JNU row: Academicians condemn Govt’s “crackdown”

Srinagar: The Indian governments “crackdown” on JNU campus in Delhi has drawn a heavy criticism from Academicians of reputed universities, who on Tuesday condemned the government action on students and extended their support for the students, an Indian online daily quoting the statement reported on Tuesday.
Around 400 academics from international universities including Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia and Yale in a statement said the “JNU stands for a vital imagination of the space of the university — an imagination that embraces critical thinking, democratic dissent, student activism, and the plurality of political beliefs. It is this critical imagination that the current establishment seeks to destroy. And we know that this is not a problem for India alone,” the statement reads.
The statement further reads that the “Similar attacks on critical dissent and university spaces are being attempted and resisted across the world. An open, tolerant, and democratic society is inextricably linked to critical thought and expression cultivated by universities in India and abroad.”

“As teachers, students, and scholars across the world, we are watching with extreme concern the situation unfolding at JNU and refuse to remain silent as our colleagues (students, staff, and faculty) resist the illegal detention and autocratic suspension of students,” said the statement.