Kanhaiya Kumar gets huge international support, nearly 500 scholars sign solidarity statement


In an embarrassing development for the Narendra Modi government and its controlled Delhi police, nearly 500 academicians, economists and scholars of international repute have extended their support to the arrested leader of Jawaharlal Nehru University, Kanhaiya Kumar.

Among those who have singed the ‘solidarity statement’ are  scholars from Yale, SOAS in London, Cambridge University, University of Chicago and the list goes on. (See the statement and list below.) (Source Kafila.org)

“We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the students, faculty and staff of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi against the illegal ongoing police action since February 9, 2016. With them, we affirm the autonomy of the university as a non-militarized space for freedom of thought and expression. Accordingly, we condemn police presence on campus and the harassment of students on the basis of their political beliefs.

The charge of sedition, under the guise of which the police have been given a carte blanche to enter the JNU campus, to raid student hostels, arrest and detain students, including Kanhaiya Kumar, the current president of the JNU Students Union, is an alibi for the incursion of an authoritarian regime onto the university campus. Under Indian law sedition applies only to words and actions that directly issue a call to violence. The peaceful demonstration and gathering of citizens does not constitute criminal conduct. The police action on JNU campus is illegal under the constitution of India.

An open, tolerant, and democratic society is inextricably linked to critical thought and expression cultivated by universities in India and abroad. As teachers, students, and scholars across the world, we are watching with extreme concern the situation unfolding at JNU and refuse to remain silent as our colleagues (students, staff, and faculty) resist the illegal detention and autocratic suspension of students. We urge the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University to protect members of the university community and safeguard their rights.”


Dated/- 15 February 2016


  1. Asma Abbas, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
  2. Syed Shahid Abbas, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, U.K.
  3. Gilbert Achcar, SOAS, University of London
  4. Katie Addleman, University of Toronto
  5. Barun Adhikary, JNU
  6. Aniket Aga, Yale University
  7. Ashish Aggarwal, (JNU 2012)
  8. Aftab Ahmad, (JNU 2000), Columbia University
  9. Aijaz Ahmad, University of California, Irvine
  10. Meena Alexander, City University of New York
  11. Nosheen Ali, Habib University
  12. Tariq Omar Ali, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
  13. Liyanage Amarakeerthi, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  14. Harini Amarasuriya, Open University of Sri Lanka
  15. Eyal Amiran, UC Irvine, California, USA
  16. Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster
  17. Sundari Anitha, (JNU 1996), University of Lincoln Brayford Pool
  18. Ponni Arasu, (JNU 2005), University of Toronto
  19. Jayadev Athreya, University of Washington
  20. Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz
  21. Saurabh Arora, University of Sussex
  22. Edward Anderson, (JNU 2009), Cambridge University
  23. Abdul Kalam Azad, TISS-UNICEF
  24. Edward Bacal, University of Toronto
  25. Nandita Badami, (JNU 2011), University of California Irvine
  26. Shiladitya Banerjee, University of Chicago
  27. Amit R. Baishya, (JNU 2003), University of Oklahoma
  28. Anirban Baishya, (JNU 2013), University of Southern California
  29. Aparna Balachandran, (JNU 2000), University of Delhi
  30. Sai Balakrishnan, Harvard University
  31. Ian Balfour, York University
  32. Jairus Banaji, (JNU 1975) SOAS, London
  33. Murad Banaji, University of Middlesex
  34. Sandeep Banerjee, McGill University
  35. Sreenanti Banerjee, Birkbeck, University of London
  36. Anustup Basu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  37. Arani Basu, (JNU 2015), Humboldt University
  38. Ananyo “Tito” Basu, American Cooperative School of Tunis
  39. Priyanka Basu, (JNU 2011), SOAS, London
  40. Srimati Basu, University of Kentucky
  41. Subho Basu, (JNU 1988), McGill University
  42. Lalit Batra, University of Minnesota
  43. Daniel Bender, University of Toronto
  44. Ankur Betageri, IIT-Delhi
  45. Madhav Badami, McGill University
  46. Sukanya Banerjee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  47. Homi Bhabha, Harvard University
  48. Gurminder K Bhambra, University of Warwick/Linnaeus University
  49. Brenna Bhandar, SOAS, University of London
  50. V. Bhaskar, (JNU 1981, JNUSU President 1981), University of Texas at Austin
  51. Udit Bhatia, Oxford University
  52. Varuni Bhatia, (JNU), University of Michigan Ann Arbor
  53. Enakshi Bhattacharya, IIT-Madras
  54. Gargi Bhattacharyya, University of East London
  55. Nandini Bhattacharya, (JNU 2005), University of Dundee
  56. Ritwik Bhattacharyya, Princeton University
  57. Shreya Bhattacherjee, (JNU 2010), University of California, Riverside
  58. Soumyadip Bandyopadhyaya, IIT-Kharagpur
  59. Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University
  60. Debanjali Biswas, (JNU 2011), King’s College London
  61. Nabaneeta Biswas, University of Georgia
  62. Somak Biswas, (JNU 2015), University of Warwick
  63. Amiel Bize, Columbia University
  64. Manuela Boatcă, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  65. Anannya Bohidar, (JNU 2014), University of Pennsylvania
  66. Jenisha Borah, (JNU 2013)
  67. David Boyk, University of California, Berkeley
  68. Andrea Brock, University of Sussex
  69. Wendy Brown, University of California, Berkeley
  70. Kriti Budhiraja, (JNU 2014), University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  71. Allison Busch, Columbia University
  72. Judith Butler, University of California, Berkeley
  73. Erica Burman, University of Manchester
  74. Utathya C., (JNU 2011), University of Illinois
  75. Linda Carty, Syracuse University
  76. Radhika Chadha, (JNU 2005), Delhi University
  77. Pavel Chakraborty, (JNU 2003), Oxford University
  78. Pratik Chakrabarti, (JNU 2000), University of Manchester
  79. Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago
  80. Priyanka Chakraborty, Southern Methodist University
  81. Paula Chakravartty, NYU
  82. Aditi Chandra, University of California
  83. Ananya Chatterjea, University of Minnesota
  84. Anindita Chatterjee, University of Minnesota
  85. Anomitro Chatterjee, (JNU 2010), Georgia State Universit
  86. Chandrayee Chatterjee, (JNU 2012), Georgia State University.
  87. Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University
  88. Piya Chatterjee, Scripps College
  89. Sreya Chatterjee, (JNU 2004)
  90. Sumita Dutt Chatterjee, (JNU 1989), University of Miami
  91. Sameer Chaturvedi,  Jawaharlal Nehru University
  92. Antara Ray Chaudhury, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  93. Divya Cherian, (JNU 2008), Rutgers University
  94. Vanessa Chishti, (JNU 2015)
  95. Meghna Chaudhuri, (JNU 2012), New York University
  96. Francis Cody, University of Toronto
  97. Dia Da Costa, University of Alberta
  98. Bedatri Datta Choudhury, (JNU 2012), New York University
  99. Mrinalini Chakravorty, University of Virginia.
  100. Lawrence Cohen, University of California, Berkeley
  101. Aditi Surie von Czechowski, Columbia University
  102. Katyayani Dalmia, (JNU 2008), New School
  103. Deepra Dandekar, University of Heidelberg, Germany
  104. Chandler Davis, University of Toronto
  105. Dharashree Das, (JNU 2005), Simon Fraser University
  106. Manishita Dass, Royal Holloway, University of London
  107. Sangeeta Das, (JNU 2007), Jawaharlal Nehru University
  108. Satadru Das, (JNU 2008), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  109. Ananya Dasgupta, (JNU 2003), Case Western Reserve University
  110. Rohit K Dasgupta, University of Southampton
  111. Sandipto Dasgupta, King’s College, London
  112. Sejuti Dasgupta, (JNU 2010), Michigan State University
  113. Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto
  114. Anuradha De, (JNU 1992), CORD
  115. Rohit De, Yale University
  116. Siddhartha Deb, Writer, The New School
  117. Sanchia deSouza, University of Toronto
  118. Federico Demaria, ICTA UAB, Barcelona, Spain
  119. Karishma Desai, Teachers College, Columbia University
  120. Jigna Desai, University of Minnesota
  121. Meenu Deswal, (JNU 2014), University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  122. Garima Dhabai, (JNU 2015), Yale University
  123. Meena Dhanda, University of Wolverhampton
  124. Neha Dhole, (JNU 2010), University of Pittsburgh
  125. Rohan D’Souza, (JNU 1998), Kyoto University
  126. Debjani Dutta, (JNU 2012), University of Southern California
  127. Devika Dutt, (2014), University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  128. Timothy S. Dobe, Grinnell College
  129. J Daniel Elam, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  130. Kanishka Elupula, (JNU 2008), Harvard University
  131. Sara Feldman, University of Illinois
  132. Peter Fitting, University of Toronto
  133. Bashabi Fraser, Edinburgh Napier University
  134. Kathleen Frederickson, University of California, Davis
  135. Elaine Freedgood, New York University
  136. Lina M Fruzzetti, Brown University
  137. Richard Fung, OCAD University
  138. Debjani Ganguly, University of Virginia
  139. Keya Ganguly, University of Minnesota
  140. Tejaswini Ganti, NYU
  141. Faisal Garba, University of Cape Town
  142. Gaurav C. Garg,(JNU 2013), New York University
  143. David Gellner, Oxford University
  144. Robert M Geraci, Manhattan College
  145. Roos Gerritsen, Heidelberg University & IIT Madras
  146. Maitreesh Ghatak, London School of Economics
  147. Bishnupriya Ghosh, University of California, Santa Barbara
  148. Arunabh Ghosh, Harvard University
  149. Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota
  150. Natasha Ginwala, (JNU 2010), curator
  151. Tula Goenka, Syracuse University
  152. Dishanka Gogoi, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  153. Hugo Gorringe, University of Edinburgh
  154. Manu Goswami, New York University
  155. Anup Grewal, University of Toronto
  156. Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University
  157. Priyamvada Gopal, (JNU 1991), University of Cambridge
  158. Mahesh Gopalan, (JNU 2012), St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi
  159. Ratna Goradia, (JNU 2008), New York Post
  160. Yogita Goyal, University of California Los Angeles
  161. Radhika Govindrajan, (JNU 2006), University of Washington
  162. Isabelle Guérin, Centre d’études en Sciences Sociales Sur Les Mondes Américains  Africains et Asiatiques
  163. Akhil Gupta, University of California, Los Angeles
  164. Anoushka Gupta (JNU 2008), York University
  165. Bishnupriya Gupta, (JNU 1983), University of Warwick
  166. Bipasha Guptaroy, (JNU 1984), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  167. Shubhra Gururani, York University, Canada
  168. Jaswant Guzder, McGill University
  169. Alexis Halkovic (JNU 1996), The Graduate Center, City University of New York
  170. Thomas Blom Hansen, Stanford University
  171. Anusha Hariharan, (JNU 2011), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  172. Martin Harries, University of California, Irvine
  173. Barbara Harriss-White, Oxford University
  174. Anneeth Kaur Hundle, University of California, Merced
  175. Phil Hutchinson, Manchester Metropolitan University
  176. Aashique Ahmed Iqbal, (JNU 2011), University of Oxford
  177. Feyzi Ismail, SOAS, University of London
  178. Bharati Jagannatha, (JNU PhD 2010), Miranda House
  179. Sarandha Jain, (JNU 2015)
  180. Bhawana Jaiswal, (JNU 2015)
  181. Sudeep Kumar Jaiswal, (JNU 2015), East China Normal University (ECNU)
  182. Chinnaiah Jangam, (JNU 1998), Carleton College
  183. Pranav Jani, Ohio State University
  184. Nicolas Jaoul, EHESS/CNRS, France
  185. Arjun Jayadev, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  186. Rajshri Jayaraman, ESMT Berlin
  187. Ketaki Jaywant, (JNU, 2008), University of Minnesota
  188. Patricia Jeffery, University of the Edinburgh
  189. Anderson Jeremiah, Lancaster University
  190. Shikha Jhingan, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  191. Bhoomika Joshi, (JNU 2009), Yale University
  192. Meghana Joshi, Rutgers University
  193. Abhishek Kaicker, University of California, Berkeley
  194. Vidya Kalaramadam, William Paterson University of New Jersey
  195. Virinder S Kalra, University of Manchester
  196. Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  197. Lipika Kamra, (JNU 2010), University of Oxford
  198. Aparna Kapadia, (JNU 2005), Williams College
  199. Caren Kaplan, University of California, Davis
  200. Ilan Kapoor, York University
  201. Anupama Kapse, Queens College, CUNY
  202. Jyotsna Kapur, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  203. Radha Kapuria, (JNU 2013), King’s College London
  204. Sumayya Kassamalli, Columbia University
  205. Malavika Kasturi, (JNU 1988-1992), University of Toronto
  206. Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania
  207. Ravinder Kaur, (JNU 1996, JNUSU General Secretary 1994-1995), University of Copenhagen
  208. Sudipta Kaviraj, Columbia University
  209. Prashant Keshavmurthy, (JNU 1998), McGill University
  210. Prashant Kidambi, (JNU 1994), University of Leicester
  211. Wiebke Keim, CNRS/University of Strasbourg
  212. Dipti Khera, New York University
  213. Jocelyn Killmer, Syracuse University
  214. Makiko Kimura, (JNU 2004), Tsuda College, Tokyo
  215. Pasha M. Khan, McGill University
  216. Ashok Kotwal, University of British Columbia
  217. Ashish Koul, (JNU 2006),  Vanderbilt University
  218. Monomita Roy Krishna, (JNU 1982), University of Hawaii
  219. Sankaran Krishna, (JNU 1982), University of Hawaii at Manoa
  220. Jesse Ross Knutson, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
  221. Abdul Kuddus, (JNU 2005), Learning Solutions Consultant
  222. Sikandar Kumar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  223. Leena Kumarappan, London Metropolitan University
  224. CJ Kuncheria, (JNU 2015), Yale University
  225. Rishabh Kumar, (JNU 2008), The New School, New York
  226. Sahil Kureshi, (JNU 2013), Oxford University
  227. Vinay Lal, University of California Los Angeles
  228. Mahmood Kooria, (JNU 2012), Leiden University, the Netherlands
  229. Premesh Lalu, University of the Western Cape
  230. Joel Lee, Williams College
  231. Jens Lerche, SOAS, University of London
  232. Darryl Li, Yale Law School
  233. David Palumbo-Liu, Stanford University
  234. Madhura Lohokare, (JNU 2003), Syracuse University
  235. Munira Lokhandwala, University of California, Berkeley
  236. Jinee Lokaneeta, Drew University
  237. Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania
  238. Ritty Lukose, New York University
  239. Sumi Madhok, (JNU 1997), London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
  240. Aparna Mahariya, (JNU 2015), University of Exeter
  241. Kama Maclean, UNSW Australia
  242. Rochona Majumdar, University of Chicago
  243. Meghana Marathe, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  244. Sanjeev Routray, (JNU 2003), University of British Columbia
  245. Sudhir Mahadevan, University of Washington, Seattle
  246. Bakirathi Mani, (JNU 1997) Swarthmore College
  247. Swati Mantri, IIT Delhi
  248. Rohan Dominic Mathews, (JNU 2015)
  249. Surbhi Mahajan, (JNU 2008), Development Researcher
  250. Aakshi Magazine, (JNU 2011), University of St Andrews, UK
  251. Tapasi Mathur, (JNU 2008), University of Michigan
  252. Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies, UK
  253. Nora Melnikova, Charles University, Prague
  254. Dilip Menon, University of Witwatersrand
  255. Gayatri A. Menon, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru
  256. Minakshi Menon, (JNU 1985), Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  257. Nikhil Menon, (JNU 2011), Princeton University
  258. Thomas Metcalf, University of California, Berkeley
  259. Alessandra Mezzadri, SOAS, London
  260. Sumeet Mhaskar, University of Göttingen
  261. Darshana Mini, University of Southern California
  262. Geeta Mishra, IIT Delhi
  263. Sangay Mishra, Drew University
  264. Saurabh Mishra, (JNU 2004), University of Sheffield
  265. Shaivya Mishra, (JNU 2013), University of California Berkeley
  266. Mayank Misra, Princeton University
  267. Timothy Mitchell, Columbia University
  268. Kirtimaan Mohan, (JNU 2009), Michigan State University, East Lansing
  269. Taneesha Devi Mohan, (JNU 2010), London School of Economics
  270. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
  271. Padmini Mongia, (JNU Visiting Faculty 2008-2010), Franklin & Marshall College
  272. Radhika Mongia, York University, Toronto
  273. Nayanika Mookherjee, (JNU 1996), Durham University, UK
  274. Rosalind C. Morris, Columbia University
  275. Debashree Mukherjee, (JNU 2009), Columbia University
  276. Ishan Mukherjee, (JNU 2011), Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  277. Sanjukta Mukherjee, (JNU), DePaul University
  278. Shagata Mukherjee, Georgia State University
  279. Shruti Mukherjee, (JNU 2013), SUNY Stony Brook
  280. Sinjini Mukherjee, (JNU 2008), Heidelberg University
  281. Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee, Warwick University
  282. Uponita Mukherjee, (JNU 2014), Columbia University
  283. Maroona Murmu, Jadavpur University
  284. Hema A Murthy, IIT Madras
  285. Sharun W. Mukand, Warwick University
  286. Dulali Nag, Indian Institute for Social Welfare and Business Management
  287. Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  288. Kartik Nair, (JNU 2010), New York University
  289. Rahul Nair, (JNU 1998), Antioch College
  290. Vijayanka Nair, New York University
  291. Siddharth Narrain, Lawyer and Legal Researcher
  292. Poonam Natarajan, (JNU 1976), CSRD/SSS
  293. Anjali Nath, American University of Beirut
  294. Vasuki Nesiah, The Gallatin School, NYU
  295. Eleanor Newbigin, SOAS, University of London
  296. Anirban Nigam, (JNU 2014), University of California Irvine
  297. Madhurima Nundy, Institute of Chinese Studies
  298. Daniel O’Connor, University of Edinburg
  299. Francesca Orsini, SOAS London
  300. Goldie Osuri, University of Warwick
  301. Poornima Paidipathy, (JNU 2000), Cambridge University
  302. Shailaja Paik, University of Cincinnati
  303. Poulomi Pal, (JNU 2010), Amherst College
  304. Ravi Arvind Palat, SUNY Binghamton
  305. Ankita Pandey, (JNU 2008), University of Oxford
  306. Ishita Pande, (JNU 1999), Queen’s University
  307. Ankita Pandey, (JNU 2008), University of Oxford
  308. Khaliq Parkar, (JNU 2015), Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, Pune
  309. Ian Parker, University of Leicester
  310. Jonathan Parry, London School of Economics and Political Science
  311. Prachi Patankar, South Asia Solidarity Initiative
  312. Anuranjan Pegu, (JNU 2005), New York
  313. Mario da Penha, Rutgers University
  314. Sonali Perera, Hunter College of the City University New York
  315. Lakshmi Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  316. Jessy Phillip, (JNU 2015), TISS
  317. Kavita Philip, University of California, Irvine
  318. Chris Pinney, University College London
  319. Sheldon Pollock, Columbia University
  320. Gyan Prakash, (JNU 1975), Princeton University
  321. Ashok Prasad, Colorado State University
  322. David Prochaska, University of Illinois
  323. Navtej K. Purewal, SOAS University of London
  324. Teja Varma Pusapati, University of Oxford
  325. Asgar Qadri, George Washington University
  326. Nayma Qayum, Manhattanville College
  327. R. Radhakrishnan, University of California Irvine
  328. Pallavi Raghavan,  Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi
  329. Raisur Rahman, (JNU 2000) Wake Forest University
  330. Amit S. Rai, Queen Mary, University of London
  331. Shirin Rai, University of Warwick
  332. Arvind Rajagopal, New York University
  333. Dalpat Rajpurohit, (JNU 2008), Columbia University
  334. Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Bangalore
  335. Harsha Ram, University of California, Berkeley
  336. Bhavani Raman, (JNU 1999), University of Toronto
  337. Lucinda Ramberg, Cornell University
  338. M.V. Ramana, Princeton University
  339. Namita Ranganathan, (JNU 1988), Delhi University
  340. Bhargav Rani, (JNU 2014), City University of New York
  341. Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago
  342. Anupama Rao, Barnard College, Columbia University
  343. Meghana Rao, University of Toronto
  344. Rahul Rao, SOAS, University of London
  345. Shruti Rao, (JNU 2011), University of British Columbia
  346. Harshit Rathi, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  347. Debraj Ray, NYU
  348. Raka Ray, University of California, Berkeley
  349. Reeju Ray, (JNU 2007), University of Western Ontario
  350. Sangeeta Ray, University of Maryland
  351. Boike Rehbein, Humboldt University Berlin
  352. Allen F. Roberts, University of California, Los Angeles
  353. E. Natalie Rothman, University of Toronto
  354. Soumyadip Roy, (JNU 2009), Iowa State University
  355. Srila Roy, University of Witwatersrand
  356. Srirupa Roy, University of Goettingen
  357. Srabani Roychoudhury, (JNU 1992), Jawaharlal Nehru University
  358. Kanchana N. Ruwanpura, University of Edinburgh
  359. Poulomi Saha, University of California, Berkeley
  360. Sangita Saha, (JNU 2011), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  361. Arun Saldanha, University of Minnesota
  362. Aditi Saraf, Johns Hopkins University
  363. Aprajita Sarcar, (JNU 2013), Queen’s University Ontario
  364. Aditya Sarkar, (JNU 2005), Warwick University
  365. Parnisha Sarkar, (JNU 2015), University of Toronto
  366. Andrew Sartori, New York University
  367. Akshya Saxena, (JNU 2008), University of Minnesota
  368. Dwaipayan Sen, Amherst College
  369. Moumita Sen, (JNU 2009), University of Oslo
  370. Ruchira Sen, (JNU 2012), University of Missouri-Kansas City
  371. Aviroop Sengupta, (JNU 2014), Columbia University
  372. Uditi Sen, (JNU 2004), Hampshire College
  373. Sanjay Seth, Goldsmiths, University of London
  374. Aradhana Anu Sharma, Wesleyan University
  375. Partha Pratim Shil, (JNU 2008) Trinity College, Cambridge
  376. Arushi Singh, (JNU 2014), University of California, Los Angeles
  377. Bhrigupati Singh, Brown University
  378. Prerna Singh, Brown University
  379. Rashmi Singh (JNU 2011), University of Cambridge
  380. Aarti Sethi, (JNU 2009), Columbia University
  381. Alpa Shah, London School of Economics and Political Science
  382. Chayanika Shah, TISS Mumbai
  383. Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts/JNU
  384. Qaiser Shamim, (JNU 1981)
  385. Jayeeta Sharma, University of Toronto
  386. Nitin Sharma, Purdue University
  387. Shalini Sharma, (JNU 1996), Keele University
  388. Ajay Skaria, University of Minnesota
  389. Samira Sheikh, (JNU 1994), Vanderbilt University
  390. Benjamin Seigel, (Visiting Professor JNU 2007-8), Boston University
  391. Marc Siegel, Goethe University, Frankfurt
  392. Pritam Singh, (JNU 1976, Student Councillor JNU-SSS 1973), Oxford Brookes University
  393. Manjira Sinha, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  394. Subir Sinha, SOAS University of London
  395. Suvadip Sinha, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  396. Tanvi Sirari, (JNU 2012), University of British Columbia
  397. Ari Sitas, University of Cape Town
  398. Ruhi Sonal, (JNU 2012), IIT Delhi
  399. Jonathan Spencer, University of Edinburgh
  400. Alex Steele, University of Minnesota
  401. Rachel Sturman, Bowdoin College
  402. Abha Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  403. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Columbia University
  404. Kannan Srinivasan, Wertheim Study New York Public Library
  405. Ravindran Sriramachandran, Ashoka University
  406. Tanvi Sirari, (JNU 2012), University of British Columbia
  407. Priyanka Srivastava, (JNU 1995-2000) University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  408. Ulrike Stark, The University of Chicago
  409. Tony K. Stewart, Vanderbilt University
  410. Andy Stirling, University of Sussex
  411. Ajantha Subramanian, Harvard University
  412. Narendra Subramanian, McGill University
  413. Sanjay Subrahmanyam, University of California, Los Angeles
  414. Meghant Sudan, Concordia University, Montreal
  415. Sanjukta Sunderason, Leiden University
  416. Byapti Sur, Leiden University
  417. Deborah Sutton, (JNU 2001), Lancaster University
  418. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland-College Park
  419. Anand Vivek Taneja, Vanderbilt University
  420. Akshaya Tankha, (JNU 2006), University of Toronto
  421. Shabnum Tejani, SOAS, University of London
  422. Kamal Kumar Tanti, University of Technology and Management, Shillong
  423. Kuhu Tanvir, (JNU 2012), University of Pittsburgh
  424. Rei Terada, University of California, Irvine
  425. Shubha Tewari, University of Massachusetts
  426. Sharika Thiranagama, Stanford University
  427. Sudipa Topdar, (JNU 2002), Illinois State University
  428. Saadia Toor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York
  429. Nishita Trisal, University of Michigan
  430. Alexios Tsigkas, New School
  431. Malvika Tyagi, IIT Delhi
  432. Bhargav Rani, (JNU 2014), City University of New York
  433. Lalit Vachani, University of Göttingen.
  434. Nilita Vachani, New York University
  435. Aparna Vaidik, (JNU 2005), Ashoka University
  436. Anand Vaidya, University of Bergen
  437. Anish Vanaik, (JNU 2008), Purdue University
  438. Rashmi Varma, University of Warwick
  439. Ramaa Vasudevan, (JNU 1986-88) Colorado State University
  440. Rajesh Venogopal, London School of Economics
  441. Kartik Verma, (JNU 2008), University of Utah
  442. Vertika, (JNU 2014), McGill University, Montréal
  443. Ramna Walia, (JNU 2011), University of Texas at Austin
  444. Gary Wang, University of Toronto
  445. Tyler Walker Williams, (JNU 2007), JNUSU Vice President 2006-2007, University of Chicago
  446. Kalpana Wilson, London School of Economics and Political Science
  447. Nicole Wolf, Goldsmiths, University of London
  448. Niharika Yadav, Princeton University
  449. Harshita Yalamarty, (JNU 2013), York University
  450. Suvaid Yaseen, (JNU 2013), Brown University
  451. Akhila Yechury, (JNU 2007), University of St. Andrews
  452. Dilan Yildirim, Harvard University
  453. Nima Lamu Yolmo, (JNU 2011)
  454. Vazira Zamindar, Brown University
  455. John Zavos, (JNU 1988), University of Manchester



  1. These Elitist should return their citizenship, anyways they are serving other countries, no need to have Indian passport.

  2. JNU students are spoiled brats, surviving and sucking tax payers money and part time doing anti-national activities. It hurts a lot that we have gone through so much pain paying high fees south here in karnataka to get good education and do good to our country and family. We never asked why so much fees inspite of unable to see parents pay it with so so much difficulties. The JNU students are idiots who have no understanding of how it feels to get educated by hard earned money, instead these suckers are free loaders who know only to strike instead of reading and making use of the chance given to them. They can do all these when they are out, not freely sucking on tax payers money.

    Always wondered all life why cant education be free, But if these are the kinds of students India gets because of free education, then thanks god we dont have free education for all in India. These *** students are disgrace.

    • What a stupid opinion. Taxes? When the lakhs of crores are being eaten up bvy Modi’s masters Ambani, Adani and coterie, when all the big banks have had bad debt write offs in the tune of billions, and you blame students for exercising their right to free thought?
      You are a pathetic upper caste Hindu fanatic. I wish you would get your head out of your sacred ass and breathe some oxygen. Its good for you.

    • Under congress rule so many bad has happened never exposed by media. Sonia gandhi holding control on many trust funds supported by Govt money and never questioned. Time to expose all those trusts .

    • You are absolutely right! The students indulging in negative/violent/destructive political activities in college campuses where they get free/subsidized education at the cost of the tax-payer will only be a liability for the State!If they had to take ‘education loan’ to study, they wouldn’t be indulging in the kind of unproductive activities they are presently engaged in.It is only leftists,islamists and crosstians who are supporting some misguided youths to become Maoists, Naxalites or other extremists who are a threat to peace-loving citizens!

  3. And how it matters what they think, when its in the interest of the nation, the govt. has to act. My tax money can’t go to anti national activities.

  4. What is new? Most are them are confirmed Modi haters and India haters. These people were active during “award wapsi” time and “No visa to Modi” time.

  5. How much worth was it you ? How many grands is it for a sign ?
    Who all from all these sorry excuse for a human being are prepared to appreciate and accept anti-national slogans against their own Nations ????
    All those who have signed this are Nothing More than bunch of Eunuchs who are paid to dance on the tunes by the media controllers all over the world ! When I call these people Eunuchs its more of an insult to the Eunuchs than to these insects !!!

  6. All Breaking India forces signed this.This elitist and brazen support for anti social elements is watched by all Indian citizens. We support Indian Gov for taking the right action.

      • You are a classic example of a troller-upset with support to Indian Gov. The way u are attacking me personally shows ur weakness

        • What is anti-social? Eh? Students engaging in critical discussions about caste, class, violence, communalism, all this is anti-national to you clowns.
          Problem is you guys always had no understanding of liberal arts or humanities – you always assumed your maths, science, engineering knowledge is all there is.
          Nonsense. Students have a right to critical thinking, and fools like you will not stop them.

  7. We support Indian Government that has every right to protect the citizens of India from terrorists, its supporters like JNUSU,. The Supreme Court of India is the final arbiter in all cases of antinational activity. The Americans should stick to the carnage of African Amricans at the hands of citizens and police, let them get justice for these Americans who have been oppressed for centuries by the Whites.

    • Naveen Chandra – you see how African Americans need justice against white supremacy. Good. Same way hundreds of millions of Dalits and Muslims need justice against the Hindutva-Brahmanic combine. So stop spreading fallacies about JNU and open your mind to the possibility of good sense.

      • I am sitting in my living room in Toronto, Canada. I am watching the JNU SU demonstrations on my computer. I hear the slogans-Free Kerala, Free Bengal,Free Kashmir, India ki barbadi, Pakistan zindabad, afzal will create afzal in every house, India tukde karenge etc.. First of all these are anti – national slogans. It has nothing to do with Dalits. That is a different issue. In the US there are no reservations, Dalits have reservations. They are given chances for advancement. Maybe they are not as much as you want. But are you prepared to breakup India for your own advancement? You can always negotiate terms. The Constitution guarantees that right. I empathize with you. But India comes first.Without India there are no reservations. If Pakistan occupies no Dalits will remIn.In Telugu there is poet called Gurajada who wrote “forget little bit of selfishness. do some thing for the country. Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. You may not feel like I do. But don’t put words in my mouth, don’t draw conclusions not evidence based. When are well going to sit down and dialogue like rational people? My father and my father-in-law both studied under street lamps of Hyderabad city. We are Brahmins. I never persecuted any dalit, Now there are rich dalits and dirt poor Brahmins.How long are you going to hold grudges? Not all Brahmins persecuted dalits.

        • That video was doctored by ABVP. The real speech was about Garibi se Azadi, it was doctored.
          In any case if Azad Kashmir was a slogan (IT WAS NOT!), even if, then so what? Is that enough to go and try to lynch students? Bloody pathetic sanghi lafanges sitting in Canada and promoting Hindu terrorism.
          This has EVERYTHINg to do with Dalit rights – because the student protests started after the institutional murder of Rohit Vemula. Say his name fool, say it.

          • And secondly, just because your father studied under a lamp does not give you any damn right to deny poor students en education by spreading malicious hate speech against them. Brahmins are part of this damn problem, and they have benefited from thousands of years of terrorism against Dalits. Be ashamed, and make a change.

          • I have never seen any brahmin terrorizing a dalit. Just because a lie is told a 1000 times, it does not become the truth.

          • really? maybe you havent had your eyes open winston. every atrocity against dalits carries the sanctio of brahmin religion and brahmin social norms.

          • Yes, really. I have neither seen nor heard of atrocities by brahmins against dalits. It is unfortunate that people have managed to brainwash a society against a particular community spreading rumors and falsities. Probably jealousy is at play!

            And the name is ‘winsome’, not ‘winston’. You got that wrong too 🙂

          • You are right! Leftists, islamists and crosstians have ganged up to spread lies and hatred in society and vitiate the atmosphere in campuses.

          • What isnyour name? Why are you diding behind the facade of secularism? Do you know what secularism is? I was very polite and you come back with rude remarks. With people like you no wonder you lose friends. I studied Rohit case and wrote an articel. So many lies spread about Rohit who was not even a dalit he was vaddera caste member who mloied to get scholarship. These are your morals. You are probably a radical with no guts to reveal your name.

          • Where is your article? Share it. You are a liar to claim he was not a Dalit. Sanghis want to undermine his sacrifice by making such stupid claims because they want to deny that Dalits are oppressed and brutally suppressed in the university of Hyderabad. Yes, I am rude to you because you have a political agenda – a saffron agenda. I know you guys are all trolls who land anywhere there is a serious discussion.

          • Your name you coward! Are u a terrorist , irrational as usual, seeing things that don’t exist. I am your friend if you are dalit. NRIs contribute to donations for all causes some of them may reach dalits. I am not you enemy. You are so confused or catatonic. I am not RSS you idiot. I empathize with your cause. Not anti nationalism, or sedition, or terror, or treason.Muslims ruled India for 900 years, why didn’t they become rich under their own rulers. They sucked up to British and they didn’t get anything from them? Look you are all Indians. You have to live together and make India a great country. Doesn’t help calling names and making statements totally irrational. With this attitude you will lose friends. But that is not important to you. Some Chief Ministers in Andhra Pradesh were Dalits. How come they did not help their own? Can you explain. Brahmins are brainy so they advanced. Dalits have advanced too. There were central ministers who were dalits. How come Rohit fought with Dalit students union, with othe runions, why he beat up other students? This is not propaganda.

          • Bullshit. NRIs are backward, superstitious and cowards. NRI nationalism? What is that? Oh you mean Hindu fascism. LoL!

          • secularism1’s ammi is lost. Request all to pls find secularism1’s ammi with torch. secularism1, do not worry, we will find your ammi jaan for you

          • And you sit in Canada and want to promote Hindu Rashtra! Would you live in Canada under a white supremacist Nazi government? No, you will cry for equality. But you sit there, eat the fruits of equality with your upper caste arrogance, and demand that India be a fascist society where Muslims and Dalits can be brutalized? That my friend is what makes so many NRIs such inveterate assholes.

        • you adopting name as secularism1 seems to be some pigistan terrorist… so called secularists are bloody bastards who hide their anti-social and antinational activities under the carpet of secularism…

  8. These so called intellectuals are probably liberal cronies. Let them state their views and support. India must protect itself against subversives that come disguised as academicians, NGO’s, religious charitable organizations, AID.

  9. Follow the money trail that is clearly anti-India; it comes heavily disguised as academic scholarship, appointment, promotion, collaboration.

  10. Those crowing about “anti India” let me ask you this: is cxelebrating Nathuram Godse anti-India? Is praising Savarkar anti-India? Is saluting th eflag of anti-Indian RSS fascists, is that anti-India?
    What are you guys talking about when you condemn students for speaking out against the horrors of the Indian state?
    You need to educate yourselves about history and the nation state before venting your toxic anger against students of JNU!

    • Horrors of the Indian state….. this once you seem out of you mind….. ‘Horrors.’ …. are you nuts…… India in one of the most lenient countries…. where are you brother … wake up…. anyone talking with hatred for india will be stopped…..

  11. Solidarity of morons. I wonder if these 500 people have the nerve to write to President of United States about freedom of expression in their opinion about killing the terrorists of 9/11 attacks. I am sure they all would have got deported or jailed because what they are saying is supporting terrorism indirectly. This is not a debate of patriotism and anti-national. It is becoming as a debate between sensibility and stupidity. The elite schools should be ashamed of having these morons.

  12. On the contrary, it is a big embarrassment for this journal because the truth is concealed. Why do you practice such dubious journalism? Why not come out and say that sedition was being advocated by the son of a terrorist? Also want to know if any of these guys, including Sheldon Pollock, will sign a petition in support of the Oregon dude? Mr. Pollock will not do anything that goes against the interests of his country and his work shows the deep contempt he has for India. So there is nothing to lose for him here. The other Indians, signing this, is nothing knew. Years of selling out have kept the country poor which is why they have to pander to this nonsense to keep their jobs and do waqt ki roti going in the West.

  13. Anybody who speaks against the country is in the wrong…. these are tough times…. nobody tells us Indians what to do…. signing petitions against india will not work anymore…. we were and are better and can manage our problems ourselves…. these are not times of concessions…. the stakes are high indeed and the maximum harsh punishment has to be mended out to traitors….. America or Britain are nobody to tell us about what we do….. they had better mind their own problems…..

    • they are mostly indians. who are observing india from a distance. Has situation turned so bad that we can’t even give their opinions a fair chance?
      “Anybody who speaks against the country is in the wrong”. That is what happened in nazi germany, italy and ussr and mao’s china and khmer rouge. Are you really blind to clues?

      • Bhakt apne khudgarzi aur aakrosh main deshbhakti ke naam par sab ko control karna chahtey hain. Unka dushman har insaan hai jo unki vichar dhara sey muafiq nahi hai….sabse bade deshdrohi yehi hain kyunke yeh mulk ko deshbhakti ke naam par barbaad kar dengey. inke liye 60 saal se yeh desh gumraah tha…Us 60 saal main jo tariqi ki wo unko nazar nahi aa rahi. andhe ho gaye hain… inka koi ilaaj nahi hai. Unko yeh bhi nazar nahi aata ke RSS National Flag Aur National Anthem ko dil se nahi maanta..aur Azaadi ke ladai main British ka saath diya… Aaj yeh gaddar desh bhakt hogaye…aur jise chahhen usse ghadar bana dete hain. Pest Control karna chahte hain.. inse azaadi mangna deshbhakti hai…

  14. These ppl are just either JNU alumni now living or teaching abroad, or some of their friends there forcibly convinced by random quotes from some books. The header is as fake as this news itself. These socialist cronies are really hard nuts to crack. They will never realize their mistake. All they know is argue by quoting some random books on anarchism. They should stop reading now. Or they must start reading Swami Vivekananda.

  15. This gang of islamists, leftists and Vatican stooges who owe their position to their anti Hindu anti Indian ideology and their foreign masters did the same thing against Modi, India, and pro Hindu pro Indian organisations. Let us tell them to get lost and look into their beloved Vatican, Saudi Arabia, and communist china

  16. Desi antinational ko videshi antinational ka saath to milega he
    Kya India ke dusman ka Pakistan me swagat nahi hota?
    Esliye antinationals.. esme tum logo ka chehra aur saaf dikh gaya

  17. Dear all 500 : As you mentioned “freedom of thought and expression” so just imagine If I “A Right Minded Indian” say to you “Fuck you all, Go & Fuck in your Mom. you have no business in India”. How will you feel. I hope it will very much disgust you. In the same way If some Junk Minded students Says “Bharat ki baarbadi tak yeh jung rahegi” & “Praise a Terrorist like Afzal Guru” in Indian Soil so just imagine How the Indian Sentiment will react or respond… This is what happening. If you have any knowledge about “Freedom of Speech – As per our Constitution” then you shouldn’t have signed the letter… I saw there are few who are from London & Other european country so just ask your GOVT what they would have done if same things goes there…

    Anyways don’t take my above mentioned slang personally that was just an example.

  18. Obviously the entire world will be interested in the dismemberment of India and economic, social and political ruin of India. Nothing alarming in this. Only the weak look for acceptance by others while the strong can stand alone – China is but a great example of this – it does whatever it wants in national interest and cares a damn for what others think, meanwhile we in India still cower before the west and seek their acceptance for everything we do – 300 years of colonial rule has enslaved us in our DNA itself – we must be having a slave element in our DNA by now. In any case the issue is sub-judice now and a trial by media and publications such as yours in unwarranted…unless you have no faith in the judicial process and rule of law.

  19. Are they NRIs or traitors of this country better to rename these people as NRTs. There are videos available as evidences, students themselves have also accepted it. When parliament was attacked did these raise any concerns then why are they doing it now if the same would have happened in a developed country will such non residential citizens speak the same no all this is accepted only in India.

  20. The signatories of this follow the example of JNU Students and shout slogans against the governments of the countries they are residing in and are they prepared to face the consequences. It is felt that the signatures were appended without application of mind.

  21. Looks like our intellectual from JNU and their friends who supporting these anti national students have their brain located in their foot on on head Shame to see they supporting antinational.

  22. Commission should be put to study the JNU and their reports should be made public. Shame to all indian when so much dirt is around in university and no-one checking on this .

  23. There must be 500000 people who would want him to go to prison. You don’t go to college to do politics. You are going there to study.

  24. Let 1000 or 10,000 people sign for solidarity, it does n’t matter. If you talk against my motherland you will be punished in way which will be an example for all the traitors!!! “जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी – mother and motherland are greater than heaven”

  25. The list seems to be fake, if genuine, the world has full of fools in the name of scholars..if they are scholars, what are terrorists……Other way, these are anti-India terrorists sleeper cells who wake just to defame India.. Majority of names are from terroristic religion so their inclination against India is natural. They are supporting Khan-aya as he is terrorist..

  26. JNU is India’s lal masjid (like pukistan LAL MASJID) where antinationals are flourishing.. some teachers work as sleeper cells for terrorists like khan-aya or Khalid…the govt should strongly do combing operation within JNU and identify the terrorist supporter teachers and students… they should be tried like any antinational… and the enemy of the land..

  27. Only 500 people from around the world??? Can u do a survey and find out how many people of same calliber will stand against kanhaiya and the anti national activities going on in JNU?

  28. What a stupid and biased news…There are many scholars like me (Researcher in UK) are against Kanhiya Kumar but this paid media never show this news such a high class of biased and by the way I contact with some professor about this and they are saying they did not signed this….if you want you can also send them email and ask .. what a good way to fool people…Lolz.. but this technique will not work on ppl like me.. you presstitute


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