University Protests in India

BY MARTIN KICH

Students at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi have been physically attacked, have been held in judicial custody, and have had charges of sedition filed against them for espousing views challenging to the state. There have also been vociferous calls from the Indian political Right to shut down this premier institution, which has a long history of fostering vigorous debates and producing critical scholars. This attempted political suppression of free expression and academic freedom has led to an uprising on campuses across India in support of JNU students and faculty and against the Indian government.

Academics around the world have signed onto statements supporting the students and faculty of JNU. The following are links to two of those statements:

https://kashmirobserver.net/2016/local-news/academicians-455-varsities-extend-support-3338

http://thewire.in/2016/02/16/scholars-worldwide-back-jnu-students-21737/

And this is a link to some photos from the Feb 18th protest march in Delhi:

https://www.facebook.com/arun.worldpeace/media_set?set=a.10153371453475814.1073741846.661700813&type=3&pnref=story

 

 

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