‘Liberal’ Ashoka Univ Crackdown: 2 Staffers Quit After Students Sign Petition On J&K

TWO senior members of the administrative staff have quit; an assistant professor is under pressure to leave and regulations have been revised to moderate all emails between alumni and students. Ashoka University in Sonepat, which advertises itself as a world-class “pioneering liberal initiative” that encourages students “to think and to question,” is roiled in a fractious debate over curbs on freedom of speech on campus.

The flashpoint: a July 25 petition signed by 88 members of the university, addressed to the J&K government and the Centre, condemning the violence after militant Burhan Wani’s death and calling for de-militarisation of the state and the conduct of a plebiscite. Signatories included students, alumni, two employees and one faculty member.

  1. M
    Oct 17, 2016 at 5:45 pm
    Actually the new generation particularly the youth of new India want the Kashmir salution is need of the hour,otherwise it will have very bad impact on India as a big democracy.when the people of J and K have given lot of scarifice for the freedom since it was held by Indian ocupation.
    1. Sudhip Kumar Sen
      Oct 14, 2016 at 11:46 am
      Nehrus offer of plebiscite was an off the cuff thing. It is for the govt to decide what to do and not for students. They better get education first