• International Statement of Solidarity with the University of Hyderabad by academics, activists, artists and writers

    March 27, 2016

    ram kumar 2Ram Kumar / ArtKonsult

    We, academicians, activists,  artists and writers, condemn the ongoing brutal attacks on and unlawful detention of peacefully protesting faculty and students at the University of Hyderabad by the University administration and the police. We also condemn the restriction of access to basic necessities such as water and food on campus.

    The students and faculty members of the University of Hyderabad were protesting the reinstatement of Dr. Appa Rao Podile as the Vice-Chancellor despite the ongoing judicial enquiry against him related to  the circumstances leading to the death of the dalit student Rohith Vemula on January 17th, 2016. Students and faculty members of the university community are concerned that this may provide him the opportunity to tamper with evidence and to influence witnesses. Suicides by dalit students have been recurring in the University of Hyderabad and other campuses across the country.  The issue spiraled into a nationwide students’ protest with the death of the dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. The protests have pushed into the foreground public discussion and debate on the persistence of caste-based discrimination in  educational institutions, and surveillance and suppression of dissent and intellectual debate in university spaces.

    Since the morning of March 22, when Dr. Appa Rao returned to campus, the students and staff have been in a siege-like situation. The peacefully protesting staff and students were brutally lathi-charged by the police, and 27 people were taken into custody. The 27 detainees were untraceable for 48 hours, brutally tortured, and denied legal access. In short, all legal procedures of detention have been suspended. After the incident, the university has been locked down with no access to food, water, electricity, and Internet connectivity.   Students were brutally assaulted when they opened community kitchens.  Lawyers and members of human rights organization as well the ordinary citizens of the city were denied access to students. University of Hyderabad is one of India’s biggest public universities.

    We have followed, with deep concern, similar violent attacks and undemocratic crackdown on students on the campuses of Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Film and Television Institute of India, the University of Allahabad, Jadavpur University, Burdwan University, and others across the country. That the highest administrative authorities in the university have allowed the silencing of debate and dissent is unfortunate. We are disturbed by the pattern of growing nexus between student vigilante groups, youth wing of the ruling party, state and university authorities in colleges and university campuses across the country in order to mobilize the state machinery against vulnerable students. This has created a climate of fear and oppression in the country, and continually violates fundamental human and Constitutional rights of students.

    We stand in support of the protesting students, staff and faculty of the University of Hyderabad and demand the following:

    1. Immediate withdrawal of police from the campus.
    2. Immediate release of, and withdrawal of all cases against, all arrested students and faculty.
    3. Suspension of the Vice-Chancellor P. Appa Rao.
    4. Judicial enquiry into the role of the HRD Ministry, the HRD Minister and Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya in inciting violence against Dalits on campus.
    5. Independent enquiry into the incidents of violence on the campus including the role of the ABVP in vandalising the Vice-Chancellor’s office.
    6. Action against police personnel named by students in their complaints.
    7. Passage of the “Rohith Act” against caste discrimination in education.
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    1. Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley
    2. Navtej K Purewal Deputy Director, South Asia Institute SOAS University of London
    3. Akhil Gupta, Director, Center for India and South Asia (CISA), UCLA
    4. Michael Davis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Creative Writing, University of California Riverside
    5. Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, The Oakland Institute
    6. Barbara Harriss-White, Oxford University
    7. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary AIPWA
    8. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
    9. G. Arunima, Professor and Chair, Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU
    10. Sandeep Pandey, former Visiting Faculty, IIT, BHU, Varanasi
    11. Michael D. Yates, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, United States
    12. Abha Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    13. Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University
    14. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Chair, Department of International Development Studies, Trent University, Canada
    15. Apoorvanand, University of Delhi
    16. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Women’s Studies Department, Simon Fraser University, Canada
    17. Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    18. Surinder S. Jodhka, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    19. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
    20. Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    21. Dr. Shailaja Paik, University of Cincinnati
    22. Kevin B. Anderson, Professor of Sociology, University of California  Santa Barbara
    23. Tithi Bhattacharya, Professor of History, Purdue University
    24. Pranav Jani, The Ohio State University
    25. Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota
    26. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    27. Alpa Shah, London School of Economics
    28. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    29. Srirupa Roy, University of Göttingen, Germany
    30. Rahul Varman, IIT Kanpur
    31. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland, College Park
    32. Jens Lerche, SOAS, University of London
    33. Gillian Hart, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
    34. Adrian Wilson,  Social Anthropology, London School of Economics
    35. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor ,Jawaharlal Nehru University
    36. Meher Engineer
    37. Aishwary Kumar, School of Humanities & Sciences, Stanford University
    38. Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Harvard University
    39. Jyoti Puri, Chair and Professor of Sociology, Simmons College
    40. Abdul JanMohamed, Professor, University of California, Berkeley
    41. Dr. Nathaniel Roberts, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen, Germany
    42. Paula Chakravartty, New York University
    43. Atul Sood, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    44. Prof. Mohan Rao, Jawaharlal  Nehru University
    45. Yasmin Saikia, Professor of History, Arizona State University
    46. Nandini Chandra, Delhi University
    47. Elisabeth Weber, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
    48. C. P. Chandrasekhar, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    49. Prof. Rupa Viswanath, University of Goettingen, Germany
    50. Rama Baru, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    51. Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    52. Immanuel Ness, Professor, City University of New York
    53. Balmurli Natrajan, William Paterson University
    54. Veena Hariharan, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    55. Rajat Datta, Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    56. Geraldine Forbes, Professor, State University of New York, Oswego
    57. Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    58. Richard Seymour, London School of Economics
    59. Susan Visvanathan, Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    60. Dr. Pérez de Mendiola, Richard Armour Professor of Modern Languages, Chair, Dept. of Latin American, Caribbean and Spanish Literatures and Cultures & Humanities, Scripps College
    61. Peter Spiegler, Asst. Prof.,  Dept. of Economics, UMass, Amherst
    62. Swati Birla, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    63. Atreyi Dasgupta, Baylor College of Medicine
    64. Kuver Sinha, Syracuse University
    65. Sirisha Naidu, Wright State University
    66. Siddhartha Mitra, Programmer, Rockefeller University
    67. Samantha Agarwal, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University
    68. Anup Gampa, PhD Candidate, University of Virginia
    69. Anu Mandavilli, Friends of South Asia
    70. Deepankar Basu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    71. Nandini Dhar, Assistant Professor, Florida International University
    72. Michael Levien, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
    73. Devika Dutt, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    74. Smita Ramnarain, Assistant Professor of Economics, Siena College
    75. Taki Manolakos, Wright State University
    76. Valentina Dallona, Johns Hopkins University
    77. Iveta Jusova, Carleton College, USA
    78. Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced
    79. Hee-Young Shin, Wright State University
    80. Anjali Arondekar, UC Santa Cruz
    81. Jinee Lokaneeta, Drew University
    82. Ajay Chandra, University of Warwick
    83. Xiao Yu, Peking University
    84. Bettina Apthekar, UC Santa Cruz
    85. Anirban Karak, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    86. Natasha S K, Syracuse University
    87. Mitul Barua, Syracuse University
    88. Simmy Makhijani, San Francisco State University
    89. Sofia Gavtadze, Solidarity Network, Georgi
    90. Avishek Konar, Alumnus, The Ohio State University
    91. Robert Carley, Wright State University
    92. Dia Da Costa, Associate Professor, University of Alberta
    93. Ann Smock, University of California, Berkeley
    94. Liz Mount, Syracuse University
    95. Terese V Gagnon, Syracuse University
    96. Giorgi Kobakhidze, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia
    97. Levin Ahmed, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    98. Christos Mais, Universiteit Leiden
    99. Taveeshi Singh, Syracuse University
    100. Aniruddha Das, Columbia University
    101. Safar Safqat, St Mary’s College of Maryland
    102. Ramaa Vasudevan, Colorado State University
    103. Osman Keshawarz, doctoral student, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    104. Narendra Subramaniam, McGill University
    105. Ammel Sharon, University of Pennsylvania
    106. Gventa Gventsadze
    107. Borisi Cirekidze
    108. Minakshi Menon, Max Planck Institute, Berlin
    109. Dmitri Khuskivadze
    110. Salo Kaladze
    111. Judith Rodenbeck, UC Riverside
    112. Ashok Prasad, Colorado State University
    113. Priyanka Srivastava, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    114. Arani Roy, Brandeis University
    115. Dag Erik Berg, University of Gottingen, Germany
    116. Rahul Nair, Antioch College, USA
    117. Gajendran Ayyathurai, Goettingen University, Germany
    118. Balaji Narasimhan, William Paterson University, United States
    119. Ember Skye Kanelee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    120. Jungyeon Suh, Independent Researcher, United States
    121. Kannan Srinivasan
    122. Roli Verma, University of New Mexico
    123. Piya Chatterjee, Scripps College, US
    124. Lalit Batra, University of Minnesota
    125. Avanti Mukherjee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    126. Tyler Hansen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    127. Subho Basu, McGill University, Canada
    128. Laurie Nisonoff, Hampshire College, United States
    129. Satya Mohapatra, MIT
    130. Julia Corwin, University of Minnesota
    131. Parama Roy, UC Davis
    132. Noeleen McIlvenna, Wright State University
    133. Daniel Thompson, Johns Hopkins University
    134. Jesse Knutson, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    135. Prashant Keshavmurthy, McGill University, Canada
    136. Anasuya Sengupta, Berkeley, USA
    137. Uditi Sen, Hampshire College
    138. Zarrina Juraqulova, Denison University, USA
    139. Kiran Asher, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    140. Prakash Kashwan, University of Connecticut, Storrs
    141. Hamid Rezai, Pitzer College, USA
    142. Anindya Dey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
    143. Lara Deeb, Scripps College, USA
    144. Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota
    145. Vatsal Naresh, Columbia University
    146. Niharika Yadav, Princeton University
    147. Bedatri Datta Choudhury, NYU
    148. Sanjiv Gupta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    149. Suvadip Sinha, University of Minnesota
    150. Ipsita Mandal, Perimeter Institute, Canada
    151. Poulomi Pal, Fulbright scholar
    152. Asmita Rangari, Activist, New Delhi
    153. Shipra Nigam, Activist, New Delhi
    154. Srinivas Lankala, Independent media scholar, Hyderabad
    155. Carolyn Elliott, University of Vermont
    156. Aviroop Sengupta, Columbia University
    157. Madhura Lohokare, Syracuse University
    158. Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    159. Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College, USA
    160. Oishik Sircar, University of Melbourne
    161. Arjun Bagchi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    162. Greg Anderson, Ohio State University
    163. Prarit Agarwal, Seoul National University, Korea
    164. Sayori Ghoshal, Columbia University
    165. Uponita Mukherjee, Columbia University
    166. Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College
    167. Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside
    168. Sofia Checa, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    169. Arpan Roy, John Hopkins University
    170. Cynthia Correa, The University of Texas at Austin
    171. Parvathy Binoy, Syracuse University, Syracuse
    172. Jonathon Hurd, RN, Seattle
    173. Varuni Bhatia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    174. Erin McElroy, UCSC, Director, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project
    175. Geert Dhondt, John Jay College, The City University of New York
    176. Mithun Bhowmick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    177. Alladi Sitaram, Retired Professor, Indian Statistical Institute
    178. Dr Kasturi Ray, San Francisco State University
    179. Alicia Giron, National University of Mexico
    180. Probal Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute
    181. Larry Halpern, Wittenberg University
    182. Suchitra Mathur, Faculty, IIT Kanpur, India
    183. Aditi Saraf, Johns Hopkins University
    184. Ketaki Jaywant, University of Minnesota
    185. Nagesh Rao, Colgate University
    186. Irfan Ahmad, ACU Melbourne, Australia
    187. Suvrat Raju, TIFR
    188. Saikat Ghosh, IIT Kanpur
    189. Samyak Ghosh, Columbia University
    190. Catherine Liu, UC Irvine
    191. Francis Cody, University of Toronto
    192. Bhavani Raman, University of Toronto
    193. Erika Suderburg, University of California Riverside
    194. Saptarshi Mandal, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
    195. Anannya Bohidar, Graduate Student, South Asia Studies, UPenn
    196. Rahul Pandey, visiting faculty, IIM Lucknow
    197. Tania Bhattacharyya, Columbia University
    198. Aditi Sarkar, Architect, Las Cruces, New Mexico
    199. Shakti Sathish Nambiar, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
    200. Krishna Melnattur, Washington University School of Medicine
    201. Rupal Oza, Hunter College, City University of New York
    202. Maroona Murmu, Assistant Professor, Jadavpur University
    203. Gayatri Chatterjee, Symbiosis School of Liberal Art
    204. Sipra Mukherjee, Professor, West Bengal State University
    205. Raja Swamy, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Tennessee
    206. Anandavardhanan, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay
    207. Priyanka Bhattacharya, The Doon School, Dehradun
    208. Anuradha Roy, Jadavpur University
    209. Ramesh Sreekantan, Statistics and Mathematics Unit Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore.
    210. Srinath Jagannathan, Indian Institute of Management Indore
    211. Tanima Sharma, PhD student, University of Chicago
    212. Meena Alexander, City University of New York
    213. Sharmila Sreekumar, IIT Bombay
    214. Venkatesh K Subramanian, IIT Kanpur
    215. Food Sovereignty Alliance, India
    216. The Ghadar Alliance, US
    217. Nandita Narain, St.Stephen’s College, Delhi University
    218. Deepa Kurup, University of Oxford
    219. Ramesh Bairy, IIT Bombay
    220. Papori Bora, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    221. Ritwik Balo
    222. Ranjani Mazumdar, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    223. PK Vijayan
    224. Dr. Papia Sengupta, CPS/SSS
    225. Krishna V V, CSSP/SSS
    226. A.K. Ramakrishnan, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    227. Arunima S Mukherjee
    228. George Chkhaidze
    229. Elizabeth Abel
    230. Dr. Kochurani Abraham, Kerala
    231. Saumyajit Bhattacharya
    232. Pradip Datta, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    233. Rohit Azad, Center for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    234. Deepak K Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    235. Tulay Atay–Avsar, Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey
    236. Dr. Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    237. Saradindu Bhaduri, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi and ISS, The Hague
    238. Dr Erica Wald, Goldsmiths, University of London
    239. Navaneetha Mokkil
    240. Manidipa Sen, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    241. Ameet Parameswaran, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    242. K. B. Usha, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    243. Gopinath Ravindran
    244. Avinash Kumar, CISLS, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    245. Puja Rani, University of Delhi
    246. Ritoo Jerath, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    247. Hannah Carlan, Department of Anthropology, UCLA
    248. Ganga Bhavani Manthini
    249. Sucharita Sen, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    250. Dr. Mallarika Sinha Roy, Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    251. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    252. Dinesh Abrol, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development.
    253. Vikas Rawal, Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    254. Sanjaya Kumar Bohidar, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University
    255. Simona Sawhney, IIT Delhi
    256. Dr Debjani Sengupta, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi
    257. Anirban Gupta-Nigam, University of California, Irvine
    258. Nandita Badami, University of California, Irvine
    259. Sneha Gaddam, PhD Candidate, University of Leicester
    260. Prabhu Mohapatra Department of History Univ of Delhi
    261. Farida Khan, Univ. of Wisconsin Parkside
    262. Pankaj Mehta, Dept. of Physics, Boston University
    263. Tista Bagchi, University of Delhi
    264. Ra Ravishankar, Bangalore
    265. Sambuddha Chaudhuri, University of Pennsylvania
    266. Ani Maitra, Colgate University
    267. Ethel Brooks, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, Rutgers University
    268. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, University of Delhi
    269. Surajit Mazumdar, Center for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    270. Sonajharia Minz, Professor, School of Computer & Systems Sciences, JNU
    271. Vinay Kumar Ambedkar
    272. Naveen Gaur, Associate Professor, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
    273. Margot Weiss, Wesleyan University
    274. Vivekananda Mukherjee, Professor, Dept. of Economics, Jadavpur University
    275. Dr Shakira Hussein, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne
    276. Udaya Kumar, Professor, CES, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU
    277. Kriti Budhiraja, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota
    278. Radhika Balakrishnan, Rutgers University
    279. Seema Saha Poddar
    280. Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley
    281. Swapnil Deshmukh, Mumbai University
    282. Dr Lata Singh
    283. Tyler Feaver, Wright State University
    284. Pavithra Vasudevan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    285. Santosh Rohit Yerrabolu, Buffalo, NY
    286. Professor V V Krishna, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, SSS, JNU
    287. Amy E. Alterman, Graduate Student, University of California Los Angeles
    288. Ian Duncan, Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley
    289. Bir singh, Asstt. Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Delhi
    290. Amit Singh, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
    291. Poonam Srivastava, University of Chicago, Postdoc Researcher
    292. Omnia El Shakry, University of California, Davis
    293. Jhuma Sen, O.P. Jindal Global University, India
    294. Corey Payne and Chase Alston, Co-Presidents of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Johns Hopkins University
    295. Sankaran Krishna, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    296. Mytheli Sreenivas, Professor, Ohio State University
    297. Preeti Shekar, Asian College of Journalism
    298. Susan Himmelweit, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University, Walton Hall, UK
    299. Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar, Graduate Student, Princeton University
    300. Nicolau Dols, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain
    301. Kartik Misra, Graduate Student, Dept. of Economics, UMass, Amherst
    302. Dolly Daftary, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan
    303. Sugata Ray, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
    304. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University
    305. Soma Marik, Associate Professor of History, RKSM Vivekananda Vidyabhavan
    306. Pratiksha Baxi, Assoc. Prof., Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU


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