<SiteLock

An Open Letter to the JNU Vice-Chancellor

 

To
Mr. Jagadesh Kumar,
Vice-Chancellor,
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Sir,

 Sub: Institutional Torture by University Administration for raising voice against the draconian UGC Gazette 2016

I am Dileep Kumar Yadav, a Ph.D Scholar in the Centre for Inner-Asian Studies, School of International Studies and am about to submit my Ph.D thesis in some weeks. It is quite unfortunate that at a time when I am at the last stage of my work, the administration headed by you has been unleashing acts of institutional torture on me for the last couple of weeks. The only 'mistake' I did was that I raised my voice against the draconian UGC Gazette 2016, which had a destructive effect on the academic life of many students, and is still being contested by the students through legal petitions, mass protests, and other means.

Since the time I sat on a hunger strike for 78 hours, not taking even water, against the implementation of the UGC Gazette in an arbitrary and dictatorial manner, the JNU administration headed by you has been repeatedly targeting me. I have been subjected to 3 hostel transfers and a fine of around 50,000 has been imposed upon me at various points in time. Despite my strong conviction that I have not done anything wrong, I had been co-operating with every punishment, as I wanted to go on with my academic career and can't afford to have a break in it.

I was transferred to Kaveri Hostel last February and have been living there since then. But now you have issued another transfer order, asking me to shift to the dormitory in Damodar Hostel. I communicated to hostel authorities that I need to work peacefully for a couple of weeks more, as I am about to submit my thesis, and it will be quite unfair to force me to vacate my room and to complete my work living in a dormitory. I had submitted a letter to you on 07/06/2018 explaining the same. But my request to have an extension for a couple of weeks was turned down and it was informed to me that your office is giving repeated orders to ensure that I vacate at the earliest.

It seems you have taken a decision to stop me from submitting my thesis, which is a product of my years of hard work, by subjecting me to institutional torture. I hail from a socially and educationally backward background and continued my studies till now through great hardships. For last two weeks, every other day security guards are being sent to my room to intimidate me through physical violence. Besides this, two wardens of Kaveri hostel, who hail from upper-caste (Brahmin) background are insulting me every day with casteist slurs and telling me that people like me from a lower-caste background (OBC) are not eligible to be in elite institutions like JNU. Adding to these attempts of social boycott and humiliation, even my JNU internet id has been deactivated, thus creating an additional obstacle for my work.

My struggles, for which I am being punished and humiliated, have been for the rights of the students belonging to socially marginalized sections and against draconian orders such as the UGC Gazette which is closing the doors of academic institutions for students from socially oppressed backgrounds. The social boycott and humiliation that you are imposing upon me are quite similar to what is happening with Dalit-Bahujan and other progressive activists across the universities in this country, and as a result of which Rohith Vemula lost his life. At this juncture, I request you to introspect over these inhuman methods of torture that you are subjecting me to and stop your attempts to ruin my academic career.

Yours Faithfully

Dileep Kumar Yadav

~~~

Other Related Articles

The Real Remedy for Breaking Caste
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
  Dhamma Darshan Nigam   “I am convinced that the real remedy is inter-marriage. Fusion of blood can alone create the feeling of being kith and kin, and unless this feeling of kinship, of... Read More...
Lineage and Caste in Islam
Sunday, 20 September 2020
  Shafiullah Anis   (Round Table India and SAVARI have been hosting a series of online talks by activists and thinkers on issues of importance to the Bahujan. This is the... Read More...
For the perfect progressive recipe, skip caste, sprinkle Dalit swadanusaar: Gaurav Somwanshi
Friday, 11 September 2020
  Gaurav Somwanshi (Round Table India and SAVARI have been hosting a series of online talks by activists and thinkers on issues of importance to the Bahujan. This is the transcript of Gaurav... Read More...
Deconstructing the greatness of Indian Gurus
Saturday, 05 September 2020
  Prof Vivek Kumar  September 5th, the birth anniversary of Sarvaplli Radhakrishnan, is celebrated as teacher’s day in India. Students wish their teachers ‘Wish you happy Teacher’s... Read More...
Comprehending Honour Killings in India
Saturday, 05 September 2020
  Aniruddha Mahajan Honour killing is an ugly reality in India. In fact, the nation where the societal structure is based on caste system, such incidents will not astonish much but will surely... Read More...

Recent Popular Articles

Feminism is Brahminism
Saturday, 30 May 2020
Anu Ramdas This is the transcript of a preliminary talk on the topic of feminism is brahminism. First, thank you. It is so lovely to see all of you. Thank you for the opportunity. And I am not at all... Read More...
Odisha: Role model for the Upper Castes in fighting Corona
Thursday, 14 May 2020
  Roshan Padhan When they say everyone is equal before law, it is the biggest lie in India. If we look at some news reports in one Odia newspaper, Sambad, this is very evident. While the Odisha... Read More...
The Burden of an Economy
Tuesday, 12 May 2020
  Tejaswini Tabhane I once wittily remarked that I am an economist till the time you do not ask me what will be the GDP projection for the next quarter. This remark does not merely come from my... Read More...
Dalit masculinity/patriarchy: the latest brahman feminist gripe
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
  Bishaldeb Halder 'It is true that intellect by itself is no virtue. It is only a means and the use of means depends upon the ends which an intellectual person pursues. An intellectual man can... Read More...
'Educate, Agitate, Organize' - Is it a Sequence or a Parallel Process?
Monday, 20 April 2020
Birendra Nag I could remember the early days of my engagement with Ambedkarite activism; I used to hear this quotation “Educate, Agitate and Organize” on Bhim Jayanti that my community in the... Read More...