JNU profs emeritus write to VC over ‘clampdown’ on free speech

NEW DELHI: Ten JNU professors emeritus, including noted historian Romila Thapar and academician Deepak Nayyar, have written to Varsity Vice Chancellor Jagadesh Kumar, alleging “clampdown” on free speech by imposing “severe” punishments on students in connection with the controversial February 9 event.
Noting that they are “disturbed” over the turn of events at JNU, the professors have also appealed to the VC to reconsider the administration’s decision to punish students in connection with the event during which anti-national slogans were allegedly raised.
“The current administration has clamped down on free discussion by imposing severe punishments of fines and rustication on those who organised a meeting on February 9. This despite the fact that they were arrested and sent to jail,” the letter said.
“Now, an order has been issued prohibiting the entry of outsiders in the university premises. We request that the university administration reconsider both these decisions neither of which is required, and act according to the accepted norms of the JNU,” it added.

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