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Sat, 29 Feb 2020

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Over 200 academics write to PM against ‘Left role’

Over 200 academics write to PM against ‘Left role’
January 13
16:40 2020

NET Bureau

More than 200 academicians, including vice-chancellors of universities, have written to PM Narendra Modi blaming a “small coterie of Left-wing activists” for the deteriorating academic environment in the country.
“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, from AMU to Jadavpur alarms us to the deteriorating academic environment due to the shenanigans of a small coterie of Leftwing activists,” they wrote.
The signatories to the statement include Hari Singh Gour University VC R P Tiwari, Central University of South Bihar VC HCS Rathore and Sardar Patel University VC Shirish Kulkarni, among others, according to official sources. It is titled ‘Statement against Left-wing anarchy in educational institutions’.
The statement by 208 academicians, issued on Saturday, is being seen as part of the ruling dispensation’s efforts to mobilise support in academia after it faced flak from a section of the intelligentsia over protests in certain universities over a host of issues, including the Citizenship Amendment Act and the recent violence on the JNU campus.
Taking on Left-leaning groups, the statement said it had become difficult to organise public talks or speak independently due to
the “censorship imposed by Left-wing politics”

Strikes, dharnas 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, the academicians wrote to Modi.

The worst sufferers of this kind of politics were poor students and those from marginalised communities, the statement said.

“They (these students) lose out on the opportunity to learn and build a better future for themselves. They also lose out on the freedom to articulate their own views and alternative politics. They find themselves constrained to conform to the majoritarian Left politics. We appeal to all democratic forces to come together and stand for academic freedom, freedom of speech and plurality of thoughts,” it added.

Source: The Times of India

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