Release Hany Babu!

We, the undersigned former and current students of Prof Hany Babu M.T., condemn his arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday and stand in firm solidarity with him. Prof. Babu is a noted academic, a well known anti-caste activist, and a member of the committee formed for the defence of G.N. Saibaba, a former Delhi University professor who is over 90% disabled, and wheelchair bound. Prof. Babu has maintained his innocence since the illegal raid at his Noida apartment last year in September by Pune police. The raid, which was conducted without a warrant, resulted in the Pune Police confiscating Prof. Babu’s laptop, mobile phones, two booklets printed for the G.N. Saibaba defence committee and two books which are publicly available in bookstores and libraries. The nature of his alleged ‘crime’ remains unclear because the NIA’s warrant is, in our opinion, deliberately vague with clearly fabricated accusations. According to news reports, the ‘evidence’ that has apparently led to Prof Babu’s arrest was based off of an e folder on his hard disk. He was, however, not given a hash value for his laptop.

We believe this is a direct attack on education, activists and the academic space at large. It is outrageous that on 23rd June Prof. Babu was summoned to Mumbai from Noida during a pandemic. His summon and arrest cannot be seen in isolation. Activists like Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, Gulfisha Fatima and Sharjeel Usmani were also arrested during the ongoing pandemic which mandates social distancing. Overcrowded jails have now become the new Covid19 hotspots. Activists arrested earlier, like Sharjeel Imam, Akhil Gogoi, and Varavara Rao, and, according to recent news reports, many other prisoners, have also tested Covid positive.

We demand Prof. Babu’s immediate release, and reaffirm our complete solidarity with our Professor, Dr. Hany Babu. We also demand the release of all political prisoners who were arrested in cases related to the Elgar-Parishad, as well as the anti-CAA protestors booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act, which makes bail almost impossible under medical and humanitarian grounds despite the ongoing pandemic.

In solidarity,

Signed by:

  1. Adarsh Yadav, MA English, DU, 2020

  2. Asief Aliyar, MA English, DU, 2020

  3. Kanupriya, MA English, DU, 2020

  4. Bhawna Singh, MA English, DU, 2020

  5. Anushka Trivedi, MA English, DU

  6. Eliza Anjum, MA English, DU, 2020

  7. Mridul Kiku, MA English, DU, 2020

  8. Saira, MA English, DU, 2020

  9. Ibrahim Badshah AM, PhD, 2019-

  10. Akshita Rawat, DU

  11. Aakanksha, MA English, DU

  12. Chayan Pramanik, MA English, DU, 2021

  13. Khushi Gupta, MA English, DU, 2020

  14. Himanish Thadani, DU, 2017

  15. Simran, MA English, DU, 2021

  16. Rashmi Vats, MA English, 2021

  17. Noduli Pulu, DU

  18. Shreya Das, MA English, DU, 2021

  19. Shrimansi, MA English, DU, 2021

  20. Abhay Bangari, MA English, DU, 2021

  21. Sandra Mariam Shaji, MA English, DU, 2019-

  22. Shubhangi Yadav, MA English, DU

  23. Richa Das, JNU

  24. Jerome Abraham, MA English, DU, 2020

  25. Richa Rani, MA English, 2021

  26. Lakshmi, MA, DU, 2020

  27. Tenzing Dawa, MPhil English, DU, 2019-21

  28. Hammad Hassan, MA, DU, 2021

  29. Kunal Kardam, MA English, DU, 2021

  30. Smriti Verma, MA English, DU, 2021

  31. Diksha Makhija, MA English, DU, 2020

  32. Smrity Jayara, MPhil, DU

  33. Swati, MA

  34. Anibal Goth, MPhil English, DU, 2019-2021

  35. Anu, MA English, DU

  36. Junaidh ct, MA English, DU, 2021

  37. Ashwarya, MA, DU, 2020

  38. Sneha Dasgupta, MA, DU, 2021

  39. Divyansh Bhatt, MA English, 2021

  40. Priyanka Singh, KNC, 2019

  41. Anil Choudhary, MA English, 2020

  42. Khayingwon, English, DU, 2017

  43. Ishita Gautam, MA English, DU, 2021

  44. Kulwinder Singh, MA English

  45. Pratyaksha, MA English, 2019

  46. Nikita Dugar, MA English

  47. Anindita Singha, MA English, 2020

  48. Azharuddin, MA (2012-2014), MPhil (2014-2016)

  49. Priyasha Dutta, MA English, DU, 2021

  50. Malvika Jayakumar, MA English, 2021

  51. Varsha Anil Nair, MA English, DU

  52. Reji Baiju, MA English, 2020

  53. Nazrana Haque, MA English, 2021

  54. Partha Banerjee, MA English, DU, 2021

  55. Ishita Mandal, MA English, DU, 2020

  56. Christina John, MA English, DU, 2021

  57. Monami, English, DU, 2019

  58. Maniza Khalid, MA English, DU, 2019

  59. Chingkheinganbi Mayengbam, MA English, 2021

  60. Shahnawaz Ahmad Wani, MPhil, DU 2019-21

  61. Ananya, MA, JNU, 2020

  62. Betsame Lamar, DU, 2021

  63. Ankit, MA English, DU, 2021

  64. Rupal Bansal, English, DU, 2021

  65. Riyaz Ahmad, MA English, 2021

  66. Rizowana Hussaini, MA English, 2015

  67. Sandeep Kumar, B.Sc. APS, DU, 2010

  68. Swali Prakash, MA English, 2020

  69. Gayathri Nair, MA English, DU, 2015

  70. Jonathan Martin, MA English, 2015

  71. Ashwini Joshi, MA English, 2019

  72. Manjeera, MA English, 2019

  73. Sukriti Pandey, DU, 2019

  74. Tasnim Nazifa, MA English, 2019

  75. Suramya Shubham, English, DU, 2019

  76. Rachun G, MA English

  77. Indira Dasan, MA English, 2020

  78. Ruby Singha, MA English, 2021

  79. Shatakshi Singh, MA English

  80. Dyuti Roy, MA English DU, 2021

  81. Anshika, MA English, 2019

  82. Aritra Majumdar, MA English, 2019

  83. Sakshi, MA English DU

  84. Sazmeen Reyaz, MA English, 2020

  85. Tenzin Nyemo, Delhi University, 2020

  86. Deepali Yadav, MA English, 2019

  87. Simran Bhagat, MA English, DU

  88. Dhruv Goswami, MA English, 2019

  89. Rabiya Shahid, MA English 2019

  90. Hani Hilal, MA English, 2020

  91. Kritika Chauhan, MA English, 2020

  92. Paromita Roy, MA English, 2019

  93. Rachel John, MA English, 2020

  94. Tanurima Shau, MA English, 2020

  95. Aritra Basu, MPhil, DU, 2021

  96. Feba Rasheed, MPhil English, 2017

  97. Meenal Singh, MA English, 2021

  98. Ragasree K P, MA English, 2020

  99. Richa, MA English, 2020

  100. Shayer Majumdar, MA English, 2015

  101. Safia Habib, MA English, 2020

  102. Sanket Sakar, MA English, 2020

  103. AditiyaR, MA English, 2020

  104. Akshay Kundu, MA English, 2020

  105. Deepanwita Dey, MA English, 2020

  106. Chetan Anand, MA Linguistics, 2013

  107. Akshay Singh, MA, DU

  108. Hemant Kumar, MA, DU

  109. Ananya Chatterjee, MA English, 2020

  110. Corrina Humtsoe, MA English, 2020

  111. Sikha Mohanty, MA English, 2020

  112. Aastha Tomar, MA English, 2020

  113. Elizabeth James, MA English, 2020

  114. Nimisha S, MA English, 2020

  115. Karishma Martolia, MA English, 2020

  116. Nishant Kumar, MA English

  117. Harikrishnan Menoth, MA English 2020

  118. Barkha, MA English, 2020

  119. Archana Ravi, MA English, 2020

  120. Anshul Mukarji, MA English, 2020

  121. Priya Poddar, MA English, 2020

  122. Geetanjali Lekhra, MA English, 2020

  123. Parul, MA English, DU, 2021

  124. Himani, English H, DU, 2016

  125. Himanshu, MA English, 2020

  126. Sayantani Biswas, MA English, DU

  127. Manisha Vishwakarma, MA English, 2020

  128. Prabhjot Kaur, MA English, 2020

  129. Abhinandini, MA English, DU, 2021

  130. Himani Tanwar, MA English, 2019

  131. Eza Deshwal, MA English, 2020

  132. Khansa Kubra, MA English, 2020

  133. Sreevyasan K S, MA English, 2020

  134. Anshika Sharma, MA English, DU

  135. Rizwana Nusrath KV, MA English DU, 2018

  136. Dipanjali Singh, Department of English, University of Delhi. 2019-

  137. Sadia Prince, MA English, DU, 2018

  138. Pechimayum Bidyarani Devi, MPhil, 2017

  139. Rasha Fathima, MA English, DU, 2020

  140. Saumya Srivastava, MA English, DU, 2020

  141. Aanchal Poonia, MA English, 2020

  142. Neha Jaji Varghese, MA, DU 2019

  143. Rohit, MA English, DU

  144. Heeranshi Sharma, MA English, DU, 2020

  145. Khagemba Ningthoujam, DU 2015

  146. Mansi Miglani, MA English, DU, 2020

  147. Ainee Basir, MA English, DU, 2019

  148. Khushboo, English, Ramjas, 2019

  149. Anurag Uprety, MA English

  150. Sareo Leiyachon, M.A, Delhi University, 2015

  151. Divya Khanna, MA English, DU, 2019

  152. Herry, MA English, DU, 2020

  153. Debosmita, MA English, DU, 2020

  154. Ashish Kumar, MA English, DU, 2020

  155. Thelma Ramthienghlim, English, DU, 2012

  156. Jagriti Yadav, MA English, DU, 2019

  157. Somya Charan Pahadi, MA English, DU, 2020

  158. Ng Aquiline, MA English, DU, 2015

  159. Ankit, MA English, DU

  160. Ishita, MA English, DU, 2020

  161. Ritam Gupta, M.A. English, DU, 2021

  162. Thinkal Hansan, PhD. University of Delhi

  163. Aienla A, MPhil English, DU, (2015-17)

  164. Shubham Mamgain, English, DU, 2020

  165. Shama Jan, MPhil, Department of English, University of Delhi, 2019

  166. Jarim Raksam Marak, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020

  167. Mrigakshi Das, M.A English, University of Delhi, 2020

  168. Suryakant Yadav, M.Phil. Semester 2

  169. Songayam Zimik, MPhil English, Delhi University, 2021

  170. Abhilasha Dey, M.A Final, English, DU

  171. Bhavya, B.A. (Hons) English, University of Delhi, 2019

  172. Armeen Kaur Ahuja, English, Delhi University, 2013

  173. Nikita Singh, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020

  174. Bhuvnesh, University of Delhi, 2018-2020

  175. Mahima Kapoor, MA English, DU

  176. Ashish Gautam, PhD. University of Delhi. Currently Pursuing

  177. Ashuwang Andrew Gangmei. MA English, University of Delhi

  178. Sidhant Chaudhary, MA English, DU, 2021

  179. Pratishtha Pandey, MA English, Delhi University, 2021

  180. Ananya, MA English, DU, 2020

  181. Garima, MA English, 2020

  182. Kritika Nautiyal, English, Delhi University, 2019

  183. Himanshu Balhara, MA English, DU, 2020

  184. Sashanka Shekhar Das, English, DU, 2011

  185. Anirban Dutta Choudhury, MA English, DU, 2020

  186. Simi Nath, MA English, DU

  187. Archana Gupta, M.A. English, DU, 2019-21

  188. Yashwant Singh Panwar, MA English, DU

  189. Aradhana Lamichhane, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020

  190. Saima Rana, M.A English, Delhi University, 2021

  191. Sanchi, MA English, DU, 2021

  192. Trisha Mitra, DU, 2015

  193. Ananya Roy, MA English, DU, 2021

  194. Shalu Chauhan, MA English, DU, 2020

  195. Isha Gupta, MA English, DU, 2020

  196. Amanda, MA English, DU

  197. Shlesha, MA English, DU, 2020

  198. Chirag T, DU, 2016

  199. Aditya, MA, DU

  200. Rimsha Falak, MA English, DU, 2020

  201. Anoushka, M.A. English, University of Delhi, 2021

  202. Avica Bedi, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020

  203. Priya Chadha, MA English, DU, 2020

  204. Prema Singh, MA English, DU

  205. Tanya, MA English, DU, 2021

  206. Harpreet Kaur Bhamra, MA English, DU, 2018

  207. Tina Borah, MPhil, English Department, DU, Batch of 2019-22

  208. Gayatri, MA English, DU, 2020

  209. Caroline Abraham, MA English, DU, 2015

  210. Gargee Baruah, MA 2014-16

  211. Jitendra Kumar, MA English, DU, 2019

  212. Divya Kumari, MA English, DU, 2019

  213. Geetika Rao, MA English

  214. Bibhusha Rai, MA English, Delhi University, 2020

  215. Shubhayan Chakrabarti, M.A. English, University of Delhi, 2018

  216. Themreichon, Class of 2015

  217. Brahma Meena, University of Delhi, MA English (2017-2019)

  218. Vivek Kumar, MA English, DU

  219. Susmita Banerjee, MA English, DU

  220. Aditi, MPhil English

  221. Marshika Chauhan, MA English, DU, 2018

  222. Diksha, MA English, DU, 2021

  223. Ayushi Dubey, M.A. English, University of Delhi

  224. Anukriti Jayant, M.Phil, DU, 2021

  225. Ananya, MA English, DU, 2021

  226. Aakash Sinha, MPhil, DU

  227. Shweta Mohan, MA English, DU, 2019

  228. Sahin Shah, English Literature, 2015

  229. Aishwarya Sharma, MA English, DU, 2021

  230. Sougaijam Dhanamanjuri Devi, MA English, DU, 2020

  231. Souradeep Roy, MA, English, DU (2015); MPhil, English, DU (2017)

  232. Rajorshi Das, MPhil, DU, 2016

  233. Anshita Makwana, MA English, Second Year

  234. Agrima, MA English, DU, 2017

  235. Rukmini Sircar, MA English Literature, DU, 2014

  236. Lourdes Mary Supriya, MA English, Delhi University, 2017

  237. Priyam Goswami Choudhury, M.A. English, Delhi University, 2016

  238. Vagisha Mishra, M.A. English, DU, 2015

  239. Anam Kazmi, M.A. English, DU, 2017

  240. Drishti Chhibber, MA English, Delhi University, 2017

  241. Neha Verma, Masters in English, Delhi University, 2015

  242. Shruti Sareen, MA – 2009, MPhil 2012, PhD 2020

  243. Shamayita Sen, present PhD scholar, DU

  244. Geetika, M.A. English University of Delhi, 2016

  245. Nancy Sharma, M.A. English, Delhi University

  246. Poorvi Ahuja, MA English, University of Delhi, 2015

  247. Rituparna Sengupta, MA Linguistics, University of Delhi, 2012

  248. Sapna Aggarwal, MA English, University of Delhi, 2015

  249. Saumya Sethia, MPhil, 2019

  250. Anukriti Agarwal, MPhil, 2017

  251. Biswajit K. Bora, MA English, University of Delhi, 2012

  252. Nupur Mittal, MA English (2009-11), M Phil English (2011-13), Delhi University.

  253. Azhar Uddin Sahaji, MA 2013-15

  254. Ambika Narain, MA English, DU, 2014

  255. Tanu Priya, M.A English, Delhi University, 2012

  256. Ankita Anson, MA English, 2015

  257. Ifrah Javaid, MA English, University of Delhi, 2016

  258. Anannya Baruah, MA English Literature, DU, 2009

  259. Rijuta Mehta, Delhi University, 2009

  260. Purobi Banerjee, MA English, DU, 2020

  261. Priyanka, MA English, Ambedkar University, 2nd Year

  262. Anjali, MPhil English, 2017

  263. Nazish Ashraf, M.A English, University of Delhi, 2016

  264. Partha Pratim Barua, MA English (2012-2014), DU

  265. Tarh Aman, MA English, DU

  266. Yengkhom Shija, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020

  267. Anju Parvathy, MPhil, Delhi University, 2017

  268. Rukmini Pande, MA, Delhi University, 2008

  269. Diwakar Attri, MA English, DU

  270. Kastoori Barua, MA English, Delhi University, 2016

  271. Adrita Mukherjee, M.Phil., University of Delhi, 2018

  272. Jahnavi, MPhil in English, DU

  273. Deepanshi Ailawadi, M.A (English), University of Delhi

  274. Rebecca Chongloi, MA English, DU, 2021

  275. Subhadip Mukherjee, MA English, DU, 2020

  276. Hansa, MPhil, DU, 2020

  277. Afeefa Nishaat, MA English, DU, 2020

  278. Kamna Singh, MPhil 2018-2020, Department of English, University of Delhi

  279. Akshay Kartik, BA English, DU, 2014

  280. Sumithra VM, MA English, University of Delhi, 2019

  281. Hiba Ahmed, MPhil, DU, 2020

  282. Bhawya Wadhera, MPhil English Literature, (2016-18) University of Delhi

  283. Siddharth Soni, MA English, DU, 2015

  284. Madhura Sarkar, MA English, DU, 2013

  285. Tanya Srivastava, MA English, Delhi University, 2019

  286. Jyotika Manral, M.A English, DU

  287. Tazeen Ali, MPhil 2019-21

  288. Samiksha, University of Delhi

  289. Geet, MA English, DU, 2020

  290. Aarti, MA English, 2020

  291. K S, MA English, DU 2020

  292. Shrisht Arora, M.A English, DU University, 2020

  293. Shweta, MA English, DU, 2021

  294. Gokul, MA English

  295. Simran Katoch, MA English 2021

  296. Abhishek Aman, MA English, 2020

  297. Anurag Majumdar, M. A. English, University of Delhi

  298. Agrim, M.A. English, Delhi University

  299. Anderson Glashan, MPhil, DU, 2016

  300. Vaishali Das, M.A. Eng, DU, 2019

  301. Krispa Ningombam, MA English, Delhi University, 2013

  302. Priyakshi, M.A. English, University of Delhi, 2015

  303. Rashmi, MA English, DU, 2020

  304. Anindita Bose, MA English (2020), DU

  305. Tapasya, M.A. English, University of Delhi, 2015-17

  306. Heena Chauhan, MPhil (2017-19) Department of English, University of Delhi

  307. Anjana Jolly, MA English, DU, 2021

  308. Ayushi Gupta, MA English, DU

  309. Mayank Kumar, MA English, DU, 2021

  310. Amrita Sekhar, M.A English, University of Delhi, 2016

  311. Shivam, MA English

  312. Swarnima Bhattacharya, MA, English. Delhi University, 2014

  313. Suman Bhagchandani, PhD

  314. Surbhi Singh, MA English Literature, Delhi University

  315. Shibangi Dash, M.Phil (2018-20), Department of English, University of Delhi

  316. Archna Tanwar, MA English, Delhi University, 2014-16