India

Solidarity Statement by Students and Alumni of JNU on Sharjeel Imam

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New Delhi: The Students and Alumni of the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU have condemned the use of a draconian and colonial-era law on Sharjeel Imam who has been a vocal critic of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the use of the National Register of Citizens to disempower and disenfranchise lakhs of residents. In a statement, they say that the blatant targeting of the minority Muslim identity that Imam represents is effectively aided by these laws that are used to hound and suppress dissenting and marginalized voices.

Sharjeel Imam, a student of the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University has been charged with UAPA and sedition on 25 January 2020 for a speech that he made in Aligarh Muslim University against the CAA, NRC and NPR. In the following days, four state governments have filed First Information Reports against him as well.

The alumni condemned the vilification of dissenting Muslim voices by the state machinery and the media trial that Sharjeel Imam has been subjected to.

“An edited clip of Sharjeel Imam’s speech has been taken out of context and circulated from the twitter handle of Sambit Patra, a BJ spokesperson. This clip has not only been employed by various media networks to target Sharjeel but has also been actively used to discredit the protests against CAA in Shaheen Bagh and other sites across the country”, the statement reads.

In addition to this, they have also criticised the arbitrary arrests of three students of Aligarh Muslim University—Ahmed Mujtaba Faraz, Tahir Azmi and Siddharth Gulati and suppression of other dissenting voices such as Akhil Gogoi, Bittu Sonowal and Dharjya Konwar.

“We condemn the India TV’s media trial of Afreen Fatima, a student of the School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University and an active critic of the CAA. A doctored video of her speeches has been unethically used to sensationalize and manipulate the contexts and content of her words. We unequivocally stand against the Islamophobic nature of the state which is ferociously criminalizing Muslim identity and dissent against the CAA”, adds the statement.

The undersigned students and alumni of the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU extended their solidarity to Sharjeel Imam and members of his family who have also been at the receiving end of harassment by the state authorities. They demand the revocation of all charges against Sharjeel Imam and that such harassment and intimidation of his family end immediately.

Signatories:

1. Brinda Kumar

2. Anusha Sundar

3. Harsha Gautam

4. Preeti Gulati 5.Mahima Bobin

6. Arundhati Lahiri

7. Shashi Bhushan Gupta

8. Vardan

9. Iqbal Ahmad

10. Shibi Laxman

11. G. A. Raza

12. Amit Kumar

13. CJ Kuncheria 14.Surbhi Vatsa

15. Rashmi Banerjee

16. Smrti K.

17. Sohini Chattopadhyay

18. Raj Kumar Thakur

19. Nataliya Singh

20. Thahani Rezak

21. Sana Kochak

22. Ansil. K.M

23. Ajith. M

24. Akhil. A.R

25. Shriya

26. Somak Biswas

27. Sneha Ganguly

28. Rajesh Kumar Gupta

29. Kanupriya Sharma

30. Swathi Shivanand

31. Fatima Rahman

32. Ashank

33. Gaurav C Garg

34. Saket Arya

35. Prabal Saran Agarwal

36. Madhulagna Halder

37. Dinesh Kataria

38. Salma Wasi

39. Shameem K. K.

40. Noorunnisa K P

41. Sonu Vincent

42. Atul Meena

43. Anas Ali

44. Aishwarya Kothare

45. Bushra

46. Dolan Samanta

47. Misbah Ali

48. Divyani Motla

49. Saib Bilaval

50. Amrita Chattopadhyay

51. Geeta Thatra

52. Nimra Rizvi

53. Meenakshi A

54. Punkaj Singh

55. Ruchika Sharma

56. Zubair Khalid

57. Nilanjana Bhattacharjee

58. Navoneel Ray

59. Uthara K

60. Geeta Kumari

61. Shahid Jamal

62. Ameen Muhammed P S

63. Fathima Rajila

64. Ufaque Paiker

65. Madhavi Jha

66. Sudhir Nirala

67. Karim Malak

68. Sayantani Mukherjee

69. Purbasha Das

70. Manilata

71. Aviroop Sengupta

72. Priyanka Sarma

73. Poorva Rajaram

74. Jyoti Agarwal

75. Zainab Wani

76. Urna Mukherjee

77. Bipasha Ray

78. Jeena Sarah Jacob

79. Sohinee Basak

80. Anwesha Sengupta

81. Priyanka Seshadri

82. Sarfaraz Hamid

83. Rana Saikia

84. Divya Tiwari

85. Pinak Pani Datta

86. Anandaroop Sen

87. Puja Basu

88. Maria Javed

89. Shashank Sameer

90. Niyati Gangwar

91. Nitika Sharma

92. Saloni Verma

93. Sushmita Nandini

94. Bidisha Sengupta

95. Poonam Kumari

96. Neha Chaudhary

97. Pratyay Nath

98. Parnisha Sarkar

99. Pratishtha Maurya

100. Satarupa Lahiri

101. Jaya Priyadarshini

102. Anwesha Das

103. Saborni Ahamed

104. Sudha Tiwari

105. Anirban Bhattacharya

106. PM Mohamed Jubair

107. Paulami Guha Biswas

108. Jonmani Das

109. Shouroseni Guha Ray

110. Siddhartha C. Mukherjee

111. Drishti Chhibber

112. Monalisa B.

113. Seyielenuo

114. Ajapa Sharma 115.Srabani

116. Panchali Kar

117. Sulagna Purakayastha

118. Anish Vanaik

119. Soham Kar

120. Sarah Khan

121. Riddhi Dey

122. Srimanjori Guha

123. Priyanka Khanna

124. Firdaus Ali

125. Kashif Azmi

126. Naimat kalim bari

127. Md Rejaul Karim 128.Ganesh Gupta

129. Farhan Mazahir

130. Akash Bhattacharya

131. Romyorup Mitra

132. Aakhya Isha

133. Saiyad Wajeeh

134. RaHa Khan

135. Menaka Neotia

136. Aditi Singh

137. Nikhil Deshpande

138. Renu Neotia

139. Wasif Ali 140.Monalisa

141. Shubhneet Kaushik

142. Rahul Dutta

143. Umar Khalid

144. Archisman Chaudhuri

145. Divya Cherian

146. Jayati Sen

147. Aditi Dey

148. Tapsi Mathur

149. Surbhi Mahajan

150. Akansha Singh

151. Kakul Fatima

152. Agnibho Gangopadhyay

153. Ayush Kumar

154. Raghu Malhotra

155. Aparna Ashwarya

156. Bhavani Raman

157. Uponita Mukherjee 158.Ansh Sharma

159. Deborah Sutton

160. Meenu Deswal

161. Navida

162. Shivangi jaiswal

163. Mekhola Gomes

164. Manisha Thapa

165. Himani Upadhyaya

166. Shaheen shah

167. Rushnae Kabir

168. Manjusha Madhu

169. Aishwarya Kothare

170. Nilza Angmo

171. Muzafar Ahmad Dar

172. Sheetal Jain

173. Gitanjali Surendran

174. Tavishi Gautam

175. Souda MT

176. Deepanjan Das

177. Jaishree

178. Bodhisattva Kar 179.Neha Paliwal

180. Praveen Sothwal

181. Swati Nupur Tigga

182. Rajoshree Ghosh

183. Soumya Sahai

184. Malavika Kasturi

185. Rekha Yadav

186. Rohan D’Souza

187. Parul

188. Jyotishman

189. Sneha Choudhury

190. Ravish Raj

191. Basudhita Basu

192. Vinil Paul

193. Noble Shrivastava

194. Heidi Sande Mariam

195. Nazish iqbal

196. Soumita Mazumder

197. Niharika Bhati

198. Deepashree Dutta

199. Chandrabhan

200. Vinay Ratnakar

201. Ujjwal Yadav

202. Samira Junaid

203. Manan Luthra

204. Sreekala M V

205. Muthu Raman

206. Tanushree Bhasin

207. Anchal Singh

208. Shravasti Ingle

209. Sampurna Bordoloi

210. Joeeta Pal

211. Shrutika Lakshmi

212. Nagendra Zapate

213. Radha Malkar

214. Lammin Simte

215. Prachi Bhagwat

216. Mohd Asif

217. Priyanka Kanojia 218.Neha Anand

219. Thinley

220. Sourav Ghosh

221. Jyoti Kumari

222. Anisha Saigal

223. Shobhna Iyer

224. Ihsan Ul Ihthisam

225. Rachel A Varghese

226. Kaustubh Sengupta

227. Rajeev Papreja

228. Baisakhi Sengupta

229. Aditya Sarkar

230. Saquib Salim

231. Afwan B

232. Vipul Jhingta

233. Minhaj

234. Daud Arif

235. Chaitra Sreeshaila

236. Shashank Gupta

237. Karman Randhawa

238. Iffat Rashid

239. Aiman

240. Meghaa Ballakrishnen

241. Abhijit Sarkar

242. Sujata Rakshit

243. Anandhi.S

244. Ikramul Haque

245. Susmita Prakash

246. Swati

247. Shreyanjana B

248. Ram Shankar

249. Hiral Arun

250. Neha Chatterji

251. Asha Yadav

252. Mohd Atif

253. Pragya Gautam

254. Sneh

255. Vikash Kumar

256. Srishti

257. Ramesh Kumar Prabhu

258. Nokmedemla Lemtur

259. Sana

260. Meera Visvanathan

261. Radhika Chadha

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