ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Open Letter to the President of India

We, the undersigned teachers and researchers of institutions of higher education in India and independent scholars, appeal to you to intervene with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the Government of India to ensure the constitutional right to life and liberty as well as the freedom to educate, organise, and agitate are upheld in all educational institutions. 

The death of Rohith Vemula of the University of Hyderabad (UoH) is a grief that is impossible to bear, made even worse with the revelations that the toxic mix of anti-Dalit, Hindutva-inspired exclusionary politics that took Rohith’s life involved at least two ministries of the central government, and a Member of Parliament of the ruling party. This incident also foregrounds the disastrous consequences of the lack of institutional autonomy in higher education, and the resultant lack of accountability of those entrusted to administer them—in this case, the vice chancellor and his staff.

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