Statement of Solidarity for Dr. Maroona Murmu from the Faculty of Presidency University

We are publishing below the following statement in support of and solidarity with Dr Maroona Murmu, signed by more than eighty faculty members of Presidency University, was issued yesterday.  

We, the undersigned teachers of Presidency University, Kolkata, are shocked to know about the recent attacks on Dr. Maroona Murmu, Associate Professor of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Dr. Murmu is an accomplished scholar, an activist, and an intellectual. She is an important voice of our time insofar as she regularly writes and speaks about the rights and plights of the Adivasi community. She is a unique personality to have graced the academia with her rare ability to combine scholarship with activism.

We are aware that the academic space in West Bengal, as elsewhere in the country, is, even today, predominantly Brahminical. Students and teachers hailing from SC, ST, and OBC communities regularly face discrimination due to their caste and tribal backgrounds. The suicides of Chuni Kotal, Rohith Vemula, and Payal Tadvi amply demonstrate the fatal consequences of such discrimination. As various instances from academic institutions from across the country suggest, not only students but teachers from such communities also face victimization regularly. We are also aware that only a tiny percentage of such instances of discrimination make it to the news.

Given the historical exclusion of tribal communities from the mainstream Indian society, Dr. Murmu’s impeccable academic success is a matter of pride for all of us. If an accomplished academician like her is targeted due to her identity, then we shudder to think of the depth of suffering of the bulk of Adivasi people who struggle to be part of our academic space.

We believe that Dr. Murmu, like any other concerned teacher, has absolute freedom in expressing her opinion about holding examinations during the COVID-19 crisis. We also believe that to insult her, on the basis of her said opinion, by referring to her as a “Murmu,” a “Santhal,” a worthless/ meritless idiot (jogyotaheen opodartho), and a “quota professor” is an unforgivable offence.

Although 85% of India’s population belong to the SC, ST, and OBC communities, they have, even today, a rather marginal representation in our academic space. Since caste/class/tribe-based affirmative action is a constitutional policy meant to resolve this problem of under-representation, we believe that an awareness of law and statistics is a prerequisite for any critique of “reservation.” However, those who have been abusing Dr. Murmu on the pretext of “reservation” seem to be uninformed. Given such ignorance, the unconstitutional attacks on her tribal status, we are afraid, are nothing but the manifestation of a deep-rooted Brahminical prejudice against the marginalized and the underprivileged.

We, therefore, strongly and unequivocally condemn the attacks on and trolling of Dr. Maroona Murmu by Ms. Paromita Ghosh of Bethune College and her supporters. We resolve to uphold the rights of the Adivasi community and extend our unconditional support and solidarity to Dr. Murmu in these trying times.

Signatories

  1. Pradip Basu, Professor, Department of Political Science
  2. Shanta Dutta, Professor, Department of English
  3. Sreemati Mukherjee, Professor, Department of Performing Arts
  4. Nilanjan Dasgupta, Professor, Department of Geology
  5. Tanuja Majumdar, Professor, Department of Hindi
  6. Mirdu Rai, Professor, Department of History
  7. Soumendu Chatterjee, Professor, Department of Geography
  8. Zakir Husain, Professor, Department of Economics
  9. Mousumi Dutta, Professor, Department of Economics
  10. Santi Saren, Assistant Professor, Department of Bengali
  11. Anjoy Majhi, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
  12. Koena Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
  13. Supravat Bagli, Associate Professor, Department of Economics
  14. Prithviraj Guha, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  15. Saswatee Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics
  16. Purna Banerjee, Associate Professor, Department of English
  17. Mousumi Mandal, Assistatnt Professor, Department of English
  18. Priyanka Das, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  19. Mahitosh Mandal, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  20. Kalyan Kumar Das, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  21. Md Monirul Islam, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  22. Debanjana Nayek, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  23. Anirban Ray, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  24. Dhiraj Barman, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  25. Mery Biswas, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  26. Nasim Aktar, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  27. Shibthakur Hembram, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  28. Priyank Patel, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  29. Suranjana Banerji, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  30. Subhajit Das, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  31. Debarshi Guin, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  32. Saurav Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  33. Krishna Gopal Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
  34. Sanjib Biswas, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology
  35. Supriyo Kumar Das, Assistant Professor, Department of Geology
  36. Mary Hansda, Assistant Professor, Department of Hindi
  37. Anindya Gangopadhyay, Assistant Professor, Department of Hindi
  38. Deepa Khakha, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  39. Kishan Harijan, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  40. Navras J. Aafreedi, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  41. Oyndrila Sarkar, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  42. Gourav Lama, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  43. Sajjad Alam Rizvi, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  44. Soumen Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, Department of History
  45. Subhas Khajanchi, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics
  46. Niladri Roy, Assistant Professor, Department of Performing Arts
  47. Debaroti Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Department of Performing Arts
  48. P. Rajaram, Assistant Professor, Department of Performing Arts
  49. Bidyut Mondal, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
  50. Manoranjan Prasad Sing, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
  51. Mainak Pal, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
  52. Manoj Kumar Panda, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
  53. Ngaineilam Haokip, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
  54. Suchetana Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
  55. Atanu Rajak, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
  56. Ritaban Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
  57. Debasish Datta, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
  58. Abdus Samad Gayen, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
  59. Madhura Damle, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  60. Garima Dhabhai, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  61. Satyabrat Sinha, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  62. Rajat Roy, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  63. Tanwir Arshed, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  64. Madhuchanda Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  65. Zaad Mahmood, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
  66. Sumita Saha, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  67. Souvik Mondal, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  68. Antara Ray, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  69. Hia Sen, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  70. Sukanya Sarbadhikary, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  71. Upal Chakrabarti, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  72. Nabamita Das, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  73. Suvrata Chowdhary, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  74. Thondup Gyatsho Amdo Bhutia, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  75. Shampa Sarkar, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences
  76. Nabendu Biswas, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences
  77. Susmita Mondal, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences
  78. Subhabrata Paul, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology
  79. Abdulla Al Masum, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology
  80. Chandrama Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology
  81. Paramita Saha, Assistant Professor, School of Biotechnology
  82. Saurav De, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics

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