25 October, 2020

How DU Was Baptised In ABVP Fire

Delhi University professor Prasanta Chakravarty, who was beaten up during students' protest against ABVP, says that right-wing sentiment on campus has ­increased

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How DU Was Baptised In ABVP Fire
outlookindia.com
2017-03-04T11:31:51+05:30

Prasanta Chakravarty, an English professor at Delhi University, was hospitalised after being beaten up during the protest against ABVP. This is his take on what happened and the larger context.

I was at the protest march against the right-wing hooliganism that had prevented JNU research scholar Umar Khalid and others from attending a panel discussion the previous day at Ramjas College in Delhi University. I am at solidarity events like this nearly every other week. There were students who were protesting against the hooliganism and there was one group that was clearly agitating. Suddenly, a bunch of them jumped on me and dragged me away. I was being strangled with my scarf. My colleagues couldn’t see what is happening and by the time they could reach me, the damage was already done. I was kicked with heavy boots, which has affected the pleura of my lungs and rib cage. Now I am in a rib brace and getting physiotherapy done.

The police were there, but as onlookers. I tried to resist the attackers. But with 10-12 people attacking me, it...

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