• In protest against assault on academic and constitutional freedom

    October 28, 2015

    October 26, 2015

    We, as social scientists, scholars, teachers and concerned citizens, feel extremely concerned about the lynching at Dadri, and the murders of scholars and thinkers like MM Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and others, and wish to register our strong protest.

    We are not just shocked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s late response, but also by the implications of the victim-blaming statement he made. To say that ‘Hindus and Muslims should not fight each other but should fight poverty instead’ puts the onus for peace and fighting poverty entirely on civil society and communities and absolves the state of any responsibility for both. As Prime Minister, he should have asserted that the state would defend the rule of law.

    In a country with some 4693 communities and over 415 living languages, each community is bound to have its own customs, including dietary choices. Individuals may also follow practices different from the ones followed by the majority of their community. Any attempt to impose a uniform belief or practice, on either individuals or communities, is antithetical to the freedom enshrined in the Constitution. It is the state’s responsibility to ensure this freedom.

    Further, as scholars, we are extremely worried about the implications of these recent developments for our ability to study and write about different life ways, and to critically analyse society, including social phenomena like religion.

    1.    Achin Vanaik (Retd.) University of Delhi
    2.    Aditya  Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    3.    Aditya Sarkar, Warwick University
    4.    Ajay Dandekar, Shiv Nadar University
    5.    Ajit Menon, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai
    6.    Albeena Shakil, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla
    7.    Alito Siquira, University of Goa
    8.    Amar Farooqui, University of Delhi, Delhi
    9.    Amar Jesani, Researcher/teacher, Pubic health and Bioethics, Mumbai
    10.    Amit Bhaduri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    11.    Amita Baviskar, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
    12.    Amman Madan, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
    13.    Amrita Pande, University of Cape Town
    14.    Anand Chakravarti, (Retd.), Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    15.    Anand K. Sahay, Columnist, New Delhi
    16.    Anjali Bhatia, University of Delhi
    17.    Ankur Datta, South Asian University
    18.    Annapurna Shaw, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
    19.    Anuj Bhuwania, South Asian University, New Delhi
    20.    Anuja Agrawal, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    21.    Anup Sinha,  Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
    22.    Anurekha Chari Wagh, University of Pune
    23.    Aparna Basu,  (Retd.) University of Delhi
    24.    Aparna Rayaprol, University of Hyderabad
    25.    Aparna Sundar,Azim Premji University, Bangalore
    26.    Aparna Vaidik, Ashoka University, Kundli, Haryana
    27.    Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    28.    Archana Sahare, JDB Govt. Girls’ College, Kota (Rajasthan)
    29.    Arif Waqif, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad
    30.    Arima Misra, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
    31.    Arindam Banerjee, Ambedkar University Delhi
    32.    Arjun Dev (Retd)Professor of History, NCERT
    33.    Arun Kumar, Retd. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    34.    Arupjyoti Saikia, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
    35.    Atulan Guha, IIM Kashipur
    36.    Babu P. Remesh, IGNOU, New Delhi
    37.    Badri Narayan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    38.    Balmurli Natarajan, William Paterson University, USA
    39.    Balveer Arora, Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi
    40.    Bhupinder Yadav, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
    41.     Birinder Pal Singh, Punjabi University, Patiala
    42.    C T Kurien, formerly of Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai.
    43.    C. Lakshmanan, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai
    44.    Carol Upadhya, National Institute of Advanced Study, Bangalore
    45.    Chandan Gowda, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
    46.    Chandra Chari, The Book Review, New Delhi
    47.    Chayanika Shah, Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, Mumbai
    48.    Chirashree Das Gupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    49.    Chitra Joshi,  Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi
    50.    D N Dhanagare, former National Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
    51.    D. R. Sahu, University of Lucknow
    52.     D.Nrasimha Reddy, Rtd. University of Hyderabad.
    53.    Debarshi Das, IIT Guwahati
    54.    Debashis Ghoshal, School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    55.    Debashish Bhattacherjee, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
    56.    Deepak Kumar, Punjabi University, Patiala
    57.    Deepak Mehta, University of Delhi
    58.    Dia Da Costa, University of Alberta, Canada
    59.    Dilip M Menon,  University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
    60.    Dinesh Abrol, ISID, New Delhi
    61.    Divya Vaid, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    62.    Dr. S.V. Nadkarni, Ex. Dean L.T.M. Med. College, Mumbai,
    63.    Dulali Nag, Indian Institute for Social Welfare and Business Management,  Kolkata
    64.    Farhana Ibrahim, Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi
    65.    G. Srinivas, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    66.    Gayatri Menon, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
    67.    Geet Lamba, Government College, Moonak, Punjab
    68.    Geeta Kapur, Art Critic, New Delhi
    69.    Geetha Nambissan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    70.    Girish Mishra,  Author, Columnist and Teacher, New Delhi
    71.    Gita Chadha, University of Mumbai
    72.    Gopalji Pradhan, Ambedkar University Delhi
    73.    Gopesh Talukdar, IISWBM, Kolkata
    74.    Gyan Pandey, Emory University, USA
    75.    Harbans Mukhia, (Retd ), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    76.    Harinder Kaur, Punjabi University, Patiala
    77.    Hira Singh, York University, Canada
    78.    Imtiaz Ahmad, (Retd) Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    79.    Indira Chandrasekhar, Publisher, Tulika Books, New Delhi
    80.    Indra Munshi, (Retd.) University of Mumbai
    81.    Indrapramit Roy, Artist, Baroda.
    82.    Jaiwanti Dimri, H.P. University, Shimla
    83.    Janaki Abraham, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    84.    Jasmeen Kaur, Punjabi University, Patiala
    85.    Jesim Pais, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development, New Delhi
    86.    Johannes Manjrekar, M.S. University of Baroda
    87.    John Paul, Pondicherry University
    88.    Jyothsna Belliappa, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
    89.    Kalpana Kannabiran, Centre for Social Development, Hyderabad
    90.    Kamala Ganesh,( Retd.) University of Mumbai
    91.    Kamei Aphun, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    92.    Kushal Deb, IIT Bombay
    93.    Lakshmi  Subramaniam, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata
    94.    Leena Abraham, TISS, Mumbai.
    95.    Madhumati Dutta, IIESTS, Howrah (WB)
    96.    Madhura Swaminathan, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore
    97.    Mahesh Sarma,  Independent Researcher, New Delhi
    98.    Mahuya Bandyopadhyay, University of Delhi
    99.    Maitrayee Chaudhary, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    100.    Mani Inderpal Singh, University College, Miranpur (Distt. Patiala)
    101.    Manish Jain, Ambedkar University Delhi
    102.    Manisha Sethi, Jamia Millia Islamia
    103.    Manjeet Singh, Government College, Jind, Haryana
    104.    Manoranjan Mohanty, (Retd) University of Delhi
    105.    Manpreet Kaur, Lovely University, Jalandhar, Punjab
    106.     Mariam Dossal, (Retd.) University of Mumbai
    107.    Mary E. John, Centre for Women’s Development studies, New Delhi
    108.    Maya Rao,  Shiv Nadar University,  Uttar Pradesh
    109.    Meena Gopal, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
    110.    Meena Radhakrishna, formerly of Delhi School of Economics,University of Delhi
    111.    Meher Engineer, independent scientist, Kolkata
    112.    Mohan Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    113.    Mridula  Mukherjee, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    114.    Mritiunjoy Mohanty, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
    115.    Mushirul Hasan, former Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
    116.    Nalini Nayak, PGDAV (M) College, Delhi University
    117.    Namrata Vadhera, Punjabi University, Patiala
    118.    Nandini Manjrekar, TISS , Mumbai
    119.    Nandini Sundar,  Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    120.    Narendra Panjwani, formerly at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
    121.    Narinder Singh, Punjabi University, Patiala
    122.    Nasir Tyabji, formerly of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi                                                                                  123.    Nasreen Fazalbhoy, (Retd) University of Mumbai.
    124.    Navdeep Mathur, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
    125.    Nayanika Mathur, University of Cambridge
    126.    Neeladri Bhattacharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    127.    Neera Chandhoke, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    128.    Neetha N., Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi
    129.    Neshat Quaiser, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
    130.    Nilika Mehrotra, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    131.    Nirmal Sengupta, Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla
    132.    Nissim Mannathukkaren, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    133.    Padma Prakash, Director, esocialsciences
    134.    Padma Velaskar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
    135.    Parimal Ghosh, (Retd.) University of Calcutta.
    136.    Partho Datta, Zakir Husain Delhi Evening College, University of Delhi
    137.    Parveen Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    138.    Patricia Uberoi, (Retd.) Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
    139.    Pratiksha Baxi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    140.    Pratyush, Sarwahara newspaper, Delhi
    141.    Praveen Jha, Jawharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    142.    Probal Dasgupta, Linguistic Research Unit,  Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
    143.    Pulin Nayak, (Retd) Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    144.    Purendra Prasad, University of Hyderabad
    145.    R Nagaraj, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai.
    146.    R. Siva Prasad, Central University, Hyderabad
    147.    Rachna Dhingra Coordinator International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal
    148.    Radhika Chopra, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    149.    Radhika Gupta, Max Planck Institute, Göttingen
    150.    Radhika Mongia, York University, Canada
    151.    Radhika Singha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    152.    Rajan Barrett, MS University of Baroda
    153.    Rajat Datta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    154.    Rajesh Kamble, University of Mumbai
    155.    Rajni Palriwala, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    156.     Raka Ray, University of California at Berkeley, USA
    157.    Rama Baru, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    158.    Ranabir Chakravarti, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    159.    Rashmi Doraiswamy, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
    160.    Ratna Raman,  Sri Venkateshwara College, University of Delhi
    161.    Ravi Duggal, Public Health Researcher, Anusandhan Trust, Mumbai
    162.    Ravi Kumar, South Asian University, New Delhi
    163.    Ravi Shukla, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    164.    Ravi Sundaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
    165.    Ravinder Kaur, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi
    166.    Ravinder Singh, Punjabi University, Patiala
    167.    Reema Bhatia, University of Delhi
    168.    Rekha Basu, University of Delhi,
    169.    Renny Thomas, University of Delhi
    170.    Riddhi Shah, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    171.    Rita Brara, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    172.    Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
    173.    Ritu Dewan, formerly at University of Mumbai
    174.    Roma Chatterji, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    175.     Romila Thapar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    176.    Ruchi Chaturvedi, University of Cape Town
    177.    Rudolf Heredia, Independent Researcher, Mumbai
    178.    Rukmini Sen, Ambedkar University Delhi
    179.    S.B. Upadhyay, IGNOU, New Delhi
    180.    Sadhana Natu, Department of Psychology, Modern College, Pune University
    181.    Sajal Lahiri, Southern Illinois University, USA
    182.    Sajni Mukherji, Jadavpur University, West Bengal
    183.    Sakshi Khurana, V. V. Giri National Labour Institute
    184.    Sanjay Srivastava, Institute of Economic Growth
    185.    Sasheej Hegde, University of Hyderabad
    186.    Satendra Kumar, Lucknow
    187.    Satinath Sarangi Member Bhopal Group for Information & Action, Bhopal
    188.    Satish Deshpande, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    189.    Savyasaachi, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
    190.    Shail Mayaram, CSDS, Delhi
    191.    Shalini Grover, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
    192.    Shamsul Islam, Author/Dramatist, formerly of University of Delhi
    193.    Sharada Srinivasan, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
    194.    Sheena Jain, formerly at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
    195.    Shilpa Phadke, Tata Institute of Social Sciences- Mumbai
    196.    Shivaji Panikkar, Ambedkar University Delhi
    197.    Shivali Tukdeo, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore
    198.    Shruti Tambe, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune
    199.    Soumyen Sikdar, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
    200.    Sreekala.E, Pondicherry University
    201.    Sreemati Chakrabarti, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi
    202.    Sripad Motiram, University of Massachusetts, USA
    203.    Subir Rana, National Institute Of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru
    204.    Sucheta Mahahan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    205.    Sudha Vasan, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    206.    Sujata Patel, University of Hyderabad
    207.    Sumanta Banerjee, Independent researcher, Hyderabad
    208.    Sumit Sarkar, (Retd) University of Delhi
    209.    Suneet Chopra, Art Critic and Writer, New Delhi
    210.    Superna Jindal, Punjabi University, Patiala
    211.    Surajit Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    212.    Surinder S. Jodhka, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    213.    Susan Visvanathan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    214.    Sushil Khanna, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
    215.    Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, USA
    216.    Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
    217.    Tapati Talukdar, formerly at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata
    218.    T. N. Madan, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
    219.    Tanika Sarkar, (Retd) Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    220.    Tanweer Fazal, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
    221.    Tapan Basu, University of Delhi
    222.    Tejaswini Niranjana, TISS, Mumbai
    223.     Tejinder Pal Singh, University College, Miranpur (Distt. Patiala)
    224.    Tina Chakravarty, Sophia College, Mumbai.
    225.    Tiplut Nongbri, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    226.    Tulsi Patel, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    227.    Ujjwala Mhatre, Researcher and Writer, Mumbai
    228.    Uma  Iyengar, The Book Review , New Delhi
    229.    Uma Das Gupta, Independent scholar, Kolkata.
    230.    Urfat Anjem Mir, Ambedkar University Delhi
    231.    Utsa Patnaik, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    232.    V. Sujatha, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    233.    Valerian Rodrigues, National Fellow – ICSSR, Mangalore
    234.    Vasavi, A. R., Bangalore
    235.    Vasundhara Bhojvaid, University of Delhi
    236.    Veena Naregal, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi
    237.    Venkatesh Athreya, formerly  of Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli (TN)
    238.    Vidhu Verma, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    239.    Vijay Prashad, Chief Editor, LeftWord Books
    240.    Vikas Maniar, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
    241.    Vincent Ekka, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    242.    Vinita Bhatia, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
    243.    Vinod Vyasulu, Formerly at Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore
    244.    Virginius Xaxa, Tata Institute of Social Sciences– Guwahati
    245.     Vivan Sundaram, Artist, New Delhi
    246.    Walter Fernandes, North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati
    247.    Xonzoi Barbora, Tata Institute of Social Sciences- Guwahati
    248.    Yasmeen Arif, University of Delhi
    249.    Yasmeen Lukmani, (Retd.) University of Mumbai
    250.    Zoya Hasan, National Fellow, ICSSR.

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