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[9 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 47 views]
Saluting the Thinkers of Our Times: Rebuff the Fascist Onslaught !

On 4th October, 2015 acclaimed writer Nayantara Sahgal announced that she would be returning the Sahitya Akademi Award she won in 1986 for her novel Rich Like Us.  Her bold step is a protest against the increasing attacks on the right to dissent in India.
Here is the text of her statement.
“In a recent lecture, India’s Vice-President, Dr. Hamid Ansari, found it necessary to remind us that India’s Constitution promises all Indians ‘liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship’. The right to dissent is an integral part of this Constitutional …

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[3 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 202 views]
‘Digital India’: Reading Between the Lines

A few months back, the country witnessed a popular outpouring in favour of Net Neutrality, with thousands of citizens signing petitions and sharing campaign videos online. Net Neutrality– the principle that all Internet services, websites, applications, etc. be made available to Internet users by Internet service providers, without favouring or blocking any particular service– really caught the imagination of Internet users in India who collectively rose up to oppose a ‘document’ released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) which suggested different pricing for voice calls over the Internet. …

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[1 Oct 2015 | No Comment | 187 views]
NO to Modi Govt’s Impending Sell-out of Education at WTO!

Save Education, Save the Country!
Defeat Imperialist Diktats of Global Capital and WTO!
Education Is Not For Sale – A Campus Is Not A Jail!
Schools and Universities For People – Not For Profits!
Don’t Let Modi Govt Trade Away Our Education, Our Country!
In December 2015, at the Xth World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference, the Indian Government is all set to accept “binding commitments” to make India’s higher education a tradable commodity. Such “commitments” at WTO will erode our sovereign decision making powers in education. The Govt will be forced to act as …

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[19 Sep 2015 | One Comment | 440 views]
Immediately Withdraw the UGC ‘Guidelines on Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions’

(Draft of AISA’s National Signature Campaign Against the UGC’c Guideline )
We the undersigned are shocked to learn that the UGC has issued ‘Guidelines on Safety of Students on and off Campuses of Higher Educational Institutions’ on April 16th 2015 which seek to stifle and suffocate freedom of mobility and expression in higher education institutions (HEIs).
These Guidelines include:

HEIs and hostels to be surrounded by a “boundary wall of such height that it cannot be scaled over easily” with a “fence of spiraling barbed wires,” with armed security guards, CCTV cameras, metal …

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[16 Sep 2015 | One Comment | 151 views]
UGC’s Dream of a Modi-fied University  Or Tagore Track-Changed

 
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high bowed low
Where knowledge is free a tradable WTO commodity
Where the world University has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls and spiraling barbed wire
Where words come out from the depth of truth books of Dinananath Batra
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit has been disciplined and dammed by Parent-teacher-Meets, Police Stations and ‘Code of Conduct’
Where the mind is led forward …