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Over 200 Sociologists Condemn Chhattisgarh Police FIR Against Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad

The police and special auxiliary forces in Chhattisgarh burnt the effigies of critics of human rights violations, including Sundar, at an official protest last month. Credit: Special Arrangement

The police and special auxiliary forces in Chhattisgarh burnt the effigies of critics of human rights violations, including Sundar, at an official protest last month. Credit: Special Arrangement

Over 200 academics from across the country and around the world have released a statement condemning the recent FIR filed by the Chhattisgarh police against professors Nandini Sundar and Archana Prasad, and political activists Vineet Tiwari and Sanjay Parate on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy.

In a statement released yesterday, November 10, 186 Indian sociologists and 31 others from foreign institutions said that such “motivated charges… are a direct attack on our ability to fulfill our professional responsibilities” to “study and write about a wide variety of communities and their interactions with … the state and social movements”. The signatories also noted with concern “the increasing incidents of attempts to intimidate or falsely accuse” sociologists in the recent past. The statement condemned “the growing nation-wide trend towards the stifling of all voices of dissent”, and appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as the chief ministers of all states, to “uphold the freedom to do critical academic research”.

Among the signatories are eminent sociologists T.K. Oommen, Veena Das and Patricia Uberoi, as well as many others from institutions in Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Germany, Lebanon, the UK and US.

Read their statement below:

Sociologist Statement Condemning Chhattisgarh Police FIR by The Wire on Scribd

Additionally, students from the Delhi School of Economics have released a statement expressing support for those accused.

Note: Nandini Sundar is married to one of the founding editors of The Wire

  • K SHESHU BABU

    Eminent persons expressing solidarity is welcome. Also, a mass movement against state repression in other parts of the country should come up and organise protests against state terrorism. A strong vociferous dissent should spread in the country as the incidences of torture, illegal detentions, slapping if sedition charges, filing if FIRs are rising causing untold sufferings to academicians and adivasis alike. Nation is moving towards undeclared ‘ ‘dictatorship’ .