Srinagar: Scholar and academic Aijaz Ahmad, who was born in pre-independent India but later migrated to Pakistan, has been denied a visa extension by the Indian government according to unconfirmed reports doing the rounds on social media.
Ahmad, who is apparently not in India at the moment, is known as a leading Marxist scholar, with highly regarded works like “In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures” and “Lineages of the Present: Ideological and Political Genealogies of Contemporary South Asia” to his credit. He has also been a commentator on contemporary politics. He has held faculty positions at JNU, the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Jamia Millia and other universities in the United States and Canada.
While latest reports could not confirm the development, critics are bound to see this as another instance of New Delhi’s growing intolerance for critics, having earlier denied entry to people like Angana Chatterji and David Barsamian (who have worked on Kashmir) as well as a crackdown on NGOs and organisations like Amnesty and Greenpeace.