100 IIT scholars write to support Kanhaiya Kumar, say attack on academic spaces ‘disturbing trend’

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Over 100 scholars of Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences of IITs across the country have issued statement of slodarity in favour of Kanhaiya Kumar and condemned police’s action on the campus.

The statement read, ” We, the undersigned, scholars of Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences of IITs across the country, condemn the police action in JNU and the arrest of the JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar on the charge of sedition. We also denounce the repeated acts of violence unleashed by some lawyers and others at the Patiala House Court against faculty, students and the media, as well as police inaction regarding the same.”

The signatories to this statement also urged media and public trials to ‘cease and for civil society to instead focus on debating issues in an amicable and reasonable manner, without slandering JNU or questioning the academic integrity or patriotic fervour of JNU and its supporters.’

They wrote, “We criticise the general atmosphere of fear and intimidation that is being created to target the entire university. Given the fast polarizing political atmosphere in the country, we appeal to the media organisations to display greater responsibility and conduct television debates in such a manner that no prejudicial public opinion is created while there is an ongoing enquiry into the entire episode by the authorities concerned.

“Resorting to jingoism and sensationalism may cause avoidable hazards.”

The scholars also slammed the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani by likening the ‘attack on JNU’ as attacks on academic autonomy and the ‘liberal ethos of learning.’

Their statement said, “The attempt to ban the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle at IIT-Madras, questionable appointments at various institutions of higher education, and the recent attack on the Ambedkar Students’ Association at the University of Hyderabad leading to the death of research scholar Rohith Vemula, must be seen as a part of a very disturbing trend.”

They said that academic spaces ought to have been ‘vibrant and democratic, conducive for free enquiry and debate.’

“We believe that universities have been and should remain, places for dialogue and deliberation. They should accommodate diverse opinions and cultures, where disagreements are resolved through the use of calm reason and balanced debate on both sides. Tampering with free inquiry by taking recourse to threat or intimidation not only tramples academic autonomy but leaves us poorer as a society.

“It is only through free exchange of thought, where ideas are allowed to propagate, and there remains a possibility of revision of previously-held opinions, that we develop as a nation and contribute to its further growth. We uphold the vibrant nature of India’s democracy and champion the right to dissent and examine the most fundamental concepts that are of interest to all Indian citizens. We stand in solidarity with JNUSU, JNUTA, JNU students, and all democratic bodies and individuals who are defending the liberal ethos of universities and appreciate the critical role they play in maintaining constitutional democracy.”

Aditi Singh, IIT Kharagpur

Ahsan Mohammed, IIT Madras

Akaitab Mukherjee, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Amit Kumar Mishra, IIT Kharagpur

Amit Saurabh, IIT Bombay

Anitha Iris, IIT Madras

Ankit Saxena, IIT Roorkee

Ankita Agarwal, IIT Kharagpur

Ankita Das, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Ankur Betageri, IIT Delhi

Anukripa Elango, IIT Madras

Archana Kumari, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Archana Verma, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Arya Prakash, IIT Madras

Asha Rani Horo, IIT Kharagpur

Ashni A L, IIT Madras

Ashwin Kurian Philip, IIT Madras

Asmita Verma, IIT Delhi

Bibhuti Mary Kachhap, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Chandana R B, IIT Madras

Chetan Kale, IIT Kharagpur

Chinju Johny, IIT Delhi

Debarati Dutta, IIT Kharagpur

Debjani Sarkar, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Debashis Pahi, IIT Kharagpur

Deepa Kozhisseri, IIT Madras

Diana Evangeline, IIT Madras

Divyanjana Prashansa, IIT Madras

Drishadwati Bargi, IIT Delhi

Geeta Mishra, IIT Delhi

Gurmeet Kaur, IIT Delhi

Hasna Ashraf, IIT Madras

Himanshi Pandey, IIT Kharagpur

Ishita Verma, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Jayshree Borah, IIT Madras

Joydeep, IIT Kharagpur

Justin Joseph, IIT Madras

Jyotsna Priyadarshni, IIT Kharagpur

Kalpana, IIT Kharagpur

Kranthi Kumar K, IIT Bombay

Keerthy P A, IIT Madras

Lalita, IIT Delhi

Laxmi Kumari, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Madhumit, IIT Kharagpur

Madhura Balasubramaniam, IIT Madras

Manohar Kumar, IIT Delhi

Manoj T P, IIT Madras

Mahendra Shahare, IIT Delhi

Mayuri Dilip, IIT Madras

Moupikta Mukherjee, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Meera M Panicker, IIT Madras

Mohammad Shahid Zaman,IIT Madras

Nishant Kumar,IIT Madras

Neha Gupta, IIT Delhi

Nikhil Yadav, IIT Delhi

Pallavi Kiran, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Prateek Vijayavargia, IIT Bombay

Pratyusha Bhowmik, IIT Kharagpur

Pritika Nehra, IIT Delhi

Purvi Oraon, IIT Madras

Queen Sarkar, IIT Kharagpur

Ranjith Kallyani, IIT Bombay

Ravi Chakraborty, IIT Delhi

Reema Singh, IIT Kharagpur

Reena Ashem, IIT Delhi

Rituparna Sengupta, IIT Delhi

Robin EJ, IIT Delhi

Ruhi Sonal, IIT Delhi

Rupali Bansode, IIT Delhi

Sahel Md. Delabul Hossain, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Saliha Shah, IIT Delhi

Sana Huque, IIT Bombay

Sandip Datta, IIT Delhi

Sarbani Bandyopadhyay, IIT Bombay

Seema Ladsaria, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Shashwati Sinha, IIT Kharagpur

Shikha Vats, IIT Delhi

Smrity Sonal, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Soumya Mohan Ghosh, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Sreelakshmi R, IIT Madras

Sree Hari A P, IIT Madras

Sridhar S, IIT Madras

Suchitra Pramanik, IIT Kharagpur

Sukruth Koundinya, IIT Madras

Supriya Pandey, IIT Kharagpur

Supriya Kumari Singh, IIT Kharagpur

Swati Mantri, IIT Delhi

Swayamshree Mishra, IIT Delhi

Swetha Sridhar, IIT Madras

Syed Junaid Ahmad, IIT Delhi

Tamali, IIT Bombay

Tanima Kumari, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Thapasya J, IIT Madras

Upasana Sinha, IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

Urmila Reghunath, IIT Madras

Vikas Malhotra, IIT Kharagpur

Vikram Chukka, IIT Delhi

Vinay, IIT Bombay

Vishal Singh, IIT Kharagpur

Zenia Nanra, IIT Kharagpur

(Statement source: Kailash.org)

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