An Open Letter to JNU VC Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar: A year of unrelenting attacks

JNU student movement has bravely resisted the full frontal attack of the state machinery over the last one year and we are confident that the present multi-pronged attacks will be defeated as well.

Written by Satarupa Chakraborty | Published:February 2, 2017 7:47 pm
jnu, jnu vice chancellor Mamidala Jagdesh Kumar, Open Letter to JNU VC, najeeb ahmed missing, JNUSU, JNUTA, JNU protests, india news, express blogs,jnu missing student In this picture from November, JNU Vice Chancellor Mamidala Jagdesh Kumar comes out of his office after he was stuck in his office for a day because of protest by students after Najeeb Ahmed mysteriously disappeared on 15 October 2016. Express Photo

It has been one year since Prof M. Jagadesh Kumar assumed the office of Vice-Chancellor in JNU. In less than a month, JNU witnessed a severe onslaught. The police were invited into the campus; a raid without warrant happened in students’ hostels, sedition charges were slapped on student leaders, JNU administration gave continuous statements declaring the student leaders as guilty of raising anti-national slogans and nine students were debarred without any inquiry.

Some months back, a student of JNU, Najeeb Ahmad mysteriously disappeared from the campus after repeated assault on him by a group of ABVP activists. It has been more than 100 days, we still do not know the whereabouts of Najeeb Ahmad. When the incident was reported to the administration, the authority refused to take any responsibility and action against the culprits. Moreover, the original report by the Proctor’s office, which clearly mentioned about violence by the assaulters of Najeeb and recommended strict punishment, was manipulated and changed by the VC. As a result, Najeeb’s assaulters were awarded ‘new’ hostels and the whole incident was reduced to a mere ‘scuffle’.

Interestingly, the VC chose to discuss JNU’s admission policy and other important issues during the semester break. In an unprecedented manner, first time in the history of JNU, the Academic Council (AC) meeting was called amidst semester break. Despite the fact that the JNUSU, JNUTA and many members of the AC requested the V-C to postpone it through written representations, he went ahead with 142nd AC meeting. It was conducted in a manner where false and manipulated minutes were placed, the teachers were intimidated and all agendas were declared as ‘passed’ without any discussion. This included the agenda of dubious courses without any academic rhyme or reason.

UGC Gazette notification of May 5 on the MPhil. / PhD admissions has become the latest weapon in the hands of the administration to dismantle JNU with an overarching agenda of massive seat cuts, scuttling of reservation and murder of social justice. Struggle of the JNU student movement over the years ensured the historic admission policy with deprivation point model that ensured entry of students from the most socio-economically and regionally deprived backgrounds. Now, the current administration is seeking to undo all these historic gains by sabotaging this admission policy by subverting the autonomy of the university.

Prof Jagadesh Kumar in his recent interview to The Indian Express said that JNU is known for its academic excellence and the challenge is to move to the next level and become more socially relevant. Sadly, the pious views of the V-C are in direct contradiction with his actions on ground. We have no doubts in saying that the real agenda of JNU administration today is to push the RSS-BJP’s model of privatization, saffronisation and murder of social justice in higher education. JNU student movement has bravely resisted the full frontal attack of the state machinery over the last one year and we are confident that the present multi-pronged attacks will be defeated as well.

Satarupa is general secretary of JNUSU. The views are personal.

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    Ashok
    Feb 2, 2017 at 5:13 pm
    Good jod done by VC. These pseudo secular and leftists need to be eliminated from the campus for academic excellence to take over.
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      Dhirendra
      Feb 2, 2017 at 4:44 pm
      It would have been more meaningful if they back up their tall claims by examples of their action. It looks more like a charge sheet against their own VC.
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        SubbuI
        Feb 2, 2017 at 6:51 pm
        ALL THE PROBLEMS OF JNU CAN BE SOLVED BY JUSTlt;br/gt;1) CHANGING THE NAME OF JNU TO NGU ie NATHURAM GODSE UNIVERSITY AND LET RSS MANAGE THE AFFAIRS IN THERE
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          Ashoke
          Feb 2, 2017 at 5:10 pm
          It is heard in the corridors of MHRD that Mr. Ramdev of Patanjali enterprise is going to be the VC of JNU soon to desanitse everything! ;-)
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            Amit Singh
            Feb 3, 2017 at 6:24 am
            is there is prohibition in law that colleges and hospitals are to be established by central govt?lt;br/gt;no there is none. education and health are state subjects. state govts can do it if there is will.
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              ansuman
              Feb 6, 2017 at 4:13 am
              They hate corrupt,inept and anti national. If they hated minority then they will not be having equal rights.
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                Deeptanshu Verma
                Feb 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm
                False logic. Colleges take time to get established, with students, Prof, and infra. It is silly to say why there is not a BJP established IIT like college in past 10 years. Anyway why would colleges like IIT be established by BJP; they are meant to be done by Central Govt.
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                  Deeptanshu Verma
                  Feb 2, 2017 at 7:02 pm
                  General Secy of JNUSU gets to write front page articles in Indian Express. Nice little perk of belonging to the correct ecosystem!
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                    Chetan
                    Feb 2, 2017 at 5:34 pm
                    Another fu****g comrade/leftist. They just seek an attention. lt;br/gt;1. Why AISA top member raped the girl in JNU Hostel?lt;br/gt;2. Why student need to raised the anti-national slogans?lt;br/gt;3. Why so anti RSS-BJP?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;JNU took matter so seriously due to BJP in power as BJP don't bend to their age old hopeless ideology.
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                      Prabal Gupta
                      Feb 3, 2017 at 5:31 am
                      Bigoted leftist showing his hatred for BJP-RSS for no reason. The world over, Leftists have hated their nations and its nationalists. And they will come up with all fake news and allegations to justify their anti-national and Jihadi mentality. Mind you, the leftists in India have relentlessly condemned and cursed Hinduism, but never Islam or Christianity, and they will try to destroy any sign, symbol, festival, gods, and organizations related to Hinduism.
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                        Pratap
                        Feb 3, 2017 at 4:57 am
                        Shame on delhi police, VC jagdish kumar, abvp goons and jnu administration. Hail the students of JNU
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                          rahul
                          Feb 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm
                          Empty bravado and propaa. All they do is have wet dreams thinking to be che gueveras, but will pi$$ in their pants if they are confronted with the real force of the state machinery.
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                            Raman Govindan
                            Feb 3, 2017 at 11:55 am
                            JNU is a coteries's university!
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                              Ram
                              Feb 7, 2017 at 11:26 pm
                              Most of the trouble in JNu is by a handful (around 100) of professional students staying there forever mostly in departments like social sciences, history or Arabic studies etc. having no career options. Same goes with teachers with left leanings. It is time to relocate these departments in a different campus far away from Delhi may be to Kolkatta or soem NE state as a separate branch of JNU. Also, rename JNU as 'Jayaprakash Narayan university' so the name change may bring some positive energy in teh remaining departments. Also time to ban student politics, all politically/ideologically affiliated student groups and take out student subsidy/hostel/mess facility after minimum stay requirement of a course, so that all these trouble makers will be out of campuses.
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                                sachin
                                Feb 3, 2017 at 3:11 am
                                These all are one sided allegations from on of the comred teachers of jnu and shows the one side picture only...
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                                  seenivasan
                                  Feb 2, 2017 at 4:31 pm
                                  this university should be handed overv to private party or government should reduce the funding
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                                    SUNIL
                                    Feb 3, 2017 at 10:30 am
                                    WHAT SORT OF BLA BLA BLA IS THIS?IS THIS FELLOW A STUDENT OR A POLITICIAN IN THE GRAB OF A STUDENT?
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                                      Hedonist
                                      Feb 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm
                                      VC should terminate the services of old professors in JNU. They are instigating the gullible students for terrorism.
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                                        Sanjoy Paul
                                        Feb 4, 2017 at 3:47 am
                                        And what about RSS-BJP 'S HATE for minorities.
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