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Panel discussion on Ramjas issue at SJC
Department of English organised a panel discussion on February 27 to express solidarity with the Ramjas college incident. The event which took place in Ramjas college, New Delhi, when two students of JNU, Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid Shora were invited to address the students as part of a seminar called ‘Cultures of Protest’. Members of ABVP, student organization affiliated to the right-wing RSS attacked the students who participated in the seminar where the situation became worse and many teachers, journalists and students were brutally injured. This act by ABVP members makes one question the existence of the Right to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the constitution.

The panel also addressed other similar concerns going on across the country such as the JNU protest, Jallikattu protest, FTII protest, Assam movement and Women’s safety. The panellists present were Arghya Bhaskar, Shalom Gauri, Maddeline Kiruba, Udipto Phukan from I EJP and Kavya Edwards from III BVC. The moderator for the session was Professor Ashley Tellis of UG Department of English and Prof. Cheriyan Alexander was also present. Bhaskar while talking about the involvement of students said, “Students are very apolitical and they don’t know what students are doing in another part of the country and there has to be discussions and debates to address the issue like Ramjas College and support them.” “I think the students of our college must have discussions and share dialogues on these issues which can persuade each other to know more about these issues,” said Professor Cheriyan Alexander.

Prof. Ashley Tellis, the moderator for the session, posed a question to the students that people of Bengaluru are passive and they are fine with what people impose on them and don’t really question them. In response to that the students pointed out that there is a ban on students union in colleges across Karnataka and a sense of fear among the students to voice out their opinion. The lack of unity among the students is a major setback which has to be looked upon.The session concluded with the agreement to have a regular healthy participation in debates.