The state cannot dictate on the many meanings of what it is to be ‘Indian’ – faculty of IIT Bombay

The state cannot dictate on the many meanings of what it is to be ‘Indian’ or mandate the meaning of ‘nationalism’- faculty of IIT Bombay Letter of solidarity from members of the faculty of IIT Bombay [This statement is issued in our individual capacities, and does not represent the institution’s opinion] We, the undersigned, members …
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The state cannot dictate on the many meanings of what it is to be ‘Indian’ or mandate the meaning of ‘nationalism’- faculty of IIT Bombay
Letter of solidarity from members of the faculty of IIT Bombay
[This statement is issued in our individual capacities, and does not represent the institution’s opinion] We, the undersigned, members of the faculty at IIT Bombay, are deeply concerned with the recent events that have undermined the autonomy of institutions of higher education in this country. We believe that these institutions are spaces of critical thinking and expression. Matters of contention that might arise in the conduct of intellectual and social engagements need to be addressed democratically and rationally. These methods in turn should be within the purview of institutional procedures that are responsible and accountable.
The state cannot dictate on the many meanings of what it is to be ‘Indian’ or mandate the meaning of ‘nationalism’. Rather, the state should be the one that makes sure that multiple ways of imagining one’s relationship with the nation are allowed to flourish especially when it might contradict dominant ways of thinking. In this context, we condemn the overreach of the state in the recent incidents in a number of institutions and the attempts of the Hindu Right to stifle dissent and suppress differences.
Signatories:
Abhijit Majumder, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Aftab Alam, Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay
Akshay, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
Alka Hingorani, Associate Professor, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay
Aliasgar Q. Contractor, Professor (retired), Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay
Amitabh Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Amitabha Nandi, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay
Sanyal, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay.
UK Anandavardhanan, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay
Anil Kottantharayil, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Azizuddin Khan, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
Chatterjee, Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay
Dayadeep Monder, Assistant Professor, Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
Dibyendu Das, Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay
Dipankar, TREELabs, IIT-Bombay
Kushal Deb, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
Madhu N. Belur, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Mukta Tripathy, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Mithun Kumar Mitra, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay
N.C. Narayanan, Professor, CTARA, IIT Bombay
Om Damani, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
Parthasarathy, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
Paulomi Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
Pradeepkumar P. I., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay
Purushottam Kulkarni, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
Raghunath Chelakkot, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay
M S Raghunathan, Distinguished Guest Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay
Raja Mohanty, Professor, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay
Ramesh Bairy T. S., Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
Ratheesh Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
Ravi N. Banavar, Professor, Systems and Control Engineering, IIT Bombay

Sebastian, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Sharmila Sreekumar, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
Shishir Kumar Jha, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay
Shrikrishna G. Dani, Distinguished Guest Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay
Siby K. George, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
Siddhartha Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
Sriram Srinivasan, Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay
Supratik Chakraborty, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

Borkar, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

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