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Scholars appeal to President on JNU professor Nivedita Menon

More than 1,800 academics, artists, activists and filmmakers, including actors Sharmila Tagore and Aparna Sen, have signed the petition.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 4, 2017 2:39 am
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Academicians Partha Chatterjee and Judith Butler Tuesday submitted a letter, along with a petition, to the President of India against the alleged ‘persistent hounding’ of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Professor Nivedita Menon. More than 1,800 academics, artists, activists and filmmakers, including actors Sharmila Tagore and Aparna Sen, have signed the petition.

Menon, a professor at the Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, was recently removed as the Chairperson of her Centre for allegedly insulting members of a selection committee. The university also has an enquiry pending against her for “instigating” students to disrupt an Academic Council (AC) meeting in December 2016.

“We are writing to you on behalf of an international fraternity of academics with a petition in support of Nivedita Menon… We are concerned about the way Professor Menon has had to face repeated attacks from the university administration on her basic right to hold an opinion. We therefore request you to use your good offices to immediately intervene in the matter and restore the atmosphere of healthy debate for which JNU has been recognised in the entire academic world,” Chatterjee and Butler have written in the letter.

In the letter, they said they were worried that “the hostile atmosphere created by the university administration will seriously harm Professor Menon’s ability to teach, carry out research and pursue intellectual collaborations in a peaceful and productive manner”.

In the petition, it has been said they are “deeply concerned by the persistent hounding” of Menon. When contacted, an EC member said, “The administration got formal complaints from members of a selection committee who said she (Menon) had insulted them.

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  1. M
    Oct 5, 2017 at 1:12 pm
    The President should direct the government to issue an ordinance forthwith making it incumbent on all teachers/professors to carry out their academic duties professionally, faithfully and sincerely without talking extra academic matters. These teachers never do their professional duty in honesty. They waste students' precious time and energy and put them on unlawful trajectory. They are bad teachers, poor research guides and low grade academics. They don't publish world class papers or books. They get paid for not doing their duty at all.
    1. C
      Oct 5, 2017 at 10:41 am
      Why this Intellectual worried About one Person And Not 10 Lac Hindu of Kashmir , Who are still not in Kashmir Because of Islamic Terrorism. All the Intellectual are request to do something for Hindus in Kashmir , Which they have never done. This is called Radical fundamentalists intellectual. They want to show the lady is above Rule And Law. These are the enemies of Hindus And. Our Nation. She can move court.
      1. M
        Oct 5, 2017 at 5:55 am
        Administration must throw out this rotten egg as soon as possible. Must stripe her off her teaching degrees..this anti national moron is not worth calling a professor in. The duffoon is now crying victim Sick
        1. P
          Oct 5, 2017 at 2:10 am
          This is black mailing and nothing else. The Selection Committee has the right and authority to choose the best person for the post.
          1. D
            Oct 4, 2017 at 11:14 pm
            is Jnu comes in Worlds top 10 ins ution? It is just time pass old age unable so-called students rest house and it is Just wasting money of taxpayers My suggestion is close this horrific hotel
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