Academics write to Modi on violence in campuses, blame Left-wing activists1 min read . Updated: 13 Jan 2020, 12:37 AM IST
- The letter said academicians are facing difficulties because of the ‘censorship imposed by the Left-wing politics’
- The statement was signed by several professors
NEW DELHI : More than 200 academicians on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi blaming Left-wing activists for the deteriorating academic environment in the country. The development comes three days after more than 300 professors from top foreign universities condemned the attack on students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and scores of Indian academics demanded action against JNU vice-chancellor (V-C) Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar for failure to deal with the brutal assault on 5 January.
“We observe with dismay that in the name of student politics, a disruptive far-Left agenda is being pursued. The recent turn of events in campuses from JNU to Jamia (Milia Islamia), from AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) to Jadavpur alarms us to the deteriorating academic environment due to the shenanigans of a small coterie of Left-wing activists," they wrote to the prime minister, news agency PTI reported, quoting unnamed officials.
The statement was signed by several professors, including Harisingh Gour University V-C R.P. Tiwari, Central University of South Bihar V-C H.C.S. Rathore, and Sardar Patel University V-C Shirish Kulkarni, the report said.
The letter said academicians are facing difficulties because of the “censorship imposed by the Left-wing politics". Strikes and shutdowns over maximalist demands were common in Left strongholds and personal targeting, public slandering and harassment for not conforming to the Left ideology were on the rise, it said.
Mint could not get an immediate response from the named V-Cs despite trying to reach them over telephone.
However, the JNU Teachers’ Association disagreed. “We all know what happened at JNU and previously at several other universities. . The letter is not open yet and I am not sure what their (the people who signed it) academic credential is. I am hopeful the honourable prime minister will take note of all the demands from all the academics on the issue," said D.K. Lobiyal, president of JNUTA.
Meanwhile, a fact-finding committee of the Congress party on the JNU violence said the 5 January attack was “state-sponsored" and demanded that Kumar be dismissed and criminal investigation initiated against him, a demand that the CPM reiterated.