JNU Students Begin Fast Unto Death Against University Action

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Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi protest against the university's disciplinary action against Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid and Anirban. Image credit: Suhas Munshi/Catch News
Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi protest against the university’s disciplinary action against Students Union president Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya and others. Image credit: Suhas Munshi/Catch News

SHUDDHABRATA SENGUPTA

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]pring has given way to the beginning of a turbulent summer. April, is a cruel month. Temperatures have risen, and so has the level of rage in university campuses. The JNU University Authorities (and their masters – in the Ministry of Human Resources Development, the Prime Minister’s Office and the RSS Citadels in Mahal, Nagpur and Jhandewalan, Delhi) thought that they could break the resolve of the students by enacting a series of harsh measures against them just before exams begin and the university term ends in summer vacations.

This is a time, they must have thought, when students will be busy with preparations, and the rising heat will discourage the kind of mass mobilizations that the campus has seen since February. Students in JNU resolved a few hours ago to prove them wrong, and decided to fight back . A massive gathering stood its ground at the Administrative Block, aptly re-christened, ‘Freedom Square’.

Rama Naga, Gen.Sec. JNUSU, (Centre) and JNU Students Calling for Indefinite Hunger Strike on April 27, 2016. Photo, Courtesy, Azhar Amim

Rama Naga, Gen.Sec. JNUSU, (Center) and JNU Students Calling for Indefinite Hunger Strike on April 27, 2016. Photo courtesy Azhar Amim

They have decided that a batch of students will sit on indefinite hunger strike – a ‘fast unto death’ – until the JNU authorities roll back the draconian measures listed in the HLEC Report.

The 20 students who will be sitting in indefinite hunger strike at JNU.

There’s no looking back now. Whatever happens from now on wards, will be seen as a consequence of the cruel, evil mindset of the current regime, which truly treats the lives of the young as dispensable ballast. Its time to prove them wrong. This is a call that goes out to all students and teachers, and sensible individuals, not just in JNU, not just in Universities and Colleges all across India and all the territories administered by the Indian republic, but to everyone reading this post anywhere in the world, to stand by the courageous students of JNU. It is our responsibility to see that the JNU Authorities see reason and back down. If anything untoward happens to any student, the university authorities, and the regime backing them, will be clearly culpable.

Listen to Kanhaiya Kumar, President of the JNUSU – restating the reasons for the continuation of the movement.

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