While the mainstream corporate media has blackened out any serious coverage around the suspension and hounding of JNU students, the struggle of the students against the Modi government’s and its proxy, the university administration continues. Some of the JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) students have been on a hunger strike since April 27th, the day after the JNU administration issued out “punishments” to 17 students who were involved in the Febraury 9th event. While most students, including JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar, were awarded penalties and fines, Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Kashmiri student Mujeeb Gatoo have been suspended and banned from campus. In particular, Anirban has been rusticated for five years just as he nears the end of his PhD.
The advent of Durga Puja in Kolkata signals noisy streets, bustling with people from almost every stratum of the society, heartily celebrating the triumph of good over evil. But even before the Pujas, the streets of Kolkata saw a different kind of crowd making a different kind of noise, in order to defeat a different kind of evil.
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The Bengali community (especially students and young people) in Bangalore rose up in solidarity against the recent state violence on students of Jadavpur University. On the 17th of this month, male students were beaten up and girls students molested in a barbaric dead-of-the-night police assault on the students carrying out a peaceful sit-in demonstration. The students were particpating in a non-violent protest demanding an impartial probe into an incident of sexual harrassment of a student at the University earlier last month. An eye-witness account of what happened in Kolkata including the role of goons from Trinamool Congress (TMC) can be found on our website here