The Telegraph – JNU wants to see Romila Thapar’s CV

‘This is purely politically motivated action,’ said a senior faculty

Basant Kumar Mohanty

New Delhi – India, 01 September 2019. Eminent historian Romila Thapar, who has been a strong critic of the Centre’s policies, has been asked by Jawaharlal Nehru University to submit her CV to allow it to decide if she should continue as professor emerita.

JNU registrar Pramod Kumar wrote to Thapar, 87, last month asking her to submit her CV so that a “committee appointed by the university could evaluate” her work and decide whether she should continue as professor emerita.

Three senior faculty members expressed shock because emeritus professors are never asked to submit CVs. Once chosen, an academic continues in the post for life, two of them said.

“This is purely politically motivated action. Professor Thapar is a strong critic of policies of privatisation of education, erosion of autonomy of institutions and crushing of dissent by institutions, including JNU,” said a senior faculty, who asked not to be named.

Only select academics of international repute are chosen for the post. At JNU, the centre from which a professor retires proposes the name, which then is cleared by the respective board of studies, and the university’s academic council and executive council.

The post carries no financial benefits for the academic, who is allotted a room at the centre to pursue academic work. They give lectures sometimes and can supervise research students.

This paper made a phone call and sent a text message seeking the registrar’s comment, but did not receive a reply.

Thapar has been a teacher and researcher for nearly six decades, specialising in early Indian history. She was professor at JNU from 1970 to 1991 and was chosen professor emerita in 1993. She was awarded the prestigious Kluge Prize of the US Library of Congress, which honours lifetime achievement in studies not covered by the Nobel Prize.

Her book The Public Intellectual in India critically analysed growing intolerance in the country under the Narendra Modi regime.

Her book ‘Early India’ is always within reach for me. Not because she has all the answers, but because she is trying to find answers in an unbiased scholarly way. – Kathavachak attacked for asking people to stop dancing over vulgar songs inside Gurdwara Sahib Premises

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 01 September 2019. Bhai Atar Singh, who is serving as a Kathavachak in Gurdwara Jyoti Saroop Sahib (Fatehgarh Sahib), reportedly got attacked by some people in village Jhanjeri on August 31.

It is learnt that the incident occurred when Bhai Atar Singh tried to stop the people dancing on vulgar songs running over DJ inside the premises of Gurdwara Sahib.

Sharing the details of incident, SGPC spokesperson Kulwinder Singh Ramdas informed that Bhai Atar Singh was returning from Mohali to Fatehgarh Sahib last night when he noticed some people dancing over vulgar songs inside the premises of Gurdwara Sahib in village Jhanjeri.

Feeling it his duty to stop the violation of the Sikh code of conduct, Bhai Atar Singh tried to convince the dancing people to stop violating the code of conduct inside Gurdwara Sahib but the concerned people launched attack on him.

During this attack, the sacred Kakaars worn by him got disrespected and his car also got damaged.

Taking strong notice of this unfortunate incident, the SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal has raised questions over the day by day worsening law and order situation in Punjab. He has demanded strong action against all the elements involved in attacking the Kathavachak.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that a FIR has been registered on Police station Majaat which falls in Sohana police constituency.

Kathavachak attacked for asking people to stop dancing over vulgar songs inside Gurdwara Sahib Premises

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India Today – Pakistan hosts Sikh convention, urges scholars to raise voice for Kashmir

The convention was aimed at showcasing Pakistan’s “readiness to safeguard the rights of the minorities” and stand by them through thick and thin. However, it fast turned into a platform where Pakistan called on the dignitaries to raise their voices against the abrogation of provisions of Article 370.

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Lahore – Panjab – Pakistan, 01 September 2019. Pakistan on Sunday hosted the first International Sikh Convention at the Governor’s House in Lahore, inviting over 50 Sikh scholars from across the world, and urged the scholars to raise their voice against alleged “India’s human rights violations in Kashmir”.

The convention was aimed at showcasing Pakistan’s “readiness to safeguard the rights of the minorities” and stand by them through thick and thin. However, it fast turned into a platform where Pakistan called on the dignitaries to raise their voices against the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, who was the host of the three-day convention, said, “Kashmir issue could be solved through dialogue if India shows seriousness.”

Sarwar also called on the Sikh community across the world to raise their voice and spread the concerns over what he termed as “India’s human rights violations in Kashmir”, asserting that “no religion preaches injustice to anyone”.

“Islam and Sikhism teach that the oppressed must be protected. We believe in one race and that is the human race,” he said.

Special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Firdour Ashiq Awan also raked up the Kashmir issue during the event and lashed out at PM Narendra Modi.

“It was the need of the hour that Indian premier Narendra Modi shun extremism in Kashmir and within India. The Sikh community should highlight the plight of the minorities in India across the world,” she said.

Firdour Ashiq Awan also said that Pakistan had showed its “positive intent towards peace” by returning Indian pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman whose jet was shot down within the Pakistani territory. He threatened that “Pakistan’s wish for peace should not be taken as weakness”.

“If PM Modi will continue the genocide of the Muslims in Kashmir, Pakistan will no more act as a silent spectator and the consequences will affect the world,” Awan said.

Punjab Governor said that the Kartarpur Corridor would open on its assigned and scheduled time in November. “The Kartarpur Corridor will be opened even if the border situation worsens. PM Imran Khan will perform the opening ceremony,” he said.

Dawn – PM Imran, US Senator Sanders call attention to India’s ‘unacceptable’ actions in occupied Kashmir

Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday raised the plight of Kashmiris, who have been living under a lockdown for four weeks in occupied Kashmir, while separately addressing the 56th Convention of Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Houston – Texas – USA, 01 September 2019. Speaking at the event, Sanders, a Democratic presidential hopeful for the US Elections 2020, termed India’s move to annex occupied Kashmir as “unacceptable”.

“I am also deeply concerned about the situation in Kashmir where the Indian government has revoked Kashmiri autonomy, cracked down on dissent and instituted a communications blackout.

“The crackdown in the name of security is also denying the Kashmiri people access to medical care. Even many respected doctors in India have acknowledged that the Indian government-imposed restrictions on travel are threatening the life-saving care that patients need,” he said.

“The communications blockade must be lifted immediately and the United States government must speak out boldly in support of international humanitarian law and in support of a UN-backed peaceful resolution that respects the will of the Kashmiri people,” the senator stated.

Prime Minister Imran in his address, via video link, spoke about the need to understand the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) party, said to be a parent organisation of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“I am trying my best but from ISNA’s platform you have to make the concerted effort to make people understand this phenomenon which has taken over India. You have to make the Western societies understand the RSS.”

He said that the RSS party believed in the racial supremacy of the Hindu civilisation and the ethnic cleansing of Muslims from India, and urged people to research and find out about its origins.

“After the recently won elections by the BJP, they have come back as a stronger force. We are talking about a country of over a billion people with nuclear weapons taken over by an extreme ideology.

“What the Nazi party proved was that a small, highly organised ideologically motivated group could actually take over a country.

“That is what has happened in India. An extreme ideology has taken over India.

“The BJP government wants to change the demography; change a Muslim majority province into a Muslim minority province by bringing in outsettlers to come in and change the demography. This is a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention Article 49. You cannot change the demography of an occupied land.”

“We believe what is happening in Kashmir is that RSS goons have been let loose amongst the population,” the premier said, urging ISNA to raise awareness about what was happening in occupied Kashmir.

“I am afraid that this ideology is not going to stop here; they have let out a genie out of a bottle. It is not going to go back in; this genie of hatred, of Hindu supremacy.

“It’s not just Muslims who are going to be at threat.

“We fear in Pakistan that we are not dealing with a rational government in India,” Prime Minister Imran stated, adding: “We believe that the sort of oppression they will do in Kashmir and are already doing, they will need to divert the world’s attention to Pakistan and we believe as they did in February, they will take some sort of an action, an attack in Pakistan.”

Prime Minister Imran said that he had asked the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to play its role. Additionally, he said he would raise the issue at the United Nations General Assembly.

He urged ISNA to make people aware of what was going on in India.