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बीएचयू में लाइब्रेरी को लेकर आंदोलन अभी भी जारी है: अनन्त प्रकाश नारायण

अतिथि पोस्ट: अनन्त प्रकाश नारायण

Guest Post by Anant Prakash Narayan

This is an urgent appeal from Banaras Hindu University (BHU) students to students, youth, intellectuals and journalists everywhere.  Please come to the support of BHU. Speak for BHU students. Students in BHU have been fighting for the right to study 24/7 in the BHU Library. The curtailing of the hours for which the library is open by the university authorities is a direct assault on the right to study. What else are students meant to do in an university? This is what has led students in BHU to agitate. Students even sat on an indefinite hunger strike for nine days in protest. Students have been assaulted and rusticated for their struggle to study in the library.  The hunger strike has been now lifted, because of the intense pressure of the university administration and the failing health of several students, but the struggle continues. BHU students are appealing to everyone to please send post cards in support of their demands to the Vice Chancellor of BHU.

You can also flood the VC with emails to his address  – vc@bhu.ac.in.

Bombard his office and email with messages in support of BHU students, in support of democracy and rights, for right to quality education and freedom of speech.

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Students on Hunger Strike Were Forcibly Sent to Hospital by the University Authorities

‘बीएचयू में लडाई जारी है’

बीएचयू में लाइब्रेरी समेत 4 मांगो को लेकर 26 दिनों तक चला आंदोलन अभी भी जारी है। 9 दिनों तक चला अनिश्चितकालीन अनशन हमें प्रशासन के दबाव और साथियों की बिगडती तबीयत के कारण तोडना पडा लेकिन अपने सवालों  के साथ हम आज भी संघर्षरत है। इसलिए देश-दुनिया के सभी छात्रों, विश्वविद्यालयों और बुद्धिजीवियों से हम अपील करते हैं कि हमारे निम्न सवालों के समर्थन में आकर हमारे संघर्ष को मजबूत बनाएं और बीएचयू कैम्पस मे अभिव्यक्ति की लडाई में हमारी मदद करें
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Shadow Libraries

This is an article that I have written for e-flux which speaks to some of the debates that have taken place in Kafila on the photocopying case at DU. Most of the debates have been framed thus far by  legal questions and  questions of cost and access. While  ideas of cost and access are  useful for pragmatic arguments they fail to capture the delirious thrill  which marks most of our encounters with books (whether purchased, photocopied or  downloaded). In one of the comments to my earlier post Jeebesh Bagchi suggested that we should invoke the idea of shadow libraries and also the fact that our arguments should not be scared of dancing so here goes.

The original article can be found here

Shadow Libraries

Over the last few monsoons I lived with the dread that the rain would eventually find its ways through my leaky terrace roof and destroy my books. Last August my fears came true when I woke up in the middle of the night to see my room flooded and water leaking from the roof and through the walls. Much of the night was spent rescuing the books and shifting them to a dry room. While timing and speed were essential to the task at hand they were also the key hazards navigating a slippery floor with books perched till one’s neck. At the end of the rescue mission, I sat alone, exhausted amongst a mountain of books assessing the damage that had been done, but also having found books I had forgotten or had not seen in years; books which I had thought had been permanently borrowed by others or misplaced found their way back as I set many aside in a kind of ritual of renewed commitment. Continue reading Shadow Libraries