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Join Us in Protesting Right-Wing Attacks on Jawaharlal Nehru University

Endangered Scholars Worldwide started a petition to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in response to the January 9th, 2020 detention of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students by Dehli police during a march protesting violence on their campus. From the petition: 

“Mr. Prime Minister, we believe that the current mistreatment of peaceful protestors and prevailing climate of fear is detrimental to the free academic exchange and the outstanding academic contributions that JNU scholars have made to various fields in the past.

We call on you today to protect the legal rights of students, faculty, and staff and to preserve the academic freedom and freedom of speech that has ensured JNU’s place among the foremost institutions of higher learning in India and abroad.

Politically motivated interference in the affairs of the campus and its academic and deliberative activities undermine the very basis of JNU’s internationally recognized excellence.

Please join Endangered Scholars Worldwide in condemning the brutal attacks on JNU students. Recently, there has been a rise in such extremist violence in India, including a series of attacks on bloggers and intellectuals who have been critical of the government. Students, professors, and academics have been increasingly targeted in violent attacks—an unacceptable trend that hurts the future of societies at large. Universities, as symbols of freedom, empowerment, and peace are attacked for the values they promote, values that stand in strong contrast with the extremist ideology now dominant in India.”

Add your voice! Sign the petition here.

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