SRINAGAR: Ashoka University has initiated action following the letter issued by several of its alumina in support of the ongoing agitation in Kashmir.
According to social-media disclosures of Rahul Maganti, one of the signatories of the letter, the varsity has “stopped free flow of information between the alumni and the students”.
The varsity, he said, also convened a governing body meeting the very next day and condemned the act.
“If you condemn the act of solidarity and not merely distance yourself from the letter, it’s not hard to figure out where the loyalties of university administration lie. Please, don’t fool the world by telling that you are producing ‘Change Agents’,” he said in his Facebook post.
The varsity has stated that it was “misrepresented” and has written “to all the places” that the letter was published to remove the content, he said.
Haryana-based Ashoka University students and faculty, in an open letter to the government of India last week, had India have asked it to demilitarise Jammu and Kashmir and hold a plebiscite as promised by first Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru.
“Kashmir is the world’s most densely militarized colony with over 700000 military, paramilitary and militarized police. We demand that Army is withdrawn from civilian areas in the Valley and not to use the Army for maintaining regular law and order. We also appeal to the Indian State to confine the job of the army to just the ‘borders’. We also demand that colonial laws like AFSPA and Public Safety Acts should be repealed keeping in view their draconian nature and the history of human right abuses they have been responsible for,” the latter a copy of which was also send to Kashmir Reader said.
A day later, the varsity refuted the news report, saying “The headline and the text suggest that Ashoka University students and alumni are authors of the post and suggest that it is officially endorsed by Ashoka University, which is untrue. Ashoka University does not support the views contained in the letter.”