Students Allege Attack by ABVP Hours After Victory of United Left in JNUSU Polls

Students Allege Attack by ABVP Hours After Victory of United Left in JNUSU Polls

Hours after the United Left bagged a massive victory in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) elections, RSS-backed ABVP members resorted to attacking some students in the campus. The newly elected President of the union, N Sai Balaji, and former President Geeta Kumari were reportedly targeted and attacked. Early on Monday morning at 3…

Left Unity Emerges Victor in JNUSU Elections

Left Unity Emerges Victor in JNUSU Elections

Despite strong opposition put up by the RSS-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association (BAPSA), the students’ wing of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), and several other independent candidates, the United Left registered a massive victory in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) elections on September 16. The Left unity…

JNU Students Launch #SuspendJohri Campaign Against Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment

JNU Students Launch #SuspendJohri Campaign Against Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment

Nine women students have filed police complaints against Atul Johri, Professor at the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), accusing him of sexual harassment, abuse of power and sexual misconduct. JNU students launched a Twitter campaign with the hashtag #SuspendJohri on Sunday evening, demanding action against Johri. Students say Atul Johri is a…

What the Nation Really Needs to Know: Extracts from JNU’s Nationalism Lectures

What the Nation Really Needs to Know: Extracts from JNU’s Nationalism Lectures

The massive outbreak of protests in February 2016, in the wake of sedition charges being filed against some students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, took the form not only of sloganeering, human chains and streetplays, but also a lecture series on nationalism, attended by thousands of students, every day for almost a month. To mark the first anniversary of the attack, the…

JNU and Its Tradition(s) of Dissent

JNU and Its Tradition(s) of Dissent

Café Dissensus, Issue 24 Photo courtesy Haneefa Muhammed, via Café Dissensus Linked below are the contents of an issue of Café Dissensus from 2016, on the culture of dissent and protest politics in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Guest-Editorial: JNU and Its Traditions of Dissent by Malavika Binny Sedition in a Democracy by Meera Gopakumar Capitalising…

JNU Students on Indefinite Hunger Strike

JNU Students on Indefinite Hunger Strike

Photographs: V. Arun Kumar Twenty students from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, including students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar, have sat on an indefinite hunger strike starting April 27, in protest against the actions of the High-Level Enquiry Committee (HLEC), and demanding that punitive action be revoked. The enquiry committee on April 25 fined Kumar Rs. 10,000…

Romila Thapar: “The battle now is between religious nationalism and secular nationalism . . .”

Romila Thapar: “The battle now is between religious nationalism and secular nationalism . . .”

Romila Thapar, who has been associated with Jawaharlal Nehru University for many years, speaks to writer Githa Hariharan on the idea of a university like JNU. The idea was to explore Indian society through inter-disciplinary studies and discussion. At the Centre for Historical Studies with which she was associated, the past was not another country;…