Statement in Solidarity with Students, Against Police Excesses from Alumni of National Law University, Jodhpur

The following is a statement from the alumni of NLU Jodhpur, in solidarity with the students at the receving end of police brutalities in Delhi, Aligarh, Assam and other universities.

We, the undersigned alumni of National Law University, Jodhpur unequivocally condemn the police excesses in response to student protests at Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi University, Aligarh Muslim University, Dibrugarh University, Gauhati University, Cotton University, Assam and other universities across India. As persons with training in constitutional laws and values, we recognize the significance of dissenting speech and assembly, and the need to preserve academic spaces as free from State coercion and militarization and to uphold the values of secularism.

The police brutality, on the night of 15th December 2019 and thereafter, follow from the equally condemnable imposition of curfew, deployment of the army and arbitrary internet shutdowns in Assam and crackdown against dissenters and student-led protests in Assam. The events of the recent past also represent a continuation of the policing of academic institutions to silence  dissenting voices by students as well as the erosion of the autonomy of universities. The freedom of academic institutions from State presence, not least from State violence, is crucial to the exercise of free expression and democratic debate.

In this vein, we condemn equally the catalyst of the protests – the enactment of the egregiously discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA), plans to initiate a nation-wide National Register of Citizens (NRC), and all the current and planned majoritarian attempts by the Indian Government to attack the touchstones of constitutional ethos including, diversity, inclusivity, pluralism and secularism. The CAA draws distinctions based only on religion and ethnicity. A combination of the NRC and the CAA, apart from being unconstitutional, will result in onerous requirements for the proof of legitimate citizenship on persons from marginalized communities, particularly religious minorities.

We recognize that dialogue on legislation is not restricted to State institutions such as the Government or Parliament or Judiciary. Attempts to silence dissent through militarization, police excesses and communication shutdowns, eliminates  individuals’ right of participation in public affairs and the right to democracy – rights that the Constitution of India guarantees. While the Supreme Court of India that has held such  fundamental rights of the protesting students hostage to conditions, we unequivocally condemn the resort to State violence and demand appropriate accountability unconditionally.

As students of the law, we recognize that dissent is the backbone of a democracy and that freedom of speech is one of the most cherished rights in a diverse and inclusive society. We therefore stand in solidarity with the protestors and students at Jamia Milia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, Dibrugarh University,  Gauhati University, Cotton University, Assam, as well as students protesting the CAA, NRC and majoritarian thought in university campuses across India, and affirm the rights of peaceful assembly and the freedom of thought, speech and expression enshrined in the Constitution of India and various international human rights laws that bind India.

In solidarity.

Alumni, National Law University, Jodhpur

1.        Aaditya Ranbir Sahgal
2.        Aanchal Jain
3.        Aarushi Nargas
4.        Abhilasha Gupta
5.        Abhinav Garg
6.        Abhinav Kumar
7.        Abhishek Prakash J
8.        Abirami Narendranath
9.        Achyuth A
10.     Aditi Ameria
11.     Aditi Sahay
12.     Aditya Gupta
13.     Advaiyot Sharma
14.     Afreen Hashmi
15.     Aishwarya Rao
16.     Aishwarya Tripathi
17.     Ajay Chauhan
18.     Akriti Gaur
19.     Akshay Sahay
20.     Akshay Singh Ranawat
21.     Akshay Vasishtha
22.     Akshaya Iyer
23.     Akshita
24.     Ali Amerjee
25.     Alimpan Banerjee
26.     Alok Chaturvedi
27.     Aman
28.     Aman Tehlan
29.     Amith Nayak
30.     Amrinder Singh
31.     Amrit Grewal
32.     Amrita Shivaprasad
33.     Anamika Bhaduri
34.     Anannya Ghosh
35.     Anila Baskar
36.     Animesh Khandelwal
37.     Anina
38.     Anindita Mitra
39.     Anini Debbarman
40.     Aniruddha Singh
41.     Anirudh Gotety
42.     Anjali Janu
43.     Anjali Menon
44.     Ankeeta
45.     Ankit Kaushik
46.     Ankit Virmani
47.     Ankita Agarwal
48.     Ankur Arora
49.     Ankur Prasad
50.     Antu Augustine
51.     Anuj Bahukhandi
52.     Anurag Singh
53.     Anusha Ramesh
54.     Aravind Viswanath
55.     Archana Lakhotia
56.     Aritra Roy
57.     Arjun Mital
58.     Arjun Rao
59.     Arnav Dayal
60.     Arpita Saha
61.     Arpita Sarkar
62.     Arundathi Venkataraman
63.     Ashima Chalia
64.     Ashish Virmani
65.     Ashwin Mishra
66.     Asif Iqbal
67.     Aubert Sebastian
68.     Avantika Arun
69.     Ayan Sinha
70.     Ayush Srivastava
71.     Ayushi Chaudhary
72.     Badapbiang T. Dkhar
73.     Barathi Nakkeeran
74.     Bhavana Sunder
75.     Bhavita Kumar
76.     Burjis Shabir
77.     C.Yamini
78.     Chaitanya Murali
79.     Chandni
80.     Chandrika Bhadu
81.     Chinmay Deshmukh
82.     Chinmayee
83.     Debapratim Ray
84.     Debi Prasad Dash
85.     Deepa Rani Moondra
86.     Deepa Rekha Ramesh
87.     Deepika Jena
88.     Dhanur Dhar Singh Rana
89.     Diksha Sareen
90.     Dishi Bhomawat
91.     Divya Chaudhary
92.     Divya Gupta
93.     Divya Padmanabhan
94.     Divya Ramesh
95.     Divya Srikanth
96.     Divya Srinivasan
97.     G Sneha Sindhu
98.     Gargi Bohra
99.     Gargi Jha
100.  Gargi Mishra
101.  Gargi Yadav
102.  Gauri
103.  Gautam Khazanchi
104.  Gautam Nayak
105.  Gautamaditya Sridhara
106.  Geetanjali Sharma
107.  Geetanjali Sharma
108.  Greetika Francis
109.  Harsh Mohan
110.  Harvi Shah
111.  Hemant Singh Solanki
112.  Inayat Singh Kakar
113.  Ishita Kumar
114.  Ishwar Mohanty
115.  Janaki Arun
116.  Jyotsna Chowdhury
117.  K Rajamany
118.  Kaif Ahmed
119.  Kanika Sood
120.  Kanishka Shivhare
121.  Karan Singh
122.  Karan Singh
123.  Karishma Chanana
124.  Kartavi
125.  Kartikay Khetarpal
126.  Kartikeya Soni
127.  Karun Pahwa
128.  Kavya Nagaraj
129.  Ketki
130.  Kevin Peter
131.  Khusboo Agarwal
132.  Khushbu Choudhary
133.  Krishnendu Sen
134.  Krithika Ashok
135.  Kriti Gupta
136.  Kritika Agarwal
137.  Kritika Venugopal
138.  Kruthi N Murthy
139.  Kruti Venkatesh
140.  Kunal Chandel
141.  Kunzang
142.  Lakshana Viravalli
143.  Lizzie Phanwar
144.  Madhav Tampi M
145.  Madhurima Gadre
146.  Mahima Rathi
147.  Mallika Kamal
148.  Manini Brar
149.  Manoj Meena
150.  Manreet Khara
151.  Mansi Srivastava
152.  Manu Sanan
153.  Meghana Chandra
154.  Meghana Sharafudeen
155.  Meghna Sengupta
156.  Mihika Gupta
157.  Mitali Agrawal
158.  Monika
159.  Mridul Godha
160.  Nakul Nayak
161.  Namrata Chatterjee
162.  Naresh Pareek
163.  Nayanthika Ramakrishnan
164.  Neha Reddy
165.  Neha Singh
166.  Nikhil Nagar
167.  Nikhil Sonker
168.  Nikita Pandey
169.  Nilashish Chaudhary
170.  Ninni Susan Thomas
171.  Nitin Gaurav Srivastava
172.  Noyonika Nair
173.  NS Tanvi
174.  Om Prakash
175.  Pallavi Sridhar
176.  Parikalp Gupta
177.  Pavitra Venkateswaran
178.  Pinaky Pratyangira Paliwal
179.  Pragati K. B.
180.  Prakhar Bhardwaj
181.  Prakrati Shah
182.  Praneetha Vasan
183.  Pranjal Mehta
184.  Prateek Bhattacharya
185.  Prateek Gautam
186.  Pratham
187.  Praveen Ravichandran
188.  Preethika
189.  Priya Meena
190.  Priyam
191.  Priyank Mangal
192.  Priyanka Sharma
193.  Priyanka Sunjay
194.  Puloma Mukherjee
195.  Purav Shah
196.  Radhika
197.  Rahul Kumar Paswan
198.  Rahul Mantri
199.  Rahul Srivastava
200.  Rajarshi Sen
201.  Rajendra Dangwal
202.  Rakshita Goyal
203.  Ram Kishor Deora
204.  Rameshwari
205.  Rathin Somnath
206.  Ravjyot Ghuman
207.  Reshma
208.  Richa Vatsa
209.  Rishabh Chopra
210.  Ritika Singhal
211.  Ritu Doodi
212.  Riya
213.  Riyan Jamsheed Vatcha
214.  Riyaz Bhagat
215.  Roshni Namboodiry
216.  Ruchi Choudhary
217.  Ruth Vaiphei
218.  S. Mohammed Raiz
219.  Saahil Dama
220.  Saahil Kaul
221.  Saara Ahmed
222.  Sagar Gupta
223.  Sakshi Malhotra
224.  Sakshi Yadav
225.  Salman Agha
226.  Sameer Jain
227.  Samvid Shetty
228.  Sanjana Srikumar
229.  Sanjay Krishna
230.  Sanjay Patnaik
231.  Sannoy Das
232.  Sanskriti Sidana
233.  Satarupa Guha
234.  Saumya Kumar
235.  Saumya Sharma
236.  Sehar Aijaz
237.  Shagufta Parveen
238.  Shagun Jaggi
239.  Shashank Kumar
240.  Shashwat Dev
241.  Shikhar Chandan
242.  Shikhar Garg
243.  Shipra Padhi
244.  Shivangi Tyagi
245.  Shouri Bhat
246.  Shraddha Kulhari
247.  Shreya Das
248.  Shreya Mathur
249.  Shreya Munoth
250.  Shreya Rajahamsa
251.  Shreya Srivastava
252.  Shreya Suresh
253.  Shrijita Bhattacharya
254.  Shriya Nayyar
255.  Sibani Saxena
256.  Siddartha Koneru
257.  Siddhant Chamola
258.  Siddhant Kant
259.  Siddharth Mishra
260.  Siddharth Varshney
261.  Siddhartha Srivastava
262.  Sindhu Shankar
263.  Sitaram Choudhary
264.  Sivaramakrishnan M.S.
265.  Smarika Azad
266.  Sonali Kharra
267.  Sonali Khatri
268.  Sonam Jambhulkar
269.  Sonika Nair
270.  Sooraj Bajpai
271.  Soumya Ramasubramaniam
272.  Soumya Vaishy
273.  Subbalaxmi S
274.  Subhash Bhutoria
275.  Sudhanshu Chandra
276.  Sukant Singh
277.  Sunayana Sasmal
278.  Sunny Shah
279.  Surbhi Soni
280.  Sushreet Pattanayak
281.  Suyash Verma
282.  Swapnil Tripathi
283.  Taniya Kanwat
284.  Tanvi Annapareddy
285.  Tanya
286.  Tarun Bhushan
287.  Thomas
288.  Tishampati Sen
289.  Uday Opal
290.  Udayaditya Banerjee
291.  Umang Ghildyal
292.  Upvan Madhur Prakash
293.  Uttara
294.  Vaibhav Singh
295.  Vaishnavi Viswanathan
296.  Varsha Manoj
297.  Vasundhara Bhatia
298.  Vasundhara Majithia
299.  Vinayak Panikkar
300.  Virendra
301.  Vishant Singh
302.  Yamini Rajora
303.  Yashika Maheshwari
304.  Yogendra jeph
305.  Zahawa Ahmad
306.  Zara Kaiser
307.  Zubin Nicholas Pereira

 

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