also showcases the gendered nature of her vulnerability. The incident has been followed by mass resignation on the part of other faculty members from various positions in the university, thereby showing indirect proof of the same.

We would like to remind everyone that the harassment meted out to Dr. Kerketta is by no means an isolated incident, but in fact the part of a long tradition that continues unabated. All of us remember the tragic fate of Chuni Kotal, after a life of caste-based attacks in academic institutions. There have been several recorded instances of similar attacks and harassment of faculty members from deprived backgrounds and ethnic identities, to say nothing of the many incidents that are only whispered about in the corridors of colleges and universities. Such incidents come to the forefront, create headlines, and then disappear as the news cycle ends.

The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University has already formed an enquiry committee under the instruction of the Hon’ble Minister of Higher Education, West Bengal. This is a welcome step. However, we feel that the formation of a committee alone cannot ensure actual justice for Dr. Kerketta. Therefore, we demand strict legal action as per the law of the land against the culprits, and hope the university authorities will ensure the same.

Furthermore, we feel that it is necessary to sensitize the institutions on caste identity and social justice in India to build democratic spaces that offer equal opportunities to students and faculty from impoverished backgrounds and marginalized identities. We hope the matter will soon be dealt with proper legal action, and that the university authorities will vow to ensure that no such incident happens against any faculty members in the future.

 

SIGNED:

  1. Dhiraj Barman, Presidency University, Kolkata
  1. Kalyan Kumar Das, Presidency University, Kolkata
  1. Rajat Roy, Presidency University, Kolkata
  2. Maidul Islam, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, CalcuttaSachidanand Sinha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delh
  3. Avijit Mistri, Nistarini College, Sidho Kanho Birsha University, Purulia, West Bengal
  4. Nasrin Banu, Department of Geography, Aliah University, Kolkata
  5. Balbir Singh Butola, Centre  for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  6. Zico Dasgupta, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  7. Prasenjit Acharya, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal
  8. Abdul Hannan, Sikkim Central University
  9. Debaditya Bhattacharya, Kazi Nazrul University
  10. Soutik Hati, Part-time Lecturer, Tarama PTTI-B Ed College, Kamarsha Teachers’ Training College – Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal.
  1. Swati Moitra, Gurudas College, University of Calcutta
  2. Vebhuti Duggal, Ambedkar University Delhi
  3. Sudipta Sarkar, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan
  4. Debolina Biswas, Gurudas College, University of Calcutta
  5. Devjani Ray, Miranda House, Delhi University
  6. Parul Bhardwaj, Miranda House , University of Delhi
  7. Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  8. Rajat Datta, JNU, New Delhi
  9. Binay Kumar Pathak, Lalit Narayan
  10. Mithila University, Darbhanga
  11. Arunima, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  12. Kajori Sen, OP Jindal University
  13. Abu Saleh, Raja Peary Mohan College, University of Calcutta
  14. Subir Dey, Research Associate, CWEH, University of Sussex, UK
  15. Mousumi Mandal, Presidency University
  16. Runs Md Monirul Islam, Presidency University
  17. Farhana Khurshid, Assistant Professor, Vivekananda College, Kolkata
  18. Poushali Roy, Kashipur M. M. Mahavidyalaya, Sidho Kanho Birsha University, Purulia, WB
  19. Benil Biswas, Ambedkar University Delhi.
  20. Akash Raha, Doctoral Candidate, JNU
  21. Premjish, Curator and Doctoral Candidate, JNU
  22. Dipannita Ghosh, Doctoral Candidate, JNU
  23. Kausik Ghosh, Vidyasagar University.
  1. Anwesha Sengupta, faculty, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata
  2. Padmaja Mondal, Dr. Gour Mohan Roy College, Monteswar, Purba Bardhaman, West Bengal
  3. Saptarshi Chaudhuri, Motilal Nehru College (Eve) , University of Delhi, Delhi
  4. Manas Ray, Former Professor, Centre for studies in3cial Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC)
  5. Aniruddha Guha, IIT Kharagpur
  6. Arkapratim Changdar, Research Scholar, JNU
  7. Nisharuddin khan, IDSK, Kolkata
  8. Rina Ramdev, Venkateswara College DU
  9. Subhankar Roy, PhD. Student, Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai.
  10. Waquar Ahmed, University of North Texas
  11. Sneha Sharma, Ramjas College
  12. Darshana Mini, University of Southern California
  13. Sanjoy Saha, D R College, Assam
  14. Taposik Banerjee, Ambedkar University Delhi.
  15. Sudakshina Ghosh, KBBN College, University of Calcutta.
  1. Rajorshi Das, Doctoral candidate, JNU
  1. Professor Simon Springer, University of Newcastle, Australia.
  1. Annu Jalais, National University of Singapore
  1. Maroona Murmu, Associate Professor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  1. Sangeeta Kumari, Govt. College for Girls, Sector- 14, Gurgaon
  1. Samuel Asir Raj, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.
  1. Sumit Rajak, S.B.S. Government College, Hili, Dakshin Dinajpur
  1. Abdul Matin, Assistant Professor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
  1. Ritwik Balo, Darbhanga College of Engineering, Darbhanga
  1. Subhajit Pandit, Sovarani Memorial College, Jagatballavpur, Howrah.
  1. Avinash Kumar, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  1. Rabiul Ansary RIE Bhubaneswar.
  1. Abhijit Sadhukhan, Kazi Nazrul University
  1. Jati Sankar Mondal, Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, Purulia
  1. Subhanil Chowdhury, Faculty, IDSK
  1. Soumendu Chatterjee, Presidency University, Kolkata
  1. Mahitosh Mandal, Presidency University,  Kolkata
  1. Priyanka Das,  Presidency University, Kolkata
  1. Sanjeeb Mukherjee, formerly with University of Calcutta Calcutta
  1. Sanchita Sanyal, Asutosh College, CU, kolkata.
  1. Rachana Das, JU.
  1. Animesh Roy, Giri Institute of Development Studies (GIDS), Lucknow
  1. Probal Dasgupta, (retired from) Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  1. Deepa Khakha, Presidency University
  1. Rajarshi Biswas, Associate Professor, Department of Painting, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan
  1. Swagato Sarkar, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Delhi NCR.
  1. Gopalji Pradhan, Professor, AUD.
  1. Mary Hansdak, Assistant Professor, Presidency University WB
  1. Krishna Ram, Assistant Professor,  Ambedkar University Delhi.
  1. M.Suguna Lakshmi, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-CLRI, Chennai
  1. Aditi Ghosh, Associate Professor, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  1. Supriya Chaudhuri, Emeritus Professor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  1. Aarabhi N, Government College Madappally, University of Calicut. Kerala
  1. Anjali Monteiro, Professor, TISS, Mumbai
  1. P. Jayasankar, Professor, TISS, Mumbai
  1. Anuradha Roy, Professor, Jadavpur University
  1. Sukanta Chaudhuri, Emeritus Professor, Jadavpur University
  1. Ajit Kumar, District welfare officer for the empowerment of PwDs, U.P.
  1. Yarraguntla Suresh Babu. Presidency University, Kolkata
  1. Brati Biswas, Dayal Singh Evening College, University of Delhi
  1. Sugata Hazra , Jadavpur University
  1. Barnita Bagchi, Utrecht University
  1. Anindita Ghosh, University Of Delhi
  1. Amitabha Sarkar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  1. Sayan Das, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  1. Ila, IIT Guwahati
  1. Amlan Das Gupta formerly Professor, Jadavpur University
  1. Bipasha Rosy Lakra, PhD candidate, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  1. Aniruddha Dutta, Associate Professor, University of Iowa.
  1. Parag Waknis, Associate Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi.
  1. Himadri Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
  1. Garima Dhabhai, Assistant Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata.
  1. Sayandeb Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
  1. Awadhesh Tripathi, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
  1. Subhajit Das, Assistant Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata.
  1. Abir Dasgupta, Journalist, Mumbai
  1. Tanwir Arshed. Presidency University, Kolkata.
  1. Gogol Mitra Thakur, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
  1. Deeptanil Ray, Assistant Professor, Sree Chaitanya College
  1.     Richa Gupta, CSSSC, Kolkata
  1. Kishan Harijan, Assistant Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata
  1. Rukmini Sen, Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
  1. Sreenita Mondal, Research Fellow, SaciWATERs, Hyderabad.
  1. Mery Biswas , Assistant Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata.
  1. Madhuchanda Ghosh, Presidency University, Kolkata.
  1. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor, Jadavpur University
  1. Sayan Chaudhuri, PhD scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
  1. Mashkoor Ahmad, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
  1. Rafat Ali, Associate Professor, Jadavpur University
  1. Pradip Basu, Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata.
  1. Regina Hansda, Research Fellow, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK
  1. Narayani Gupta, Jamia Millia Islamia (retired)
  1. Shilpa Mondal, PhD scholar, Jadavpur University
  1. Sanghamitra Das, PhD scholar, Jadavpur University
  1. Rini Tarafder, PhD student, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
  1. Anuradha Banerji, Independent researcher, New Delhi.
  1. Saheli Women’s Resource Centre, New Delhi.
  1. Ankan Kazi, Ph.D Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  1. Mithun Bhowmik, Post-Doctoral fellow, IIT-Bombay
  1. Achin Vanaik, Professor (Retd.), University of Delhi
  1. Gourab Ghosh, Doctoral candidate, JNU, New Delhi
  1. Anirban Biswas, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
  1. Taneesha Mohan, Stockholm Environment Institute, York, UK
  1. B K Choudhary, JNU, New Delhi
  1. Anupam Debangshi, Surendranath Evening College, Kolkata, West Bengal
  1. Ranu Roychoudhuri, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati
  1. Pavel Chakraborty, Lancaster University, UK
  1. Utpal Roy, Department of Geography, University of Calcutta
  1. Deepak K. Mishra, JNU, New Delhi
  1. Chandrima Das, Assistant Professor, Durgapur Women’s College, Durgapur
  1. Jyotirmoy Das, Assistant Professor, Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta.
  1. Pinak Banik, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore
  1. Jagannath E, MA, IGNOU
  1. Surajit Karmakar, Assistant Professor, Durgapur Women’s College, Durgapur
  1. Gorvika Rao, Assistant Professor, Miranda House, Delhi University
  1. Soma Marik, Associate Professor, RKSM Vivekananda Vidyabhavan,  Kolkata
  1. Kalyani Thakur. Author, Kolkata.
  1. Soumyabrata Choudhury, Associate Professor, JNU.
  1. Tejashi Roy, Research Scholar, JNU
  1. Swapan Chakravorty, Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata
  1. Lakshyayog, Research Scholar, JNU
  1. Tilottama Mukherjee, Associate Professor, Jadavpur University
  1. Aayotee Malakar, Jadavpur University
  1. Soma Chaudhuri, Associate Professor, Michigan State University, USA
  1. Saugata Bhaduri, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  1. Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay, Faculty, IISER Mohali
  1. Kaustubh Mani Sengupta, Bankura University
  1. Sudeshna Banerjee, Faculty, Jadavpur University
  1. Aznarul Islam, Assistant Professor, Aliah University, Kolkata
  1. Mousumi Dasgupta, Assistant Professor, Victoria Institution (College), Kolkata
  1. Suvendu Roy, Assistant Professor, Kalipada Ghosh Tarai Mahavidyalaya, Bagdogra, Siliguri, W.B.
  1. Pulak Banerjee, Postdoctorate Fellow, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland
  1. Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  1. Ayan Das, University of Gourbanga, Malda.
  1. Aparna Agarwal, D.Phil Candidate, University of Oxford.
  1. Dipanwita Ghosh Mukhopadhyay, Victoria Institution (college), Kolkata
  1. Umakant, Independent Scholar, New Delhi
  1. Anurima Chanda, Ashoka University
  1. Sandipan Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Chandrapur College
  1. Labani Jangi, Doctoral candidate, CSSSC, Kolkata
  1. Joydip Dutta, Doctoral candidate, TISS, Mumbai
  1. Aakash Singh Rathore, Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
  1. Manola K. Gayatri, Asst Prof (Visiting) Ambedkar University Delhi & Postdoctoral Fellow,  Drama For Life, Witwatersrand University.
  1. Aparna Sundar, Independent Scholar, Toronto, Canada.
  1. Rosa Maria Perez, Professor, ISCTE- Lisbon University Institute
  1. Jai Sen, Independent researcher, editor, New Delhi and Ottawa
  1. Soumick De, Independent Researcher, New Delhi.
  1. Lina M Fruzzetti, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912, USA.
  1. Vibhuti Sharma, Independent Researcher. New Delhi.
  1. Cynthia Stephen, Independent Researcher, Bangalore
  1. Shiva Shankar, Chennai Mathematical Institute.
  2. 182.Rahi Soren, Jadavpur University
  1. Bapan Biswas, Aliah University.
  1. Bhanukiran Perabathini, SRM University.
  1. Rohit Negi, Ambedkar University Delhi
  1. Rohit Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  1. Suranjana Banerji, Presidency University, Kolkata.
  1. Samrat Sengupta, Assistant Professor and Head, Dept. of English, Sammilani Mahavidyalaya.
  1. Samira Nadkarni, Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Andrew’s College, Mumbai.
  1. Rajarshi Dasgupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  1. Bikram Biswas, Department of English, University of Kalyani.
  1. Supratik Chakraborty, IIT Bombay
  1. Ram Puniyani.
  1. Aparna Biswas, University of Kalyani.
  1. Jayashree Ramadas, TIFR Hyderabad
  1. Anupama Mohan, Presidency University
  1. Suddhaseel Sen, IIT Bombay
  1. Arkadeep, University of Kalyani
  1. Debasish Gangopadhyay, Professor, Ramkrishna Mission Vivekananda University
  1. Geeta Dubey, Associate Professor, Scottish Church College, Kolkata
  1. Ritu Sen Chaudhuri, Associate Professor, West Bengal State University, Barasat
  1. Anuradha De, researcher, New Delhi
  1. Mahashweta Chakraborty, JNU.
  1. Partha Sarathi Das, Scientist and PM(Research),
  1. Debaprasad Bandyopadhyay, Collaborator at St. Petersburg State University. La Filologica por la Causa(USA/Mexico)
  1. Priyambada Sarkar, Calcutta University.
  1. Pabitra Sarkar, Former Vice-Chancellor, RBU, Kolkata.
  1. R. Srinivasan, Associate Professor, Chennai Mathematical Institute.
  1. K. Srilata, Professor, IIT Madras
  1. Supurna Banerjee, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata
  1. Githa Hariharan, Indian Writers Forum
  1. Joyeeta Banerjee, Nikunjapur High School,Bankura
  1. Manoj Jatav, VV Giri National Labour Institute, Noida, UP
  1. Hena Mehta, York University

215 Rukhsana, Department of Geography, Aliah University, Kolkata

  1. Tapas Ray, independent researcher (formerly MAKAIAS, Kolkata)
  1. Mina Dan, Professor, University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  1. Jayanta Bhattacharya, independent scholar, medical practitioner.
  1. Vikas Rathee, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda
  1. Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University, New York
  1. Indrapramit Roy,  Associate Professor & Dean of Students,  Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts,  M. S. University of Baroda.
  1. Guruprasad Kar, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  1. Parthapratim Roy, Department of Geography, Siliguri College, North Bengal University
  1. Mridula Nath Chakraborty, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Melbourne Australia
  1. Sumantra Sarathi Biswas, Dept of Geography, Sukumar Sengupta Mahavidyalaya, Keshpur, Paschim Medinipur
  1. Lakshmi Subramaniam, Hony. Professor, CSSSC
  1. Satish Chennur, CSSSC
  1. Pushpika Sapna Bara,  JNU
  1. Abhijit Majumdar, Siliguri College, North Bengal University.

230.Sobhanlal Datta Gupta, Former Professor, University of Calcutta.

  1. Christopher Queen, Dean and lecturer (Retired), Harvard University
  1. Jyotirmay Das, IIT- Delhi
  1. Anshu Kujur, Miranda House, Delhi University
  1. Rumana Hashem, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
  1. Sandeep Singh, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
  1. Karuna Rajeev, Assistant Professor, Lady Sriram College, University of Delhi
  1. Walter Fernandes, Senior Fellow, North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati.
  1. Jigisha Bhattacharya, Research Scholar, CSSSC
  1. Sangeeta Ghosh, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi.
  1. A K M Anwaruzzaman, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Aliah University, Kolkata-14.
  1. Kalpana Wilson, Lecturer,  Department of Geography, Birkbeck, University of London
  1. Prosenjit Pal, The University of Burdwan
  1. Arpita Mukherji, Victoria Institution College, Kolkata
  1. Nisha Biswas, Scientist, Kolkata
  1. Aashish Khakha, PhD Scholar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
  1. Rituparna Sengupta, PhD Scholar, IIT Delhi
  1. Virginius Xaxa, Former Professor, Delhi School of Economics and Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
  1. Narender Kumar, Professor in Political Studies, JNU, New Delhi.
  1. Ashoke Sen, Professor, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad.
  1. Sasanka Roy, Associate Professor, Indian Statistical Institute
  1. Roshan Gajbhiye, State Coordinator Action aid foundation.
  1. Manjulata Hansdah, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
  1. Ben C. Baer, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University, USA.
  1. Dr. Avinandan Mondal. College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital, Kolkata.
  1. Sachin N, Assistant Professor, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
  1. Anindita Dey, Mathabhanga College, Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University.
  1. Debarshi Guin, Presidency University, Kolkata
  1. Swarnika Ahuja, University of Delhi, Delhi
  1. Kopal, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
  1. Samik Dasgupta, Doctoral candidate, JNU
  1. Smita Kiran Toppo, RLSY College, Ranchi University,Ranchi, Jharkhand
  1. Mohd Tufail, Assistant Professor, Govt. Post Graduate College Rajouri, J&K
  1. Liinai Margaret, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati
  1. Joel Lee, Williams College, Massachusetts
  1. Dr. Agomoni Tikadar, Deshbandhu College for Girls, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal.
  1. Anisur Rahaman Molla, Indian Statistical Institute
  1. Dr. Rakesh Arya, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  1. Suman Paul, Sidho-Kanho-Birsha University, Purulia, West Bengal
  1. Arun Kumar, DCAC College, University of Delhi, New Delhi.
  1. Hemant Kumar, R.P.S. Degree College, Mahendergarh, Haryana.
  2. Priya Bhakat, Midnapore College, West Bengal
  1. Pradip Kumar Bose, Former Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
  1. Sonali Dutta Roy. Ambedkar University Delhi
  1. Dr. Vikram Singh Assit..Prof. KMG(PG) College BADALPUR Greater Noida, UTTAR PRADESH.
  1. Dr. Sheeva Dubey, University of Miami
  1. Prof. Biplab Biswas, Department of Geography, The University of Burdwan
  1. Dr. Sandhya Devesan, Fellow, University of Cambridge
  1. Arpita Pandey, PhD scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  1. Nasima Islam, CSSSC, Kolkata
  1. Sandipan Saha, Research Scholar, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai
  1. Dr. Somjyoti Mridha, Assistant Professor, NEHU, Shillong
  1. Dr. Chandrani Dutta, Researcher, New Delhi
  1. Ishita Mehrotra, Researcher, New Delhi
  1. Neetisha Xalxo, Assistant Professor, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi.
  1. Satarupa Lahiri, Doctorate candidate, JNU
  1. Sampriti Mukherjee, Researcher, JU.Ujaan Chandra, Researcher, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
  1. Kaberi Mondal, Doctoral candidate, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  1. Dripta Piplai Mondal, IIT Kharagpur
  1. Dr. Khalid Khan, Researcher, New Delhi
  1. Sujoy Sarkar, Central Institute of Indian Language, Mysuru.
  2. Sanghapali Aruna, Human Rights Activist, Project Mukti, New Delhi
  1. Aritra Bhattacharya, Doctoral candidate, CSSS, Kolkata
  1. Amita Juliet Toppo, PhD Scholar, Dept.of Education, University of Delhi.
  1. Sabiha Tabassum, Assistant Professor, Aligarh Muslim University
  1. Pali Sarkar, Researcher,  Jadavpur University
  1. Pooja Pariyar,Human Right Activist, Project Mukti, New Delhi
  1. Sanjiban mandal, Eastern Regional Language Centre, Bhubaneswar
  1. Udita Halder, Doctoral researcher, JNU
  1. Sunanda Roy, Research fellow, Jadavpur University.
  1. Violina Borah, Assistant Professor, Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi.
  1. Sevya Katravat Project Manager NHM – ITDA-Mannanur Telangana state
  1. Siddhartha Chakraborti, Assistant Professor, Aligarh Muslim University
  1. Bidhan Chandra Kuiry, Jawaharlal Nehru  University
  1. Deepak Kumar, University of Delhi
  1. Subhash Barman, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
  1. Nawaf Z. Helmi, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  1. Beluru Sudarshana, CIIL, Mysuru
  1. Niranjan Mandal, Research Scholar, Jadavpur University.
  1. Sohel Firdos, Sikkim University
  1. Rimjhim Sharma, Asstt.Prof. (History), PGDAV College, Delhi University.
  1. Asmita Khalkho, Asstt.Prof.(History), PGDAV College, Delhi University.
  1. Dr. Smita Linda, HOD, Geography,Ranchi Women’s College,Ranchi
  1. Tanmoy Bhattacharya, University of Delhi.
  1. Dr. Priyanka Basu, The British Library, London
  1. Dr. Geetanjoy Sahu, Assistant Professor, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  1. Nirnoy Roy, Research Scholar, Jadavpur University.
  1. Raktim Ray, PhD Student, The Open University, UK
  1. Arenkala Ao. Researcher. Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  1. Renee Lulam, Research Fellow, Jadavpur University
  1. Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Linguistics, University of Delhi.
  1. Nandan Rosario, research scholar, IIT Delhi
  1. Sabyasachi Das, Ashoka University
  1. Dr. Md. Sajidul Islam, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
  1. Rakesh Saini, Dr Harisingh Gour Central University, Sagar, MP
  1. Dr. Bhawana Nigam, Patliputra university,  Bihar
  1. Dr Sushanta Kar, Tinsukia College, Tinsukia, Assam
  1. Dr. Shailja Sharma, DePaul University, Chicago, USA
  1. Niranjan Mandal,M.phil, Jadavpur University
  1. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Honorary Doctorate, Rabindra Bharati University; University Professor, Columbia University
  2. Aadil Kak, University of Kashmir
  3. Utsa Ray, Assistant Professor, Jadavpur University
  4. Asha Singh,  Centre for Studies in Social Sciences,  Calcutta

One thought on “Statement of Academics on Rabindra Bharati University Incident of Harassment”

  1. After going through through the write-up, I feel deeply disturbed and perturbed by the students or whosoever are responsible for insulting or denigrating on the basis of caste or religion. First of all, we are humans then anything else. Those who differentiate others on the basis of caste affiliations are of narrow mentality. Seemingly their upbringing and educational attainments are questionable otherwise they will not such acts which try to downgrade others’ position by their sordid acts. I condemn such acts with the strongest words at my command and pray that God may bestow them sagacity not to differentiate others on the basis of the religious identities. They should emulate the example set by our armed forces wherein we do not ask anybody’s caste or religious affiliations or background but consider all as Bhartiya and contribute their mite for upliftment of India as a peace-loving, tolerant, identity-free nation. And in this endeavour, our formal and informal institutions have to play a stellar role. I also am of the view that we have our in-house redressal forums and then the free judiciary which can intervene to set things right.

    Regards

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