From: Madhu Kishwar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, May 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM
Subject: [Manushi] Press Statement in support of Prof. Madhu Kishwar & condemning discriminatory conduct of CSDS
To: Manushi-india <email@example.com>
10 May 2016
We, the undersigned academics, wish to express our whole-hearted support to Prof. Madhu Kishwar, a prominent academic and public intellectual, in her challenge to the discrimination she has suffered at the hands of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies' administration. We are appalled at the unethical and illegal treatment meted out to her, even though the CSDS's administration has not had a single complaint against her through the twenty years that she has served that institution.
This victimization and harassment of Prof. Madhu Kishwar has culminated in the denial of affiliation to CSDS required for her to avail of the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship instituted by the ICSSR. Such a denial is unprecedented since no educational institution in India has ever denied affiliation to an ICSSR fellowship holder, leave alone a National Fellowship awardee of ICSSR. The reason cited for this denial of affiliation is patently absurd, especially when it turns out that in the last fifteen years, CSDS has granted affiliation to scores of scholars, including rank outsiders (details are available here: http://swarajyamag.com/politics/academic-intolerance-csds-denies-affiliation-to-madhu-kishwar-2 ).
Prof. Madhu Kishwar, who pioneered new thinking on women's rights, human rights and issues of social justice, and whose work for the marginalized groups of our society is well known, eminently deserves the ICSSR fellowship. It is hard to believe that an institution claiming to uphold high standards of humanities should have stooped so low simply because Prof. Kishwar does not toe its ideological line. Besides, this act of vindictiveness against her speaks volumes about the hypocrisy of those who have in recent times projected themselves as champions of "tolerance", "debate" and "liberalism".
We call on CSDS's administration to tender an unconditional apology to Prof. Madhu Kishwar and take all steps to rectify this shameful situation.
Prof. Kapil Kapoor, former Professor of English, JNU; former rector and pro-Vice Chancellor, JNU
Prof. Chandrakala Padia, Vice Chancellor, MGS University, Bikaner
Prof. B.K. Kuthiala, Vice Chancellor, MC National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal
Prof. Daya Nath Tripathi, former chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research
Prof. Michel Danino, guest professor, IIT Gandhinagar; member, Indian Council of Historical Research
Dr. Nanditha Krishna, Professor & Director, CPR Institute of Indological Research, Chennai
Prof. Jagbir Singh, former Professor and Head, Dept. of Punjabi, University of Delhi; Life Fellow, Punjabi University, Patiala
Prof. Amarjiva Lochan, Associate Professor in History, Delhi University; President, South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture & Religion
Dr. M.D. Srinivas, former Vice-Chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Study; chairman, Centre for Policy Studies, Chennai; member, Indian Council of Historical Research
Prof. M.S. Sriram, retired Professor and Head, Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Madras; member of Editorial Board, Indian Journal of History of Science and Ganita Bharati; former member, Research Council for History of Science, INSA
Prof. K. Ramasubramanian, Cell for Indian Science and Technology in Sanskrit, IIT Bombay; Council member, International Union for History and Philosophy of Science
Dr. J.K. Bajaj, Director, Centre for Policy Studies, New Delhi
Prof. R. Vaidyanathan, economist, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Dr. P. Kanagasabapathi, Professor and author, SASTRA University, Tamil Nadu.
Prof. K. Gopinath, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Dr. Kausik Gangopadhyay, Associate Professor, Economics Area, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Prof. Amartya K. Datta, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
Dr. Krishen Kak, former guest faculty at Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, former Senior Fellow at National Institute of Adult Education
Dr. Bharat Gupt, former Associate Professor, Delhi University
Dr. Avadesh Kumar Singh, former Vice Chancellor, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University, Ahmedabad; Professor, School of Translation Studies and Training, Indira Gandhi National Open University
Prof. Rajeev S., adjunct faculty, IIM Bangalore
Prof. A.K. Jain, Physics Department, IIT Roorkee
Prof. Ganesh Ramakrishnan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay.
Prof. C.S. Aravinda, TIFR Centre for Applicable Mathematics, Bangalore
Dr. Anil Kumar Gourishetty, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Prof. Venkappayya Desai, Civil Engineering Dept., Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Prof. Neeraj Kumbhakarna, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay
Prof. Shripad M. Garge, assistant professor, Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Prof. Varadraj Bapat, School of Management, IIT Bombay
Prof. Ashish Pandey, SJMSOM, IIT Bombay
Prof. Arun A. Somasundara, PhD (UCLA), Computer Science & Engineering, Rajeev Institute of Technology, Hassan
Prof. Ramesh Bharadwaj, Head, Department of Sanskrit, Delhi University
Prof. Milind A. Sohoni, CTARA, IIT Bombay
Prof. Ashwin Gumaste, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay.
Prof. Milind Marathe, Associate Professor, K.J. Somaiya College of Engg., Mumbai
Dr Nomesh B. Bolia, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi
Prof. Manish Kumar, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore
Dr Lata Shenava, Research Scientist, IIT Bombay
Dr. Parag Singla, Assistant Professor, Dept. of CSE, IIT Delhi
Prof. Radhey Shyam, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata
Prof. Sunanda Bagchi, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore
Prof. S. Krishnan, Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Dr. Ayon Bhattacharjee, Associate professor, Department of Physics, NIT Meghalaya
Dr. Suneet Varma, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Delhi
Dr. Subhajit Sen, Associate Professor, International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore
Dr. J.S.R. Prasad, Associate Professor & Head, Dept. of Sanskrit Studies, University of Hyderabad
Dr Laxmidhar Behera, Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Dr. Indranil Biswas, School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
Dr. S. Venkatesh, Assistant Professor (Physics), Amrita University, Coimbatore
Shounak Set, Researcher, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Dr. P. Sasikala, Associate Professor in New Media Technology, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University, Bhopal
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