Nehru U. Students/Cultural Activists branded “Naxals”, arrested

[Political protests and cultural expressions of oppoosition to the repressive and undemocratic Indian state continue to grow, and the States’ response continues to be: slander the opposition, call all activists “Naxals” or “Maoists”, and round them up for some combination of interrogation, torture, or disappearance–and thereby create a climate of fear for other activists and political opponents.  It is the common method of repressive regimes everywhere, including India. — Frontlines ed.]

  26 August 2013
by Nupur Sonar, Tehelka
JNU Student arrested in Gadhchiroli for alleged Naxal links

August 25, 2013

Hem Mishra, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and executive
member of Committee for Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) was arrested
along with two others by the Gadhchiroli police in Aheri on Friday morning
for having alleged Naxal links. The two others identified as Mahesh Tirki
and Ram Purate belong to Murawala region.

Although reports of his arrest have been rife in some sections of the local
and national media since this morning, the police had neither confirmed nor
denied his arrest. However, speaking to TEHELKA, DIG Ravindra Kadam has now
confirmed the arrest.  “A courier from senior most female Naxal leader
Narmada Akka was recovered from Mishra apart from other ‘incriminating
material’ and he was seen moving around suspiciously in the area for two
days prior to his arrest,” he said. Continue reading

India: Anti-war student group in Delhi wins battle against campus prohibition



8 November 2011.  After a prolonged uncompromising struggle by the student community for the last six months with JNU Forum’s initiative, the administration today on 8 November was forced to revoke its authoritarian ‘restraint’ order on the JNU Forum against War on People. All the prohibitions on the JNU Forum, including the holding of public meetings, printing and distribution of pamphlets, posters etc. have also been removed. The administration could not provide any valid reason for the imposition of the restrain – which is tantamount to banning a political organization – and was forced to admit of its mistake in taking this undemocratic and unprecedented repressive action. The five day long indefinite hunger strike and the massive mobilization of students around it has once again proved that it is the victory of the entire progressive section of the student community who with a sustained struggle have upheld the democratic culture of JNU, our freedom of expression and right to dissent.

The collective struggle of the students already made the authoritarian JNU administration concede to two of the five demands of the present phase of the struggle – to withdraw the politically motivated proctorial action against AIBSF and to tender a public apology by the Chief Proctor for his condemnable casteist remarks on AIBSF. Continue reading