Disgrace to our nation: Indian Statistical Institute students, profs condemn JNU violence

More than 500 students and teachers at the Indian Statistical Institute have condemned the violence unleashed on the night of January 5, 2020, at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and expressed solidarity with its students.

“We see this as part of systematic attacks in Indian educational institutes, which is a disgrace to our nation and a threat to the seats of intellect,” they said, pointing to recent incidents in Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University and Banaras Hindu Univeristy.

“We reiterate the need for an environment where academic institutions can function without fear, where freedom of speech and expression is unshackled, and criticism is received rather than repressed.”

– Statement by Indian Statistical Institute students and teachers

Masked goons went on the rampage inside the JNU campus on January 5, targeting students and staff in what the JNU teachers’ association called an “orgy of violence”.

India Today TV’s two-part #JNUTapes investigation, broadcast this past weekend, made the following revelations:

  • two French language students, including one identifying himself as an ABVP activist, testified to the RSS-linked ABVP student group’s involvement in the violence.
  • a masked woman seen in viral footage and images of the violence was identified as an ABVP activist.
  • an Left/AISA activist admitted her involvement in the shutting down of university servers earlier.

Read Part One and Part Two of the India Today TV #JNUTapes investigation which exposed the masked mob.

Inputs from Tanushree Pandey

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