Members of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in JNU ended their indefinite hunger strike on Wednesday claiming that the authorities have agreed to their demands, while the members of Left parties continued with their hunger strike. The health condition of many Left- party members have deteriorated including Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar.
The hunger strike of the both left and right parties in Jawaharlal Nehru University( JNU) started on April 28, as the university authorities meted out punishments to the students involved in the February 9 incident. Earlier, the University authority has appealed to the students to stop their indefinite hunger strike when some of them including Kanhaiya KUmar started falling sick.
“Hunger strike is an unlawful activity and a harmful method of protest that adversely affects the health and career of the students. The administration urges the students to use constitutional means to put forth their demands, if any,” the University Vice Chancellor M. Jagdeesh Kumar said through a notice to the students.
“The administration believes in dialogue and discussion to resolve any issue affecting functioning of the university and urges the students to immediately call off the hunger strike and come for discussion,” the VC’s notice further stated.
Meantime, academics from West Bengal came forward expressing solidarity with the agitating students of JNU, and urged the vice chancellor to reject the recommendation of the high level committee and hold a dialogue with the students.
“We stand in solidarity with the students of JNU. We urge the vice chancellor of the university to reject the recommendation of the high level committee, and to open a dialogue with his students.
“This will not diminish the university, but indeed, will add to its lustre,” said a statement issued by Shubhendu Dasgupta, a retired professor of Calcutta University, on behalf of concerned teachers and academics, to the JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) and to the students’ union.
The academics — both retired and active — belong to different colleges, universities, and research centres of Bengal.