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Harvard University Students, Faculty Urge Indian Govt to Release Shah Faesal

Faesal used to be a student at Harvard.

New Delhi: Over 100 people associated with Harvard University, including students, faculty and alumni, have issued a statement expressing concern about the detention of former IAS officer turned politician and Harvard student Shah Faesal.

The statement also expressed solidarity for “a democratic and peaceful means to ensure stability in the state of Jammu & Kashmir” and urged the Indian government to release Shah Faesal and other local leaders who are under arrest.

Shah Faesal, who had been detained on August 14 at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, was taken to a makeshift detention centre at the Centaur Hotel in Srinagar on Thursday, August 15 under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

The former bureaucrat from Jammu and Kashmir had floated the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Movement party after resigning from the Indian Administrative Service.

In addition to Faesal, former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah were put under house arrest, a day a before the centre announced its decision to scrap J&K’s special status, on August 4, and continue to be under detention.

Also read | ‘Everything Has Been Lost. Except Our Resolve to Fight Back’: Shah Faesal on Kashmir

The Jammu and Kashmir authorities last week airlifted a fresh batch of 20 “potential troublemakers” from Srinagar to Agra as a precautionary measure in the wake of constitutional changes made by the government.

The statement by members of Harvard university urged the Indian government “to take credible action keeping in mind the democratic rights of people during the process of bringing peace to the Valley”.

The full statement has been reproduced below.

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To the Government of India, 15 August 2019

We, members of the student, faculty and alumni community of Harvard University, stand in solidarity for a democratic and peaceful means to ensure stability in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

We are concerned about the latest restrictions and arrests of many local leaders including a Harvard student and politician, Shah Faesal.

We urge the Government to release Shah Faesal and other local leaders. We request the government to take credible action keeping in mind the democratic rights of people during the process of bringing peace to the Valley.

Students, faculty, alumni and affiliates of the Harvard University,

1. Rashmi P Gowda, MC/MPA 2019, Bangalore.
2. Neha Bansal, MC/MPA 2019, New Delhi
3. Tiffany Thompson, MC/MPA 2019, United States of America
4. Isaias A Medina III, MC/MPA 2019, Venezuela
5. Keldon Bester, MPP 2019, Canada
6. Carlos Ortiz-Gomez, MC/MPA 2019, Mexico
7. Camilla Taufic, MPP 2019, United States of America
8. Erika Caballero Montoya, MPA/ID 2019, Mexico
9. Sabrina Meharali, MC/MPA 2019, United States of America
10. Grace Palmer, MPP 2019, United States of America
11. Anne Thibault, MC/MPA 2019, France
12. Nurlan Mustafayev, MC/MPA 2019, Azerbaijan
13. Jamie Lockhart, MC/MPA 2019, United States of America
14. Rachel Richardson, MC/MPA 2019, United States of America
15. Andrea Szegedi, MC/MPA 2019, Hungary
16. Ariel Dloomy, MC/MPA 2019, Israel
17. Emilia Reyes, MC MPA 2019, México
18. Zeenith Ebrahim, MC MPA 2019, South Africa
19. Sanjana Rajgarhia, MPP 2020, India
20. Mouna Mahassine, MC/MPA 2019, France
21. Nizar El Fakih, MC/MPA 2019, Venezuela
22. Roohi Abdullah, MC/MPA, USA
23. Ricardo Batarce, MC/MPA 2019, Chile
24. Margareta Matache, MC/MPA 2019, Romania
25. Faran Sikandar, MPA/ID 2018, United States of America
26. Ekram Ibrahim, MC/MPA 2018, United States of America
27. Preeti Sahai, MC/MPA 2019, India
28. Melvine Ouyo, MC/MPA 2019, Kenya
29. Jackson Miller, MPP 2020, United States
30. Glen Mpani MC/MPA 2018 Zimbabwe
31. Juliana Vernaza MC/MPA 2019, Colombia
32. Zain Ul Abideen Shahid MPA/ID 2018, Pakistan
33. Timothy Patrick McCarthy PhD, Faculty, United States of America
34. Jeremy Bhatia, MPP 2020, United States of America
35. Pedro Armelin, MPP 2020, Brazil
36. Jeff Rousset, MC/MPA 2018, United States of America
37. Musa Ali, MC/MPA 2019, United States
38. Suvi Seppalainen, MC/MPA 2019, Finland
39. Salma Yasir, MC/MPA 2018
40. Youcif Almegaryaf, MC/MPA 2018, Libyan-America
41. Sakina Haider, MPP 2020, United Kingdom
42. Christian Zambaglione, MPA 2019, Argentina
43. Diksha Bijlani, MPP 2020, India
44. Shawon Jackson, MPP 2021, United States
45. Dana Rassas, MCMPA 2018, Palestine
46. Muhammad Safdari, MBA/MPP 2021, USA
47. Sarah Koehler, Ed.M. 2019, United States of America
48. Muhammad Ali, MC MPA, 2018, Pakistan
49. Sara Thordsen, MC/MPA 2019, Denmark
50. Tanya Kant, Ed.M. 2019, Indiia
51. Candice Vianna, MC/MPA 2019, Brazil
52. Aarya Shinde, Ed.M. 2019, India
53. Hazem ElWassimy, MC/MPA 2018, Egypt
54. Salil Shetty, Senior Research Fellow 2018-Present, India
55. Alina Xu, MPA/ID 2019, United States of America
56. Inayat Sabhikhi, MPA 2020, India
57. Nfamara BALDE, MC/MPA 2018, Guinea
58. Lucila Takjerad, MC/MPA 2019, Algeria-France
59. Laura Oller, MPP/MBA 2019, Brazil
60. M.R.Sharan, PhD 2020, India [strongly second Asad’s opinion below] 61. Dwijo Goswami, MPA/ID 2017, India
62. Subhadra Banda, MPP 2016, India
63. Niharika Singh, PhD HKS, Canada
64. Asad Liaqat, PhD HKS
65. Reine Rambert, MPP 2020, United States of America
66. Tania Del Rio Solorzano , MPP 2016, USA
67. Beau Suder, MC/MPA 2020, USA
68. Ilusion Farias, MC,MPA 2019, Nicaragua
69. Nayana RenuKumar, MPA 2016, India
70. Michal Rubin, MC/MPA, United States of America
71. Pradeepan Parthiban, Research Staff, Harvard Kennedy School, USA
72. Costanza Sciubba Caniglia, MC/MPA and Research Staff, Harvard Kennedy School,
Italy/USA
73. Gwen Camp, MC/MPA, United States of America
74. Lily Cheng, MC/MPA, USA
75. Jenny Weissbourd, MPA, USA
76. Betsy Cowan, MC/MPA 2018, USA
77. Diana Goldemberg, MPAID 2017, Brazil
78. Gabriel Costa, MPA 2019, Brazil
79. Anushka Siddiqui, MPP 2019, India
80. John Michael Schert, MC/MPA 2018, USA
81. Georges Clement, MPP 2020, USA
82. Prachi Naik, MPP 2020, USA
83. Nada Siddiqui, MC/MPA 2020, USA
84. Rafael Beleboni, MC/MPA 2019, Brazil
85. Safwan Al-Amin, MC/MPA 2018, Iraq
86. Phillip Pollman, MPP 2020 USA
87. Ibrahim Al-Assil, MC/MPA 2019
88. Borja Gomez Rojo, MC/MPA 2018, Spain
89. Doaa Sobeih, MC/MPA 2019, Egypt
90. Camila Thorndike, MC/MPA 2020, United States (+1 to above comments on greater
specificity of demands, not just protecting ‘one of our own’)
91. Dimas Muhamad, MPP 2020, Indonesia
92. Georgina Hernandez, MC/MPA 2019, Philippines
93. Monica Nirmala, MPH 2020, Indonesia
94. Zain Jarrar, MPA/ID 2018, Palestine
95. Abdul Mohsen Al Husseini, MPA 2018, Jordan
96. Gonzalo Leon, MC/MPA 2019, Chile
97. Francisca Villalobos, MPA 2019, Chile
98. Rami Farasin, MC/MPA 2020, USA
99. Wael Wahby, MC/MPA 2018, Egypt.
100. Kaveri Iychettira, Post-doctoral Fellow, India
101. John Milbauer, MC/MPA 2020, United States
102. Gerta Uruci-Limani, MC/MPA, Albania
103. Henri Brebant, MPA 2020, France
104. Sheri Meyerhoffer, MC/MPA 2018, Canada
105. Victor C. Boyadjian, MC/MPA 2019, Brazil
106. Anirban Gongopadhyay, MPA 2009
107. Garima Jain, MPP/UP 2010, India
108. Roshan Paul, MPP 2008
109. Yash Kumbhat, College 2021, India
110. Chandrika Bahadur, MPA/ID 2001
111. Divya Varma, MPA 2014
112. Kevin Leiby, MPA/ID 2018
113. Yasmine Abdel Karim, MC/MPA2018
114. Imran Khan, MPA/ID 2009, Pakistan
115. Sofia Salas, MPP 2020
116. Syeda masood MPAID/ID 2008, USA
117. Anmol Mehra MC/MPA 2019
118. Omar Mukhtar Khan MPA 2008
119. Akbar Nasir Khan MPA 2011,Pakistan
120. Tomohiro Hamakawa, MPP 2008, Japan
121. Fatima Y . Bokhari, HLS 2015, Pakistan
122. Afnan Karim Kundi, HLS 1995, Pakistan
123. Shanza Noorhasan Khan, MPP 2008, Pakistan
124. Apefa Ashiagbor, MC/MPA 2018, USA

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