SRINAGAR: Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society (JKCCS) on Thursday said it is “not surprised” over the “violent criminalising of student democracy and dissent” in India.
“Having long and intimate knowledge of violent repression and legalised impunity that Indian state is capable of, especially against those it considers anti-national, we are not surprised by these events but have a special empathy with all those who suffer its horrors,” JKCCS said in a statement issued here.
Expressing solidarity with JNU teachers and students, the group demanded release of all students who expressed dissent and an end to “acts of policing and surveillance on campuses besides targeting of students on the basis of political beliefs and speech”.
“Kashmiri students in different colleges and universities in India, who have always faced discrimination and intimidation time to time, are now feeling the extreme regressive and oppressive means used by the rightwing groups and the government. These experiences of Kashmiri students are part of the larger reality faced by Kashmiri youth in Jammu and Kashmir and in India,” it said. JKCCS said it is dismayed that the public narrative about the recent events has descended into disputes over Indian ‘patriotism’.
“Despite disavowals and state repression, the solidarity with the political rights of Kashmiris is growing and spreading, as events in Jadavpur University demonstrate. We acknowledge the emerging spaces in Indian civil society to converse on the question of Kashmir, beyond nationalist framings. We hope for future alliances with students, groups and individuals willing to engage in honest conversations in which they alone do not determine the boundaries of what can or cannot be said, thought or felt,” the group said.