Printed:November 1, 2017 1:26 am
Civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad on Tuesday mentioned cutbacks in postgraduate and doctoral scholarships by College Grants Commissions (UGC) was geared toward silencing the voices of scholars at central universities.
Talking at a dialogue on ‘Freedom of Speech, My Proper’, organised by CPM mouthpiece Ganashakti, Setalvad mentioned: “Each construction of our democracy has gotten additional hegemonised, relatively than getting extra democratised… Not simply what is occurring at JNU, however what is occurring in any respect central universities right this moment. The actual battle again is coming from younger college students who’re capturing opposition area by difficult an especially hegemonic authorities. 25,00zero UGC PhD and PG scholarships have been reduce final yr. 35,00zero scholarships are more likely to be reduce now. Meaning you’ll not have a Kanhaiya Kumar or Rohit Vemula or Sheila Rashid or Umar Khalid, as a result of you do not need these sections to come back and query the set-up.”
She additionally puzzled why there had been no stories of lynching within the earlier regime. “Your complete tradition of lynching that this regime has inspired. How come there was no Mohammad Akhlaq incident. How come there was no Mohammad Ayub incident. How come there was no Pehlu Khan or Junaid Khan incident earlier than Could 2014? The storm troopers on the streets operate with an understanding and perception that the regime on the high protects them,” she mentioned.
Talking on the occasion, former Editor of Financial and Political Weekly (EPW) Paranjoy Guha Thakurta mentioned the nation’s regulation was being misused beneath the current regime. “Authorized notices are being despatched nowadays fairly often. I have no idea whether or not defamation fits have been filed in Congress regime for expressing your views. There’s a rampant misuse of regulation beneath the regime of the current central authorities. Nevertheless, there are a lot of who’re combating towards the propaganda, and it’s our obligation and accountability to assist those that are combating censorship on views,” he mentioned.
Megha Pansare, professor of Russian at Shivaji College in Kolhapur, requested liberals and “free thinkers” to battle towards “rightist” forces.
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