• Appeal to the Visitor, Manipur University from Academics and Civil Society: Ensure the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Arrested MU Professors Now!

    Statement from Academics and Civil Society Members

    September 26, 2018

    We, the undersigned academics and members of civil society, unequivocally condemn the arbitrary arrest and incarceration of six teachers and nine students of Manipur University. Six teachers and seven students have been sent to judicial custody for fifteen days, and the remaining two students for five days.

    The arrests have been made under sections of the Indian Penal Code that invoke ‘an attempt to murder’, ‘wrongful confinement’, ‘extortion’, ‘kidnapping’ and ‘criminal conspiracy’ on the basis of a complaint made by Manipur University faculty, K. Yugindro Singh (and the suspended registrar M. Shyamkesho) on charges of attempt to murder and kidnapping. The six arrested professors — Dr. N. Santomba, (Dept. of. Manipuri), Prof. Chungkham Yashawanta (Dept. of Linguistics, also Dean of Humanities, and in-charge Dean of Students Welfare), Prof. Sougaijam Dorendrajit (Dept. of. Physics and Registrar-in-charge), Dr. L. Bishwanath Sharma (Dept. of. Philosophy), Prof. L. Sanjukumar (Dept. of. Biotechnology and Secretary MUTA), and Dr. Yengkhom Raghumani (Dept. of. Earth Sciences) have also been suspended with immediate effect. Following these arrests, the Manipur University campus has been turned into a cantonment, the boys hostel has had tear gas shells and mock bombs rained down upon it all of Thursday night (20 September), Internet services shut down, and all normal academic life has come to a complete halt.

    Manipur University has witnessed a peaceful (in the face of great police brutality) 85 day long united agitation by its teachers, students, and staff asking for the removal of the Vice-Chancellor A P Pandey, and the constitution of an Independent Enquiry Committee to look into the allegations of his administrative and financial lapses. This agitation was successful, with a probe being announced on August 16, 2018 and the VC being placed on suspension pending inquiry on 18 September 2018. The details of the egregious misdemeanours of the suspended VC that have formed the basis of agitation by the greater student and teacher communities and have been the cause of disruption of academic activities, are to be found in the news item links provided below.

    With the agitation called off, Manipur University was in the process of conducting long-delayed semester examinations. K. Yugindro Singh’s attempt to assume charge as pro-VC on the strength of a suspended VC’s 10 order is unquestionably superseded by the Sept. 18 accord between MHRD, Manipur Government, and the Manipur University community. Since August 3,  Prof. Viswanath Singh has served as VC in-charge, so designated by the MHRD itself on August 2.

    It was in this context that the members of the MU community engaged with K. Yugindro (and M. Shyamkesho) to dissuade him from plunging the university into a crisis. That there was no attempt to kidnap or murder is clearly evidenced by the fact that the two faculty were unharmed after the meeting, and at full liberty to make the complaint personally. If anything, the conspiracy seems to be on the other side, as latest reports are that K. Yugindro Singh has assumed charge as acting VC of Manipur University (a ceremony that was attended by not even one faculty member) on the instructions purportedly issued by MHRD on Sept. 19. This gives truth to the charge being made in Manipur University that the police action and arrests of the professors and students enjoys political patronage by both the state and central BJP-RSS governments. The aim of this ‘invasion’ was to create conditions that will simultaneously derail or tamper with the probe against AP Pandey, wreak retribution on the Manipur University community and particularly MUSU for their successful agitation, and serve as a chilling warning to all universities whose constituents  dare to challenge corruption, arbitrary and unethical conduct by BJP-RSS appointees as heads of their institutions.

    Our appeal is to the Visitor of Manipur University, the President of India. We demand the immediate and unconditional release of all teachers and students of Manipur University arrested on 21 September and after, and a withdrawal of all charges and suspension orders. We also demand a removal of Yugindro Singh as VC in charge and a restoration of Prof. Viswanath Singh as VC in-charge, and Prof. Sougaijam Dorendrajit as registrar in-charge, and a strict adherence to all terms of the Memorandum of Agreement henceforth. Our reasons for these demands are best put in the words that the Visitor himself used in his order suspending AP Pandey: "in the interest of justice for free and fair enquiry."

     

    Signatories

    1. Noam Chomsky, Professor, U of Arizona, MIT emeritus
    2. G C Spivak, Columbia University
    3. Mahatma Gandhi Central University Teachers Association, Mahatma Gandhi Central University
    4. Aaditya Kulkarni, Research Scholar
    5. Abha Dev Habib, Assistant Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi
    6. Abhijit Roy, Professor, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University
    7. Abir Dasgupta, independent journalist
    8. Adhiraj Nayar, student, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    9. Aditya Nigam, Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi
    10. Afrin Firdaus Idris, PhD student, Tata Institute of Social Sciences 
    11. Aheibam Preetibala, Researcher, Anthropological Survey of India
    12. Aishwarya, student, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    13. Ajit, student
    14. Alfina, student, University of Delhi
    15. Aman Kumar, student
    16. Ameet Parameswaran, Assistant Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    17. Amit R Baishya, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma
    18. Amitrajeet Mukherjee, student
    19. Ananya, student
    20. Andesha, University of Delhi,
    21. Andrew Simpson, Professor, University of Southern California
    22. Ania Loomba, Professor, University of Pennsylvania
    23. Anirban Baishya, University of Southern California,
    24. Anita, Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi
    25. Anja, student
    26. Anshikha Adhikari, PhD student, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
    27. Anu Pandey, PhD student
    28. Anumitra, Chef
    29. Anupama Potluri, Assistant Professor, University of Hyderabad
    30. Anurag, Manager, Colliers International
    31. Anvita Abbi, Professor (retired) JNU, Simon Fraser University (Adjunct)
    32. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    33. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University 
    34. Arindam Bose, Associate Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
    35. Atanu Saha, Assistant professor, Jadavpur University 
    36. Atreyee Sharma, Assistant Professor, English and Foreign Languages University
    37. Atul Sood, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    38. Avalokita, Filmmaker
    39. Avinash Kumar, Faculty, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    40. Awadesh Kumar Mishra, Professor, English and Foreign Languages University
    41. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    42. B S Saraswat, Professor of Chemistry, IGNOU (Retired)
    43. Barnali Oinam, PhD student, Jawaharlal Nehru University 
    44. Benubala Nameirakpam, research scholar, University of Delhi
    45. Bhaba Sarma, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati 
    46. Bhanu Priya, research scholar, Ambedkar University Delhi
    47. Bhavna Joshi, PhD student
    48. Bibinaz Thokchom, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
    49. Bidisha Bhattacharjee, Faculty member, Visva Bharati
    50. Bidya, student, University of Delhi
    51. C P Chandrasekhar, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    52. Chandni Mehta, PhD student, Jawaharlal Nehru University 
    53. Chandrasekhar, Director, Market research
    54. Chandrika Baruah, student
    55. Chetan Anand, research scholar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
    56. Chinchu C, research consultant 
    57. Chirashree Das Gupta, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    58. Chirom Meiraba Meitei, student, INSPIRE Fellow at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER K)
    59. Dahrii Vemai, former General Secretary North East Students Society Delhi University, Students of Delhi University
    60. Darren, NUS/Student
    61. Debaditya Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Kazi Nazrul University
    62. Debarshi Das, Associate Professor
    63. Debashis Ghoshal, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    64. Debjani Sengupta, Associate Professor, IP College, University of Delhi
    65. Deepa, Product Manager
    66. Deepak Kumar, University of Delhi
    67. Denys Leighton, Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
    68. Dhiraj Kumar Nite, Social scientist, Ambedkar University Delhi
    69. Diana Ashem, Guest Faculty, Whistling Woods International Institute
    70. Doyeeta Majumder, Assistant Professor, Jadavpur University
    71. Dr Rina Ramdev, Associate Professor, University of Delhi
    72. Dr Avinash Pandey, Assistant Professor, University of Mumbai
    73. Dr Mostaid Ahmed, Assistant Professor, The Neotia University
    74. Dr Romanbabu Oinam, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Tirupati 
    75. Dr Sk Sarif Hassan, Assistant Professor, Pingla College
    76. Dr Surinder PK Randhawa, consultant, Sign language, independent researcher
    77. DrChilka, Associate Professor, Basanti Devi College 
    78. DrMohan Rao, Professor (retired), Jawaharlal Nehru University 
    79. Dripta Piplai, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
    80. Dulali Nag, Associate Professor, IISWBM
    81. Eli Doye, Assistant Professor, Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar
    82. Ena Panda, Assistant Professor, University of Delhi
    83. Francis Hmar, research scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    84. Frans Manjali, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    85. G Arunima, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    86. Ganpat, Jamia Millia Islamia
    87. Gautam Gupta, Professor, Jadavpur University
    88. Gayatri Das, PhD student, Tezpur University
    89. Geetha Venkataraman, Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
    90. Githa Hariharan, Writer
    91. Gopalji Pradhan, Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi
    92. Gracious M Temsen, Associate Professor, University of Hyderabad
    93. Gunabanta Thangjam, research scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    94. Gyan, Reader, HRI
    95. Hamidul Haque, Assistant Professor, Teaching
    96. Harshita Singh, Banker
    97. Hidam Gaurashyam Singh, teacher,
    98. Hima S, Research associate, Sikkim University 
    99. Himanshu, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    100. Indira Ghose, Professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
    101. Indrani Roy, Consultant
    102. Indranil Bhattacherjee, Social activist.
    103. Indranil Dutta, Faculty, English and Foreign Languages University
    104. Ipsith Ganesh, student, University of Delhi
    105. Ishani Guha, Linguist
    106. Janani Kandhadai, researcher,
    107. Jayati Ghosh, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    108. Jon Solomon, Professor, University of Lyon
    109. Jyoti Sharma, research scholar, University of Delhi
    110. K Satyanarayana, Professor, English and Foreign Languages University
    111. Kailadbou Daimai, Assistant Professor (guest), Assam University 
    112. Kakho Thaoli, student, University of Delhi
    113. Kapildeo kumar Paswan, Assistant professor (adhoc), University of Delhi
    114. Karmveer, Assistant Professor, English and Foreign Languages University
    115. Karthick, PhD student, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    116. Kaustubh Ghoshal, student, University of Delhi
    117. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary, AIPWA 
    118. Kavita Panjabi, Professor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
    119. Kethosinuo Tepa, student, University of Delhi
    120. Khairunnisa Nakathorige, Maulana Azad National Urdu University
    121. Kishorchand, Academic Associate,
    122. Komal, student
    123. Laikhuram Premjit, research scholar, Tezpur University
    124. Laimayum Shielamanee, Associate Editor in a publishing house
    125. Lakashya, Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    126. Lama Mando, English & Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad
    127. Lata Singh, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    128. M Inaoba Singh, Systems Engineer Trainee, Infosys Ltd
    129. Madhu Sahni, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    130. Madhumanti Datta, student, University of Southern California
    131. Mahima, Business
    132. Mamatha Karollil, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
    133. Manidipa Sen, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    134. Manihar Singh Shougaijam, citizen
    135. Maroona Murmu, Associate Professor, Jadavpur University 
    136. Mary E John, Senior Fellow, Centre for Women's Development Studies
    137. Michael W Morgan, retired professor, linguistics
    138. Mina Dan, Professor, Dept of Linguistics, University of Calcutta
    139. Minati Panda, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    140. Miraj Shah Kori, research scholar,
    141. Modhu, research scholar, Institute for Plasma Research
    142. Moggallan Bharti, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
    143. Mohammad Imtiyaj Khan, Assistant Professor, Gauhati University
    144. Mohan Rao, Professor (retired) JNU, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    145. Moirangthem Ajoy, Graduate student
    146. Momocha Lousambam, student, MSU Baroda
    147. Monica Nanjundaswamy, artist,
    148. Moushumi Basu, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    149. N Sai Balaji, JNUSU President, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    150. Nalini Taneja, Associate Professor (retd), University of Delhi
    151. Naorem Arun Singh, research scholar, Gauhati University
    152. Napoleon Okram, citizen
    153. Naren Singh Rao, independent researcher, Independent Researcher
    154. Narender Thakur, Assistant Professor, University of Delhi
    155. Navaneetha M, Assistant Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    156. Naveen Gaur, Associate Professor, University of Delhi
    157. Neha Kulshreshtha, Linguist
    158. Nikita Sud, University of Oxford,
    159. Nilanjana Gupta, Professor, Jadavpur University
    160. Ningombam Sanatombi devi, research scholar, Manipur University
    161. Niranjana Thokchom, research scholar, student
    162. Nishaant Choksi, Assistant Professor, Gandhinagar 
    163. Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    164. Nivedita Verma, MPhil student, University of Delhi
    165. Nupur Asher, research scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    166. Oinam Nganthoibi, Linguist
    167. Olga, student,
    168. P Madhavan, Professor, English and Foreign Languages University
    169. Padmabati Achom, PhD student, University of Delhi
    170. Panchali Ray, Assistant Professor, Jadavpur University 
    171. Papori Bora, Assistant Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    172. Parnisha Sarkar, PhD student, University of Toronto
    173. Paroma, research scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia 
    174. Paroma Sanyal, Faculty, Academic, Delhi
    175. Partha Ray, Associate Professor, University Teacher
    176. Paula Chakravartty, Associate Professor, New York University
    177. Piyush Swain, research scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    178. Pradip Datta, professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    179. Pradipta Bandyopadhyay, Professor,
    180. Prateek, Financial analyst
    181. Praveen Singh, research scholar,
    182. Prem Taba, Former General Secretary RGUSU, Arunachal Pradesh, research Scholar
    183. Priyakhi Khanikar, student
    184. Priyanka Sharma, research scholar, Jadavpur University
    185. Probal Dasgupta, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
    186. Vaishna Narang, Professor (retired) JNU, PhD student
    187. R Ramanujam, Professor, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
    188. R Shah, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    189. R. Vijay, Professor, University of Hyderabad
    190. Rahul Roy, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi
    191. Rajamathangi, PhD student, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    192. Rajat Datta, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    193. Rajesh Upadhyay, social worker,
    194. Rakhi Sehgal, Labour Activist
    195. Ramesh, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
    196. Rashmi Varma, Associate Professor, University of Warwick
    197. Raya Sarkar, Lawyer
    198. Reena Ashem, Researcher, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
    199. Reena Rai, MPhil student, Scholar
    200. Richa Bhutani, PhD student, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
    201. Riko Mihu, Assistant Professor, Teaching
    202. Robert Naorem, College Student
    203. Rohit, student
    204. Rohit Azad, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    205. Rojibala Ningo, PhD student
    206. Ronaldo Laishram, student
    207. Roshan Kokane, Freelance Journalist, Student at Ashoka University
    208. Ruchira, research scholar, Global Institute of Sustainable Prosperity 
    209. S Arulmozi, Assistant Professor, University of Hyderabad
    210. Sabina Yasmin Rahman, student, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    211. Sachidanand Sinha, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    212. Sajni Mukherji, Professor (retired), Jadavpur University
    213. Salonee Shital, research scholar, student
    214. Samantak Das, Professor, Jadavpur University
    215. Samar Sinha, Assistant Professor, Sikkim University
    216. Samir Karmakar, Assistant Professor, Jadavpur University
    217. Sanabam Kennedy, student, Madras School of economics
    218. Sanchay, student, IISER Kolkata
    219. Sanjay Palshikar, Professor, University of Hyderabad
    220. Santosh Kumar, Assistant Professor, Christ (Deemed University)
    221. Saradindu Bhaduri, teacher,
    222. Sarasij Majumder, Associate Professor, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta
    223. Saravanan V, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    224. Satish Chand Abbi, Professor (retired), IIT, Delhi
    225. Saumya, student, University of Delhi
    226. Sayan, PhD student, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    227. Sayandeb Chowdhury, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi
    228. Selvyn Jussy, Associate Professor, University of Calcutta
    229. Shahana Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Delhi University
    230. Shakuntala Mahanta, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati 
    231. Shamila Sreekiumar, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
    232. Shanta Laishram, Associate Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi
    233. Sharmila, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
    234. Sharmishthaa, Assistant Professor, University of Delhi
    235. Shaswati Mazumdar, Professor, University of Delhi
    236. Shilpaa Anand, Maulana Azad National Urdu University
    237. Shinu Varkey, Assistant Professor, St Berchmans College, Kerala Shiti Malhotra, Assistant Professor, Linguistics
    238. Shivam S, Playwright, Communications Manager
    239. Shivarama Padikkal, Professor, University of Hyderabad
    240. Shrijana Chhetri, student, University of Delhi
    241. Shrishti, Media
    242. Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Artist 
    243. Simona Sawhney, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
    244. Somak Mukherjee, PhD student, University of California, Santa Barbara
    245. Sowmya Dechamma, University of Hyderabad,
    246. Sreekar Raghotham, Rutgers University,
    247. Srivatsan Manivannan, research scholar, OP Jindal Global University
    248. Stuart Russell, Professor (retired), Macquarie University
    249. Subhadeep Chowdhury, student, MPhil Research Scholar
    250. Subhankar Chakraborty, Researcher, Bangalore,
    251. Subhradip Ghosh, teacher,
    252. Sudeshna Dutta, PhD student, Jadavpur University
    253. Sudhanshi, Director, Tour operator
    254. Sukanta Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University
    255. Sulagna Mukhopadhyay, Lecturer, Guest faculty
    256. Sumir Karmakar, Principal Correspondent, Northeast, Deccan Herald
    257. Sunil Neelakantan, student, NALSAR University of Law
    258. Supriya Chaudhuri, Professor Emerita, Jadavpur University
    259. Surajit C Mukhopadhyay, Registrar, AUC Raipur
    260. Surjodeb Basu, Young India Fellow,
    261. Suvir Jaul, Professor, Univ of Pennsylvania 
    262. Suyashi, research scholar,
    263. Svati Joshi, University of Delhi,
    264. Swati Moitra, University of Calcutta.
    265. T Temsunungsang, Assistant Professor, English and Foreign Languages University, Shillong
    266. T Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, University of Delhi
    267. Tanima, PhD student, University of Chicago
    268. Tanya Sana Rajkumari, Law
    269. Tapsi Mathur, Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University Shanghai
    270. Tarun Bhartiya, TUR
    271. Tor A Åfarli, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU
    272. Trishita, student
    273. Udaya Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    274. Urmimala Sarkar Munsi, Associate Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    275. Utpal Chattopadhyay, Senior Professor, IACS, Kolkata
    276. VS Sunder, Professor, Mathematician and Retd Prof (IMSc)
    277. Vageshwari, research scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia
    278. Vareni Awasthi, student, Graduate
    279. Veena Naregal, Associate Professor, Institute of Economic Growth 
    280. Venusa Tinyi, University of Hyderabad,
    281. Vikas Rawal, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    282. Vikram Nongmaithem, teacher, Higher Secondary Education Manipur
    283. Wichamdinbo Mataina, Assistant Professor, Sikkim University
    284. Yogesh, Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi



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