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परिसर, प्रेम और हिंसा : अपूर्वानंद

जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय – जे. एन.यू. में एक छात्र द्वारा अपनी सहपाठिनी पर प्राणघातक हमले और आत्महत्या की घटना ने विश्वविद्यालय के अलावा बाहरी दुनिया  को भी  हिला दिया है.जे.एन.यू. के शिक्षक और छात्र आत्मनिरीक्षण कर रहे हैं.आखिर जे.एन.यू. में, जो उदारवादी, ‘कॉस्मोपौलिटन’मूल्यों का परिसर माना जाता है, ऐसी घटना हो ही कैसे सकती थी! अनेक लोगों को बरसों पहले लिखी उदय प्रकाश की कहानी ‘ रामसजीवन की प्रेम कथा’ की याद हो आई. कहानी की पृष्ठभूमि में जे.ने.यू. के परिसर का जीवन ही है. गाँव से आया और दिल्ली से चौंधियाया हुआ रामसजीवन एक अंग्रेज़ी माध्यम के परिवेश से आई छात्रा के इर्द-गिर्द प्रेम की एक फंतासी बुन लेता है और उसे सच मानने लगता है. कहानी के विस्तार में जाने की ज़रूरत यहाँ नहीं है, लेकिन उसमें एक चेतावनी तो थी जिसे ठीक से सुना नहीं गया. उसे कुछ इस तरह समझा जा सकता है: परिसर को अपने आप में उदार, आधुनिक मूल्यों का वाहक मानना भ्रामक स्थितियों को जन्म दे सकता है. जे. एन.यू. में ही अनेक प्रकार के सामाजिक स्तर  हैं और ऐसा नहीं कि वहाँ की शिक्षा इन्हें कमज़ोर ही करती हो. वे और सख्त भी होते जा सकते हैं. ये स्तर आर्थिक कारणों से लेकर भाषाई सम्पन्नता तक से जुड़े हुए हो सकते हैं. मसलन अंग्रेज़ी माध्यम के छात्रों का एक अलग वर्ग-स्वभाव अपने आप ही बन जाता है. उससे बाहर रह गए छात्रों में वंचित रह जाने की भावना हिंसा को जन्म दे सकती है. दूसरी स्थिति यह हो सकती है कि अपनी भाषाई और वर्गपृष्ठभूमि का अतिक्रमण करने की सम्भावना यहाँ दिखलाई पड़ने लगती है और इसलिए उससे मुक्त होने की आकांक्षा उसी पृष्ठभूमि के छात्र मित्रों से अलगाव भी पैदा कर सकती है. इसके कारण भी हिंसा जन्म ले सकती है. हमेशा वह व्यक्त ही हो, आवश्यक नहीं. अव्यक्त रूप में रह कर भी वह व्यक्तित्व को विकृत कर सकती है. Continue reading परिसर, प्रेम और हिंसा : अपूर्वानंद

दलाल स्ट्रीट और जे. एन. यू. : अपूर्वानंद

क्या जे.एन. यू.( जवाहर लाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय ) दरिद्रता या दरिद्र्तावाद की दलाल स्ट्रीट है? अगर एक प्रभावशाली संपादक और एक लोकप्रिय दलित चिन्तक की मानें तो यही उसका डी.एन.ए. है. वह लोगों के आत्म- निर्भर होने के खयाल के खिलाफ है. आत्मनिर्भरता का अर्थ क्या है? क्यों सारे दलित बराबरी के लिए पूंजीवाद नामक रामबाण को नहीं अपना लेते और क्यों वे बराबरी को जितना आर्थिक, उतना ही राजनीतिक और सांस्कृतिक मसला समझते हैं, इस पर बात कभी और की जा सकती है. इस पर भी कि क्यों ऐसा मानना खराब अर्थों में मार्क्सवादी होना है. भारत के मार्क्सवादी ही नहीं अनेक उदार लोकतांत्रिक विचारों वाले लोगों को पूंजी की शक्ति पर जो भरोसा था, उससे उबारने के लिए उन्हें दया पवार , नामदेव ढसाल, कुमुद पावड़े, शरण कुमार लिम्बाले, ओमप्रकाश वाल्मीकि जैसे लेखकों को अपनी कहानी सुनानी पड़ी. वह कहानी कितनी लंबी है, यह रोज़ ऐसे लेखकों की आमद से पता चलता है जो खुद को लेखक नहीं, दलित लेखक ही कहलाना चाहते हैं. अलग-अलग भाषाओं में कही जा रही यह कहानी पाठकों को ‘एक-सी’ लगती है. इन्हें पढ़ते हुए वे ‘दुहराव’ और ‘ऊब’ की शिकायत भी करते हैं. इन आख्यानों में ‘सर्जनात्मकता और कल्पनाशीलता की कमी’ मालूम पड़ती है. लेखक के अपने विशिष्ट व्यक्तित्व के दर्शन उन्हें नहीं हो पाते. Continue reading दलाल स्ट्रीट और जे. एन. यू. : अपूर्वानंद

My Days in Tihar Jail

Mrs Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, represented the Rai Bareli seat in the Lok Sabha. On 12th June 1975 she was unseated on charges of election fraud and misuse of state machinery in a landmark judgement by Justice Jagmohan Lal Sinha of the Allahabad High Court.  Fakhr-ud-Din Ali Ahmad, the then President of India, declared internal emergency on the 25th of June,  on the recommendation of a pliable cabinet presided over by Mrs G. The people of India lost all civil liberties for a period of 21 months.

Trade unions were emasculated, political opponents were arrested, newspapers censored, the only place where a semblance of freedom survived, for a short while, were the universities, most were in turmoil and were being singled out for special attention. Students unions were being banned and activists were being picked up and thrown in jail.

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UGC’s point system – Why should we care? Pratiksha Baxi and Umesh O

Guest post by PRATIKSHA BAXI and UMESH O

Is it really surprising that Jawaharlal Nehru University has implemented the controversial UGC guidelines on the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS) with effect from its date of announcement in 2008 (rather than date of notification in 2010, thereby benefiting Associate Professors rather than Assistant Professors? Is it really shocking that JNU did not register protest with the UGC about the case of CAS, dubbed by some as the Comic and Sad Guidelines? Perhaps not?

This scheme does not merely impact all academics already hired, especially at the rank of lecturers/assistant professors, but will also impact all those who will apply for the many vacancies now advertised, especially senior doctoral students, now looking for teaching jobs.

However there has been little concern about how does a scheme, which prolongs promotions for Assistant Professors from 5 years to 12 years (9 odd years in JNU), impact junior academics?

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Conditions of contract labourers in JNU: Rashmi Singh

This is a guest post by RASHMI SINGH. This article is based on the research conducted by the author on informal labour, for AMAN Trust.

The recently concluded Commonwealth Games have exposed the government’s contempt towards the working class in Delhi.Even though some sections of the media did highlight the terrible working conditions of the labourers, much of it got lost in the noise about corruption scandals and nationalist jingoism. In the aftermath of the games, the so-called fourth estate continues to focus its energies on the question of corruption, while everyone seems to have forgotten about the lakhs of construction workers who built the very edifice of the Games. Indeed, the dusty secrets of labour code violations during the Games have been relegated to just that – the dust of the city.

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No to social apartheid! JNU students protest today against CWG ‘view cutters’

 

AP photo by Manish Swarup
AP photo by Manish Swarup

 

Latest Indian addition to the English language: View cutter.
The government and civic agencies in association with the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) had identified several sites central to hosting the Games where view cutters were put up to conceal the eyesores as well as for security reasons.
A government official said one of the purposes to put up the view cutters was to screen the beggars who crowd major religious and historical landmarks.
The plan is to relocate the destitute to parks and surround the place with slick banners and paraphernalia sporting Games mascot Shera and other logos, the official said.
Protest March today, 13th of October, 4 p.m. from Ganga Dhabha to the slum dwellings at the Priya crossway. 

 

Leaflet issued by the joint protest committee, JNU

Friends, CWG 2010 is now almost coming to an end. The whole country has been in a celebratory frenzy for the last two weeks. The government has made the successful completion of these games an issue of “National pride”. They have left no stones unturned to impress the whole world. The same government which claims to have no money when it comes to the issues of drought, health and education has wasted thousands of crores on just the opening ceremony. It is distressing to see that while we are counting medals won by India, we have completely forgotten that there is a vast section of people who instead of benefitting are adversely affected during our blind celebration of this “colonial hangover”.

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The Commissar in his Labyrinth

Prakash Karat, Gen Sec, CPI(M), photo courtesy The Hindu
Prakash Karat, Gen Sec, CPI(M), photo courtesy The Hindu

Look carefully at this grey, arrogant and humourless face: The face of the Commissar, who on 22 July went into Lenin-in-October 1917 mode, predicting an uprising in the country if the Indo-US Nuclear Deal was pushed through. However much one might have sympathized with the man and his party on this issue, there was something strange and inexplicable in the game he started playing at that point. At least publicly, that seemed to have been the beginning. For those who have known him and his ways from closer quarters, know him to be an utterly vindictive man with a blood-curdinlingly cold and calculating mind. Ruthless inside the party, he was now playing out this same game outside. His stance on Somnath Chatterjee (and let there be no mistake, it was entirely his), leading to the latter’s expulsion, was just an instance of his style. This time he made a serious error. Continue reading The Commissar in his Labyrinth

Balraj Sahni’s Convocation Address at Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1972

About twenty years ago, the Calcutta Film Journalists’ Association decided to honour the late Bimal Roy, the maker of Do Bigha Zameen and us, his colleagues. It was a simple but tasteful ceremony. Many good speeches were made, but the listeners were waiting anxiously to hear Bimal Roy. We were all sitting on the floor, and I was next to Bimal Da. I could see that as his turn approached he became increasingly nervous and restless. And when his turn came he got up, folded his hands and said, “Whatever I have to my I say it in my films. I have nothing more to say,” and sat down.

There is a lot in what Bimal Da did, and at this moment my greatest temptation is to follow his example. The fact that I am not doing so is due solely to the profound regard I have for the name which this august institution bears; and the regard I have for yet another person, Shri P.C. Joshi, who is associated with your university. I owe to him some of the greatest moments of my life, a debt which I can never repay. That is why when I received an invitation to speak on this occasion, I found it impossible to refuse. If you had invited me to sweep your doorstep I would have felt equally happy and honoured. Perhaps that service would have been more equal to my merit.

Please do not misunderstand me. I am not trying to be modest. Whatever I said was from my heart and whatever I shall say further on will also be from my heart, whether you find it agreeable and in accordance with the tradition and spirit of such occasions or otherwise. As you may know, I have been out of touch with the academic world for more than a quarter of a century. I have never addressed a University Convocation before. Continue reading Balraj Sahni’s Convocation Address at Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1972