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‘People must resist imposition of one thought’: Chidambaram on resignation of Ashoka University professors

Asking people as to what the resignations say about “academic freedom” in the country, the senior Congress leader said the BJP thought or Modi thought will turn India into an autocracy

By: PTI | New Delhi |
Updated: March 19, 2021 10:20:03 pm
P ChidambaramSenior Congress leader P Chidambaram. (File Photo)

Following the resignation of two professors of the Ashoka University, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday asked what does this say of the “academic freedom” in the country and urged people to rise and resist the “imposition of one thought”.

He alleged that this “BJP thought will wreck India and turn it into an autocracy”.

“What does it say of academic freedom in this country if two distinguished economists have to resign as Professors of Ashoka University,” he tweeted. He added, “The people of India must rise to fiercely resist the attempt to impose one thought all over the country. BJP Thought or Modi Thought will wreck the country and turn India into an autocracy.”

Faculty members, students and alumni of the Ashoka University in Sonipat have expressed anguish over noted political commentator Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s resignation as a professor, saying his exit seems to be a direct consequence of his role as a public intellectual and critic of the government.

The faculty members have written to the vice chancellor (VC) and board members, saying Mehta’s exit has set a “chilling precedent for future removals of faculty”.

Eminent economist Arvind Subramanian also resigned as a professor of the university on Thursday.

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