• “Clear Fabrication of Facts and Immediately Release Activists, Intellectuals”

    IIT Kanpur Alumni

    September 10, 2018

    We, a group of alumni of IIT Kanpur and others as students, researchers, faculty, staff and other community members affiliated with the same institute strongly condemn the arrest of IIT Kanpur alumna Sudha Bharadwaj (Integrated MSc., Mathematics, 1979-1984) and other activists namely, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao, and the raiding of houses of Anand Teltumbde, K. Satyanarayana and Stan Swamy among many others.

    These arrests seem to be a mere sequel in an ongoing attempt to intimidate and arrest activists, eminent writers, professors, journalists, and human rights defenders around the country.

    Sudha Bhardwaj has a public record of dedicating herself to the most marginalized through her work spanning more than thirty years. She finished her integrated bachelors and masters program of Dept of Mathematics, IIT Kanpur, in 1984. Already socially conscious as a student, by 1986 she had moved to Chhattisgarh working with a workers’ organization and trade union in the mining-industrial belt of central Chhattisgarh.

    It is here she found her calling as a trade unionist, and later, as a lawyer. We have compiled a short biography of her long journey; it is clear that she dedicated herself entirely to the most vulnerable and powerless, working through the rights and frameworks guaranteed in the Indian constitution.

    The invoking of UAPA against Sudha Bharadwaj which – given its unduly harsh provisions – would ensure long term incarceration and denial of bail, is a travesty of justice given her long record of legal and social work. The charges against her appear to be totally concocted: the contradictory nature of the public statements issued by the prosecution suggests as much, as does even a cursory glance at the prime evidence in the form of a letter allegedly written by her. It is also very curious that the dubious letters are entirely unaccompanied by any further evidence and were first leaked to selective media outlets, and the prosecution seems to be more prepared for a “media trial” than an actual one (see here for a summary of recent events in perspective).

    With what appears to be a clear fabrication of facts, it looks like an attempt to malign her reputation and discredit her causes. The cases of other arrests seem to be similar.

    In standing with the dispossessed and tirelessly bringing their issues within the ambit of the legal system, she has only strengthened the impulse of inclusive development that must be the bedrock of any modern democracy. It is no coincidence then, that a large number of public intellectuals, bureaucrats, academics, and members of the general public have come out in her support. To their voices we add ours, as members of an institution where this distinguished alumna spent her early years.

    We, the undersigned, demand an immediate and unconditional release of Ms Bhardwaj and all others who have been arrested. We also exhort an independent and impartial investigation by the National Human Rights Commission into the circumstances of their arrests.


    Kuver Sinha (MS 2001), Carl T Bush Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Oklahoma

    Vaibhav Vaish (B. Tech 2004), Inspire Faculty, ISI Bangalore

    Vaibhav Kumar (M. Tech 2013)

    Dr. V N Sharma (M. Tech 1978)

    Giriraj Kishore, Ex-Registrar, IITK

    Sunil Sahasrabudhey (Student 1981), Vidya Ashram, Varanasi

    Amit Singh (B. Tech 2005), Adjunct Faculty, Dept of Mechanics, Virginia Tech

    Ashok Gupta (B. Tech 1972), Emeritus Professor. Ohio University

    Sushil Handa (B. Tech 1966)

    Rajendra Sahai (B. Tech 1966) Member, Institute for Critical Study of Society, Oakland, California

    Vivek Kr. Mehta (M.Tech 2005, PhD 2013), Assistant Professor, Tezpur University, Assam

    Arun Karthik B. (MBA 2010)

    Himanshu Srivastava (B. Tech 2004), PhD Student, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education

    Deepankar Basu (B. Tech 1994), Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    Vikas Dubey, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur, 2013-Present

    S. Pradeep Kumar, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur

    Dheeraj Singh (B. Tech 2004)

    Manu Agrawal (MBA 2011)

    Akshaya Kumar (B. Tech 2003)

    Aravind Muthusamy (M. Des 2010)

    Rahul Varman, Professor, IIT Kanpur

    Suchitra Mathur, Faculty, IIT Kanpur

    Abha Sur (PhD student from 1973-75), Faculty, Program in Science, Technology and Society, MIT, USA

    Jaya Jha (B. Tech 2004)

    Sandeep Pandey (Visiting Faculty, 1992-93 (3 Semesters), Social Activist, Visiting Professor, IIM Ahmedabad & NALSAR, Hyderabad

    Preeti Sood (B. Tech 2003)

    Atif Hussain (B. Tech)

    George Kandathil (M. Tech)

    Vijai Kumar (Alumnus)

    Paul Mathew, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur, 2013-Present

    V Giridhar (MBA 2004)

    Binoy  (PhD 2012)

    Rhythm Grover, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur, 2014-Present

    Arvind (Alumnus), Professor, IISER Mohali

    Sanil. V (PhD 1995), Faculty, IIT Delhi

    Aman Gupta (B. Tech 2015)

    Manu Kanchan, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur

    Akshay Bajaj,  MSR Student, IIT Kanpur

    Mohini Mullick, Retired professor, IIT Kanpur

    Sakthivel T. (PhD 2017)

    Bharat Bhushan, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur

    Nirmali Goswami (PhD 2011), Faculty, Tezpur University, Assam

    Harish Karnick (M. Tech 1977, PhD 1984), Emeritus Fellow, IIT Kanpur

    Kumari Jahnavi (B. Tech 2006)

    Ankit Nigam (MBA 2011)

    Shaurya Aarav (B. Tech), Graduate Student, Princeton University

    Gaurav Bajpai (B. Tech 2005)

    Siddhartha Chaudhuri (B. Tech 2005), Assistant Professor, IIT Bombay

    Neelesh Kumar (B. Tech 2015)

    Irfan Qayoom, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur, 2015-Present

    Shalini Kumar (B. Tech 2003)

    Gaganjot, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur, 2015-Present

    Mohd Usman, Doctoral Scholar, IIT Kanpur

    Shikha Chauhan (B. Tech 2004)

    Shobha Madan (1975-1980), Alumna, Retired Faculty, IIT Kanpur

    Kaushika Draavid, Research Scholar, 2013-Present

    NISHANT (B. Tech, M. Tech 2011), Doctoral Student, IIT Delhi

    G.V. Ravindra (Integrated M.Sc 1995), U Missouri, St. Louis

    Bhavna Bhalla (PhD 2010)

    Anjani Kumar, Alumnus

    Ayush Mukherjee, Alumnus 2018

    Sambit (B. Tech 2013)

    Ankur Dutt  (B. Tech 2002)

    Amit Tripathi (B. Tech  2003), IIT Hyderabad

    Vivek Kushwaha, Alumnus  

    Divyanshu Patel (Btech/ChE/2017)      

    Surya Kant, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur, 2015-Present

    Ankit Tripathi (B. Tech 2015)

    Gautam P S     (B. Tech 2016)          

    Vipul Goyal, Alumnus, IIT K

    Gopal Raghavan (B. Tech 1982)

    Vishv Malhotra (M Tech(EEE, 1976), PhD(1981)), Faculty (CSE)  Retired

    Manish Mishra (B. Tech 2004), Assistant Professor, IISER Pune

    J. Ranjith, Sr. Project Associate (Cognitive Science), IIT Kanpur

    Manish Gautam (B. Tech), Engineer at Arcadis

    Sumantran Ray, Ph.D. Scholar, IIT KANPUR

    Parth Vaswani (B. Tech 2016)

    Amman Madan (Ex-faculty, IIT Kanpur), Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

    Mini Chandran, Professor, IIT Kanpur

    Srinivas Budaraju (B.Tech 1982), Chemical Engineer, USA

    Siddharth Ramachandran  (B.Tech 1987-1991), Professor, Boston University

    Sambuddha Sen (M.Sc 2013), PhD Student, The Ohio State University

    Saurabh Anand Prakash, Alumnus    

    Rakesh, Alumnus      

    Kapil Hari Paranjape   (MS 5yr Mathematics 1977-82), IISER Mohali

    Archak Purkayastha (Alumnus), ICTS Visiting Fellow

    Ketan Bagga (MBA, 2015) Amazon

    Madhur khanna (M. Tech 2001)

    Sudeshna Sinha  (Int MSc 1980-1985), IISER Mohali

    Bhaswati (Ganguly) Laha (M.Sc. Integrated 1985)

    Ramakrishna Majumder (MBA 2014), Infosys, Bangalore

    Akshat Dinkar Tiwari (Alumnus), working at Infosys

    Sandeep Shukla,  Professor of Computer Science, IITK

    Lokesh Jain  (Alumnus, 2010-2015)

    Rahul Pandey (B. Tech), Entrepreneur and Visiting faculty with IIM Lucknow

    Shashi Kuppa (B. Tech, 1985), U.S. DOT

    Ragavendiran, PhD Student, IIT Kanpur

    Ronnie Sebastian, IIT Bombay

    Prateek  (B.Tech 2016), Student

    Sibnath Mazumdar (Alumnus), Retired

    A P Shukla, Retired Faculty, IIT Kanpur

    Sandeep  Agarwal (B. Tech 1983)

    Seema Narain (Ph.D. 2010 & M Tech. 2002)

    Sarvendra Yadav (PhD 2013), Faculty, Dr. Harisingh Gour University Sagar (M.P.)

    Abhaya Agarwal (B.Tech. 2003)          

    Sangharsh Aglave (BT/CS/2015), Masters Student at Georgia Institute of Technology

    Nitish Pant, B. Tech Student, IIT Kanpur, 2015-present

    Shamim Akhter (MBA (IME) 2007)

    Srivani Narra (B.Tech 2005)

    Anurag Sahay (BS-MS Dual, 2011-2016)

    Dr C B Choudhary (M.Tech.  & Ph.D. Met Engg, 1966-75), National Treasurer, Samajwadi Jan parishad, A registered Political Party  

    Utpal Lahiri  (B. Tech 1984), Faculty, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad

    Praval Kumar Singh  (Student 1966-, Roll No 66160) Retired engineer Currently at Varanasi

    Abhishek Ghosh, PhD Scholar, IIT Kanpur, 2013-Present

    Abhinav Manchanda (B. Tech, Aerospace, 2006), Entrepreneur    

    Santosh Anand (B.Tech, 98331)

    Yogish Holla (MSc Mathematics (int) , 1994), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai  

    Arun Kumar (B. Tech., EE, 1975),  Chief Technical Officer, Engg, Inc.      

    Santhosh Kumar T, M. Tech student at IIT Kanpur, Hall 11, 2017-Present

    Ashutosh Gupta (B. Tech 2004), Associate Professor, IIT Bombay    

    Ajeeta Nyola , Alumna, Batch of 2005

    Kanish Manuja (B. Tech – M. Tech 2014), Software Engineer Microsoft    

    Abhijit Mitra (Alumnus 1971-1978), Professor, IIIT Hyderabad          

    K. S. Gandhi, Faculty of IIT Kanpur (1971-86)

    Sujata Kar (Alumni), IIT Roorkee

    Prem Anand Murugan, PhD student. IIT Kanpur

    Manoj kumar, Alumnus 2010-2014

    Jishnu Biswas (MSc Integrated 1984-89), Indian Statistical Institute Bangalore Center    

    Prathmesh Kant (Alumnus), co-founder and CEO Aggois

    Sumati Surya (Msc, IIT Kanpur), Raman Research Institute

    Sanjib Sabhapandit (Alumnus) RRI Bangalore        

    Rajat Mittal, Faculty at IIT Kanpur

    Dheerendra Tiwari (BT-MT dual degree Y6), VLSI Engineer

    Sankalp Tiwari (Dual degree (2008-2013)), PhD (2014-ongoing), IIT Kanpur

    Shahid Anwar, Batch of 75

    Kalyan Banerjee, Retired Physics Faculty of IIT Kanpur

    Drupad Ram (B. Tech 1975, M. Tech 1978), Social worker and human rights activist.

    Archisman Ghosh (Msc-I/PHY/2001-2006), Nikhef – National Institute of Subatomic Physics

    Gaurav Agrawal (B.Tech. 2004)

    Shiraz Minwalla, Senior Professor, TIFR (MSc Physics (5yr) 1995)

    Spenta R. Wadia, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, (MSc-Physics 1973)

    M.K.Balasubramanya, Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, M.Sc. Physics (Integrated) 1980-85

    Atish Dabholkar, Head, High Energy Physics Section, International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, 1980-1985 MSc Physics

    Aneesh M, Indian Statistical Institute Bangalore, PhD IIT Kanpur.

    Subhojoy Gupta, Indian Institute of Science, MSc. (Integrated), 2001-2006

    Rajesh Gopakumar, Theoretical Physicist, MSc. (Physics, 5 year, 1987-92)

    Gagan, PhD Student (present)

    Abha Varma, (PhD 1981-1986)

    Anurag K. Singh, University of Utah (MSc 1987-1992)

    Srilatha G Singh, Axa (Msc Maths 87-92)

    Babu R, PhD Student (present)

    Hari Shankar, Student, B.Tech (2014-Present)

    Rajorshi (PhD student IITK), Research scholar in HSS

    Shilpi (IITK employee's spouse)

    Grishma Udani (M.Sc Intg. 2000-05)

    Mahan Mj, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. (MSc Mathematics (1987-92))

    Naresh Kumar Sharma, Professor, Univ of Hyderabad (B. Tech. 1979)

    Sudhir Chandratreya, Retired (B.Tech. 1974)

    Arunima K, Ph.D. Scholar at IIT Kanpur

    Ram Priyadarshini R. (PhD student)

    Kinjal Dasbiswas, University of California, (MSc (Int.) 2007)

    Kamesh Ramakrishna Aiyer, Retired (BTech EE 1974)

    Ashvin Vishwanath, Harvard University (Integrated MSc Physics 1991-1996)

    Kajoli Banerjee Krishnan (MSc 1983-85, PhD 1985-1989)

    Rohan Gokhale (presently student, IITK).

    M. V. Ramana, Professor, University of British Columbia, (Integrated MSc Physics 1983-1988)

    Gautam I Menon, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (2 year MSc Physics (1987-1989))

    Lokendra Surya (B.Tech. 2009-13)

    Prema Rajagopalan, Assoc. Prof, Department of HSS, IIT Madras (Ph.D 1984-92  Department of HSS)

    Ishwardeep Singh, (B.Tech 2004)

    Farhan Ali, B.tech. (2000-2004)

    Siddharth Singh, PhD Scholar

    Saikat Ghosh, IIT Kanpur  (Faculty, Physics)

    Nitin Srivastava, CEO, Mindworks Global Media (B.Tech, 1994)

    Karishma Jain, University of Cambridge, (MSc Integrated Chemistry 2000-05)


    First published in The Citizen.

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