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

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