Education

Statements of Solidarity with the University of Hyderabad

Around 55 teachers from HCU have gone on a day’s leave en masse – a mark of protest against police violence against students and the return of the Vice chancellor, Appa Rao Podile. An independent fact-finding committee comprising lawyers and human rights activists has corroborated claims that female students were threatened with rape and minority students were called terrorists by the police.

Some 25 students and two faculty members arrested after the protests have been granted bail by a local court. The VC has also appealed to the students and the faculty to not indulge in confrontational and violent behaviour, and work together toward a peaceful resolution instead. Nonetheless, the students have decided to continue their protests until the VC resigns and their demands are met. They have received solidarity from academicians and students across the globe, including from JNUSU, which submitted a memorandum to the NHRC on human rights abuse in HCU. Other statements of solidarity follow.

Contents:

  1. Letter to Chancellor, UoH, signed by 200 academics from around the country
  2. University of Hyderabad alumni teachers protest the brutal police acts on campus
  3. Statement of solidarity by the IIT Bombay community
  4. Anthropologist Talal Asad, in support

1. Letter to Chancellor, UoH, signed by 200 academics from around the country

We have learnt with dismay about the attack by the police on students at the University of Hyderabad on 22 March, 2016. We understand that there may have been acts of destruction by some of the students, and we strongly condemn such acts. It is arguable whether it was necessary to call the police to deal with the students. However, having called the police, the administration of the University should have ensured that the police force did not make a brutal assault on the students. The Vice Chancellor and the administration of the University failed in this respect, as the ensuing heavy-handed police action proves. We strongly condemn the attack by the police, and the failure of the administration of the University to prevent it.

We would like to make the following points about the immediate repercussions of the events of the 22nd:

1. Several students and two members of the faculty of the University have been detained by the police. We request you, and the administration of the University, to take every possible measure to secure their release, and to get them back to the University at the earliest.

2. Some students were injured in the police action, and have been receiving medical treatment at the University’s Health Centre, and in private clinics and hospitals. We urge that all available help be extended to these students, and we request you to ensure their well-being.

3. We understand that some students who have been protesting are worried about their future in the university, and fear retribution from the administration. It is imperative that their fears be assuaged, and that students are not penalised for legitimately voicing their political opinions, or for challenging the University establishment.

4. There was no food or water in the student hostels, and the connection between the Univer- sity campus and the Internet was closed down, for two days after the 22nd. This is a form of collective punishment. We condemn it, and ask the administration of the University to see that such acts of punishment do not recur.

We have the following points to make in the general context of the stormy events at the University:

1. The direct cause of the events on the 22nd was the resumption of office by P. Appa Rao, the Vice Chancellor of the University. A judicial enquiry has been initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, into the events around Rohith Vemula’s suicide, and Prof. Appa Rao is one of the central figures in those events. There is a case against him under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, and another under the laws relating to abetting a suicide. In these circumstances, it is utterly inappropriate for him to occupy the office of the Vice Chancellor of the University, and we demand that he relinquish that office forthwith.

2. There has been almost no progress in the police cases against Prof. Appa Rao, whereas the police have been quick to act on the protesting students. We demand that this imbalance be redressed, and that the cases against Prof. Appa Rao be speedily brought to their logical conclusion.

3. The protest by the students on the 22nd grew out of the events that led to Mr. Vemula’s suicide. Issues of systematic injustice against Dalits, and of attempts by certain groups of students of the University to disrupt the activities of students whose opinions they oppose, have repeatedly surfaced in the discourse following Mr. Vemula’s suicide. We ask the administration of the University to seriously address these issues.

4. A troubling feature of the events at the University is the frequent reliance of the administration of the University on the police apparatus. We feel that the police have no place in an academic campus, and should be called upon only in rare circumstances. We, therefore, request you to have the police removed from the campus of the University.

The University of Hyderabad is one of the important educational centres of the country. For that reason, we hope that you, and the administration of the University, will do every- thing to provide the students of the University the freedom, and the consideration, that are a distinguishing feature of a great academic institution.

Yours sincerely,

1.A. P. Balachandran, Syracuse University, Emeritus faculty

2.Abani K. Bhuyan, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

3.Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House (University of Delhi), Faculty

4.Abhijit Majumder, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

5.Abhishek Atreya, Physical Research Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow

6.Aditya Nigam, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Fellow

7.Angelie Multani, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

8.Anindya Sarkar, Bangabasi Morning College (University of Calcutta), Faculty

9.Anirban Kundu, University of Calcutta, Faculty

10.Akavoor Manu, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Research scholar

11.Alka Acharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

12.Alladi Sitaram, Indian Statistical Institute, Retired faculty

13.Alok Laddha, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

14.Alok Maharana, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, Faculty

15.Amarjit Kundu, Santipur College (University of Kalyani), Faculty

16.Amber Habib, Shiv Nadar University, Faculty

17.Ameet Parameswaran, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

18.Amitabh Joshi, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scienti c Research, Faculty

19.Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

20.Ananthu James, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scienti c Research, Research scholar

21.Ananyo Maitra, Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and Statistical Models, Paris, Re- searcher

22.Anindita Bera, University of Calcutta, Research scholar

23.Anindita Bidisha Chatterjee, Wildlife Institute of India, Research scholar

24.Anindita Brahma, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

25.Anindya Bhattacharya, University of York, Faculty

26.Anindya Datta, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

27.Anirban Kar, Delhi School of Economics, Faculty

28.Ankan Paul, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

29.Anuj Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scienti c Research, Research scholar

30.Anupama Potluri, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

31.Anwesa Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Science, Research associate

32.Apoorva Nagar, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Faculty

33.Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

34.Archana S. Morye, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

35.Aritra Banerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Research scholar

36.Arnab Rai Choudhuri, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

37.Arpan Kundu, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

38.Arya Suman Mishra, Seth G. S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Specialty Medical O cer

39.Avinash Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

40.Ashoke Sen, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

41.Atul Chokshi, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

42.Aurnab Ghose, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune, Faculty

43.Avishek Konar, Observer Research Foundation, Associate fellow

44.Ayesha Kidwai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

45.B. Ananthanarayan, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

46.Bhanu Pratap Das, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Faculty

47.Bidisa Das, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Scientist

48.C. M. Chandrashekar, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

49.C. S. Rajan, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

50.Chandan Singh Dalawat, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

51.Chandra Kant Mishra, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

52.D. C. V. Mallik, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Faculty

53.D. Surya Ramana, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

54.Darius Vasco K•oster, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

55.Debasis Mondal, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Research scholar

56.Debjani Sengupta, Indraprastha College for Women (University of Delhi), Faculty

57.Deepak Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

58.Dileep Jatkar, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

59.Dinesh Mohan, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Retired faculty

60.Dipankar, TREELabs Foundation, Chief scientist

61.E. Arunan, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

62.Enakshi Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Faculty

63.Faraz Ahmed Inam, Aligarh Muslim University, Faculty

64.Fazlay Ahmed, Jamia Millia Islamia, Research Scholar

65.Feroz M. H. Musthafa, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms, Technology manager

66.G. Arunima, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

67.G. Vijay, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

68.Garga Chatterjee, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

69.Gaurav Mendiratta, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

70.Gautam Gangopadhyay, University of Calcutta, Faculty

71.Girish Kumar Chakravarty, Physical Research Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow

72.Gita Chadha, University of Mumbai, Faculty

73.Gopal Guru, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

74.Indra Balachandran, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany, NY, Re- tired faculty

75.Indraneel Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

76.Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

77.Joby Joseph, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

78.Joseph Samuel, Raman Research Institute, Faculty

79.Jenny Sulfath, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Research scholar

80.Jishnu Dey, Presidency University, Guest faculty

81.Jyoti Dalal, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scienti c Research, Research scholar

82.K. Ramakrishnan, TIPS Global, Adviser

83.Kallol Paul, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research scholar

84.Kannan U. M., Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Research scholar

85.Karan Namdeorao Khirade, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Research scholar

86.Karen Gabriel, St. Stephen’s College (University of Delhi), Faculty

87.Kaushik Bhattacharya, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

88.Kishor V. Salunkhe, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Research scholar

89.Koel Das, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

90.Krishnendu Sengupta, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

91.Kuntal Ghosh, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

92.Lalit Shukla, Physical Research Laboratory, Research Scholar

93.Lyla Mehta, Institute of Development Studies, UK, and Noragric, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Faculty

94.M. V. Ramana, Princeton University, Faculty

95.Madhusudhan Raman, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

96.Mahan Mj, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

97.Maitreyee Saha Sarkar, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Faculty

98.Malancha Ta, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, Faculty

99.Maneesh Thakur, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi, Faculty

100.Md. Shah Alam, Jamia Millia Islamia, Research scholar

101.Md. Wali Hossain, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Postdoctoral Fellow

102.Mihir Pandey, Ramjas College (University of Delhi), Faculty

103.Mrinmoy Mukherjee, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research Scholar

104.N. Raghavendra, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

105.Nandita Narain, St. Stephen’s College (University of Delhi), Faculty

106.Nandu Gopan, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scienti c Research, Research asso- ciate,

107.Narayanan Menon, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hyderabad, Faculty

108.Naresh Dadhich, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Emeritus fac- ulty

109.Naveen Gaur, Dyal Singh College (University of Delhi), Faculty

110.Neelima Gupte, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Faculty

111.Neera Singh, University of Toronto, Canada, Faculty

112.Nihav Dhawale, National Centre for Biological Sciences and Yale University, Research scholar

113.Nirmalya Kajuri, IIT Madras, Postdoctoral fellow

114.Nissim Kanekar, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, TIFR, Pune, Faculty

115.Nivedita Menon, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

116.Nur Jaman, Jamia Millia Islamia, Research scholar

117.Oindrila Deb, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

118.P. Damani, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

119.Padmini Swaminathan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, Faculty

120.Parameswaran Sankaran, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

121.Parasar Mohanty, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

122.Parswa Nath Student, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research scholar

123.Partha Pratim Roy, South Point High School, Kolkata, Teacher

124.Partho Sarothi Ray, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

125.Pinaki Banerjee, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

126.Pinaki Chaudhuri, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

127.Prabhu Nott, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

128.Pradipta Bandyopadhyay, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

129.Pratik Majumdar, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Faculty

130.Pratiksha Baxi, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

131.Procheta Mallik, Innovation and Science Promotion Foundation, Researcher

132.Pradeepkumar P. I., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

133.Prajval Shastri, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Faculty

134.Pranav P. Manangath, University of Western Ontario, Canada, Research scholar

135.Prasenjit Sen, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

136.Prathyusha K. R., University of Dundee, Postdoctoral fellow

137.Proteep Mallik, Azim Premji University, Faculty

138.Pulak Banerjee, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

139.Qamar Nasir Usmani, Jamia Millia Islamia, Faculty

140.Rahul Pandey, Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Visiting faculty

141.Rahul Siddharthan, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

142.Rahul Varman, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

143.Rajat Tandon, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

144.Rajesh Gopakumar, International Center for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

145.Ramesh Bairy T. S., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

146.Ramesh Sreekantan, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, Faculty

147.Ranjani Mazumdar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

148.Ravi Kunjwal, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

149.Rekha Pappu, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, Faculty

150.Remya Nair, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Postdoctoral fellow

151.Resmi Lekshmi, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Faculty

152.Rita Mazumdar, Ranchi Women’s College, Retired faculty

153.Rohan D’ Souza, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Faculty

154.Rukmini Dey, International Center for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

155.Rupali Gangopadhyay, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Researcher

156.Rusa Mandal, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

157.S. Akshay, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

158.S. Durga Bhavani, University of Hyderabad, Faculty

159.S. G. Dani, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

160.Sabiha Majumder, Indian Institute of Science, Student

161.Sachindeo Vaidya, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

162.Saikat Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

163.Saman Habib, Central Drug Research Institute, Senior Principal Scientist

164.Sanket Haque, Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre, Trainee

165.Saptarshi Pal, University of Calcutta, Research Scholar

166.Samriddhi Sankar Ray, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

167.Sandeep Krishna, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Faculty

168.Satadal Ganguly, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Faculty

169.Satyajit Chowdhury, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Research scholar

170.Saumyajit Bhattacharya, Kirori Mal College (University of Delhi), Faculty

171.Seshadri Sridhar, Raman Research Institute, Faculty

172.Shahana Bhattacharya, University of Delhi, Faculty

173.Shambhavi Prakash, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

174.Sharath Jose, TIFR Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Research scholar

175.Sharmila Purkayastha, Miranda House (University of Delhi), Faculty

176.Sharmila Sreekumar, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

177.Shiva Shankar, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

178.Shubha Tewari, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Faculty

179.Sibasish Ghosh, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

180.Siddharth K. J., Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Research scholar

181.Simona Sawhney, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

182.Sirisha Naidu, Wright State University, Faculty

183.Siva Athreya, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, Faculty

184.Somnath Basu, R. K. M. Vivekananda University, Faculty

185.Soumya Das, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

186.Souvik Mandal, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

187.Sridipta Ghatak, Jadavpur University

188.Srikanth Sastry, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scienti c Research, Faculty

189.Subhashis Banerjee, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

190.Subhradip Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Faculty

191.Subhro Bhattacharjee, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

192.Subiman Kundu, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Faculty

193.Sudip Kumar Haldar, Physical Research Laboratory, Postdoctoral fellow

194.Sudipta Bandyopadhyay, University of Calcutta, Faculty

195.Sudipto Muhuri, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Faculty

196.Sugata Ray, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

197.Suman Ganguli, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

198.Sumathi Rao, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

199.Sumati Surya, Raman Research Institute, Faculty

200.Sumilan Banerjee, Weizmann Institute of Science, Postdoctoral fellow

201.Sumit Kumar, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

202.Sumithra Sankaran, Indian Institute of Science, Research scholar

203.Sundar Sarukkai, Manipal University, Faculty

204.Supratik Chakraborty, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

205.Supratim Sengupta, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

206.Suramya T. K., Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Research scholar

207.Suresh Devasahayam, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Faculty

208.Suresh Govindarajan, Indian Insitute of Technology Madras, Faculty

209.Susmita Sarkar, University of Calcutta, Faculty

210.Sushmita Venugopalan, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Visiting faculty

211.Sutirtha Dutta, Wildlife Institute of India, Project scientist

212.Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

213.Swagato Sanyal, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Research scholar

214.T. N. C. Vidya, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scienti c Research, Faculty fellow

215.T. R. Govindarajan, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

216.Tabish Qureshi, Jamia Millia Islamia, Faculty

217.Tamoghna Das, NIST and University of Maryland, CNST-UM fellow

218.Taniya Mandal Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Research scholar

219.Tanmay Deshpande, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

220.Tanmay Mitra, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

221.Trisha Nath, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

222.U. K. Anandavardhanan, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Faculty

223.Upayan Baul, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Research scholar

224.V. R. Padmawar, Indian Statistical Institute, Faculty

225.V. S. Sunder, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

226.Varuni Prabhakar, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Postdoctoral fellow

227.Venu Madhav Govindu, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

228.Vijay Ravikumar, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Faculty

229.Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

230.Vikram Vyas, St. Stephens College (University of Delhi), Faculty

231.Vinay Kumar Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Faculty

232.Vipul Vivek, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Postgraduate student

233.Vishnu T. R., Chennai Mathematical Institute, Research scholar

234.Vishwesha Guttal, Indian Institute of Science, Faculty

235.Yogish I. Holla, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Faculty

236.Zaheer Ahmed Sayeed, Brain Sciences

237.Zoya Hasan, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Emeritus faculty

The signatories are listed in the alphabetical order of their names. Institutional affiliations of the signatories are given only for purposes of identification, and do not indicate the official positions of these organisations.

2. University of Hyderabad alumni teachers protest the brutal police acts on campus

We are deeply pained to see the heinous attack by the state police and paramilitary force on students who are protesting the activities of Appa Rao Podile, the controversial Vice Chancellor of Hyderabad University. As the alumni of one of India’s premier educational institutions, presently teaching in various universities in India, and abroad, we strongly feel that such high handed actions and state sponsored police violence on students – both young men and women – must be condemned. This is crucial in an age of extensive authoritarian silencing. In this open communication with the higher ups in UoH, we would like to reiterate the fact that your dealing with the students has been miscalculated and has provided no reassurance at all. Blinded by a casteist mindset and a resurgent confidence in the wake of a political regime change, the university has failed miserably to instil much needed assurance in the students whose protests have been intensified since the forced suicide of Rohit Vemula. To our utter dismay, we realise that the failed university administration has begun to work hand in glove with the police in order to silence students’ demands, which should have merited a careful hearing and meaningful resolution. However, the VC and his entourage in the university feel that such sustained efforts have no value in a democracy. The shameful activities of the Police-raj, and the subsequent choreographies of complacency at the university clearly display an abysmal misreading of subaltern issues and concerns about the every day survival of students from marginalised backgrounds.

UoH, where all of us spent considerable numbers of years as students and researchers has been one of the major centres of post-Mandal anti-caste politics in India. It has a pioneering role in exposing and articulating – intellectually and politically – the role of caste atrocities with its multiple physical, sexual, and psychological turmoil in the making every day Dalit life. This role has been relevant not only in Telugu speaking regions, but in the whole of India. Being a major central university where the largest number of Dalit scholars study, it is relevant that the casteist mindset of a section of the administration has always chosen ways of maligning the activities of Dalit and subaltern students on this campus. Having witnessed many such activities even earlier, we are not surprised by the fact that the present university administration which draws a huge support from the current political establishment which hypocritically claims Ambedkar can condemn scholars who teach Ambedkar at UoH, and permit them to be imprisoned.

We also condemn the physical attack and violence on the university property unleashed by a small group of students whose identities have not yet been fully examined. Violence in a democracy cannot be upheld, whether it is part of defensive tactics or ‘spontaneous’ behaviour. Such attacks are highly uncalled for and have no place when there are more creative and powerful methods of expressing dissent and differences. Equally important is the fact that, such violence cannot be ‘corrected’ by unleashing aggression and the spectacle of public punishment. Therefore, we not only demand a full investigation into this massive campus violence in which a large number of women students and scholars were brutally assaulted and traumatised but also an immediate resignation of Professor Appa Rao who failed to carry out the official responsibilities as the VC and an ethical commitment as a teacher.

Signatories

  1. P. K. Yasser Arafath, Assistant Professor, Department of History, DU
  2. P. Kesava Kumar, Professor,  Department of Philosophy, DU
  3. N. Sukumar, Professor, Department of Political Science, DU
  4. Parvathi K. Iyer, Assistant Professor, Central University of Gujarat
  5. Ashley N. P, Assistant Professor, Department of English, St.Stephen’s College, DU
  6. Thameem T. Assistant Professor, Department of English, St. Stephen’s College, DU
  7. Muneer Babu. M, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Adigrat University, Ethiopia
  8. Ajit Kulangara Madam, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Karnataka
  9. M.N.Parasuraman, Government College of Women, University of Kerala, TVM
  10. Sujit Parayil, Assistant Professor, Centre for Media Studies, JNU
  11. Itishree Pattnaik, Assistant Professor, GIDR, Ahmedabad
  12. Dinesh Prasad, Official Language Officer, Deputy Head, Publication, NID. Ahmedabad
  13. Kali Chittibabu, Assistant Professor, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU
  14. Rijo M John, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology-Jodhpur, Rajasthan
  15. Abey Philip, Senior Lecture, Department of Economics and Finance, Curtin University, Malaysia
  16. Niveditha Kalarikkal, Assistant Professor, Center for Comparative Literature and Translation Studies, Central University of Gujarat.
  17. Dusi Srinivas, Lecturer in History, JVR College, Telangana

We, the undersigned members of IIT Bombay community, strongly condemn the police repression that has been unleashed on students and faculty of University of Hyderabad who seek justice for Rohith Vemula, with the active connivance of the University administration. The testimonies of the events have been singularly disturbing. We cannot let educational institutions become play fields of state repression.

We urge the University administration to immediately remove the police force present on the campus, withdraw charges on the students and faculty, institute a committee of inquiry to look into the allegations of police violence. We also implore the National Human Rights Commission, the National Commission for Women, the National Minorities Commission and the National Commission for SC and ST to send teams to speak to the students and faculty, and hold a public hearing on the events of 22nd March and thereafter.

[This statement is issued in our individual capacities, and does not represent the institution’s opinion.]

Signatories​:

1.Ramesh Bairy T S, Associate Professor, ​Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

2.Sharmila S, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

3.Maithreyi M R (Senior Editor, BNHS, Mumbai), Resident, IIT Bombay

4.Uddipta Chatterjee, Alumnus, Department of Electrical Enigeering, IIT Bombay.

5.Siby K George, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

6.Anil Phulawale, PhD student, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay.

7.Supratik Chakraborty, Professor, Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

8.Ubaid Mushtaq, Alumnus, IIT Bombay

9.Bindhulakshmi P. (Assoc. Professor, Tata Inst. of Social Sciences), Alumnus IIT Bombay

10.Paankhi Agrawal, PhD student, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay

11.Sagar Sharma (Student, IIT Bombay)

12.Prateek Vijayavargia, (M Phil Student, Department of HSS, IIT Bombay)

13.Gautam Ganapathy, PhD Student, CTARA, IIT Bombay

14.Anandavardhanan, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

15.Sabu K.T. (Ph.D. Scholar, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay)

16.Hemant Belsare, PhD student, CTARA, IIT Bombay.

17.Ratheesh Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay

18.Rakhahari Saha, PhD student, IIT Bombay

19.Danish, PhD candidate, IIT Bombay

20.Priya Jadhav, Assistant Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, IIT Bombay

21.Parth Shrimali, Undergraduate Student, IIT­Bombay

22.S. Akshay, Assistant Professor, Dept of CSE, IIT Bombay

23.Ranjith Kallyani, Ph.D Student, IIT Bombay

24.Dayadeep Monder, Assistant Professor, Dept of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

25.Naresh K. Chandiramani, Professor, Dept of Civil Engg, IIT Bombay

26.Roopesh OB, Ph.D Student, IIT Bombay

27.Aparna Ros, Ph.D Student, Dept of HSS, IIT Bombay

28.Soma KP, PhD Scholar , HSS Deptt, IIT Bombay

29.Nisar AC. Ph.D Student, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay

30.Anindya Datta, Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

31.Bodhayan Roy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of CSE, IIT Bombay

32.Sudipt Kumar (Student, HSS, IIT Bombay)

33.Amit Saurabh ( M.Phil, HSS, IIT Bombay)

34.Ravinder Kumar Verma (Student, HSS, IIT Bombay)

35.Paulomi Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

36.Avinash, PhD Student, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay

37.Nikhil Balaji, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of CSE, IIT Bombay

38.Harshit Pande, Alumnus 2015 M.Tech Computer Science and Engineering

39.Afsal Najeeb, M.Tech student, CTARA, IIT Bombay

40.Anand Karthikeyan, PhD student, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

41.Yoonus K, PhD student, Dept of HSS, IIT Bombay.

42.Ilyas M. Ph.D student. Dept of HSS, IIT Bombay.

43.Aman Madaan, M.Tech. (CSE) 2015 Batch

44.Punnya Rajendran, PhD student, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

45.Dileesh P. V., PhD Student, ME Dept. IIT Bombay

46.Darshan Yadav, Undergraduate, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay.

47.Sarbani Bandyopadhyay, PhD Student, HSS Dept IIT BOMBAY

48.Pooja Prasad, PhD student, CTARA, IIT Bombay

49.Abhinav Tyagi, PhD Student, Dept of HSS, IIT Bombay.

50.Aneri Taskar ( M.Phil Student, Dept of HSS, IIT Bombay)

51.Ushak Rahaman, PhD student, Dept. of Physics, IIT Bombay

52.Chandradeep Singh PhD student, Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

53.Sandeep Choubey, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay.

54.Rahul Maganti, Alumnus, Dept. of Metallurgical Engg. and Materials Science, IIT Bombay.

55.Dipjyoti Das, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay.

56.Chinmay Dharurkar, PhD Student, IIT Bombay.

57.Aditya Gangrade, Alumnus, Dept. of Electrical Engg., IIT Bombay.

58.Niladri Chatterji, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay.

59.Arpit Agarwal, Alumnus, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay.

60.Bodhi Vani, Alumna, Dept. of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

61.Rushina Shah, Alumna, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay

62.Madhu N. Belur, Professor, Dept of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

63.Sarbani Banerjee Belur, Project Research Scientist, IIT Bombay

64.Kushal Deb, Professor, Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

65.Manisha Rao, (Assistant Professor, Dept of Sociology, University of Bombay) Resident, IIT Bombay

66.Rinzi Lama, Alumnus, Department of HSS, IIT Bombay

67.Shaoni Shabnam, Research Associate, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

68.Byasa Moharana, Assistant Professor, TISS, Tuljapur Campus.

69.A. Sanyal, Professor, Department of CSE, IIT Bombay.

70.Abhish Dev, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

71.Udit Mavinkurve, Undergraduate, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay.

72.Arpan Saha, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

73.Somesh Yadav, Undergraduate, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay.

74.Esli Kumar, Undergraduate, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay.

75.RamSagar Meena, Undergraduate, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay.

76.Mohammad Qadish, Undergraduate, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay.

77.Suman Sourav, Alumnus, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay

78.Mihir Bhosale, Undergraduate, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay

79.Sudipto Biswas, Alumnus, Department of CSE, IIT Bombay

80.Ramandeep Kaur, Undergraduate, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

81.Arpita Phukan Biswas, Doctoral Student, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

82.Harshit Sahay, Undergraduate Student, Department of MEMS, IIT Bombay

83.Tejas Srinivasan, Undergraduate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay

84.Sanjeet Kumar, Undergraduate, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

85.Aswathi Raveendran, Doctoral Student, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay1

86.Adithya Gungi, Student, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

87.Mithila Biniwale, Alumnus, Department of Humanities and Social sciences, IIT Bombay

88.Bhaskaran Raman, Professor, Department of CSE, IIT Bombay

89.Siddhartha Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor, Department of CSE, IIT Bombay

90.Saptarshi Dey, Alumnus, Dept. of Earth Sciences, IIT Bombay

91.Jishnu Krishnan,Research assistant , IDC , IIT Bombay

92.Gargi S Kumar , Phd Student, HSS , IIT Bombay

93.Aquib Parvez, M.Phil student, HSS, IIT­Bombay

94.Ado Kehie, Alumnus, HSS, IIT­Bombay

95.Ashutosh Tripathi, Alumnus, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

96.Anil Kottantharayil, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

97.Mufsin PP. M Phil Planning and Development, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay.

98.G. Pavan Bharadwaj, Alumnus, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay

99.M. A. Abidini, Alumnus, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

100.R.V.C. Bennabhaktula. Alumnus, Department of Engineering Physics, IIT Bombay

101.Malabika Biswas. Doctoral student. Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

102.Anirban Ghatak, Alumnus. Department of IEOR, IIT Bombay

103.Praveen R, Alumnus, Department of Civil Engg,, IIT Bombay

104.Bhuvaneshwari Subramanian, M.Phil student, Dept of HSS, IIT Bombay

105.Abhijit Majumder, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IITB.

106.Jitendra Shah, Project staff, GISE Lab, CSE, IITB

107.Pradeepkumar, P.I., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

108.Irfan Ali K C, M Phil research scholar, Planning and Development,Department of HSS, IIT Bombay.

109.Priya Sharma, M.Phil Research scholar, HSS, IIT Bombay

110.Mohon Kumar M.Phil Alumnus, Department of Humanities and Social sciences, IIT Bombay

111.Sagnik Chakraborty, Alumnus, IIT Bombay

112.Tresa Abraham, PhD student, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay

113.Abhishek Kashyap, PhD student, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay

114.Om P. Damani, Associate Professor, Department of CSE, IIT Bombay

115.Pranay K Vaidya, Alumnus, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

116 Ashish Sangle, Alumnus,Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

117.Praveen Patel, Alumnus,Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

118.Sidhant Kumar, Alumnus, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay 119.Sooraj P,PhD student, Mechanical Engineering Dept., IIT Bombay

120.Deewanshi Rawat, M.Phil Research Scholar, HSS, IIT Bombay

121.Pleasa Serin Abraham, PhD Scholar, IIT Bombay

122.Jayanth Tadinada, Class of 2011, IIT Bombay

123.Surya Prakash Upadhyay, Assistant Professor, IIT Mandi (Alumnus, IIT Bombay)

124.Vinay: Planning & Development IIT Bombay

125.Ved Prakash, M. Phil. (Planning & Development), Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay

126.Mahendra,M Phil,HSS,IIT Bombay.

127 Sagar, M.Phil, H,S,S, IIT Bombay

128.S. G. Dani, Distinguished Visiting Professor, Dept. of Math., IIT Bombay

129.Merin Simi Raj, Asst Professor, IIT Madras, Alumnus, IIT Bombay

130.Anzar Rabbani, Dual Degree Student(B.Tech+M.Tech), IIT Bombay 131.Rashmi Chaudhary, Alumnus, Department of HSS, IIT Bombay

132.Milan Agnani, Alumnus, Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay

133.Priyam Tripathy, Alumna, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

134.Abhijit Dasgupta, Phd student, HSS. IIT Bombay

135.Purushottam Kulkarni, Faculty, CSE, IIT Bombay

136.Supravat Dey, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

137.Sonam Ambe, Alumnus, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT ,Bombay

138.Rashmi Rekha Mech, Alumnus, CSE, IIT Bombay

139.Shreyans Maini, Class of 2010, IIT Bombay

140.Roshni Babu, PhD student, IIT Bombay.

141.Jithin R, PhD Student, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

142.Sandeep S, Research scholar, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

143.Harsh Bhageria, Alumnus, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay

144.Neeraja Sahasrabudhe, Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay.

145.Sayali Zarekar, Alumnus, ChE, IIT Bombay

146.Anurag Misra, Alumnus, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

147.Sushant Raut, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

148.Sneha Sharma, Alumna, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

149.Hemendra Srivastava, Alumnus, CSE, IIT Bombay.

150.Saaz Sakrikar, Alumnus, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay. 151.Rama Krishna Banoth, Alumnus, CSE, IIT Bombay.

152.K Kranthi Kumar, Ph.D. Scholar, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

153.Tamali Chakraborty, Ph.D. student, Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

154.Santosh R Chavan, Staff, Department of HSS, IIT Bombay

155.Shruti Sahay, Ph.D. student, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay

156.Peehu Pardeshi, PhD student, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT Bombay

157.Meryl Lewis, Alumna, Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay

158.Anand Manarkattu ( Alumnus, IIT Bombay)

159.Anurag Mehra, Professor, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

160.Sushil K Mishra, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay

161.Aditya Shankar, Student, Electrical Engineering

162.Soham Khadatare, Student, Civil Engineering

163.Anju Unnikrishnan, Doctoral Student, Department Of Chemistry, IIT Bombay.

164.Ritu Sharma, Student, Department of Humanities & Social Sciences

165.Urbashi Sarkar (Alumnus, IIT Bombay)

166.Chitranshu Mathur (Alumnus, IIT Bombay)

167.Ashok Kumar M, Alumnus, IIT Bombay

168.Ajinkya Pandit, Alumnus, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

169.Ankit Udai, Undergraduate, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

170.Ramchandra Phawade, PDF, Dept of CSE, IIT Bombay

171.M S Raghunathan, Distinguished Guest Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

172.Anisha Bajaj, Department of Energy Science and Engineering

173.Kunal Pareek (Alumnus, Chemical Engineering Department)

174.Karthik Shekhar (Alumnus, Chemical Engineering Department)

175.Mandar Gadre (Alumnus, Dept. of Metallurgical Engg. and Materials Science, IIT Bombay)

176.Purushottam Dixit (Alumnus, Chemical Engineering Department)

177.Poonam Argade (Research Assistant, IIT Bombay)

178.Amal Sankar (PhD Scholar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay)

179.Disha Bhanot, PDF, Tata Centre for Technology and Design, IIT Bombay

180.Neelakantan, PhD student, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay

181.Rahul Sharma, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

182.Ishita Dasgupta, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

183.Siddhartha Ghosh, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay

184.Aviral Bhatnagar, Alumnus, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay.

185.Rijin Rajan, Research Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay

186.Kishore Chatterjee, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

187.N. C. Narayanan, Professor, CTARA, IIT Bombay

188.Ayyaz Siddique, PhD student, Mechanical Engineering Department, IIT Bombay

189.Sai Thakur, Assistant Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur, Alumnus, IIT Bombay

190.Shubha R, Alumnus, IIT Bombay

191.Rakesh Kumar Ph.D Scholar HSS IIT Bombay

192.Dibyendu Dutta, PhD Scholar, Dept of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

193.Ratheesh Kumar, Alumnus, IIT Bombay

194.Rowena Robinson, Professor, Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

195.Dani Kalarikalayil Raju, M.Des student, IDC IIT Bombay

196.Douglas Allen, Professor, Philosophy, University of Maine, USA, formerly Distinguished Professor Chair of Gandhian Studies, IITB

197.Varun Kanade, (Alumnus, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay)

198.Dipankar, Faculty / Scientist, TREELabs and IIT­Bombay

199.D. Parthasarathy, Professor, Dept of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

200.Sudeep K. S., Alumnus, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

201.Sriram Srinivasan, Adjunct Faculty, CSE, IIT Bombay

202.Maymon Madathingal, (Alumnus, class of 2004, IIT Bombay)

203.Nitish Fatarpekar, Undergraduate, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

4. Anthropologist Talal Asad, in support

I am sad to hear of this news. In a democracy no one should be brutalised by the police – male or female, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, or Muslim. A university campus is an especially protected place, and there minority students need special protection against physical and psychological mistreatment. In a democracy, it is up to the university authorities to protect students and to try to understand their grievances, not to punish them and certainly not to use police against them. The accounts I hear from you as well as from my Indian friends about police violence in university campuses, whether in JNU or in HCU, is very disturbing. You have my complete sympathy and support. This kind of authoritarian behaviour will definitely damage India’s reputation internationally.

All good wishes to you and your comrades.

  • NewHorizons

    I support the autonomy and free thinking in educational institutions but dissent should be peaceful please.No violence..