Concerned Delhi University Teachers In Solidarity with the Universities’ Struggles Against CAA/NRC

Teachers from different colleges and departments of the University of Delhi have expressed shock at the police repression on the struggles of the academic community across different universities in India and issued the following statement in support of the students.
We, concerned teachers of Delhi University, extend solidarity to the struggling academic communities of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University (DU), and other central and regional universities that have borne the brunt of police excesses these past few days. We also express condemnation of the authoritarian and undemocratic manner in which the current dispensation is using all kinds of power to crush the basic rights of people to peacefully protest and question unjust laws. The closing off of metro stations, arterial roads, blocking of mobile networks, en masse detention of citizens who are peacefully gathering to protest, growing number of FIRs, 5000 plus preventive detentions, consistent heckling of protesters, including attack on public property during police raids, etc. are shocking and reflect blatant misuse of state power. The shameful act of interrupting media interactions / press briefings of vocal scholars/academicians through coercive police action is nothing short of sinister. The 25 plus and rising death toll of protesters, as well as the reports of police raids of Muslim localities, households and institutions is highly condemnable.

As legendary civil rights activist, Martin Luther King (Jr) often argued, an unjust law is no law at all, thus making it one’s duty if not right to protest against such legislation. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is a piece of law that seriously contradicts the fundamental secular principles of common citizenship of the Indian Constitution by using religion for providing citizenship.
CAA by its arbitrary choice of neighbouring nations (which are specifically Muslim-majority), manufactures the idea that in neighbouring nations of India like Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal, either there are no minorities or there is no persecution, or both. And thus CAA creates a false narrative of only the Muslim-majority nations as a den of persecution of the minorities, which apparently should be avenged by de-legitimising the citizenship of the Muslim minority of India vis-a-vis NRC. This is how the communal seed is sown and justified by the ruling dispensation and is clearly an effort made for a long term electoral gain through communal polarisation and hierarchization of the citizenry. Given this communal, divisive politics of the current dispensation, CAA ignores persecuted Rohingya, Uighurs, Muslims of Myanmar and Sri Lanka, and other persecuted minority segments.
The CAA is also a questionable piece of legislation, given its close connection with the NRC. Despite a failed exercise of NRC in Assam, the current dispensation has pushed through NRC and CAA simultaneously. This measure indicates a communal but also anti-poor orientation of the regime. On the one hand, while recent non-Muslim migrants to India shall be provided protection of citizenship, a significant number of Muslims in India stand to lose their citizenship in the quagmire of documentation heaped on them through NRC. On the other hand, scores of the country’s poor shall be denigrated to a position of non-citizenship or an ambiguous temporary citizenship (till they acquire ‘legitimate’ documents). The poor — many of whom slave away in our country’s workshops, sweatshops, factories, construction sites, households, etc. — shall find it harder to prove their citizenship. Thirdly, it is unfortunate that the religious bias of the CAA is such that it hits at the ethnic fault-line in the North-East states. This is by no means surprising, given the long-standing extensive exploitation of the resources of the North-East by corporates and ruling elites in return for limited growth and development in the region in terms of employment opportunities, educational opportunities, etc.
These undeniable realities of CAA and NRC are for all to see. No amount of suppression and coercive measures can conceal that the very idea of an inclusive and democratic India is under attack.
We stand by the democratic and secular forces of this country that have risen to the occasion.
-Naveen Gaur (Member, Academic Council, DU)
-Rina Ramdev
-Abhijit Kundu
-Rakesh Ranjan
-Pappu R. Meena (Member, DUTA EC)
-Taha Yasin (Member, DUTA EC)
-Maya John
-P.K. Vijayan
-Shyista Khan
-Nikhil Jain
-Jobin Thomas
-Sandhya D. Nambiar
-Amrita Bhalla
-Sameera Mehta
-Ameeta Motwani
-Ameeta Parsuram
-Ishita Singh
-Dolly Kapoor
-Kashish Dua
-Sharon Pillai
-Tanuja Sachdev
-Jennifer Monteiro
-Susan George
-Karen Gabriel
-Vijendar
-Neelima
-Nandini Datta
-Santosh Kumar
-Pema Yolma
-Radhika Menon
-Abha Dev Habib (DUTA office bearer)
-Najma Rehmani
-Vijaya Venkataraman
-Preeti Ghosh
-Pragati Mohapatra
-Mitali Mishra
-Nivedita Ghosh
-Charu Gupta
-Saumya Gupta
-Saumya Varghese
-Prabhjyot Kaur
-Megha Jacob
-Naveen Thomas
-Neeru Ailawadi
-Ifrah Rehman
-Pragya Gupta
-Anupama Srivastava
-Abdul Malik
-Nandita Narain (Former DUTA President and Former FEDCUTA President)
-Anil Kumar
-Qasim Adil
-Sujit Basu
-Ariba Zaidi
-Kumar Rahul
-Deo Kumar (Member, DU Academic Council)
-Ira Raja
-Rohith P.
-Sunil Kumar Mandiwal
-Sri Ram Pandey
-Vishal Deo
-Benu Mohanlal
-Anindita Ghosh
-Sheenam Batra
-Parul Bhardwaj
-Santoshi Kumar
-Alka Tyagi
-Sachin N (Former Member, DU Academic Council and Former Member, DUTA EC)
-Avinash K. Jha
-Ranjan Anand
-Tanvir Aeijaz
-Aftab Alam
-Amarjeet Singh
-Preeti Gupta Dewan
-Manoj Malhar
-Shirin Akhter
-Simin Akhter
-Priyanka Rao
-Mukesh Burnwal
-Rudrashish Chakraborty (Former Member, DU Academic Council)
-Aateka Khan
-Sanam Khanna
-Azhar Uddin Sahaji
-Shahana Bhattacharya
-Garima Mani
-Sujeet Kumar (Former Member, DU Academic Council)
-Ratna Raman
-Jenny Rowena
-Alka Verma
-Keval Arora
-Shivaranjani Singh
-Vidya Das
-Ajanta Dutt
-Anuradha Marwah
-Kunal Tamag
-Sunjay Sharma
-Nandini Sen
-Vivek Mohan (Former Member, DUTA EC)
-Saumyajit Bhattacharya
-Karuna Rajeev
-Sanjay Kumar
-Krispa Ningombam
-Nayana Dasgupta
-Arunabha Bose
-Md Jamilur Rahman
-Anshuman Singh
-Shweta Sachdeva Jha
-Themeem T.
-Vandana Tulsyan
-Astha Ahuja
-Mukul Chaturvedi
-Salim Malik
-Md. Afzal
-Viraj Kafle
-Bhupinder Chaudhry (Former Member, DU Academic Council, Former Member DUTA EC and Former DUTA Office-bearer)
-Govindi Joshi
-Yogesh Puri
-Subhash Kumar
-Bilasini Naorem
-Shalini Baxi
-N.P. Ashley
-Rajshree Dhali
-Vibhas Verma
-Madhu Prasad
-Amit Pradhan
-Aneesha Puri
-Mohammed Baber Ali
-Dipti Tripathi
-Amita Paliwal
-C. Saratchand
-Ram Murti
-Renu Bala
-Samana Madhuri
-Hany Babu MT
-Sanghamitra Misra
-Rahul Govind
-Saneya
-Anita Saini
-Payal Nagpal
-Uma Shankar
-Sneha Sharma
-Suman Bhagchandani
-Benston John
-Vinita Chandra
-Yamini
-A. Sunil Dharan
-Rama Paul
-Ujjayani Ray
-Mohan Kestwal
-Vikas Gupta
-Saranga Arora
-Naresh Arora
-Preeti Chauhan
-Rachna Singh
-Kamal Nayan Chaube
-Sujata Tewatia
-Linesh V.V
-Urvashi V.
-Sanjay Kumar Bohidar
-Jitender Kumar Meena
-Ranjan Swarnakar
-Sanjeev Kaushal
-Sundaram Shukla
-Jyoti Sabharwal
-Ashwani Kumar
-Ataullah
-Farah Khan
-Richa Raj (Member, DU Academic Council)
-Victoria Potshangbam
-Archit Nanda
-Joan Anthony
-Tanu Parashar
-Sudha Shashwati
-Saikat Ghosh (Member, DU Academic Council)
-Prachee Dewri
-Mukesh Bairwa
-Balwant Kaur
-Sapna Chamadia
-Rajiv Kumar
-Sona Andrews
-Alka Sehgal
-Shirley Joseph
-Susmita Ram
-Vishakha Kumar
-Maitri Baruah
-Mansi Aneja
Najia Zeb
-Rashi Mukhopadhyaya
-Anthony Joseph
-Sawan Kumari
-Asha Sundaram
-Mukul Mangalik
-Anubha Mukherji
-Hari Sen
-Ayesha Irfan
-V.C. Verma
-Balwant Kumar
-Mukesh Bairwa
-Sapna Chamadia
-Rajiv Kumar
-Payal Nagpal
-Archana Mathur
-L. Gitarani Devi
-Sheuli Chowdhury
-Mudita Mobile
-Rajarshi Kalita
-Nivedita Sen
-Vandana Mathur
-Madhumita Chakravarty
-Anjana Srivastava
-Naila Anjum
-Vinay Kumar
-Mihir Pandey
-Ranjana Das
-Ashwini Kumar
-V.K. Sridhar
-Ravindra Kumar
-Sherina Joshi
-Bharati Jagannathan
-Prof. Sunil Kumar
-Priya Babbar
-Puja Rani
-Roopa Dhawan
-Ruplekha Khullar
-Carmel Christy KJ
-Prof. Satish Deshpande
-Prof. Apoorvanand
-Aman Nawaz
-Ayesha Gautam
-Provakar Palaka
-Laxman Yadav
-Puneet Yadav
-Feba Rasheed
-Abdul Rahim Ansari

3 thoughts on “Concerned Delhi University Teachers In Solidarity with the Universities’ Struggles Against CAA/NRC”

  1. जनमत कराने के बाद एसे बिनदुओं पर एक्सन करना था ,वरण् प्रोटेसट तो करना शांती रूप से संवैधानिक है,इसपर सरकार को बद, की भावना से एसा कुछ नही करना चाहिए नही तो सरकार से विश्वास उठता चला जाएगा ।जयहिन्द

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