'Ideological warfare' they say

IIT-B faculty split over JNU row One group condemns ideological warfare another opposes govt
news JNU row Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 12:59

After 42 faculty members of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) came out in support of JNU students, saying that the “state cannot define who is an Indian and what is nationalism”  on February 18, another delegation of 60 faculty members of  the institution wrote to President Mukherjee condemning the action of JNU students.

In their letter to the President they have asked the President to “make a call to the young brilliant minds of our nation not to indulge in/ become victims of the ideological warfare and thereby waste their time, energy and national resources, but to engage in promotion of serious scholarship that would take the nation forward.”

You can read the full text here along with the full-list of signatories:

 Call to End Ideological Warfare and Promote Serious Scholarship

We, the undersigned faculty members of IIT Bombay, are writing this letter to you to express our deep concern and anguish about the recent activities at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, that undermine national interests, and our shared vision to uphold the rights given to us by the Constitution of India. These activities provide ample indication that certain groups are trying to make use of the young minds in premier institutions to create an environment of abuse and acrimony, instead of peace and harmony. This has not only deeply damaged the image of JNU, but has also tarnished the reputation of our democracy which we hold in the highest esteem.

 Besides JNU, today we note that certain other institutes of higher learning are also treated as ``safe havens" for activities that are not in national interests. The brilliant young minds, instead of engaging themselves in activities that would provide a healthy atmosphere for the educational institutions to become academically highly productive, involve themselves---under the pretext of freedom of expression---in activities that thoroughly vitiate the academic atmosphere. It is also highly unfortunate that some opportunists, in the name of freedom of speech incite ideological wars (as opposed to healthy debate) in the institutes of higher learning. The sloganeering at JNU was definitely not limited to expressing differences with the administration or Government of India. The voices clearly demanded the secession of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of  India,  and this ended up  creating huge tensions in the academia.

 This we believe amounts to attacking the functioning of the State in the name of freedom of speech. Moreover, the slogans raised by various groups  reveal the ulterior motives to support anti-national activities by disrespecting our judiciary, our government, and the Office of the President of India by calling  the death penalty handed to Afzal Guru (a terror convict) as ``Judicial Killing". We condemn this expression in no uncertain terms. We also strongly affirm that it is the primary duty of every Indian to respect and protect the sovereignty and integrity of India.

Finally, we  make a humble submission to you to make a call to the young brilliant minds of our nation not to indulge in/ become victims of the ideological warfare and thereby waste their time, energy and national resources, but to engage in promotion of serious scholarship that would take the nation forward.

 

Jai Hind!

[This statement is issued in our individual capacities, and does not necessarily represent the opinion of the Institute.]

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List of Signatories

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  1. K Ramasubramanian, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. Raj Kishore Nath, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  3. Sudarshan Kumar, Department of Aerospace Engineering
  4. Kowsik Bodi, Department of Aerospace Engineering
  5. Prem Pandey, Department of Electrical Engineering
  6. Bhaskaran Muralidharan, Department of Electrical Engineering
  7. Harish C Phuleria, Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering
  8. Krishna Mohan Buddhiraju, Centre of Studies in Resources Engineering
  9. Maravanji Balakrishna, Department of Chemistry
  10. Ganesh Ramakrishnan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  11. Krithi Ramamritham, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  12. Ashwin Gumaste, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  13. Saketh Nath, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  14. Sivakumar, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  15. Krishna S, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  16. R Shyamasundar, Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  17. Venkatesh V Kareenhalli, Department of Chemical Engineering
  18. Mahesh S Tirumkudulu, Department of Chemical Engineering
  19. Ganesh Viswanathan, Department of Chemical Engineering
  20. Arindam Sarkar, Department of Chemical Engineering
  21. Gopal Patil, Department of Civil Engineering
  22. Tarun Kant, Department of Civil Engineering
  23. Mandar Inamdar, Department of Civil Engineering
  24. Prabhakar Naraga, Department of Earth Sciences
  25. D Ramakrishnan, Department of Earth Sciences
  26. Suryendu Dutta, Department of Earth Sciences
  27. TN Singh, Department of Earth Sciences
  28. V Vishal, Department of Earth Sciences
  29. Shireesh Kedare, Department Energy Science and Engineering
  30. Varadraj Bapat, School of Management
  31. Ashish Pandey, School of Management
  32. SVD Nageswara Rao, School of Management
  33. Ranjith Padinhateeri, Department of BioSciences and Bioengineering
  34. Ashutosh Kumar, Department of BioSciences and Bioengineering
  35. G. Subrahmanyam, Department of BioSciences and Bioengineering
  36. Paike Jayadeva Bhat, Department of BioSciences and Bioengineering
  37. Kiran Kondabagil, Department of BioSciences and Bioengineering
  38. Hari M Varma, Department of BioSciences and Bioengineering
  39. Kumar Rao, Department of Physics
  40. S Krishnan, Department of Mathematics
  41. Shripad Garge, Department of Mathematics
  42. Amiya K Pani, Department of Mathematics
  43. Ameer Athavale, Department of Mathematics
  44. Sivaji Ganesh, Department of Mathematics
  45. Rajani Joshi, Department of Mathematics
  46. Santanu Dey, Department of Mathematics
  47. Akhil Ranjan, Department of Mathematics
  48. Niranjan Balachandran, Department of Mathematics
  49. S Baskar, Department of Mathematics
  50. V Kartik, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  51. Amit Agrawal, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  52. Arunkumar Sridharan, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  53. Milind V Rane, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  54. Dnyanesh Pawaskar, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  55. Prasanna Gandhi, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  56. Neeraj Kumbhakarna, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  57. Krishna Jonnalagadda, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  58. AS Khanna, Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science
  59. Debasish Chatterjee, Systems and Control Engineering
  60. BK Chakravarthy, Industrial Design Centre

 


 

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