On August 14, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) issued summon to Delhi University Professor Rakesh Ranjan, who teaches economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce, in connection with the Elgar Parishad case.
Since then, students, scholars and activists across the country have been opposing the summons issued not only to Ranjan, but other academicians too. In the same vein, students, mentees, colleagues and friends of Ranjan at SRCC, which also happens to be the professor’s alma mater, have issued a joint statement extending their solidarity with him “against the needless and baseless interrogation by the NIA”.
According to the students, Ranjan has always been a “staunch supporter of inclusivity” besides teaching economics at the college and has always encouraged students to critically analyse the literature they read.
“His initiatives, both inside and outside the classroom, have been instrumental for the betterment of the student community. His sincere commitment towards teaching was also acknowledged in 2009 when he was felicitated with the Distinguished Teacher Award by the President of India,” says the statement.
The signatories have unequivocally condemned the NIA investigation, calling it “a witch-hunt”.
Read the full statement below:
We, the students, mentees, colleagues and friends of Prof Rakesh Ranjan of Department of Economics, Shri Ram College of Commerce stand in solidarity with him against the needless and baseless interrogation by the National Investigation Agency against him on the infamous Bhima Koregaon matter. Another professor from Hindu College, Prof P. K. Vijayan of the English Department was also summoned along with Prof Rakesh Ranjan on the same matter.
Prof Rakesh Ranjan has always encouraged his students towards critical reading of the literature and, through his teaching, developed academic interest among them and has had a significant influence in the lives of many of them. He has not only been an accomplished teacher of the subject of economics, but also a staunch supporter of inclusivity. His initiatives, both inside and outside the classroom, have been instrumental for the betterment of the student community. His sincere commitment towards teaching was also acknowledged in 2009 when he was felicitated with the Distinguished Teacher Award by the President of India.
We condemn such interrogation by the national agency as an act of witch-hunt. It is clear by now that this act is a part of the larger scheme of the suppression of any kind of concerned and dissenting voices. We urge the national agency to immediately stop any such baseless investigation against him.
7.Amol Singh Raswan
27.Gogol Mitra Thakur
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