Statement: Noam Chomsky and Top Academicians condemn State Violence in UoH

Noam Chomsky and other prominent activists, academicians,writers and artist condemns the brutal attacks on the Students of Hyderabad University.Read...

Statement: Noam Chomsky and Top Academicians condemn State Violence in UoH

Noam Chomsky and other prominent activists, academicians,writers and artist condemns the brutal attacks on the Students of Hyderabad University.Read the Statement:

We, academicians, activists,  artists and writers, condemn the ongoing brutal attacks on and unlawful detention of peacefully protesting faculty and students at the University of Hyderabad by the University administration and the police. We also condemn the restriction of access to basic necessities such as water and food on campus.

The students and faculty members of the University of Hyderabad were protesting the reinstatement of Dr. Appa Rao Podile as the Vice-Chancellor despite the ongoing judicial enquiry against him related to  the circumstances leading to the death of the dalit student Rohith Vemula on January 17th, 2016. Students and faculty members of the university community are concerned that this may provide him the opportunity to tamper with evidence and to influence witnesses. Suicides by dalit students have been recurring in the University of Hyderabad and other campuses across the country.  The issue spiraled into a nationwide students’ protest with the death of the dalit scholar Rohith Vemula. The protests have pushed into the foreground public discussion and debate on the persistence of caste-based discrimination in  educational institutions, and surveillance and suppression of dissent and intellectual debate in university spaces.

Since the morning of March 22 when Dr. Appa Rao returned to campus, the students and staff have been in a siege-like situation.  The peacefully protesting staff and students were brutally lathi-charged by the police, and 27 people were taken into custody. The 27 detainees were untraceable for 48 hours, brutally tortured, and denied legal access. In short, all legal procedures of detention have been suspended. After the incident, the university has been locked down with no access to food, water, electricity, and Internet connectivity.   Students were brutally assaulted when they opened community kitchens.  Lawyers and members of human rights organization as well the ordinary citizens of the city were denied access to students. University of Hyderabad is one of India’s biggest public universities.

We have followed, with deep concern, similar violent attacks and undemocratic crackdown on students on the campuses of Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Film and Television Institute of India, the University of Allahabad, Jadavpur University, Burdwan University, and others across the country. That the highest administrative authorities in the university have allowed the silencing of debate and dissent is unfortunate. We are disturbed by the pattern of growing nexus between student vigilante groups, youth wing of the ruling party, state and university authorities in colleges and university campuses across the country in order to mobilize the state machinery against vulnerable students. This has created a climate of fear and oppression in the country, and continually violates fundamental human and Constitutional rights of students.

We stand in support of the protesting students, staff and faculty of the University of Hyderabad and demand the following:  

  1. Immediate withdrawal of police from the campus.

  2. Immediate release of, and withdrawal of all cases against, all arrested students and faculty.

  3. Suspension of the Vice-Chancellor P. Appa Rao.

  4. Judicial enquiry into the role of the HRD Ministry, the HRD Minister and Mr. Bandaru Dattatreya in inciting violence against Dalits on campus.

  5. Independent enquiry into the incidents of violence on the campus including the role of the ABVP in vandalising the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

  6. Action against police personnel named by students in their complaints.

  7. Passage of the “Rohith Act” against caste discrimination in education.


  1. Lawrence Cohen, Director, Institute for South Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley

  2. Navtej K Purewal Deputy Director, South Asia Institute SOAS University of London

  3. Akhil Gupta, Director, Center for India and South Asia (CISA), UCLA

  4. Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus), MIT

  5. Michael Davis, Professor Emeritus, Department of Creative Writing, University of California Riverside

  6. Anuradha Mittal, Executive Director, The Oakland Institute

  7. Barbara Harriss-White, Oxford University

  8. Kavita Krishnan, Secretary AIPWA

  9. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University

  10. G. Arunima, Professor and Chair, Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Social Sciences, JNU

  11. Sandeep Pandey, former Visiting Faculty, IIT, BHU, Varanasi

  12. Michael D. Yates, Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh, United States

  13. Abha Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  14. Akeel Bilgrami, Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University

  15. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Chair, Department of International Development Studies, Trent University, Canada

  16. Apoorvanand, University of Delhi

  17. Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Professor of Political Science and Chair of Women’s Studies Department, Simon Fraser University, Canada

  18. Gerald Epstein, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  19. Surinder S. Jodhka, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  20. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University

  21. Sangeeta Kamat, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  22. Dr. Shailaja Paik, University of Cincinnati

  23. Kevin B. Anderson, Professor of Sociology, University of California  Santa Barbara

  24. Tithi Bhattacharya, Professor of History, Purdue University

  25. Pranav Jani, The Ohio State University

  26. Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota

  27. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  28. Alpa Shah, London School of Economics

  29. Jayati Ghosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  30. Srirupa Roy, University of Göttingen, Germany

  31. Rahul Varman, IIT Kanpur

  32. Ashwini Tambe, University of Maryland, College Park

  33. Jens Lerche, SOAS, University of London

  34. Gillian Hart, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

  35. Adrian Wilson,  Social Anthropology, London School of Economics

  36. Ayesha Kidwai, Professor ,Jawaharlal Nehru University

  37. Meher Engineer

  38. Aishwary Kumar, School of Humanities & Sciences, Stanford University

  39. Ajantha Subramanian, Professor of Anthropology and South Asian Studies, Harvard University

  40. Jyoti Puri, Chair and Professor of Sociology, Simmons College

  41. Abdul JanMohamed, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

  42. Dr. Nathaniel Roberts, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Goettingen, Germany

  43. Paula Chakravartty, New York University

  44. Atul Sood, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  45. Prof. Mohan Rao, Jawaharlal  Nehru University

  46. Yasmin Saikia, Professor of History, Arizona State University

  47. Nandini Chandra, Delhi University

  48. Elisabeth Weber, Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

  49. C. P. Chandrasekhar, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  50. Prof. Rupa Viswanath, University of Goettingen, Germany

  51. Rama Baru, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  52. Svati Shah, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  53. Immanuel Ness, Professor, City University of New York

  54. Balmurli Natrajan, William Paterson University

  55. Veena Hariharan, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  56. Rajat Datta, Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  57. Geraldine Forbes, Professor, State University of New York, Oswego

  58. Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  59. Richard Seymour, London School of Economics

  60. Susan Visvanathan, Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  61. Dr. Pérez de Mendiola, Richard Armour Professor of Modern Languages, Chair, Dept. of Latin American, Caribbean and Spanish Literatures and Cultures & Humanities, Scripps College

  62. Peter Spiegler, Asst. Prof.,  Dept. of Economics, UMass, Amherst

  63. Swati Birla, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  64. Atreyi Dasgupta, Baylor College of Medicine

  65. Kuver Sinha, Syracuse University

  66. Sirisha Naidu, Wright State University

  67. Siddhartha Mitra, Programmer, Rockefeller University

  68. Samantha Agarwal, PhD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

  69. Anup Gampa, PhD Candidate, University of Virginia

  70. Anu Mandavilli, Friends of South Asia

  71. Deepankar Basu, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  72. Nandini Dhar, Assistant Professor, Florida International University

  73. Michael Levien, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

  74. Devika Dutt, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  75. Smita Ramnarain, Assistant Professor of Economics, Siena College

  76. Taki Manolakos, Wright State University

  77. Valentina Dallona, Johns Hopkins University

  78. Iveta Jusova, Carleton College, USA

  79. Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced

  80. Hee-Young Shin, Wright State University

  81. Anjali Arondekar, UC Santa Cruz

  82. Jinee Lokaneeta, Drew University

  83. Ajay Chandra, University of Warwick

  84. Xiao Yu, Peking University

  85. Bettina Apthekar, UC Santa Cruz

  86. Anirban Karak, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  87. Natasha S K, Syracuse University

  88. Mitul Barua, Syracuse University

  89. Simmy Makhijani, San Francisco State University

  90. Sofia Gavtadze, Solidarity Network, Georgi

  91. Avishek Konar, Alumnus, The Ohio State University

  92. Robert Carley, Wright State University

  93. Dia Da Costa, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

  94. Ann Smock, University of California, Berkeley

  95. Liz Mount, Syracuse University

  96. Terese V Gagnon, Syracuse University

  97. Giorgi Kobakhidze, Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

  98. Levin Ahmed, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  99. Christos Mais, Universiteit Leiden

  100. Taveeshi Singh, Syracuse University

  101. Aniruddha Das, Columbia University

  102. Safar Safqat, St Mary’s College of Maryland

  103. Ramaa Vasudevan, Colorado State University

  104. Osman Keshawarz, doctoral student, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

  105. Narendra Subramaniam, McGill University

  106. Ammel Sharon, University of Pennsylvania

  107. Gventa Gventsadze

  108. Borisi Cirekidze

  109. Minakshi Menon, Max Planck Institute, Berlin

  110. Dmitri Khuskivadze

  111. Salo Kaladze

  112. Judith Rodenbeck, UC Riverside

  113. Ashok Prasad, Colorado State University

  114. Priyanka Srivastava, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  115. Arani Roy, Brandeis University

  116. Dag Erik Berg, University of Gottingen, Germany

  117. Rahul Nair, Antioch College, USA

  118. Gajendran Ayyathurai, Goettingen University, Germany

  119. Balaji Narasimhan, William Paterson University, United States

  120. Ember Skye Kanelee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  121. Jungyeon Suh, Independent Researcher, United States

  122. Kannan Srinivasan

  123. Roli Verma, University of New Mexico

  124. Piya Chatterjee, Scripps College, US

  125. Lalit Batra, University of Minnesota

  126. Avanti Mukherjee, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  127. Tyler Hansen, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  128. Subho Basu, McGill University, Canada

  129. Laurie Nisonoff, Hampshire College, United States

  130. Satya Mohapatra, MIT

  131. Julia Corwin, University of Minnesota

  132. Parama Roy, UC Davis

  133. Krishna Melnattur, Washington University School of Medicine

  134. Rupal Oza, Hunter College, City University of New York

  135. Noeleen McIlvenna, Wright State University

  136. Daniel Thompson, Johns Hopkins University

  137. Jesse Knutson, University of Hawaii, Manoa

  138. Prashant Keshavmurthy, McGill University, Canada

  139. Anasuya Sengupta, Berkeley, USA

  140. Uditi Sen, Hampshire College

  141. Zarrina Juraqulova, Denison University, USA

  142. Kiran Asher, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  143. Prakash Kashwan, University of Connecticut, Storrs

  144. Hamid Rezai, Pitzer College, USA

  145. Anindya Dey, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  146. Lara Deeb, Scripps College, USA

  147. Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota

  148. Vatsal Naresh, Columbia University

  149. Niharika Yadav, Princeton University

  150. Bedatri Datta Choudhury, NYU

  151. Sanjiv Gupta, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  152. Suvadip Sinha, University of Minnesota

  153. Ipsita Mandal, Perimeter Institute, Canada

  154. Poulomi Pal, Fulbright scholar

  155. Asmita Rangari, Activist, New Delhi

  156. Shipra Nigam, Activist, New Delhi

  157. Srinivas Lankala, Independent media scholar, Hyderabad

  158. Carolyn Elliott, University of Vermont

  159. Aviroop Sengupta, Columbia University

  160. Madhura Lohokare, Syracuse University

  161. Arijit Sen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  162. Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College, USA

  163. Oishik Sircar, University of Melbourne

  164. Arjun Bagchi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  165. Greg Anderson, Ohio State University

  166. Prarit Agarwal, Seoul National University, Korea

  167. Sayori Ghoshal, Columbia University

  168. Uponita Mukherjee, Columbia University

  169. Suyapa Portillo Villeda, Pitzer College

  170. Patricia Morton, University of California, Riverside

  171. Sofia Checa, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  172. Arpan Roy, John Hopkins University

  173. Cynthia Correa, The University of Texas at Austin

  174. Parvathy Binoy, Syracuse University, Syracuse

  175. Jonathon Hurd, RN, Seattle

  176. Varuni Bhatia, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

  177. Erin McElroy, UCSC, Director, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

  178. Geert Dhondt, John Jay College, The City University of New York

  179. Mithun Bhowmick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  180. Alladi Sitaram, Retired Professor, Indian Statistical Institute

  181. Dr Kasturi Ray, San Francisco State University

  182. Alicia Giron, National University of Mexico

  183. Probal Dasgupta, Indian Statistical Institute

  184. Larry Halpern, Wittenberg University

  185. Suchitra Mathur, Faculty, IIT Kanpur, India

  186. Aditi Saraf, Johns Hopkins University

  187. Ketaki Jaywant, University of Minnesota

  188. Nagesh Rao, Colgate University

  189. Irfan Ahmad, ACU Melbourne, Australia

  190. Suvrat Raju, TIFR

  191. Saikat Ghosh, IIT Kanpur

  192. Samyak Ghosh, Columbia University

  193. Catherine Liu, UC Irvine

  194. Francis Cody, University of Toronto

  195. Bhavani Raman, University of Toronto

  196. Erika Suderburg, University of California Riverside

  197. Saptarshi Mandal, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat

  198. Anannya Bohidar, Graduate Student, South Asia Studies, UPenn

  199. Rahul Pandey, visiting faculty, IIM Lucknow

  200. Tania Bhattacharyya, Columbia University

  201. Aditi Sarkar, Architect, Las Cruces, New Mexico

  202. Shakti Sathish Nambiar, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

  203. Maroona Murmu, Assistant Professor, Jadavpur University

  204. Gayatri Chatterjee, Symbiosis School of Liberal Art

  205. Sipra Mukherjee, Professor, West Bengal State University

  206. Raja Swamy, Asst. Prof., Dept. of Anthropology, University of Tennessee

  207. Anandavardhanan, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

  208. Priyanka Bhattacharya, The Doon School, Dehradun

  209. Anuradha Roy, Jadavpur University

  210. Ramesh Sreekantan, Statistics and Mathematics Unit Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore.

  211. Srinath Jagannathan, Indian Institute of Management Indore

  212. Tanima Sharma, PhD student, University of Chicago

  213. Meena Alexander, City University of New York

  214. Sharmila Sreekumar, IIT Bombay

  215. Venkatesh K Subramanian, IIT Kanpur

  216. Food Sovereignty Alliance, India

  217. The Ghadar Alliance, US

  218. Nandita Narain, St.Stephen’s College, Delhi University

  219. Deepa Kurup, University of Oxford

  220. Ramesh Bairy, IIT Bombay

  221. Papori Bora, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  222. Ritwik Balo

  223. Ranjani Mazumdar, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  224. PK Vijayan

  225. Dr. Papia Sengupta, CPS/SSS

  226. Krishna V V, CSSP/SSS

  227. A.K. Ramakrishnan, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  228. Arunima S Mukherjee

  229. George Chkhaidze

  230. Elizabeth Abel

  231. Dr. Kochurani Abraham, Kerala

  232. Saumyajit Bhattacharya

  233. Pradip Datta, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  234. Rohit Azad, Center for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  235. Deepak K Mishra, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  236. Tulay Atay–Avsar, Mustafa Kemal University, Turkey

  237. Dr. Vikas Bajpai, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  238. Saradindu Bhaduri, Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi and ISS, The Hague

  239. Dr Erica Wald, Goldsmiths, University of London

  240. Navaneetha Mokkil

  241. Manidipa Sen, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  242. Ameet Parameswaran, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  243. K. B. Usha, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  244. Gopinath Ravindran

  245. Avinash Kumar, CISLS, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  246. Puja Rani, University of Delhi

  247. Ritoo Jerath, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  248. Hannah Carlan, Department of Anthropology, UCLA

  249. Ganga Bhavani Manthini

  250. Sucharita Sen, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  251. Dr. Mallarika Sinha Roy, Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  252. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  253. Dinesh Abrol, Institute for Studies in Industrial Development.

  254. Vikas Rawal, Professor, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  255. Sanjaya Kumar Bohidar, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University

  256. Simona Sawhney, IIT Delhi

  257. Dr. Debjani Sengupta, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi

  258. Anirban Gupta-Nigam, University of California, Irvine

  259. Nandita Badami, University of California, Irvine

  260. Sneha Gaddam, PhD Candidate, University of Leicester

  261. Prabhu Mohapatra Department of History Univ of Delhi

  262. Farida Khan, Univ. of Wisconsin Parkside

  263. Pankaj Mehta, Dept. of Physics, Boston University

  264. Tista Bagchi, University of Delhi

  265. Ra Ravishankar, Bangalore

  266. Sambuddha Chaudhuri, University of Pennsylvania

  267. Ani Maitra, Colgate University

  268. Ethel Brooks, Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology, Rutgers University

  269. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, University of Delhi

  270. Surajit Mazumdar, Center for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University

  271. Sonajharia Minz, Professor, School of Computer & Systems Sciences, JNU

  272. Vinay Kumar Ambedkar

  273. Naveen Gaur, Associate Professor, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi

  274. Margot Weiss, Wesleyan University

  275. Vivekananda Mukherjee, Professor, Dept. of Economics, Jadavpur University

  276. Dr Shakira Hussein, National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

  277. Udaya Kumar, Professor, CES, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, JNU

  278. Kriti Budhiraja, Graduate Student, University of Minnesota

  279. Radhika Balakrishnan, Rutgers University

  280. Seema Saha Poddar

  281. Poulomi Saha, Assistant Professor of English, UC Berkeley

  282. Swapnil Deshmukh, Mumbai University

  283. Dr. Lata Singh

  284. Tyler Feaver, Wright State University

  285. Pavithra Vasudevan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

  286. Santosh Rohit Yerrabolu, Buffalo, NY

  287. Professor V V Krishna, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, SSS, JNU

  288. Amy E. Alterman, Graduate Student, University of California Los Angeles

  289. Ian Duncan, Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley

  290. Bir singh, Asstt. Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Delhi

  291. Amit Singh, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

  292. Poonam Srivastava, University of Chicago, Postdoc Researcher

  293. Omnia El Shakry, University of California, Davis

  294. Jhuma Sen, O.P. Jindal Global University, India

  295. Corey Payne and Chase Alston, Co-Presidents of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Johns Hopkins University

  296. Sankaran Krishna, Professor, Dept. of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa

  297. Mytheli Sreenivas, Professor, Ohio State University

  298. Preeti Shekar, Asian College of Journalism

  299. Susan Himmelweit, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University, Walton Hall, UK

  300. Kalyani Monteiro Jayasankar, Graduate Student, Princeton University

  301. Nicolau Dols, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Spain

  302. Kartik Misra, Graduate Student, Dept. of Economics, UMass, Amherst

  303. Dolly Daftary, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

  304. Sugata Ray, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

  305. Kunal Chattopadhyay, Professor of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University

  306. Soma Marik, Asso