New Delhi: Central University of Tamil Nadu(CUTN) in Tiruvarur has warned of severe action including dismissal against a group of students who were apparently planning a discussion inside their campus on the withdrawal of special status to Jammu& Kashmir. The program was under the banner of Freedom Speakers Study circle which have frequently conducted discussions on various issues in a peaceful and democratic way.
The Recent enclosure of BJP Government has scrapped the article 370 & 35A which grants special status to Jammu & Kashmir. The CUTN administration found indulging in activities like a discussion on article 370 as ‘a threat to the security and integrity of the country’ and has taken the action against students.
The circular is undemocratic and autocratic as it grossly undermines and violates UGC’s student entitlements. The entitlement of dissent and democracy is violated and they have criminalized the students’ voices without proper inquiry. There’s no doubt that this is how the jingoistic nationalism kills all aspects of democracy and the freedom of speech. There is a clear cut declared emergency in different campuses in India, to suppress all kinds of voices against the autocratic and oppressive nature of this state. Meanwhile, the University administration is dancing with the tone of a fascist state. CUTN is also just another string in it.
SIO strongly condemn the circular as it is a curb on freedom of expression and students’ dissents in campuses. SIO also demands the CUTN to repeal the action initiated against the students immediately and extend all solidarity to their constructive struggle for justice and expression.
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