• Statement: Condemnation of the mob attack on Sanjay Kumar, Department of Sociology, MG Central University, Motihari Bihar

    Statement by sociologists, social scientists, and members of civil society

    August 22, 2018

    Sanjay Kumar at PMCH on Monday.; Picture by Manoj Kumar | Image courtesy The Telegraph

    As sociologists, social scientists and concerned individuals across the world, we strongly condemn the brutal mob assault on 17 August 2018, on sociologist Sanjay Kumar at Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar. This particular trend of mob violence directed at dissenting voices in various university/college campuses of late has become ‘normal’. Teachers have been targeted and abused on account of their political opinions and social position. In particular, because of the nature of the social sciences where we engage with contemporary society, social scientists have come under attack. As per media reports, the complicity of the office of the Vice-Chancellor, M G Central University, Motihari in the macabre attack on Sanjay Kumar cannot be ruled out. We unequivocally demand the effective intervention of the Government of Bihar to probe the dastardly act and provide all necessary legal and medical help to the victim. We appeal to all university teachers, students and citizens at large to ensure the safety and civility of our campuses and ensure there is space for open discussion.

    Signatories:

    1. Abhijit Kundu, Sri Venkateshwara College, University of Delhi.

    2. Rajni Palriwala, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

    3. Nandini Sundar, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

    4. Sujata Patel, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Simla, Former President, Indian Sociological Society

    5. Gyan Prakash, Princeton University.

    6. Arjun Appadurai, New York University

    7. Geetha Nambissan, Zakin Husain Centre, JNU

    8. Maitrayee Chaudhuri, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University

    9. Satish Deshpande, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi

    10. Tulsi Patel, Retired Faculty, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics.

    11. Nabanipa Bhattacharya, SVC, University of Delhi

    12. Surinder S. Jodhka, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

    13. Renny Thomas, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi

    14. Sudha Vasan, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

    15. Roma Chatterjee, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

    16. Vikramendra Bardhan, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi

    17. Mala Kapoor Shankardass, Maitreyee College, University of Delhi

    18. Reema Bhatia, Miranda House, University of Delhi

    19. Vinod K. Jairath, ex-Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad

    20. Sunil Babu, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics

    21. Nasreen Fazalbhoy, ex.-Department of Sociology, Bombay University

    22. Sanjay Srivastava, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

    23. Ruby Bharadwaj, JDMC, University of Delhi.

    24. Farhana Ibrahim, IIT, Delhi.

    25. Anjali Bhatia, LSR, University of Delhi.

    26. A.R. Vasavi, Social Anthropologist, Bengaluru.

    27. Bharati Jaganathan, Delhi University

    28. Shoma Choudhury Lahiri, St Xavier's College, Kolkata

    29. Bedabrata Pain, Ex NASA Scientist and Filmmaker

    30. Sophia Abbas, Yale University

    31. Sanjay Kumar, Delhi University

    32. Amita Baviskar, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi

    33. Rajshree Chandra, Delhi University

    34. Arnav Das Sharma, Delhi University

    35. Pushpendra Kumar, TISS Mumbai

    36. Purushottam Agarwal, JNU

    37. Kamal Nayan Choube, Delhi University

    38. Prakash Upadhyaya, Researcher, New Delhi

    39. Ananya Vajpeyee, CSDS, Delhi

    40. Kham Khan Suan Hausing, Hyderabad Central University

    41. Brita Ohm, University of Bern

    42. Srila Roy, University of Wittswatersrand

    43. Nida Kirmani, LUMS

    44. Dirk Moses, The University of Sydney

    45. Ali Javed, Delhi University

    46. Snigdha Kumar, University of Minnesota

    47. Mohan Rao, JNU

    48. Kalpana Wilson, Birkbeck College University of London

    49. Ravi Kumar, South Asia University

    50. Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz

    51. Rohit De, Yale University

    52. Pradip Kumar Bose, CSSS, Calcutta

    53. Zaheer Baber, University of Toronto

    54. Kusum Lata, Jamia Millia Islamia

    55. Dilip Menon, University of Wittswatersrand

    56. Ashima Mittal, Delhi University

    57. Malvika Kasturi, University of Toronto

    58. Subhadeepta Ray, Tezpur University 59. Vipul Mudgal, CSDS

    60. Tariq Thachil, Vanderbilt University

    61. Manuela Ciotti, Aarhus University, Denmark

    62. Surajit Mukhopadhyaya, Amity University, Raipur.

    63. Basabi Chakrabarty, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

    64. Samuel Asir Raj, M. S. University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

    65. Vijayalakhsmi Brara, Manipur University

    66. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

    67. Kalpana Kannabiran, CSD, Hyderabad

    68. Elena Heisnam, University of Delhi

    69. Radhika Chopra, DSE, University of Delhi

    70. Ishita Dey, Ambedkar University, Delhi

    71. Gita Chadha,University of Mumbai

    72. Ravinder Kaur, IIT, Delhi

    73. Neshat Quaiser, Retired Faculty, JMI Central University, Delhi.

    74. Amman Madan, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

    75. Janaki Abraham, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi

    76. Meenakshi Thapan, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University

    77. Reva Yunus, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

    78. Amar Singh, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru.

    79. Vikas Maniar, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

    80. Ashok Prasad, Colorado State University

    81. Deepak Mehta, Ashoka University

    82. Mujibur Rehman, JMI Central University, Delhi

    83. Ish Mishra, Delhi University

    84. Shubh Mathur, Independent Scholar

    85. Rukmini Sen, Ambedkar University, Delhi.

    86. Soma KP, Researcher

    87. Shantha Sinha, Former Chairperson, NCPCR, GOI

    88. Radhika Menon, University of Delhi

    89. Prathama Banerjee, CSDS, Delhi

    90. Nicolas Jaoul, CNRS, Paris

    91. Shagufta Kaur Bhangu, University of California Berkeley

    92. Francis Cody, University of Toronto

    93. Suguna Pathy, Retired Professor, V N South Gujarat University

    94. Prakash Kashwan, Assistant Professor at UConn

    95. Bhangya Bhukya, University of Hyderabad

    96. Geeta Patel, University of Virginia, Charlottesville

    97. Leki Thungon, University of Delhi

    98. Rama Vasudevan, Colorado State University

    99. Aftab Alam, University of Delhi

    100. Paola Bachetta, University of California, Berkeley

    101. Sarbani Sharma, JMC, University of Delhi.

    102. Geetha J Sodhi, SVC, University of Delhi

    103. Nandita Dhawan, Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

    104. Ashwini Deshpande, Department of Economics, Delhi University

    105. Abhishek Kaicker, University of California, Berkeley

    106. Rana Behal, University of Delhi

    107. Pushpesh Kumar, Department of Sociology, Hyderabad Central University

    108. Karen Coelho, MIDS, Chennai

    109. Shadan Farasat, Advocate

    110. Kavita Srivastava, PUCL, Jaipur

    111. Shastri Ramchandran, Journalist

    112. Kamal Shukla Journalist

    113. Rohit Prajapati, Vadodara

    114. Panini Anand, journalist

    115. Purwa Bhardwaj, Niranter, Delhi

    116. Omita Goyal, IIC

    117. Smita Gupta

    118. Chitaroopa Palit, Bhopal

    119. Daljit Ami, Independent Filmmaker

    120. Rahul Ram, Musician

    121. Sripad Dharmadhikary, Manthan

    122. Madhushree Mukerjee, Writer

    123. Kiran Shaheen

    124. Zarina Bhatty, writer

    125. Anil Mishra, Journalist

    126. Vidya Subramanian, The Hindu Research Centre

    127. Neha Sharma, Yoga Instructor

    128. Saba Dewan, Documentary Film-maker

    129. Noor Zaheer, IPTA

    130. Jitendra Kumar, Greenpeace

    131. Shubhranshu Chowdhury, journalist 132. Indu Prakash Singh, Delhi

    133. Indrani Mukherjee

    134. SP Udayakumaran, Tamil Nadu

    135. Bela Bhatia, Independent Researcher

    136. Sri Prakash, film-maker

    137. Prafulla Samantara, Odisha

    138. AS Vasantha Kumari

    139. Anikendra Sen, journalist

    140. Goldy M. George, Raipur

    141. Lina Krishnan, writer, Bangalore

    142. Enakshi Ganguly, Haq Child Rights

    143. Vineet Tiwari, Joshi Adhikari Institute

    144. Sonia Jabbar, Delhi

    145. Arundhati Ghosh

    146. Sunit Arora, Livemint

    147. Gurpreet Siddhu, Designer

    148. Sarajini Nadimpalli, Sama, Delhi

    149. Ravi Shukla, IT Consultant

    150. Rini Simon Khanna, Journalist

    151. Anu Mandavilli, San Jose Peace and Justice Centre, USA

    152. Lalita Ramdas, Former Board Chair at Greenpeace International

    153. Divya Pathak, Ranchi

    154. Seema Azad, Allahabad

    155. Manish Kunjam, Akhil Bharatiya Adibasi Mahasabha

    156. Savi Kolla, Advocate, Hyderabad

    157. Usha Varadarajan, Delhi

    158. Shome Basu, Consulting Editor, The Wire

    159. Madhavi Kuckreja, CEO and Founder, Sanatkada

    160. Mimi Choudhury, Delhi

    161. Mona Kothari-Dikshit, Delhi

    162. Amitabha Pande, Noida

    163. Taru Dalmia, BFR Sound System, The Sky Vengers, New Delhi

    164. Sheila Kumar, Author Journalist, Delhi

    165. Zulaikha Jabeen, New Delhi

    166. Jyoti Punwani, Mumbai

    167. Asad Zaidi, Three Essays Collective, Gurgaon

    168. Sujata Madhok, New Delhi

    169. Manoj Mitta, Noida

    170. Vani Xaxa, New Delhi

    171. Vrinda Gopinath, journalist

    172. Zulaikha Jabeen, FSSSCTC

    173. Sheila Kumar

    174. Taru Dalmia, Word Sound Power

    175. Rakesh Sharma, filmmaker

    176. Indu Chandrasekhar, Publisher

    177. Sumita Mehta, Delhi

    178. Hiren Gandhi

    179. Sudhanva Deshpande, New Delhi

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