Petition from HCU


We are reproducing the petition produced by the students of HCU calling for support for the agitation. We request others to sign the petition and share it widely.

Dr. C. Rangarajan

Chancellor

University of Hyderabad

Dear Dr. Rangarajan,

We have learnt with dismay about the attack by the police on students at the University of Hyderabad on 22 March, 2016. We understand that there may have been acts of destruction by some of the students, and we strongly condemn such acts. It is arguable whether it wasnecessary to call the police to deal with the students. However, having called the police, the administration of the University should have ensured that the police force did not make a brutal assault on the students. The Vice Chancellor and the administration of the University failed in this respect, as the ensuing heavy-handed police action proves. We strongly condemn the attack

by the police, and the failure of the administration of the University to prevent it.

We would like to make the following points about the immediate repercussions of the events

of the 22nd:

1. Several students and two members of the faculty of the University have been detained by the police. We request you, and the administration of the University, to take every possible measure to secure their release, and to get them back to the University at the earliest.

2. Some students were injured in the police action, and have been receiving medical treatment at the University’s Health Centre, and in private clinics and hospitals. We urge that all available help be extended to these students, and we request you to ensure their well-being.

3. We understand that some students who have been protesting are worried about their future in the university, and fear retribution from the administration. It is imperative that their fears be assuaged, and that students are not penalised for legitimately voicing their political opinions, or for challenging the University establishment.

4. There was no food or water in the student hostels, and the connection between the University campus to the Internet was closed down, for two days after the 22nd. This is a form of collective punishment. We condemn it, and ask the administration of the University to see that such acts of punishment do not recur.

We have the following points to make in the general context of the stormy events at the University:

1. The direct cause of the events on the 22nd was the resumption of office by P. Appa Rao, the Vice Chancellor of the University. A judicial enquiry has been initiated by the Ministryof Human Resource Development, Government of India, into the events around Rohith Vemula’s suicide, and Prof. Appa Rao is one of the central figures in those events. There is a case against him under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, and another under the laws relating to abetting a suicide. In these circumstances, it is utterly inappropriate for him to occupy the office of the Vice Chancellor of the University, and we demand that he relinquish that office forthwith.

2. There has been almost no progress in the police cases against Prof. Appa Rao, whereas the police have been quick to act on the protesting students. We demand that this imbalance be redressed, and that the cases against Prof. Appa Rao be speedily brought to their logical conclusion.

3. The protest by the students on the 22nd grew out of the events that led to Mr. Vemula’s suicide. Issues of systematic injustice against Dalits, and of attempts by certain groups of students of the University to disrupt the activities of students whose opinions they oppose, have repeatedly surfaced in the discourse following Mr. Vemula’s suicide. We ask the administration of the University to seriously address these issues.

4. A troubling feature of the events at the University is the frequent reliance of the administration of the University on the police apparatus. We feel that the police have no place in an academic campus, and should be called upon only in rare circumstances. We, therefore, request you to have the police removed from the campus of the University.

The University of Hyderabad is one of the important educational centres of the country.

For that reason, we hope that you, and the administration of the University, will do every-
thing to provide the students of the University the freedom, and the consideration, that are a distinguishing feature of a great academic institution.

Yours sincerely,

1. Dileep Jatkar, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

2. N. Raghavendra, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

3. Partho Sarothi Ray, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

4. Rahul Siddharthan, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

5. Saikat Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

6. Srikant Sastry, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Faculty

7. Sugata Ray, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

8. Sumathi Rao, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

9. Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

The signatories are listed in the alphabetical order of their names. Institutional affiliations

of the signatories are given only for purposes of identification, and do not indicate the official

positions of these organisations.

 

The petition is initiated by a few Indian academics, and Indian academics are encouraged to sign this petition as well.
If you would like to endorse this statement please send your name and institutional affiliation (if any) to academgp@gmail.com 

https://mail.google.com/_/scs/mail-static/_/js/k=gmail.main.en.kVXjxTAhWFY.O/m=m_i,t,it/am=PiMeCZj_e38wrjMEoJU-UGHe-89xS8rOnHu4_94EiNQrgP-b_T-A_4O9aQsF/rt=h/d=1/rs=AHGWq9ARy_sr19nPw64vficSenb1MqgXnwhttps://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&view=bsp&ver=ohhl4rw8mbn4https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2&view=bsp&ver=ohhl4rw8mbn4

Conversation opened. 8 messages. All messages read.
More

29 of 7,602

 
 
Expand all
Print all
In new window

Fwd: Please sign petition in solidarity with HCU

Inbox
x

Pushkin Égalité

AttachmentsMar 28 (9 days ago)

to me, Minakshee, battini
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Avishek Konar <bantikonar@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Mar 27, 2016 at 3:11 PM
Subject: Please sign petition in solidarity with HCU
To: Pranav Jani <pranavjani@gmail.com>, Tithi Bhattacharya <tbhattac@gmail.com>, Snehal Shingavi <snehal100@hotmail.com>, Nagesh Rao <nagesh123@gmail.com>, Kunal Chattopadhyay <kunal.chattopadhyay@gmail.com>, Soma Marik <mariksoma@hotmail.com>, Bodhisatwa Ray <bodhisatwa.ray@gmail.com>, Sushovan Dhar <dhar.sushovan@gmail.com>, Mihir Bhosale <yearn4change@gmail.com>, pradipta chattopadhyay <elomeloeka@gmail.com>, Saumendra Basu <saumenbasu@yahoo.co.in>, Pratip Nag <nagpratip@gmail.com>, wilfred d <willyindia@gmail.com>, achin vanaik <achin.vanaik@gmail.com>, achin vanaik <achinvanaik@gmail.com>, Chirag Suvarna <chirag.suvarna@gmail.com>, toa dasgupta <aparajita.dasgupta@email.ucr.edu>, Srestha Banerjee <sresthab@gmail.com>, Jhuma Sen <sen.jhuma@gmail.com>, Ashokankur Datta <ashokankur@gmail.com>, Arka Roy Chaudhuri <gabuisi@gmail.com>, shampa bhattacharjee <shampaisi@gmail.com>, Amlan DG <pela202@gmail.com>, soumendu sarkar <sarkarsoumendu@gmail.com>, Sridipta G <sridipta.ghatak@gmail.com>, sayan dasgupta <dasgupta.sayan@gmail.com>, Anup Gampa <anup.gampa@gmail.com>, Samantha Agarwal <samsnomadicheart@gmail.com>, Sirisha Naidu <sirishacnaidu@gmail.com>, “T. Manolakos” <ptmanolakos@gmail.com>, partho <psray40@yahoo.com>, Sugata Ray <sugataray2006@gmail.com>, Vikas Gampa <vikasgampa@gmail.com>, Rajeev Ravisankar <rajeevravisankar@gmail.com>, Nachiket Deshpande <ndeshpande.30@gmail.com>, Sudipto Banerjee <sudipto.bnrjee@gmail.com>, Raili Roy <raili.roy@gmail.com>, Prasenjit Bose <boseprasenjit@gmail.com>, subhanil@idsk.edu.in, Sougata Kerr <sougatakerr@yahoo.com>, Minakshee Rode <minakshirode@gmail.com>, Anirban Kar <kar.anirban@gmail.com>, deepankar <dbasu@econs.umass.edu>, Gargi Banerjee <gargib.91@gmail.com>, Subhadeep Sinhamahapatra <dr.puchu@gmail.com>, Sukruta Alluri <sukruta.alluri@gmail.com>,kislay.ftii@gmail.com, Ritwik Banerjee <Ritwik4@gmail.com>, Sriparna pathak <sriparnapathak@gmail.com>, Natasha Sharma <natashasharma.uoc@gmail.com>, arjun sengupta <sengupta.arjun@gmail.com>, Puja Bhattacharya <bhattacharya.puja@gmail.com>, abrez mondal <abrez86@gmail.com>, Atindriyo Chakrabarty <driyo88@gmail.com>, Pushkin Égalité <karl10marx@gmail.com>

Dear Friends and Comrades
There was an outpouring of support when an attack came down on JNU, and rightly so. But, we also need to show similar solidarity with HCU, to counter the lack of reporting from the mainstream media.
There are two petitions linked in this email. Please consider in signing on to both (if applicable) or one.
(i) The first one is initiated by academics, students and activists in the US. Anyone can sign it. Over 300 academicians, activists, artists and writers, including Noam Chomsky, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Barbara Hariss-White, Gillian Hart, Michael Davis, Michael Yates, Sugata Roy, Tithi Bhattacharya, Jens Lerche, Pranav Jani, Kavita Krishnan, and Chandra Talpade Mohanty, condemn the state violence and unlawful detention of faculty and student protesters of the University of Hyderabad.
If you would like to endorse this statement please send your name and institutional affiliation (if any) to justiceforhcu@gmail.com 
(ii) The second one (see attached document) is initiated by a few Indian academics, and Indian academics are encouraged to sign this petition as well.
If you would like to endorse this statement please send your name and institutional affiliation (if any) to academgp@gmail.com 
 
Please circulate this widely. Sign, share and urge others to do the same. 
Thank you,
Avishek Konar
Attachments area

5 older messages

Adhiraj Bose Mar 29 (8 days ago)

I will post to our blog tomorrow in the morning.

Ariadna

Mar 30 (7 days ago)

to me
ok
Click here to Reply or Forward
4.95 GB (32%) of 15 GB used
Last account activity: 51 minutes ago

Details

5 more
Ariadna
Add to circles
Show details

https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/postmessageRelay?parent=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com&jsh=m%3B%2F_%2Fscs%2Fabc-static%2F_%2Fjs%2Fk%3Dgapi.gapi.en.1MqgDU3zZ20.O%2Fm%3D__features__%2Frt%3Dj%2Fd%3D1%2Frs%3DAHpOoo_KZf1llAl4VsToQWFFf6-n5A3H0g#rpctoken=615418425&forcesecure=1

https://clients6.google.com/static/proxy.html?jsh=m%3B%2F_%2Fscs%2Fabc-static%2F_%2Fjs%2Fk%3Dgapi.gapi.en.1MqgDU3zZ20.O%2Fm%3D__features__%2Frt%3Dj%2Fd%3D1%2Frs%3DAHpOoo_KZf1llAl4VsToQWFFf6-n5A3H0g#parent=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com&rpctoken=621105952

Page 1 of 2

26 March, 2016

Dr. C. Rangarajan

Chancellor

University of Hyderabad

Dear Dr. Rangarajan,

We have learnt with dismay about the attack by the police on students at the University of

Hyderabad on 22 March, 2016. We understand that there may have been acts of destruction

by some of the students, and we strongly condemn such acts. It is arguable whether it was

necessary to call the police to deal with the students. However, having called the police, the

administration of the University should have ensured that the police force did not make a brutal

assault on the students. The Vice Chancellor and the administration of the University failed in

this respect, as the ensuing heavy-handed police action proves. We strongly condemn the attack

by the police, and the failure of the administration of the University to prevent it.

We would like to make the following points about the immediate repercussions of the events

of the 22nd:

1. Several students and two members of the faculty of the University have been detained by

the police. We request you, and the administration of the University, to take every possible

measure to secure their release, and to get them back to the University at the earliest.

2. Some students were injured in the police action, and have been receiving medical treatment

at the University’s Health Centre, and in private clinics and hospitals. We urge that all

available help be extended to these students, and we request you to ensure their well-being.

3. We understand that some students who have been protesting are worried about their

future in the university, and fear retribution from the administration. It is imperative that

their fears be assuaged, and that students are not penalised for legitimately voicing their

political opinions, or for challenging the University establishment.

4. There was no food or water in the student hostels, and the connection between the Univer- sity campus to the Internet was closed down, for two days after the 22nd. This is a form

of collective punishment. We condemn it, and ask the administration of the University to

see that such acts of punishment do not recur.

We have the following points to make in the general context of the stormy events at the

University:

1. The direct cause of the events on the 22nd was the resumption of office by P. Appa Rao, the

Vice Chancellor of the University. A judicial enquiry has been initiated by the Ministry

of Human Resource Development, Government of India, into the events around Rohith

Vemula’s suicide, and Prof. Appa Rao is one of the central figures in those events. There

is a case against him under the SC/ST Atrocities Act, and another under the laws relating

to abetting a suicide. In these circumstances, it is utterly inappropriate for him to occupy

the office of the Vice Chancellor of the University, and we demand that he relinquish that

office forthwith.

1

Page 1 of 2

Page 2 of 2

2. There has been almost no progress in the police cases against Prof. Appa Rao, whereas the

police have been quick to act on the protesting students. We demand that this imbalance

be redressed, and that the cases against Prof. Appa Rao be speedily brought to their logical

conclusion.

3. The protest by the students on the 22nd grew out of the events that led to Mr. Vemula’s

suicide. Issues of systematic injustice against Dalits, and of attempts by certain groups of

students of the University to disrupt the activities of students whose opinions they oppose,

have repeatedly surfaced in the discourse following Mr. Vemula’s suicide. We ask the

administration of the University to seriously address these issues.

4. A troubling feature of the events at the University is the frequent reliance of the adminis- tration of the University on the police apparatus. We feel that the police have no place in

an academic campus, and should be called upon only in rare circumstances. We, therefore,

request you to have the police removed from the campus of the University.

The University of Hyderabad is one of the important educational centres of the country.

For that reason, we hope that you, and the administration of the University, will do every- thing to provide the students of the University the freedom, and the consideration, that are a

distinguishing feature of a great academic institution.

Yours sincerely,

1. Dileep Jatkar, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

2. N. Raghavendra, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

3. Partho Sarothi Ray, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Faculty

4. Rahul Siddharthan, Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty

5. Saikat Ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Faculty

6. Srikant Sastry, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Faculty

7. Sugata Ray, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Faculty

8. Sumathi Rao, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Faculty

9. Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, Faculty

The signatories are listed in the alphabetical order of their names. Institutional affiliations

of the signatories are given only for purposes of identification, and do not indicate the official

positions of these organisations.

2

Page 2 of 2

1 of 2
letter_final.pdf
Open with

https://content.googleapis.com/static/proxy.html?jsh=m%3B%2F_%2Fscs%2Fabc-static%2F_%2Fjs%2Fk%3Dgapi.gapi.en.1MqgDU3zZ20.O%2Fm%3D__features__%2Frt%3Dj%2Fd%3D1%2Frs%3DAHpOoo_KZf1llAl4VsToQWFFf6-n5A3H0g#parent=https%3A%2F%2Fmail.google.com&rpctoken=1013581349

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: