We stand in complete solidarity with the students of IIT Kanpur who marched on 17th December against the police violence inflicted upon protesting students of AMU, JMI and other universities against CAA and NRC.

According to the student organisers, they took admin permission for the march on the previous day itself but when they reached the assembly point, they were told by the admin that they would not be allowed to march because of imposition of 144 in Kanpur. Around 300 people, students and faculty, gathered to march. There were 5-10 people, students and faculty, who were opposing the march. When the students demanded a written office order they were shown a three weeks old office order. They also found that the clauses laid down by the order did not apply to them. They therefore decided to proceed with the march, which was concluded peacefully and without any untoward incidents. A statement of solidarity was released after the march.

Before the start of the march, Faiz Ahmad Faiz’s famous Hum Dekhenge was read out, which has become a controversy now. People who opposed the march later complained to the Director about that poem. An article titled ‘When All Idols Will Be Removed…Only Allah’s Name Will Remain’: Jamia Solidarity Event At IIT Kanpur Sparks Row appeared in Swarajya magazine on 21st December. The article detailed the contents of the complaint and argued that the march was communal. On the same day, the students’ magazine, Vox Populi, carried a response to the article in Swarajya magazine. This article explained the sequence of the events of 17th December and explained how the poem has to be understood within its context and how the Swarajya article is an attempt to communalise the gathering.

After the article from Vox, on the same day within hours, there was a tweet from the institute Director saying that no permission was granted to the march and a high level committee had been constituted to investigate and take disciplinary action.

The complaint and the response from the Director would have, understandably, created a lot of pressure on students to withdraw the Students’ Gymkhana statement and the Vox article.

We feel that the threat of high-level committee and disciplinary action is a clear attempt to stifle the voice of the students of IIT Kanpur. As citizens of this country, the students have every right to peacefully express their opinions on any subject.

At this moment we feel that it is our duty to express our solidarity with the students of IIT Kanpur who are being threatened for expressing their opinions and for standing in solidarity with their fellow students from other universities.

We, the undersigned, believe that the IITK administration should encourage dialogue and abandon the idea of any disciplinary action which amounts to intimidation of students.

 

Signatories

 

Full NameCurrent AffiliationAffiliation with IIT Kanpur (Students/Staff/Faculty/Alumni/Community member/Others)
Amit SinghIIT BombayAlumnus
Himanshu SrivastavaHomi Bhabha Centre for Science EducationAlumnus
GrishmaUdaniRinemaAlumni
IshaSoodAgainst CAAAlumni
vishalvivekjacobAlumniAlumni
SakthivelPost Doc fellowAlumni
Rajendra SahaiRetiredGraduate of 1966, Alumni
Rajendra SahaiProfessional Engineer, RetiredAlumni, 1966 graduation
JohnsonAlumniAlumni
JohnsonAlumniAlumni
Sephora JoseResearch scholar, IITKStudent
Irfan QayoomIIT KanpurStudent
Paul MathewAssistant Professor, Christ University, BangaloreAlumni
Kuver SinhaUniversity of OklahomaAlumnus
binoyAlumni
Vikas DubeyIIT KanpurStudent
Aravind MuthusamyAlumniAlumni
Komal ChauhanResearch scholarStudent
Vaishali GiteNO
Reubenstudent
Meenakshi SaharanStudent
Shiv Kumar YadavTiss,Student
Mohd UsmanIIT KanpurStudent
Mohammad AnasStudent
Shadab AlamIIT KanpurStudent
Izhar Hussain KhanPhD scholarStudent
Ahmed SameerStudent of Prof.Braj Bhushan
Nisha SihagResearch scholarStudent
Faisal AnwarTata motorsAlumni
Angad ChandhokAlumni
Arnab SarkarStudentStudent
PrawalGangwarFortanixAlumni
KaameshSingamPhD in HSS, IIT KanpurStudent
Aditi SaraswatStudent
Abhishek SavarnyaStudent
Sushil HandaConsulting EngineerGraduate of 1966 Batch B. tech.
Ali AsadIITKProject staff
Faisal AnwarTata motorsAlumni
Aditya JainWorking at Tata Motors Ltd. PuneAlumnus
Qazi Sarah RasheedIIT KanpurStudent
Angana DasPhD studentStudent
Rahul BeraPhD student, ETH ZürichAlumni
Sahil SaharanStudentNil
Sahil SinghJobAlumni
Rakesh GamareOther
MR. VIJAYANAND SHARMAChairman, Federation of Retired SAIL EmployeesAlumni
Rubia HassanStudent
Suvrat RajuInternational Centre for Theoretical SciencesOutside, Academic
Taha SheikhUniversity of TorontoAlumni
Ansari AbdullahPhD ScholarAlumni 2018 Batch
Vivek Kumar MehtaAlumni
MAHFUZ RAHMAN ANSARISTUDENT AT IITKSTUDENT
Dhruv SihagBSStudent
MUJEEBU RAHMAN K CPhd studentStudent
Vineet SinghDelhi School of Social Work, University of DelhiFriend with a PhD scholar in Sociology
Anshikha AdhikariPhD student, IIT KanpurStudent
Jeeshan AhmedMTECH Y16 passed outMTECH Y16
AnjoomStudentStudent
Oviya MohanIIT KANPURStudent
Pritha SarkarPhD studentStudent
Aditya Prakash MoreyAlumni
Aastha SharmaIIT-KYes
Anirban MajumderEngineerAlumni
Ashabari MajumdarUniversity of Notre DameStudent
Deepshikha OlaAlumni
Arya AlphonsaBobanAlumni
Hardip GrewalEditor, Cambridge University PressOther
Shubham GuptaClearTaxAlumni
Nirmali GoswamiTezpur UniversityPhD student 2004 batch
Sayan malasOthers
Shreya AgrawalProject Employee
Debojyoti DasResearch StudentOthers
Rajorshi RayP.hD. ScholarStudent
Niti ShekharPhDStudent
Minhaj NizamiAlumni
Prem SuryaStudents
Deepak Kumar BeheraUniversity of ArizonaAlumni
ApratyasitaTripathyPhD(Sociology)Student
Kanu PriyaIIT KanpurStudent
Rishabh GuptaAlumni
Satyaki BhattacharyaISI, KolkataStudents
Arati BanerjeePanihatiMahavidyalayaNot affiliated
Anurag PrabhakarAlumnus, 2019, EE Dual Degree
SougataMardanyaStudent
Samarth BansalJournalistAlumni, UG Y11
Monika MahtoAlumni, Y15
shiwashreeothersothers
Nandini DharOP Jindal Global UniversityOthers
Srijan R ShettyAlumni
Iffat SiddiquiKellogg School of ManagementAlumni
Anurag VaishnavAlumni
Chirag GuptaCarnegie Mellon UniversityAlumni
Triya BhattacharyaAlumnus
Uzair Ahmedstudent
Aman PandyaAlumniAlumni
Dipanjan MukherjeeOthers
HUSNA MOABStudents
Jaskaran SinghStudent at IIT KanpurStudent
RafatJaahAlumni
ManzurAlamIIT KANPURStudent
Partha DeIIT MadrasOthers
Mohammad AmirStudentStudent
Mohammad AmirStudentStudent
Faisal RaghibIIT KanpurAlumni
Faraz Ahmad KhanStudentStudent
Ruchika JainpStudent
Nancy goyalStudent
Nancy goyalStudent
Dheeraj AgarwalSoftware professionalAlumni
Beauty Dasteacherothers
Humera SiddiquiPhDAlumni
Ishank ModiIIT KanpurStudent
Jeenu ThomasIITK alum (2011-2016)Alumni
Kundan KumarAlumniAlumni
Parth VaswaniAlumni
Usama Ghayas SyedStudentStudent
SarveshKoyandeDr. Reddy’sAlumni
MohdamirStudentOthers
Abdul GafoorResearch ScholarOthers
Abhay KumarAlumni
Sarbojit RoyIndian Institute of Technology KanpurStudent
Deepa SahchariAlumnus
Suchitra MathurIIT KanpurFaculty
Shoebusmaniex-studentalumni
Vaibhav VaishAlumni
Santanu PoddarMSc ChemistryStudent
Faisal JaahStudent
Joy Das BairagyaStudentStudent
Kevin JoseUniversity of SouthamptonAlumni
Anurag JainOthers
Piyali RoyUniversity of CalcuttaStudents
NishantAlumnus
Ritam DuttaNo
Rohan SharmaStudent at University of British ColumbiaAlumni
Siddharth RamachandranBoston UniversityAlumnus
Subrata DasPublisherPublisher
Abhilash MittalAlumnus
Prabir SahaStudentStudent
RishikeshAlumni
Divya SinghIIT KanpurStudent
IpshitaSahaStudentOthers
SubhasisSahaYes.
Dharmendra Kumar DasProgram facilitator, HSRLMCommunity member
Agam Prakash ShuklaMember, CF, IITKRetd. IITK Employee
Arun Karthik B.Alumni 2012
JAVED AKHTER MONDALStudentStudent
SUPROTIM SAHAM. Sc Physics 2nd YearStudent
GOUTAM MANNAIIT KanpurStudent
Varun PanditSenior Research AnalystAlumni
VijayaJagriti Bal Vikas Samiti, Kanpurwas a resident of IITK
Asit PalMasters in scienceStudent
ManoranjanStudent
Sudhir SharmaWorking at UNAlumni
Priya IyerIIScAlumni
Mohammad OwaisStudent
Amman MadanAzim Premji UniversityEx-Faculty
SarifulmollaMSc 2nd yrStudents
Ashok GuptaOhio UniversityAlumnus
Aftab Hossain KhanStudentOthers
VijayaJagriti Bal Vikas Samiti, KanpurWas a resident of I I T k
SusantaBhuniaStudent
Sanchari PalIIT KanpurPhD student
Meesam JafriStudentStudent
Aman SharmaIIT kanpurStudent
Dheeraj SinghAlumni
Koustuv RayAlumni
Jyoti YadavStudentStudent
Madhusree SarkarIIT KharagpurPhD Student
Rohit tyagiStudentStudent
Anurag SahayPhD candidate, University of RochesterAlumni (BS-MS dual degree/MTH/Y11)
Pritam PalitResearch ScholarAlumni
Shrestha BiswasStudentStudent
Ayan Kumar NaiIIT KANPURStudents
Habib aliPhDStudents
Jyotshna BaliSenior Research AssociateAlumni / Staff
Sandeep SHUKLAIIT KanpurFaculty
MD SAMIULLAH ANSARIIIT KANPURStudent
Md Waseem AhmadAssistant professor, NITKAlumni
Aqeel A. MalaniStudentStudent
TABISH HAQUEStudent
Ayan Kumar NaiIIT KANPURStudents
Ayush MukherjeeAlumni
Meesam JafriIIT KanpurStudents
MD HASHIR HASHMIStudentStudent
Debojit ChandaM.Sc. (Physics) at IITKStudent
Mohammad AfrozAlamAlumni
Manish MishraIISER PuneAlumni
Abhaya AgarwalAlumni
Manish Kumar GautamAlumnus
Chaitanya Jee SrivastavaAlumniAlumni
Kamlesh BharodiyaAlumnus
RidhFiza10+1 studyingThey are our counterpart
Priyanka ChakrabortyMsc chemistryOthers
DhunirajchettriStudentStudent
VishalAlumni

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