Academics and activists in solidarity with Dr Ravi Kant, Lucknow University

We, the undersigned academics and activists, express our deep concern regarding the public heckling, intimidation and abuse directed at Dr. Ravi Kant, Associate Professor of Hindi and well known Dalit intellectual, on the premises of Lucknow University by a mob allegedly comprising students of the university as well as outsiders. Highly divisive and incendiary slogans, which included threats to Dr Ravi Kant’s life, were raised, and the Dept of Hindi of the University was surrounded. Dr Ravi Kant was forced to take shelter in the University Proctor’s office for several hours. The ostensible reason for this protest were remarks that he made in a discussion in the well-known online channel Satya Hindi, about the Gyan Vapi Mosque in Varanasi, in which he cited a story about its origins narrated by Patabhi Sitaramaiya in his book ‘Feathers and Stones’. Dr Ravi Kant, while making this reference, was careful to emphasize that this narrative could only be called a ‘story’, as its author did not cite any source in support. Nevertheless, within less than twenty-four hours of these remarks, a maliciously edited extract of his comment was circulated online which, by the next morning, snowballed into a violent protest which has created a grave threat to Dr Ravi Kant’s safety.

We are deeply distraught by the continued intimidation of Dr Ravi Kant and the manipulation of his comments, despite his clarifications about the context of his reference to this story and even his expression of regret at any hurt that the incident may have caused to those misled by the video clips circulated online. Even after Dr Ravi Kant was finally allowed to leave the Proctor’s office and return home, there has been talk of instituting disciplinary proceedings against him. Comments that he made on social media expressing fear for his life when surrounded by the mob are being sought to be used against him, and the risk of physical harm to him and his family is far from over. As human beings, we are appalled that anyone should have to spend even a minute in such peril, but our horror is doubled by the fact that these conditions of violence and intimidation obtain in a university, which must be a place where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, where knowledge is free, where critical examination of opinions and ideas is the norm, and where violence and intimidation should have no place whatsoever.

We express our solidarity with Dr Ravi Kant and urge the authorities of Lucknow University to ensure that the perpetrators of this attack on him are brought to book so that the ideals of what a university stands for are reasserted vigorously on the campus. Above all, we demand credible assurances from the university administration and the UP government that Dr Ravi Kant and his family will be afforded protection from any further harassment or intimidation.

1) A C Michael, United Christian Forum, Delhi

2) A Sunil Dharan, Delhi University, Delhi

3) A. R. Vasavi, Karnataka

4) Aahana Ganguly, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

5) Aakar Patel, Amnesty International India, Bengaluru

6) Aashita Dawer, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat

7) Abdul Hannan, Sikkim University, Gangtok

8) Abdul Mabood, SNEHI, Delhi

9) Abha Dev Habib, Delhi University, Delhi

10) Aditi Chowdhury, Citizen activist, West Bengal

11) Aditi Das Gupta, Retired teacher, Kolkata

12) Aditi Deshpande, SPPU, Pune

13) Aditya Nigam, Academic, Delhi

14) Aditya Sarkar, University of Warwick, UK

15) Adv Dr Shalu Nigam, Independent researcher, Delhi

16) Adv. Ansar Indori, NCHRO, Delhi

17) Aishwarya Ravikumar, Karnataka

18) Ajay Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

19) Ajay Kumar Prasad, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

20) Ajeet Kumar, Delhi University, Delhi

21) Ajmer Singh Kajal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

22) Akash Bhattacharya, Azim Premji University, Bangalore

23) Akhil Chaudhary, PUCL

24) Akhileshwari Ramagoud, Journalist and Academic, Secunderabad

25) Akishe L Jakha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

26) Albeena Shakil, O. P. Jindal Global University, Haryana

27) Alka Acharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

28) Alka Dhameja, Academic, Delhi

29) Alok Bajpai, Independent historian, Lakhimpur Kheri

30) Aman Kumar, Delhi University, Delhi

31) Amar Farooqui, Delhi University, Delhi

32) Ameet Parameswaran, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

33) Amina Kishore, Former professor, Aligarh Muslim University, Hyderabad

34) Amlan Das Gupta, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Kolkata

35) Ammu Abraham, Forum Against Oppression of Women & PUCL Maharashtra, Mumbai

36) Amrit Singh, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

37) Anamika, Delhi University, Delhi

38) Anand K Sahay, Columnist, Delhi

39) Anand Kumar, Society for Communal Harmony, Goa

40) Anand Mathew, Cultural activist, Varanasi

41) Anand Pandey, National Defence Academy, Maharashtra

42) Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylania, Philadelphia, Pennsylania

43) Aniket Basu, Vidyasagar College, University of Calcutta, Kolkata

44) Anil Kumar, Delhi University, Delhi

45) Anil Sadgopal, Former member CABE, Delhi

46) Anil Singh, Delhi

47) Anindya Bhattacharya, Editor, Kolkata

48) Anirudh Deshpande, Delhi University, Delhi

49) Anish Vanaik, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

50) Anita Cherian, Ambedkar University, Delhi

51) Anita Dighe, Former professor, Delhi University, Delhi

52) Anita Mathur, Azad Foundation

53) Aniyan P V, CITU, Delhi, Delhi

54) Ankit Kumar, MCBU Chhatarpur, Sagar

55) Ankur Majumdar, Delhi University, Sonepat

56) Anna Joseph, St. Joseph of Clunu, Ballari, Karnataka

57) Anomita Sen, Performer, Delhi

58) Anoop Shramik, Poorvanchal Bahujan Morcha, Varanasi

59) Antara Dev Sen, Editor, Delhi

60) Anuradha Roy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

61) Aparajay, MIDS, Chennai

62) Apeksha Vora, Mumbai

63) Apoorvanand, Delhi University, Delhi

64) Aradhana, Uttarakhand

65) Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

66) Archee Roy, Kolkata

67) Arif Samma, Udaipur

68) Arun Kumar, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gurgaon

69) Arun Prakash Raj N, Ambedkar University Delhi, Delhi

70) Aruna Roy, MKSS

71) Arunabha Adhikari, West Bengal State University, Kolkata

72) Arundhati Dhuru, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Lucknow

73) Arunesh Maiyr, Bangalore

74) Arvind Narrain, PUCL, Karnataka

75) Asha Puri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

76) Ashima Roy Chowdhury, Feminist Activist with Saheli, Delhi

77) Ashutosh Anand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

78) Ashutosh Kumar, Delhi University, Delhi

79) Askari Zaidi, Journalist, Delhi

80) Avinash Chandra Jha, Former professor (retired), Muzaffarpur

81) Avinash Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

82) Avishek Konar, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat

83) Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

84) Aysha, Delhi

85) B K Choudhary, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

86) Baidik Bhattacharya, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

87) Bajrang Bihari Tiwari, Delhi University, Delhi

88) Balbir Singh Butola, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

89) Barnali Mukherjee, Activist, Kolkata

90) Basant Jaitly, Jaipur

91) Bhanwar Meghwanshi, Rajasthan

92) Bhanwar Lal Kumawat, PUCL, Jaipur

93) Bharat, Vishakha: Women’s Research and Resource Group

94) Bharati Jagannathan, Delhi University, Delhi

95) Bhaskar Das, Sister Nibedita Govt. General Degree College for Girls, Kolkata

96) Bhupender Singh, Govt. College, Hissar

97) Bhupender Yadav, Former professor (retired), Uttar Pradesh

98) Bhupinder Chaudhry, Delhi University, Delhi

99) Bidisha Dhar, Tripura University, Agartala

100) Bindu, Azim Premji University, Karnataka

101) Biswajit Mitra, Headmaster, West Bengal

102) Biswajit Mitra, Teacher, West Bengal

103) Biswaroop Chatterjee, Professor in a medical college, West Bengal

104) Bolan Gangopadhyay, Activist & freelance journalist, Kolkata

105) Brahma Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

106) Brahmaputhran, Chikilsaneethi, Thrissur,

107) Bratati Pande, Delhi University, Delhi

108) Brinda Bose, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gurgaon

109) Brinelle D’souza, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

110) C Saratchand, Delhi University, Delhi

111) Cedric Prakash, Human Rights and Peace Activist/Writer, Ahmedabad

112) Chaman Lal, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Patiala

113) Chanda Asani, Tamil Nadu

114) Chandra Prakash Jha, People’s Mission Trust, Delhi

115) Charu Singh, Ahmedabad University, Ahmedabad

116) Charu Soni, Journalist, Delhi

117) Chayanika Shah, Former professor (retired), Mumbai

118) Chhabi Mohanty, Women organisation AIMSS, Bhubaneswar

119) Chinmoyee Mallik, West Bengal State University, Kolkata

120) Chintu, VKSU, Bihar

121) Chirashree Das Gupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

122) Chitra, Historian, Delhi

123) Chitra Harshvardhan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

124) Chitra Panikkar, Bangalore University, Bengaluru

125) D. K. Lobiyal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

126) D. K. Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

127) D. Parthasarathy, IIT Bombay,

128) Dawa Sherpa, Research Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

129) Daya Ram, Delhi

130) Debabrata, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

131) Debaditya Bhattacharya, Kazi Nazrul University, West Bengal

132) Debashis Ghoshal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

133) Debasish Roy, AISEC, Kolkata

134) Debasish Sarkar, Calcutta University, Kolkata

135) Debika, Xomonnoy, Sappho for Equality, Delhi

136) Debjani Sengupta, Delhi University, Delhi

137) Deepak Kumar Gupta, Delhi University, Delhi

138) Deepak Sanan, Retired civil servant, Himachal Pradesh

139) Deo Kumar, Delhi University, Delhi

140) Deshdeep Dhankhar, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

141) Devalrani Dharker, Mumbai

142) Dhiraj Barman, Assistant Professor, Kolkata

143) Dilip Kumar Gupta, Delhi University, Delhi

144) Dilip Menon, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

145) Dinesh Abrol, Delhi Science Forum, Delhi

146) Dipak Prakash, Delhi University, Delhi

147) Doraswamy, Andhra Pradesh

148) Dorothy Fernandes, Aashray Abhiyan, Patna

149) Dr A Gopi, AIFPTO, Andhra Pradesh

150) Dr A K M Anwaruzzaman, Aliah University, Kolkata

151) Dr Ajoy Kumar Karnati, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

152) Dr Asha Kaushik, Rajasthan University Women’s Association

153) Dr Ashutosh Mishra, Chitkara University, Punjab

154) Dr BN Singh, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

155) Dr C. Ramachandraiah, Former professor, Hyderabad

156) Dr Gajanan Katre, Raja Shankar Shah University Chindwara,

157) Dr Girija Shankar Yadav, Teacher, Prayagraj Allahabad

158) Dr Korvi Vinayakala, TSWREIS Hyderabad, Hyderabad

159) Dr Laad Kumari Jain, Rajasthan University Women’s Association

160) Dr Manan Ganguli, Jharkhand

161) Dr Nasim Aktar, Assistant Professor in Geography, Presidency University, West Bengal

162) Dr P A Azeez, Freelance researcher, Coimbatore

163) Dr Pawan Surana, Rajasthan University Women’s Association

164) Dr Pragati Mohapatra, Delhi University, Delhi

165) Dr R. S. Verma, Govt. C. M. D. College saharanpur m. p., Maharajpur

166) Dr Rakesh Choure, Academic, Balaghat

167) Dr Rashmi Rakshit, Delhi University, Delhi

168) Dr Renuka Pamecha, Women’s Rehabilitation Group

169) Dr Sunilam, Samajwadi Samagam, Gwalior

170) Dr V Rukmini Rao, Feminist, Hyderabad

171) Dr Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

172) Dr Vinay Kumar Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

173) Dr. Abhay Kumar, Delhi University, Delhi

174) Dr. Aftab Alam, Delhi University, Delhi

175) Dr. Alok Satpathy, Retired Professor, DHE, Govt. Of Tripura, Agartala

176) Dr. Anjali Monteiro, Filmmaker and academic, Goa

177) Dr. Arathi PM, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

178) Dr. Bal Mukund Sinha, Academic & freelance journalist, Delhi

179) Dr. Chaman Lal, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Patiala

180) Dr. Chandra deo Ola, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, Udaipur

181) Dr. KP Jayasankar, Filmmaker and Academic, Goa

182) Dr. Meeta Singh, PUCL & Foundation for the Dignity of the Girl Child

183) Dr. Mohan Rao, Independent researcher, Bengaluru

184) Dr. N. Chandra Shekhar, Department of Technical Education, Visakhapatnam

185) Dr. O. K. Santhosh, University of Madras, Tamilnadu

186) Dr. Pradip Kumar Datta, Former professor, Presidency College, Kolkata

187) Dr. Qaiser Shamim, Independent researcher, Haryana

188) Dr. R. Siva Prasad, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

189) Dr. Ravi Ranjan Kumar, Kolhan University, Chaibasa, Jharkhand

190) Dr. Shaik Sahil Babu, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

191) Dr. Shashi Kant, Chandigarh

192) Dr. Suresh Kumar Jaglan, Panjab University Chandigarh,

193) Dr. Suwa Lal Jangu, Mizoram University, Mizoram

194) Dr. Tushar Chakraborty, Former CSIR Principal Scientist, Kolkata

195) Dr M Rama krishna Reddy, Department of Technical Education, Anatapur

196) Dulon Sarkar, Academic, West Bengal

197) Durgesh, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

198) Dwijendra Bhowmik, West Bengal

199) Ekta, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Varanasi

200) Farida khan, Independent researcher, Delhi

201) Fernanda, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

202) Frans Manjali, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

203) Freny Manecksha, Independent journalist, Thane

204) G Arunima, Kerala Council for Historical Research, Thiruvananthapuram

205) G Madhu Babu, SBTET AP, Nellore

206) Geeta Ladi, Chennai

207) Geetha Nambissan, JNU retired, Delhi

208) Geevan C P, Independent researcher, Kochi

209) Girwar Singh, C C S U Meerut, Ghaziabad

210) Gitanjali Surendran, O. P. Jindal Global University, Delhi

211) Gopalji Pradhan, Ambedkar University, Delhi

212) Govardhan Wankhede, Retired, Mumbai

213) Gutta Rohith, Human Rights Forum (HRF), Andhra Pradesh

214) Harbans Mukhia, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gurgaon

215) Haridas, Kerala

216) Harikrishnan O, Research scholar Kannur university, Malappuram

217) Harjit Singh, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

218) Harrie Singh, Delhi

219) Harshit, Uttar Pradesh

220) Henri Tiphagne, People’s Watch, Chokkikulam, Madurai

221) Himadri Sekhar Mistri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

222) Hiya Chatterjee, Vidyasagar University, Kolkata

223) Indu Pandey, Varanasi

224) Indira Pancholi, Manila Jandhikar Samiti, Ajmer

225) International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India in India), InSAF India, Global Diasporic Collective

226) Ira Bhaskar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

227) Ira Raja, Delhi University, Delhi

228) Ishita Chatterjee, HMM college for women, Dakshineswar, Kolkata

229) Jagriti Rahi, Citizens For Democracy, Varanasi

230) Jaipal Singh, Former president, Govt. College Teachers’ Association, Ludhiana

231) Jamshed Rizwani, Chennai

232) Janaki Abraham, Teacher, Delhi

233) Janaki Nair, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Bengaluru

234) Jawarimal Parakh, Former professor, IGNOU, Delhi

235) Jayati Ghosh, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts

236) jitendra gautam, PG College Shivpuri, Shivpuri

237) John Dayal, Writer and activist, Delhi

238) Jothi SJ, Kolkata

239) Joy Pachuau, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

240) Joyjit Ghosh, Media, Kolkata

241) Judith M. Siqueira, Iwtf, Pune

242) K Babu Rao, Human Rights Forum, Hyderabad

243) K M Sherrif, Calicut University, Kerala

244) K P Vipin Chandrank, Activist, Kochi

245) K. K . Mandal, T. M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur, Bihar

246) Kali Chittibabu, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

247) Kallol Bhattacharya, Calcutta University, Kolkata

248) Kalyan Nadiminti, Northwestern University, Chicago

249) Kailash Kumbhakar, Academy for Socio Legal Studies

250) Kalyani Jayasankar, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

251) Kanika, Delhi

252) Karen Coelho, Madras Institute of Development Stt, Chennai

253) Karen Gabriel, St Stephen’s College, Delhi

254) Kaushal Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

255) Kaustav Banerjee, Ambedkar University, Delhi

256) Kaveesh, DTE AP, Visakhapatnam

257) Kavita Srivastava, PUCL, Jaipur

258) Keerti Jayaram, Delhi

259) Keval Arora, Delhi University, Noida

260) Khalid Ansari, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

261) Komal Srivastava, Educationist, Jaipur

262) Krishna Sengupta, Delhi (retired), Delhi

263) Krishnendu Bhattacharyya, Netaji Subhash Engineering college, Kolkata

264) Kumkum Roy, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

265) Kunal Chattopadhyay, Jadavpur University, West Bengal

266) Kuntal Ghosh, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

267) Kusum Saiwal, AIDWA.

268) Lalith S, Govt Brennen College Thalassery, Kannur

269) Lata Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

270) Lata Singh, PUCL

271) Laura Brueck, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

272) Leema, Solidarity, Uttar Pradesh

273) M H. Ilias, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala

274) MadanGopal Singh, Former professor (retired), Gurgaon

275) Madhu Prasad, Former professor, Delhi University, Delhi

276) Madhu Sahni, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

277) Madhulika Banerjee, Delhi University, Delhi

278) Madhulika, PUCL, Dungarpur

279) Madhumanjari, Assistant Teacher, Kolkata

280) Madhuri, Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh

281) Mahabir Jaglan, Former professor, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra

282) Mahendra rathaur, Khadan majdoor union, Mirzapur

283) Mahipal, Sangrami Lehar ( Monthly Punjabi) & RMPI, Jalandhar

284) Mahua Bhattacharya, Calcutta University, Kolkata

285) Maimoona Mollah, Activist, Delhi

286) Maitrayee Sarkar, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan, Dum Dum

287) Malavika Kasturi, Department of History, University of Toronto, Canada

288) Mallarika Sinha Roy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

289) Mamatha Karollil, Ambedkar University Delhi, Delhi

290) Mamta Jaitly, Jaipur

291) Manas Kumar Roy, BKC COLLEGE, Kolkata

292) Mandakini, Hyderabad

293) Manesh Gupta , Muzaffarnagar

294) Manish Kaneria, Higher Education Department, Madhya Pradesh

295) Manjit Sharma, DAV College Sector 10 Chandigarh, Chandigarh

296) Manju, Activist, Patna/Bihar

297) Mantra Mukim, University of Warwick, Coventry

298) Manu, Karnataka

299) Manu V. Devadevan, IIT Mandi, Mandi

300) Manzar Syed, Mumbai

301) Marcia DCunha, Teacher Nalanda Public School, Thane E, Thane

302) Maya Krishna Rao, Theatre Artist / Teacher, Delhi

303) Maya Pandit, Former professor (retired) EFLU, Hyderabad, Kolhapur

304) Medhatithi, Academician, Jaipur

305) Meena Gopal, Academic, Mumbai

306) Meenakshi Sundriyal, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

307) Meera Sanghamitra, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Telangana

308) Meera Velayudhan, Independent researcher, Ernakulam

309) Michael Cruz, Federation of Catholic Associations of Delhi NCR, Delhi

310) Miratun Nahar, Former professor (retired), Kolkata

311) Mitra Mukherjee-Parikh., Former professor (retired), Mumbai

312) Mohammad Zakaulla, Bengaluru

313) Mohinder Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

314) Mohit Awasthi, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

315) Moinak Biswas, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

316) Monali, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

317) Monica Wahi, Himmat, Delhi

318) Motahar Hossain, CPIM, Delhi

319) Moushumi Basu, Jawaharlal Nehru Universiry, Delhi

320) Mridula Mukherjee, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

321) Mridula Shankar, Public Health Researcher, Bengaluru

322) Mrs. V Saldanha, Indian Christian Women’s Movement, Mumbai

323) Mujahid Nafees, MCC, Gujarat

324) Mukesh Bairva, Delhi university, Delhi

325) Mumtaz Khan, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

326) Murli Manohar Prasad Singh, General secretary, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Delhi

327) N. D. Pancholi, Citizens For Democracy, Ghaziabad

328) Nabamita De Bhowmik, Adamas University, Kolkata

329) Nabataean Singh, Independent academic, Delhi

330) Nachiket Shankar, Academic, Bengaluru

331) Namita, Delhi

332) Namita Khare, Delhi University, Delhi

333) Namrah Rizvi, Student, Uttar Pradesh

334) Nandini Rao, None, Delhi

335) Nandita DeSouza, Porvorim, Goa

336) Nandita Narain, Delhi University, Delhi

337) Narayani Gupta, Former Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

338) Narender Thakur, Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, University of Delhi, Delhi

339) Narendra Gupt, Prayas, Chittorgarh

340) Nasima, PhD student, Kolkata

341) Navaneetha Mokkil, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

342) Naveen Gaur, Delhi University, Delhi

343) Neeladri Bhattacharya, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

344) Neera Kongari, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

345) Neeraj Kumar Sharma, Baring Union Christian College Batala, Punjab

346) Neeraj Malik, Delhi University, Noida

347) Nesar Ahmed, BARC

348) Nidhi Sinha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

349) Niharika Banerjea, Ambedkar University, Delhi

350) Nimish Joseph, Research Scholar, IIT Delhi, Delhi

351) Niraja Jayal, Former professor (retired), Delhi

352) Niranjan kumar samariya, Mizoram University, Mizoram

353) Nisha Abdulla, Artist and Educator, Bangalore

354) Nisha Biswas, WSS, Kolkata

355) Nisha Sidhu, NFIW, Jaipur

356) Nishar Hussein, National Muslim Women’s Welfare Society

357) Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

358) Noor Enayat, Independent Brand Consultant, Delhi

359) Nupur Dasgupta, Jadavpur University, West Bengal

360) Olga Dror, Texas A&M University, USA, College station

361) P R Vaidya, Mumbai

362) P. K. Yasser Arafath, Delhi University, Delhi

363) Padmaja Mondal, Dr. Gour Mohan Roy College, West Bengal

364) Padmanabh Samarendra, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

365) Pallavi, Tezpur University, Assam

366) Pallavi Rao, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

367) Pankaj Khatak, Academic, Haryana

368) Paramita Roychowdhury, Academic, West Bengal

369) Parinitha, Mangalore University, Mangaluru

370) Parnal Chirmuley, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

371) Partha PratimRoy, Center for Physics Education Research, Kolkata

372) Phool Badan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

373) Poonam Batra, Former professor, Delhi University, Delhi

374) Prabhu Prasad Mohapatra, Delhi University, Delhi

375) Pradeep Kumar Das, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

376) Pradeep Mohapatra, All India Save Education Committee, Assam

377) Pradeep Shinde, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

378) Pradip Datta, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

379) Pradipta Bandyopadhyay, Delhi

380) Pradnya Deshpande, psychologist

381) Prajval Shastri, Physicist, Bengaluru

382) Prakash Chandra Upadhyaya, UGC Research Scientist ‘C’, Gurgaon

383) Pramod Kumar Bagde, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

384) Pramod Yadav, Banaras Hindu University, Uttar Pradesh

385) Prasad Chacko, Consultant (Inclusive Development Programming), Ahmedabad

386) Prasenjeet Kumar, AISA, Delhi

387) Prashant Ingole, Postdoctoral Fellow, IIT Gandhinagar,

388) Prateeksha Sharma, Bright Side Family Counseling Center, Haryana

389) Prathama Banerjee, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

390) Pratiksha Baxi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

391) Pratyush B, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

392) Praveen Gupta, Teachers Against the Climate Crisis, Mumbai

393) Prem Krishan Sharma, PUCL & Academy for Socio Legal Studies

394) Priyadarshini Chitrangada, Howrah

395) Prof Imtiaz Ahmad, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

396) Prof Rattan Lal Hangloo, Former vice chancellor university of kalyani and Allahabad university, Jammu and Kashmir

397) Prof Sanjeev Ghotge, Pune

398) Prof Y S Alone, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

399) Prof. B. Rajeevan, Academic, Thiruvananthapuram

400) Prof. Rosemary Dzuvichu, Nagaland University, Kohima

401) Prof. Tarun Kanti Naskar, Mechanical Engineering Department, JU, AISEC, Kolkata

402) Professor Virinder Kalra, Sociology, University of Warwick, UK

403) Puneet Yadav, Delhi University, Delhi

404) Purwa, Hyderabad

405) R Geeta, Delhi University, Chennai

406) R. Mahalakshmi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

407) R. Ramakumar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

408) Rabin Chakraborty, Retired Teacher, Kolkata

409) Radhika Menon, Delhi University, Delhi

410) Rafi Madar, Cumbum, Theni Distt

411) Rahul Govind, Delhi University, Delhi

412) Rahul Nigam, BITS Hyderabad, Hyderabad

413) Rahul Roy, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi

414) Rajesh Ramakrishnan, Indian Community Activists Network (ICAN), Chennai

415) Rajib Sutradhar, Christ University, Bengaluru

416) Rajiv Gupta, Former Professor, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur

417) Rajni Palriwala, Independent scholar, Delhi

418) Rake Kumar Kunwar, Delhi University, Delhi

419) Rakhi Sehgal, Independent researcher, Delhi

420) Rakshanda, Student, Delhi

421) Ram Chandra, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

422) Ram Ramaswamy, Retd, Gurgaon

423) Ram Sujan Amar, Patna University, Patna/ Bihar

424) Rama Paul, Delhi University, Delhi

425) Ramachandra Guha, Historian, Bengaluru

426) Ramesh Chandra Nayak, Former professor (retired),

427) Ramesh Dixit, Lucknow University, Professor ( retired), Lucknow

428) Rameshwar Prasad Bahuguna, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi

429) Ramjanam, Varanasi

430) Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

431) Rashmi Doraiswamy, Teacher, Delhi

432) Rashmi Varma, University of Warwick, UK

433) Ratna, Sri Venkateswara College, Delhi

434) Ravi Kumar, South Asian University, Delhi

435) Ravikant, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

436) Ravindran A N, Retired, Kochi

437) Rekha Awasthi, Delhi University, Delhi

438) Renu bala, Delhi University, Delhi

439) Richa Singh, SKMS, Sitapur

440) Ritambhara Shastri, Journalist, Delhi

441) Ritu, Delhi University, Delhi

442) Ritu Sinha, Ambedkar University, Delhi

443) Rituparna Sengupta, Independent researcher, Kolkata

444) Rochelle Pinto, independent researcher, Bengaluru

445) Rohit Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

446) Rohit Prajapati, Activist, Vadodara

447) Rohith p, Delhi University, Delhi

448) Roop Rekha Verma, Saajhi Duniya, Uttar Pradesh

449) Rubeena khatoon, Lucknow

450) Rudrashish Chakraborty, Delhi University, Delhi

451) Rukmani Anandani, Delhi Union of Journalists, Delhi

452) Runu, Independent activist and professional, Ghaziabad

453) S N Sahu, Freelance writer, Delhi

454) S. D Muni, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gurgaon

455) S. Govinda Rajulu, All India Save Education Committee, Visakhapatnam

456) S. Joseph, Ettumanoor

457) S. M. Srivastava, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Kolkata

458) S. Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

459) S. Samuel Asir Raj, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli

460) S. Sujatha, Dalit Womens Collective, Hyderabad

461) Saagar Tewari, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat

462) Sabera Bhayat, University of Warwick, Coventry

463) Sachi Hegde, AISA, Bangalore

464) Sachidanand Sinha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

465) Sachin N, Delhi University, Delhi

466) Sadhna Arya, Delhi University, Delhi

467) Sagrika Rajora, AISA, Hyderabad

468) Saleth, Teacher, Varanasi

469) Sameer, Delhi University, Delhi

470) Samhita Sunya, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

471) Samira Nadkarni, Independent academic, Mumbai

472) Sandeep Kumar, Bengaluru

473) Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party (India), Uttar Pradesh

474) Sandhya gokhale, Forum Against Oppression of Women, Mumbai

475) Sangeeta Luthra Sharma, Delhi

476) Sanghamitra Misra, Delhi University, Delhi

477) Sanil, IIT Delhi, Delhi

478) Sanjay kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

479) Sanjay lodha, Former professor (retired), Udaipur

480) Sanjaya Kumar Bohidar, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, Delhi

481) Sanjeeb Mukherjee, Independent researcher, Kolkata

482) Sankar Ray, Kolkata

483) Sant Prakash Singh, Delhi University, Delhi

484) Sarah Hilaly, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar

485) Saroj Thapa, Free lancer, Gautam Buddha Nagar

486) Sashi Kumar, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai

487) Satya Narayan Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

488) Satyaki Bhattacharya, Lund University, Lund, Skåne

489) Savithri Rajeevan, Writer, Thiruvananthapuram

490) Sebastian Kuthukallunkal, Forum of Justice and Peace, Eluru

491) Sehba, Political worker, Delhi

492) Selvyn Jussy, Calcutta University, Kolkata

493) Shabnam Aziz, PUCL

494) Shahana Bhattacharya, Delhi University, Delhi

495) Shahira Naim, Independent Journalist, Lucknow

496) Shamsul Islam, Delhi University, Delhi

497) Sharda Dixit, AISEC Delhi Chapter, Delhi

498) Sharmila Badhwar, BPSMV Khanpur Kalan, Sonepat

499) Shashi Shekhar Prasad Singh, Delhi University, Delhi

500) Shekhar Mallik, Kolhan University, Chaibasa, Ghatshila

501) Sheli Dutta, RKSMVV, Kolkata

502) Shibthakur Hembram, Presidency University, Kolkata

503) Shikha Jhingan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

504) Shiny, SSSS, Varanasi

505) Shipra Nigam, Independent Researchrr, Delhi

506) Shivani Nag, Ambedkar University, Delhi

507) Shubhra Chakrabarti, Former professor (retired), Kolkata

508) Shukla Sawant, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

509) Siddhartha Bhasker, O. P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat

510) Silpa Satheesh, APU, Bangalore

511) Simona Sawhney, IIT Delhi, Delhi

512) Sister Carol Geeta, Sashikala Sangathan & PUCL Ajmer

513) Smriti Nevatia, Freelance, Mumbai

514) SN Singh, Delhi

515) Sobhan Babu, SC/ST Association, Vijayawada

516) Soma Marik, RKSM Vivekananda Vidyabhavan, Kolkata

517) Sonali Bhatia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

518) Sr. Poonam CJ, Chirag, Shahpur

519) Sreemoyee Tarafder, West Bengal State University, Kolkata

520) Sruti Bala, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

521) Subha Chakraborty Dasgupta, Former professor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

522) Sucharita Sen, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

523) Sucheta Mahajan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

524) Sudeshna Banerjee, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

525) Sudhanshi Vasudev, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Gurgaon

526) Sujata Madhok, Journalist, Delhi

527) Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

528) Sukumar Muralidharan, O. P. Jindal Global University, Haryana

529) Sumallya, IIT Delhi, Delhi

530) Suman, Student, Delhi

531) Suman Devathiya, Dalit activist

532) Sumit Chowdhury, Filmmaker activist, Kolkata

533) Sumita Beethi, Queer feminist activist, Kolkata

534) Sumitra Chopra, AIDWA.

535) Sunetra Mitra, RKSM Vivekananda Vidyabhavan, Kolkata

536) Sunita vedantam, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Tamilnadu

537) Supriya Varma, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

538) Supriyo Das, Narasinha Dutt College, Howrah, West Bengal

539) Surajit Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

540) Surat, Delhi university, Delhi

541) Suresh Rathaur, National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Varanasi

542) Surinder Kumar, Former professor, Rohtak

543) Susan Visvanathan, Former professor (retired), Delhi

544) Sushama Jain, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

545) Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Massachusetts

546) Syed Akhtar Hussain, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

547) Syed Tousif Masood, Bahutva Karnataka, Bengaluru

548) Taneesha Mohan, Amity University, Kolkata

549) Tanika Sarkar, Former professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

550) Tanuja Kothiyal, Ambedkar University Delhi, Dehradun

551) Tara Ahluwalia, Manila evam Bal Chetna Samiti, Bhilwara Tanweer Fazal, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

552) Teren Sevea, Harvard Divinity School, Massachusetts

553) Thomas Manayida Thomas, Former professor, Delhi University, Gurgaon

554) Udaya Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

555) Ujjwal Bhattacharya, Freelance author, Cologne

556) Uma Gupta, Delhi University, Delhi

557) Uma Shankari, Farmer, Telangana

558) Uma Singh, Retd Professor, JNU, New Delhi., Gurgaon

559) Urmi Chanda, Independent, Mumbai

560) Utpala Mukherjee, Delhi

561) Utsa Ray, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

562) V B Nayak, Kuppam

563) V Chandana Swarupa, AP SW DEPT, Buchireddy Palem

564) V P Nandakumaran, Education Activist, Chennai

565) Vageesh Vishnoi, IIT Delhi, Delhi

566) Vani Subramanian, Independent filmmaker, Delhi

567) Varaprasad S. Dolla, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

568) Vasantha, WSS, Delhi

569) Veena Hariharan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

570) Veena Shatrugna, Medical scientist (retired), Bengaluru

571) Vibhas Chandra Verma, DTF, Delhi

572) Vibhuti Patel, Former professor (retired), Mumbai

573) Vidyabati Das Arora, Former professor, Delhi University, Noida

574) Vidyun Sabhaney, Artist, Delhi

575) Vijay Rajoria, Artist, Delhi

576) Vijaya Venkataraman, Delhi University, Delhi

577) Vijayalakshmi Joshi, Activist, Jaipur

578) Vikas maurya, Ambedkar University, Delhi

579) Vinayatullah Mohammed, Government polytechnic, Guntur

580) Vinod Kumar Sahu, Govt. P. G. College Damoh, Damoh

581) Virender, Academic, Jaipur

582) Vishal Chauhan, Delhi University, Delhi

583) Vivek Monteiro, All India People’s Science Network, Mumbai

584) Waquar Ahmed, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

585) Yasmeen Jahan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi

586) P M Basu Retd software professional, Bangalore


9 thoughts on “Academics and activists in solidarity with Dr Ravi Kant, Lucknow University”

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  1. Please add my name if it is of any use. Pritam Singh Professor Emeritus Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford, UK

    On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 6:04 AM KAFILA – COLLECTIVE EXPLORATIONS SINCE 2006


  2. I would also like to endorse this statement of solidarity. – Parthanil Roy, Indian Statistical Institute


  3. An attack on fundamental right to freedeom of expression. It is a constitutional violation if such attacks are not stopped by the authorities.


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