Remembering Prof. Randhir Singh-Bhaskar Chandigarh

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On Randhir Singh-Bhaskar-28-2-16

प्रोफेसर रणधीर सिंह-चिंतक, अध्यापक और कवि

चमन लाल*

31 जनवरी 2016 की देर शाम प्रोफेसर रणधीर सिंह ने दिल्ली में अपनी बेटी प्रियलीन के घर में अंतिम सांस ली। उन्होंने 94 वर्ष का भरपूर जीवन जिया। 9 जनवरी 1922 में मोगा ज़िले में पैदा हुए रणधीर सिंह की उच्च शिक्षा लाहौर में हुई। उनके पिता जाने माने डाक्टर थे और विचारों से आदर्शवादी। रणधीर सिंह बहुत अच्छे  विद्यार्थी थे उनका चयन मेडिकल शिक्षा के लिए हो गया था, लेकिन तब तक वे वाम पंथी विचारों के प्रभाव में आ चुके थे, अंत: मेडिकल छोड़ वे राजनीति शास्त्र के छात्र बन गए। 17 साल की उम्र में वे कम्यूनिस्ट पार्टी के छात्र संगठन में सत्या पाल डांग के साथ सक्रिय कार्यकर्ता बन चुके थे। वे गाँव मेन किसानों के बीच काम करने भी जाते थे और इस के कार्न एक साल तक लाहौर की उसी जेल में जहां भगत सिंह को रखा गया था, वहाँ उनके साथियों-पंडित किशोरी लाल आदि के साथ रहने की खुशी उन्होने हासिल की। उनके अध्यापक उन पर इतने मेहरबान थे की उनकी कक्षाओं की उपस्थिति पूरी कर उन्हें एम॰ए. की परीक्षा में बिठाया और रणधीर सिंह ने उसमें विश्वविद्यालय में प्रथम स्थान हासिल किया। इस वक़्त तक वे पार्टी के पत्र ‘जंगे-आज़ादी’ के संपादकीय विभाग में भी काम कर रहे थे।

1947 के विभाजन ने उन्हें झकझोर दिया और उनका कवि हृदय जागृत हो गया। 1947 और 1950 के बीच उन्होंने बहुत सारी कवितायें पंजाबी में लिखीं, जिनमें से 25 को उन्होंने-‘राहां दी धूड’ नाम से प्रकाशित किया। लेकिन उनका बौद्धिक लेखन 1945 से ही शुरू हो चुका था, जब उन्होंने पंजाब के गदर शूरवीरों पर अँग्रेजी में Ghadar Heroes शीर्षक से किताब लिखी, जिसकी भूमिका भगत सिंह के साथी और बाद में लंबे अरसे तक कम्यूनिस्ट पार्टी के महा सचिव रहे अजय घोष ने लिखी। ये किताब पीपीएच बंबई से छपी, यही किताब लाहौर से 1946 में पंजाबी भाषा में भी छपी। रणधीर सिंह गदर पार्टी के जीवित बाबाओं से बहुत प्रभावित थे और भगत सिंह उनका बचपन से ही आदर्श रहा था। बाबा गुरमुख सिंह की जीवनी उन्होंने लिखनी शुरू की थी, जिसे वे कभी पूरा नहीं कर पाये।

1947 के बाद दिल्ली आकर उन्होंने कैंप कालेज में शरणार्थियों को पढ़ना शुरू किया, यहीं उनकी एम॰ ए॰ प्रथम श्रेणी प्रथम की डिग्री बहुत काम आई, इससे उन्हें दिल्ली कालेज में स्थायी अध्यापक की नियुक्ति मिल गयी। यहाँ भीष्म साहनी उनके सहयोगी व घनिष्ठ मित्र रहे। इतिहासकार बिपन चंद्र के साथ वे कम्मुनिस्ट पत्रिकाएँ बांटते। दिल्ली आकार भी कम्मुनिस्ट पार्टी से उनका संबंध बना रहा और वे पार्टी के सैद्धांतिक पत्र ‘साडा  जुग’ के संपादक रहे। उन्होंने कम्मुनिस्ट घोषणापत्र के साथ मार्क्स की अन्य रचनाओं का पंजाबी में अनुवाद किया। पर पार्टी के साथ उनके मतभेद होने पर उन्हें पत्र के संपादक पद से हटा दिया गया, उन्हें ‘व्यक्ति वादी व अहंकारी’ तक कहा गया। बाद में 1964 के पार्टी विभाजन के बाद रणधीर सिंह सी.पी.एम से जुड़ गए और कई साल तक जुड़े रहे। लेकिन उनका ज्यादा मन पढ़ने में लगता था और अध्यापक के रूप में उनकी प्रतिष्ठा ऐसी बन गयी कि दूसरे विषयों के छत्र भी उनकी कक्षाओं में आने लगे, कई बार तो कक्षा रूम भरा होने से छात्र बाहर खड़े हो कर उनका व्याख्यान सुनते थे। जब तक वे अध्यापक रहे उन्होंने कम लिखा, हालांकि 1967 में उनकी एक सैद्धांतिक किताब अँग्रेजी में छप कर आने से बौद्धिक जगत में उनकी धाक एक मार्क्सवादी चिंतक के रूप में बैठ गयी। अध्यापक रहते हुए रणधीर सिंह शिक्षक संघ के  गतिविधियों में पूरी दिलचस्पी लेते थे हालांकि वे कभी डूटा के पदाधिकारी नहीं रहे।

1987 में विश्वविद्यालय से सेवामुक्त होने पर राजनीति शास्त्र विभाग की और से उन पर एक स्मृति ग्रंथ छपा, जिसके लिए उनसे जीवन वृत मांगा गया तो उन्होंने बड़ा दिलचस्प वृत-‘जीवन वृत के बदले में’- लिख कर दिया, जो इतना प्रसिद्ध हुआ की अमेरिका की विश्व प्रसिद्ध वाम  पंथी पत्रिका-मंथली रिवियू ने भी उसे छापा। सेवामुक्त होने के बाद उनका लेखन काफी बढ़ा। उन्हें शिमला के उच्च अध्ययन संस्थान में कुछ समय के लिए फेलौशिप मिली और मोइन शाकिर स्मृति भाषण तैयार करते करते उन्होंने 1080 प्रष्ठ की अपनी सर्वाधिक महत्वपूर्ण सैद्धांतिक रचना रच डाली- ‘समाजवाद का संकट’-बाद में इसी एक किताब से उनकी छ किताबें छपीं। अजंता प्रकाशन से उनकी अधिकांश किताबें छपती थीं, जिसने उनसे दो और किताबें भी लिखवा ली थी, जिनमें मार्कस्वाद पर उनके पाँच भाषण भी शामिल थे। बाद में उनकी किताबें आकार बुक्स दिल्ली से छपीं

सेवा मुक्त होने के  बाद रणधीर सिंह अनेक जगह भाषण देने जाते थे। उनके भाषण की मियाद कम से कम दो घंटा होती थी और कई बार तो वे घंटो दिन-रात बातचीत करते रहते थे। उनका भाषण श्रोताओं को मार्कस्वाद की शिक्षा देना होता था। अपने निकट संबंधी और प्रसिद्ध पंजाबी नाटककार और निदेशक गुरशरन भाजी के साथ वे भी बहुत जगह जाते थे।

पिछले चार-पाँच वर्ष से उनका स्वास्थ्य खराब चल रहा था। फिर भी वे कभी कभार कार्यक्रमों में आ जाते थे। 3 मई 2013 को वे जे.एन.यू में मेरी किताब Understanding भगत Singh का लोकार्पण करने आए थे। उनकी भगत सिंह पर लिखने की बड़ी ख़्वाहिश थी, जिसके लिए उन्होंने भगत सिंह पर बहुत सारी किताबें भी इकट्ठी किन, लेकिन स्वास्थ्य ने उनका साथ नहीं दिया।

रणधीर सिंह की स्मृति में चंडीगढ़ और दिल्ली में कार्यक्रम हुए जिनमे देश के अनेक राजनेता और विद्वान शामिल हुए। कम्मुनिस्ट पार्टी के तीनों दलों ने इनमें शमूलियत की। उनकी इच्छा के अनुसार उनके अंतिम श्रद्धा सुमन भगत सिंह सुखदेव राजगुरु बटुकेश्वर दत्त की समाधि  हुसैनीवाला पर सतलुज नदी में बहाये गए।

उनकी एक प्रसिद्ध कविता ‘लाहौर को सलाम’ के  हिन्दी अनुवाद के साथ उन्हें श्रद्धा सुमन-

 

 

  • चमन लाल जे॰एन॰यू से सेवामुक्त प्रोफेसर हैं और रणधीर सिंह की कुछ कविताओं का उन्होंने हिन्दी अनुवाद किया है।

Return of MHRD Award in protest against assault on JNU

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CHS award from PM Vajpayee-2003 (2)

 

http://indianexpress.com/videos/news-video/jnu-unrest-former-professor-returns-his-award/

http://www.india.com/news/india/hindi-translator-chaman-lal-returns-sahitya-akademi-award-odia-poet-rajendra-kishore-wants-urgent-meeting-628183/

http://www.india.com/news/india/awardwapsi-former-jnu-professor-chaman-lal-returns-hinditar-bhashi-hindi-lekhak-puraskar-to-hrd-ministry-983566/

http://www.india.com/news/india/jnu-unrest-former-professor-chaman-lal-vents-ire-at-smriti-irani-returns-his-award-983999/

https://news.google.co.in/news/rtc?ncl=dj8jFPvJwMQCJBM&authuser=0&ned=in&siidp=c3a70f869b8700455efb597562d0e181e05c&ar=1456744674

https://news.google.co.in/news/rtc?ncl=dj8jFPvJwMQCJBM&authuser=0&ned=in&siidp=c3a70f869b8700455efb597562d0e181e05c

https://news.google.co.in/news/rtc?ncl=dj8jFPvJwMQCJBM&authuser=0&ned=in&siidp=c3a70f869b8700455efb597562d0e181e05c

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-jnu-row-former-professor-returns-award-given-by-hrd-ministry-says-smriti-irani-wants-to-destroy-university-2182632

http://www.thequint.com/jnu-sedition-row/2016/02/26/sahitya-akademi-award-returning-jnu-prof-to-return-another-award

JNU unrest: Former professor vents ire at Irani, returns his award

                Honorable President and Chief Justice of India 

For your kind attention                           

     I also know full well that by returning the award, I am again putting myself to danger of a vendetta at the hands of MHRD minister and this government, which is known for not showing any respect to even Vice Chancellors of the Universities. Thus I will be sending copies of my letter to the President of India and the Chief Justice of India, so that if anything happens to my life or limb, because of my protest against the attack on JNU, this government shall be held responsible.                                                  

 

Professor Chaman Lal (Retired)                                           Dated: — 20th February

Professor& Former Chairperson

Centre of Indian Languages (SLL&CS)

Former Visiting Professor, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad Tobago

Former President JNUTA

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067

 

MHRD, Shastri Bhavan

New Delhi

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Director

Central Hindi Directorate,

New Delhi

 

Subject: Return of 2000-01 ‘Non Hindi speaking area Hindi writer Award’

 

 Dear Sir/Madam,

I have no idea who is heading the Directorate these days, so am addressing this letter unnamed.

You can see from your records  that I was given the ‘Non Hindi speaking area Hindi writer Award’  on 30th April 2003 by the then Prime Minister, Sh. Atal Behari Vajpayee. The then MHRD minister Dr. M M Joshi had presided over the function. I am attaching some photographs of the event for your convenience.

 

This award was given to me for my translation of selected poetry of Punjabi poet Surjit Patar – ‘Kabhi Nahin Socha Tha’ – in Hindi from my mother tongue Punjabi. Incidentally Surjit Patar returned his Sahitya Akademi award along with other 12 Punjabi writers last October to protest against the assassination of Dr. M M Kalburgi.

 

This was my first state award.  Later, I was awarded the ‘Sahitya Akademi Prize for Translation’ for the year 2001 for the translation of the Punjabi poet Pash in Hindi (Pash was assassinated by Khalistanis) and the ‘Punjab State ‘Shiromani Hindi Sahitkar’ Award for year 2003, apart from innumerable honors from public institutions in India and abroad.

 

With the social conditions in the country worsening day by day the assassination of Dr. M M Kalburgi, Sahitya Akademi award winner, by some extremist religious body activists led many of our writers to protest by returning their state awards, especially Sahitya Akademi awards. I also joined my fellow writers in solidarity and returned my prize on 12th October 2015. Incidentally, all three awards came to me during the NDA regime in the centre -1999-2004. These awards were returned because of the atmosphere of extreme intolerance created in country after 2014, in the name of ‘Cow’, ‘beef’, ‘nationalism’ etc. Govind Pansare and Dr. Narender Dabholkar and many more had already become victims of these extremist religious groups, as was Punjabi Poet Pash in 1988 at the hands of Khalistani terrorists. No effort was made to check and control these elements, rather many ruling party MP’s were aggravating the crisis by supporting these elements, which included glorification of Mahatma Gandhi’s murderer, Nathuram Godse.

 

Incidentally Mahatma Gandhi may be dubbed as the ‘first anti national’ of independent India, as he fasted for releasing 55 crore rupees due to newly created state of Pakistan, with the partition of India in 1947. In fact, slogans now being heard on Delhi roads – ‘Desh Ke Gaddaron ko goli maro’(Shoot the traitors of the country) against  JNU students these days  were raised against Mahatma Gandhi in those days and ultimately he was assassinated by those who were  inciting people with these slogans. Ironically Mahatma Gandhi had not joined the celebrations of independence in Delhi on 15th August, as he was fasting in Noakhali with his loyal followers like Bibi Amtus Salam to control the devil of communal riots. Mahatma Gandhi who at one time wished to live for 125 years, expressed his wish at that time ‘not to live anymore’ after seeing the level of communal clashes in country. The assassin of Gandhi is a hero of today’s Hindutva forces, patronized by this government despite paying lip service to Gandhi.

 

We hundred plus awards returning writers/artists/filmmakers and other citizens were hoping that things will improve after our protest, but our hopes proved illusory. Not only were we derided and insulted, including 88-90 years old respected writers/scientists-Krishna Sobti, Nayantara Sehgal and P M Bhargava, we were charged with being Congress agents, favourites and leftists, who got undue awards during previous regimes and were now ‘intolerant’ of new the government. In my case, if at all I was ‘favoured’, it was not during the Congress regime, but the previous NDA regime.

 

In October 2015, JNU and other university students started #OccupyUGC campaign which was dealt with by a rather heavy hand and then Central University of Hyderabad students started an agitation against discrimination of Dalit students, which were dealt so harshly that one of the brightest research scholars of the University, Rohith Vemula was forced to commit suicide on 17th January 2016. Support for Rohith Vemula engulfed the whole country. Earlier, FTII Pune students were being treated very harshly. In this connection, when after a function in Jawaharlal Nehru University was held on 9th February, about which some controversy arose, JNU Students Union’s elected President Kanhaiya Kumar was picked up by the Delhi police and charged with Sedition! This naturally led to a massive student protest not only in JNU, but all over the country and JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) also extended its support. To make the things worse, irresponsible statements were given by Home Minister, MHRD Minister and Delhi police chief, which led to brutal attacks on not only Kanhaiya Kumar inside the court, but on media men also by some black coat wearing goons. Most dangerous was the open violation of Supreme Court’s directions and mistreatment of six lawyers sent by Supreme Court by certain black coated hooligans inside the court. This has never happened even during British colonial regime. Bhagat Singh was beaten inside the court by British police, but never by unruly hooligans with police patronization.

 

Even in JNU history, such horrible police interference never took place. I myself have been victim of emergency, spending seven months in prison and getting my admission to JNU delayed for two years, despite being selected. Yet I can say today that despite Indira Gandhi’s authoritarianism, she was correct in her understanding of certain Hindutva groups, as was her father,Jawaharlal Nehru. These groups collaborated with British colonialism during the freedom struggle and played the game of dividing Indian national unity by creating communal rifts, which was criticized by none else than Bhagat Singh. These are the people who have now come to power by deceiving people with deceptive slogans and playing the same colonial days game of dividing people and creating communal violence, just to acquire and preserve power.

 

The most ominous sign of their dangerous game is of involving army people and inciting their families in the name of ‘nationalism’ and pitting them against JNU. Worse still people not related to JNU were incited by BJP MP Sadhvi Prachi and they entered the University with the University officials’ shameful collaboration and tried to terrorize the JNU community. At least Jadavpur University faculty and students foiled such attempt by ABVP directly patronized by MHRD minister, which has already caused the suicide of Rohith Vemula in Hyderabad, by making a massive human chain at the University gate. I am afraid that  with the kind of head hunting going on for JNU students, if another tragedy like that of Rohith Vemula occurred, I shudder to think of its reaction all over the country.

I have not only retired as Professor from JNU, I have been JNUTA President during year 2007, I am also a JNU alumnus, remaining a student during 1977-82 and getting my PhD degree from this University. It was but natural that I got disturbed, upset and anxious at the happenings in JNU and outside, vilifying my ‘alma mater’ in the worst manner. Further, the MHRD minister’s own conduct during the Rohith Vemula movement and during the attack on JNU has been most vindictive towards the University. She was having a grouse against the students of JNU due to their #OccupyUGC and #StandWithRohith movements, which has embarrassed her own self and her government throughout the world. She could not attack JNU, during the term of outgoing VC Prof. S K Sopory, who never allowed police to enter campus and dealt with such problems, even like the present one of alleged ‘anti national’ sloganeering, at the University level itself. That is why the whole University – students, faculty and staff – supported him for his democratic and dedicated administrative conduct.

 

The MHRD minister was itching for revenge so she got a new VC of her choice, pliant to her whims and within two weeks of his taking over, he allowed police to enter campus, on the basis of a controversial video complaint filed with Delhi police, without even any preliminary enquiry at University level. He violated even the JNU standard procedures of taking into confidence Deans and Chairpersons of Schools/centers. Four senior Deans protested on his allowing the police in campus and they joined the JNUTA call for solidarity with JNUSU.

 

In a similar situation at Jadavpur University, the Vice Chancellor categorically declared that he would not file any complaint with the police nor allow police to enter campus and settle the issue at university level. He rather stood with the Jadavpur faculty and students in a human chain to stop anti-social elements entering the campus. In contrast, JNU VC allowed the police with open arms, following the example of his ideal Hyderabad University VC, Appa Rao. In fact, sending police inside JNU campus on the basis of a suspicious video of a discredited news channel, directly interfered with the autonomy of the university. The JNU administration could have dealt with this problem using JNU’s internal mechanism without creating a national crisis. It seems the Central government was rather keen to create this crisis and they did it through their pliant new VC.

Under such circumstances, my conscience has been pricking me since the arrest of the JNUSU President and I can no more bear the burden on my conscience. I am thus returning the award given to me directly from MHRD with the signature of then MHRD Minister Dr. M M Joshi, since the Central Hindi Directorate is a branch of higher education section of MHRD. When the MHRD with the Govt. of India’s express wish, is bent upon destroying my alma mater JNU, which is considered the best University of the country and which is appreciated by world renowned scholars like Noam Chomsky, Nobel prize winning writer Orhan Pamuk and innumerable scholars from hundreds of Universities from India and abroad, then the least I can do is to record my protest by returning the award, which was given to me by MHRD itself 15 years ago, by the same NDA govt., which is in power today!

I shall hand over the plaque and a cheque of fifty thousand rupees given to me as part of the award to your office. I understand, you have no role in all this tragic happenings in JNU, but I request you to forward my letter and cheque to the MHRD, so that my protest is registered in records of MHRD. Since the procedure of award is through your office, I am submitting my award back to your office for necessary action of either forwarding or dealing with it at your own level. Since your office declined to accept cheque, memnto, shawl and certificate, I have sent ti through speed post on 25th February.

   I also know full well that by returning the award, I am again putting myself to danger of a vendetta at the hands of MHRD minister and this government, which is known for not showing any respect to even Vice Chancellors of the Universities. Thus I will be sending copies of my letter to the President of India and the Chief Justice of India, so that if anything happens to my life or limb, because of my protest against the attack on JNU, this government shall be held responsible.

 

Returning state awards and honours form is considered the most decent form of protest the world over and people are respected for it, even by those in power. Yet during the return of my first award, I have been subjected to all kinds of indignities on television and on social media by trolls. This happened despite the fact that out of my fifty plus books in Hindi, Punjabi and English, some translated into Urdu, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu, Gujarati etc, nearly fifteen books are related to Bhagat Singh and other revolutionary freedom fighters. But my ‘nationalism’ is under question under this government, which has no record to show of its ‘nationalism’ by way of any role in freedom struggle of its party or its ancestors! I have my own ‘Nationalism’, based on Bhagat Singh’s ideas of exploitation free Socialist India, further based on Gandhi’s nationalism of ‘Communal Harmony’, Nehru’s nationalism of ‘Scientific Temper and Knowledge’, Ambedkar’s nationalism of ‘Social Justice/equal rights/status/dignity for Dalits/Adivasis’, Subhas Bose’s nationalism of ‘Socialist India, all of whom have fought for the freedom of this ‘Nation’ from British colonialism. I certainly disapprove the so called ‘Nationalism’ of RSS/Hindutva thinkers like Golwalkar and Savarkar, who either did not participate in the freedom struggle or abjectly apologized ample times, of ‘Communal Divide and violence against minorities/Dalits’, leading to one BJP MLA in Rajasthan having the audacity to demand Rahul Gandhi ‘be shot dead/hanged for treason’! And another BJP leader asking for ‘beheading him and putting his head at JNU gate’! I don’t think that there is any difference between ISIS statements and actions in their Caliphate in Syria-Iraq,  and these statements if not yet turned into action!

 

               I may disagree with Rahul Gandhi’s politics, but his great great grandfather Motilal Nehru, his great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru,his great grand-mother Kamla Nehru, his great grand aunti-uncle-Vijaylakshmi Pandit/Ranjit Pandit, his grandmother Indira Gandhi- all suffered imprisonment during the freedom struggle in contrast with these ‘phony nationalists’! So much for their zeal to kill people in the name of their own concept of ‘nationalism’, which means subjecting citizens to their narrow and sectarian religious kind of nationalism, which has no place for secular enlightened knowledge based scientific temper, so dear to Jawaharlal Nehru, on whose name JNU was established and which is being destroyed by present dispensation by all means, as already Nehru Memorial Museum and Library(NMML), National Book Trust(NBT), and ICHR have been destroyed by anti-knowledge ministers of HRD and Culture! Yet, like thousands of JNU alumnus, present faculty and students, I #StandWithJNU and am ready to pay whatever price this government wants me to pay, even getting killed by some of their patronized ‘nationalists’!

Yours Sincerely,

 

(Chaman Lal)

Winner of 2000-01 award for Non Hindi speaking area Hindi writer

My earlier letter to JNU VC

 

https://drchaman.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/my-letter-to-new-jnu-vc-on-jnu-diasastor/

My Letter to new JNU VC on JNU Diasaster

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Following media has taken note of this letter released by IANS agency-

http://www.livehindustan.com/news/Delhi/article1-former-jnu-faculty-member-slams-vc-for-disaster-situation-518091.html

Sorry Mr. Vice Chancellor you helped their game to vilify and destroy JNU

http://news.webindia123.com/news/articles/India/20160222/2800543.html

http://news.chennaionline.com/newsitem.aspx?NEWSID=e5b5f1fb-7233-4686-86b6-283d85cfe21b&CATEGORYNAME=NATL

JNU situation is “disaster” by VC: Former faculty member

 

Yesterday I mailed a letter to JNU Vice Chancellor and some faculty members, also to some media, but except Deshbandhu Np edited by Lalit Surjanhardly any notice was taken of it, though some friends responded to my mail, notably internationally renowned economist Prof. Amit Bhaduri, Professor Emeritus of JNU-‘Thank you Chaman lal. We need more such letters and/or a massive signature campaign at least for all Delhi universities. Amit’
Madhu Bhaduri, senior diplomat and ambassador to some countries wrote-Your letter to the VC of JNU is as True as it is Forceful. If only it could become transformed from a lone voice to a Roar of more than a thousand voices
Award returnee young Bengali poet Mandakranta Sen wrote-My Respect to you, dear Sir … in this period of crisis, you are like a guiding star. Let us all have the Courage to Express our Stance. I am proud of you, my dear Sir. Mandakranta
Yashwant Vyas put the letter on blog-Bhadas
Lalita Ramdas wrote-
An outstanding account of both historical and factual questions – and adds to the increasing volume of material, critiques and analyses which are mounting by the day.

Thank you for sharing this with us. And meanwhile am sending you links to Admiral Ramdas’s
piece on JNU and Nationalism through a military mans’ lens.This has been carried in CITIZEN and INDIA RESISTS

http://www.thecitizen.in/…/Looking-Back-And-Ahead-DARK-DAYS…

http://www.indiaresists.com/paranoid-nationalism-doesnt-ma…/

Anand Teltumbade wrote-Absolutely fantastic! The things are getting beyond bounds of shame but still
The letter is now posted here-
Professor Chaman Lal (Retired) Dated:– 21st February, 2016
Professor& Former Chairperson
Centre of Indian Languages (SLL&CS)
Former Visiting Professor, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad Tobago
Former President JNUTA
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067

Vice Chancellor,
JNU, New Delhi

Dear Prof. M Jagdeesh Kumar,
Late greetings on your taking over as Vice Chancellor of JNU. I saw one of your interview in Navbharat Times (Hindi daily), when your appointment was announced, but you have not yet taken over. Interview was reassuring which mentioned your desire to have very open and frank relations with students without any ideological bias. You had also fixed half day of Monday, post lunch period, completely free for students to approach you. Although it was said that it is for first time, but this was done five years ago by your predecessor Prof. S K Sopory, who not only kept this time free for students, who would rather meet any student or faculty without any prior appointment during 8 am to 9 am or 5.30 pm to 8 pm, as he used to sit in his office diligently from 8 am to 8 pm. So I was hoping to greet you as a goodwill, one of these days, after seeing your liberal attitude in practice. Although it was not necessary for me do so, as not only I have retired more than three years ago(January 2013), even if in regular service, it was no such obligation, few JNU faculty members do it.
But within two weeks of your taking over as Vice Chancellor of JNU, University has been plunged into an unprecedented crisis over an event, which was not very unusual in JNU or any other University. Young students all over the world in liberal Universities learn the lessons of their democratic and civil rights, express concern for social or national/international issues, best example being of USA, where in many Universities, during US aggression on Vietnam, or even recently, US policies in middle east of exporting ‘democracy’, causing the disasters in Arab world or elsewhere had attracted US students wrath against their government, but none of them was arrested, charged with ‘sedition’ or termed ‘anti-national’, which happened in JNU and outside after 9th February meeting called by some student groups, but not by elected JNU Students Union, whose office bearers joined in it as it being called ‘Cultural evening’, also as part of social gathering, quite usual for JNU.
However it was intriguing to know that a Hindi news channel had taken extra ordinary interest not only for JNU event, but outside JNU also to gather people at a particular place and sent camera teams in advance. It looks like that there was advance planning of certain vested social groups and media house to ‘create’ an event, which could engulf not only JNU, but whole country in crisis. I have heard from people in some places that they were even ‘informed’ by this media house to ‘reach’ at certain place for some ‘event’! It reminds me of an incident in Patiala about a decade back, where perhaps the same channel has caused the death of a man calling for self-immolation, it incited him to do so for his show and the man literally got burnt in front of whole world, just to increase the TRP of such dehumanized channel It is further intriguing that despite having such events in JNU earlier and dealt with JNU internal disciplinary mechanism, the so called video of that particular news channel was used to file a police complaint through the MP of a political party, incidentally that MP probably has not even won from JNU electoral area. In such situation, it was no obligation of the University to allow Delhi police to enter campus, particularly, when it has appointed its own committee to enquire the matter. Allowing police entry into campus by your authority, as per Police version, though you had said that ‘you did not call the police’ in campus, was a disaster to say the least. You had assured Deans and Chairpersons meeting about this and no wonder that four senior Deans of largest Schools of University, even expressed their dismay at such development. And arrest of JNUSU elected President Kanhaiya Kumar on 12th February by Delhi police was the most shocking outcome of this charged atmosphere, which certainly upset me and I felt disturbed and anxious. Immediately as again seemingly pre-planned, some television channels started vicious anti JNU propaganda, which was followed by calls to ‘kill gaddars(traitors) of JNU’. Apart from JNU students, JNU faculty was subjected to insults, abuses. One BJP MP Sadhvi Prachi took hundreds outsiders, who had no concern with JNU or education in general, entered JNU east gate near your residence and I am ashamed to say as per media reports, JNU administration facilitated their march inside the campus, which was meant to terrorize JNU community-students and faculty, as the slogans and speeches of that march were vicious. Even as eminent Supreme Court advocate Rajeev Dhavan, sent by Supreme Court officially to Patiala Court to report about the conduct of Patiala court lawyers, described those lawyers lawless conduct as ‘anti-national’ who beat up not only JNUSU President inside the court, but media and JNU faculty members too! I shudder to think that if anything had happened or may happen to Kanhaiya Kumar, who looks like in the custody of ‘wolves’ and not in the law enforcing/abiding/defending agency! I am surprised that as a guardian of Kanhaiya Kumar, as you are expected to be as VC of University, you did not utter a word on those state protected black coated ‘lawyers’ attack on Kanhaiya Kumar! National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Supreme Court senior most lawyers and jurists like Soli Sorabji, Fali S Nariman could condemn and express their concern about Kanhaiya Kumar, but knowing fully well that he was not safe in police custody, even inside the court, you did not find it even necessary to visit him in Police station or court or jail! Even during the trial of Bhagat Singh during British colonial rule, nationalist leaders like Subhas Bose, Motilal Nehru or even Jawaharlal Nehru, on whose named University, you are Vice Chancellor, would visit court room or jail to see how these revolutionary freedom fighters were treated. Sir, as a Vice Chancellor, it was your duty as head of institution to visit Kanhaiya Kumar, whatever may have been charges against him, but he was elected President of JNUSU. You could have taken along JNUTA President/office bearers/Dean of his School/Chairperson of his centre/his supervisor, if you had an iota of concern for students of JNU, as you expressed in your interview to media before taking over VC job at JNU.
JNU is not only known for scholarship and democratic culture of its faculty and students, even many of its Vice Chancellors are like bright stars, when other Universities VC’s have been slipping over the autonomy of Universities, JNU VC’s with support from faculty and students defended its autonomy like the pearl of their eye. Start from its founding Vice Chancellor G Parthasarthy, despite being non academician, he established such standards of academic and democratic conduct in JNU, that it has become very difficult to break away from it. He would attend general body meetings of teachers and students and listen even to his own criticism patiently. He never compromised with merit in recruitments, if JNU takes pride world over for its scholarship today, it is due to the foundations laid by G Parthasarthy, who recruited or invited such faculty in the very beginning, and that it got such international reputation. World renowned iconic scholar Noam Chomsky, one of most significant writer of any language and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk are among those hundreds of scholars from India and abroad, including from your parent body IIT Delhi, who have expressed concern at happenings in JNU, due to outside political interference, particularly of Delhi police at the bidding of Home minister and MHRD minister and I am sorry to say Mr. Vice Chancellor that you helped their game to vilify and destroy JNU. It was their design from very beginning of their government that they wish to destroy JNU. Look at the statements of Dr. Subramaniam Swamy, Chandan Mitra, most influential members of ruling party, calling for closure of University, calling for changing its name. It is very clear that ruling dispensation is not only against JNU, they have a pathetic hatred for Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India, who spent more than a decade in British jails in freedom struggle and whose motto for JNU-‘Scientific Temper and knowledge’ is an anathema to this government, because Nehru thought RSS like organizations to be the threat to the unity of the country. Incidentally as per The Hindu report, Noam Chomsky has sent direct mail to you as well-

http://m.thehindu.com/…/chomsky-to-jnu-v…/article8264400.ece

JNU had Vice Chancellors like late President K R Narayanan, who is credited with saving JNU from this government’s earlier avtar, by not appointing their desired VC as Visitor. President Narayanan was the gentlest Vice Chancellor of this University, though for a brief period. JNU had late Prof. Naiduamma, a Scientist from your fraternity as VC, whose conduct you can see from one of JNU’s eminent historian Prof. Harbans Mukhiya’s interview in The Scroll today, link given here-

http://scroll.in/…/afzal-guru-and-yakub-memon-symbolise-the…

Later on Prof. Y K Alagh, who rather than suppressing any dissent on campus, would himself on Dharna to express his viewpoint and on recent crisis, he said, he would never have called police to campus. See your immediate predecessor Prof. S K Sopory, who never ever allowed police to enter campus in his glorious five year term. He was a Kashmiri Pandit himself, but did not have any prejudices against any particular community of Kashmir, he could rationally handle the situations like present one within JNU disciplinary mechanism. There could be some Vice Chancellors in its long existence, who may not be shining like these bright stars, yet no one compromised with JNU’s reputation, as you have in just two weeks Sir. I really feel sorry for you, you should have known JNU better before accepting this challenge. It is better not to wear the shoes, which does not fit one’s feet. There had been other candidates in the panel, which had better credentials than you, including from JNU itself. I had seen the bio data’s of some of you in the panel and you were not the best among them, I can fairly say, but MHRD minister was keen not on merit or interests of JNU, she was bothered about her own agenda to take revenge from JNU students, who had embarrassed her with their‪#‎OccupyUGC‬ and ‪#‎JusticeforRohila‬ movements, anyone from inside JNU would have thought hundred times before calling police in such manner, as you have called to please MHRD minister and this government!
You can compare your conduct with Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor of Jadavpur University, he also faced same problem-controversial sloganeering by its students, yet despite criticizing the slogans, he categorically refused to call the police, taking a firm stand that it is internal matter of University and it will settle by its own disciplinary procedure. He refused to play the ball of MHRD minister to subject students to police brutality, as Kanhaiya kumar has faced and given the surcharged atmosphere, the way some JNU students are being head hunted by police, if someone took a tragic step like Rohit Vemula took in Hyderabad, you should think of its impact, not only in JNU, rather all over India. Rohit Vemula was equally vilified by ruling party patronized student group ABVP, as ‘anti-national’ and later on Prime Minister had to call him ’Bharat Mata ka Lal’(Son of Mother India), this is different matter, that no one believed this hypocritical comment after he was forced to commit suicide, by the same forces, represented by Prime Minister.
Prof. M Jagdeesh Kumar, as a scientist, you perhaps have little exposure to social sciences or humanities, whose scholars/students know that in student age, there are rebellious tendencies among youth, even inside home and parents don’t kill their children for their rebellious tendencies, over the period by life experiences, youth mollifies, see what DP Tripathy , now a member of Rajya Sabha and only other JNUSU President to be arrested during emergency has to say that ‘we used to say so many things as students’! Relations between students and teachers, particularly in JNU, is not of distance, they live like a family. Teachers help them like their family members. Do you know that during emergency Rector of JNU Prof. Moonis Raza, despite being supporter of Indira Gandhi, had been sheltering many students in his home, yet he was made VC of Delhi University later! You change the minds of students or youth by not police tortures, that make them rather hardened in their views, they change by engaging them in debates and discussions and many change and get into very high positions world over. Only a fascist mindset tries to treat students as ‘anti nationals’ despite sometime shouting controversial slogans. In JNU, the most objectionable slogan of ‘destroying India’ seems to be the handiwork of some designed vested interest from outside JNU to trap JNU students as most of channels are now showing the videos of its suspiciousness, even a radical student will not shout such slogan. As I write this to you, I am reading the letter of Vishwadeepak of Zee News resigning from this channel citing the reason that how this channel has conspiratorially trapped Kanhaiya Kumar into treason charge and planned all stories on JNU with specific agenda.
It is a sad state of affairs that you are not even taking JNUTA into confidence or listening to them in resolving the crisis. Every time there is a crisis in JNU from students, it is always JNUTA, which had helped resolve crisis, playing a mediatory role. When I was JNUTA President during year 2007, seven students, including President and Secretary of elected JNUSU were expelled by JNU administration on certain charges. JNUTA though criticized student’s aggressive conduct and made them realize their mistake, never allowed administration to succeed in their design to expel students. In fact that time even JNU Karamchari Association joined with JNUTA and JNUSU to get the order of expulsion of students rescinded. This time it is worrying phenomenon that some sections of JNU employees have threatened to spy on students and teachers to report them for ‘anti national’ activities. Knowing large number of employees in JNU as its faculty member, I know that faculty, students and employees always had harmonious relations, despite having different political views. There is certainly a mischief to spoil this harmony by some vested interests and I don’t rule out outside political hand in it. If this trend is encouraged it will have long term damage to institution’s harmonious administrative structure. Using ex-servicemen families to vilify JNU students as ‘traitors’ and ‘anti nationals’ is even more dangerous trend being practiced by ruling party.
In present case not only JNUSU has expressed reservations about University appointed enquiry committee, it has been unanimously objected by JNUTA also in its general body meeting. In this situation, enquiry committee will have neither any credibility nor any sanctity and its decisions, in absence of students and faculty participation in its proceedings, will look to be vindictive. That will damage JNU’s own internal disciplinary mechanism’s reputation as well. I can only appeal to you that not to ignore JNUTA or senior Deans of four largest Schools, having almost 80% student strength of the University, if you really wish to resolve the present crisis and win the trust of faculty and students, as you expressed in your interview.
Meanwhile I have decided to return Central Hindi Directorate, under Higher Education unit of MHRD, award of fifty thousand rupees, given to me in year 2003 by then Prime Minister for ‘Non Hindi Speaking area Hindi Writer’ for year 2000-01 to protest against Home Minister and MHRD ministers attack on JNU by arresting JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and terrorizing the JNU faculty and students by dubbing them ‘anti-nationals’ through media and ‘street justice’ of beating with threats of killing as well. As a Vice Chancellor you are duty bound to protect the life and limb of all its members-faculty, students and staff, if you cannot, then your moral authority will be greatly affected inside JNU, even if you get full outside support from MHRD and Home minister and Delhi police. Moral authority has a greater force than ‘Danda’ force, Sir.
It was neither necessary nor my duty to write to you, it is only because of ‘moral’ crisis of conscience pricking, that I, who had been alumnus as well as faculty member of JNU writing to express my anguish at present state of affairs in my alma mater, of which like thousands of its alumnus, I too feel proud and JNU alumni world over is disturbed and they are expressing their concern to you with thousands of signatures from world over. I don’t know whether would be able to touch your conscience or not, lot many trolls on twitter have been threatening me as well for‪#‎StandWithJNU‬ campaign, even reporting to Delhi police, perhaps this letter will also reach Delhi police some way and I could also become their target, yet not speaking at this moment will be doing treason with JNU and my conscience. If I am a true follower of Bhagat Singh, even academically editing his documents, published by Government of India, by reading which our JNU students are being targeted, I fail to understand that how following Bhagat Singh’s ideals could make our students as ‘anti-nationals’!Kanhaiya Kumar in his speech is raising slogans of ‘Bhagat Singh Zindabad/Baba Sahib Ambedkar Zindabad, shall we accept that raising slogans of Ambedkar and Bhagat Singh is an act of ‘anti nationalism’ and ‘treason’? Bhagat Singh taught fearlessness, which Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Rajmohan Gandhi is also pleading at this time of crisis of fascist attack on our values of liberalism and freedom of expression in the name of phony ‘nationalism’!
And Sir, before I could even mail this to you, news came of my esteemed and dear colleague in JNUTA in 2007 and well known Ambedkarite scholar Prof. Vivek Kumar has been physically attacked in Gwalior by ABVP ‘nationalists’, on whose(ABVP) complaint you have been trapped into calling the police inside campus. If you are still not able to understand, the forces inside JNU, who are inimical to the very institution, then you will never understand.
Please think it over.
Yours

(Chaman Lal)
Retired JNU Professor

Dandi March Redux

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Chaman Lal (prof.chaman@gmail.com) is a retired professor from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, known for his books on Bhagat Singh and Pash.

 

Eighty-six years after the historic Dandi March undertaken by Mahatma Gandhi, writers and activists gathered on the anniversary to revive the Gandhian spirit of protest.

There were hundreds of them—award-returning and other authors, artists, film-makers, and cultural activists from Punjab to Dharwad, marching from the seashore at Dandi, a small seaside village of Gujarat, made famous by the historic march by Mahatma Gandhi on 6 April 1930, when, by making salt from seawater, he broke British laws on salt production, which was oppressing salt-producing peasants of the area due to overtaxation. Gandhi walked 386 kilometres from the Satyagraha Ashram (at Sabarmati) in Ahmedabad to Dandi, beginning 12 March.

On 30 January 2016 writers/activists did not march that distance; they marched in the Dandi area itself not only to pay homage to Gandhi, but to raise their voice against growing communal aggression against innocent people, not only in India, but throughout the world. Their protest was inspired by the recent assassinations of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Comrade Govind Pansare and Prof M M Kalburgi in India by Hindutva fringe elements, the harassment of many rational bloggers like Avijit Roy in Bangladesh, the killing of young students in Pakistan by jihadis, the brutal assaults by ISIS-like Islamic fundamentalists, and the earlier assassination of the revolutionary Punjabi poet Pash at the hands of Khalistani terrorists.

The 30 January march began at 7 am from the Agricultural University auditorium at Navsari, close to Dandi, where Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma and an eminent author, shared the dais with three other families of those who were recently martyred by the same elements who assassinated Gandhi on 30 January, 78 years ago: Hamid Dabholkar, son of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Dr Megha Pansare, daughter-in-law of Comrade Pansare and Vijay Kalburgi, son of Prof Kalburgi. They all spoke in support of upholding the ideas for which their elders had sacrificed their lives; Rajmohan became emotional and could not speak for a minute, trying to hold his tears back. He gave a resounding message: “Become fearless—that is the way forward.” He appreciated the solidarity displayed by all four families at this critical juncture. The Gujarati Dalit writer Martin Macwan, film-maker Anand Patwardhan and Film and Television Institute of India student representative Rakesh Malik also spoke, underlining the threats posed by religious fundamentalists the world over, who created an atmosphere of terror and intolerance everywhere. Dr Janaki Mithaiwala sang Narsi Mehta Bhabani in her melodious voice, including Gandhi’s favourite Vaishnav Jan to tene kahie. Eminent Konkani writer from Goa, Damodar Mauzo, chaired this session.

The day was to begin from the sea point at Dandi where Gandhi broke the salt law in 1930, but due to the Patidar movement and also due to the visit of some minister to Dandi, the Gujarat police did not allow the protestors to go there till 11.30 am.

An impressive march was taken out from the Dandi seashore to Prarthna Mandir, where the proceedings of the day or Bhasha Samvad (an inter-language dialogue) began. To the surprise of many, it began with the martyred revolutionary Punjabi poet Pash’s famous poem “Sabse Khatarnak” (Most Dangerous—which is the death of our dreams!). The poem, translated into Hindi by Chaman Lal, who returned the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize for Pash’s poetry, was recited with passion by denotified tribal activist Dakshin Chhara. The session chaired by Prof Rajender Cehnni from Karnataka included presentations from Atamjit Singh and Chaman Lal from Punjab, Atul Pethe and Ganesh Vispute from Maharashtra, Dilip Borker from Goa, Gangadhar Murthy, Nila and the youngest participant, 17-year-old Kannada writer Mujju Tirthalli from Karnataka, who not only declined to accept the Sahitya Akademi Young Writer Award, but also made an impassioned plea to unite against intolerance. Over two more sessions many other writers and activists like Rahamat Tarikkere, Peter Alexander, Tajuddin Pathan, Padma Bhushan awardee painter Ghulam Mohammad Sheikh, retired IAS officer K K Chakaravraty and Uttam Parmar, among others, expressed their views on growing intolerance and fascist tendencies in Indian society, particularly after May 2014, when Hindutva forces got into power. Almost all speakers paid glowing tributes to the young Dalit student martyr Rohith Vemula from Hyderabad, who would have turned 27 years that day, but was forced to end his life two weeks before. The participants of the march included 95-year-old Gandhian Prakash Shah, who had burnt a railway station during the Quit India movement of 1942 and his son Himanshu, a known Gandhian activist in Chhattisgarh, and tribal activist Soni Sori, who is now not allowed to enter Chhattisgarh as there are nearly a hundred cases registered against her.

The organiser of the event, Prof Ganesh Devy, summed up the dialogue with a call to continue the movement for a liberal and rational society at an all-India level. The Goan and Dharwad delegations both extended invitations to hold the next meets in their places.

The writers and artists further marched to the Gandhi museum and memorial site in Dandi and observed a two-minute silence at 5.47 pm—the exact time of Gandhi’s assassination in Delhi on 30 January 1948 at the hands of Nathuram Godse. A play by Dabholkar’s rationalist group—From Socrates to Dabholkar–Pansare via Tukaram (in Hindi)—was staged in which the tradition of sacrifice for the right to free expression of ideas was emphasised.

Ironically, some Hindutva fringe elements in Goa celebrated the day with a perverse glorification of the assassin of the 80-year-old man, Nathuram Godse, by distributing sweets and releasing a book on him!

Some of the march participants visited the Tribal Academy set up by Devy. The play by Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti was staged there as well and the last item of the protest event was again a Pash poem—“Dharam Diksha ke lite Vinay Patar”a plea for religious baptism, and a biting satire on the inhuman terror spread by religious fundamentalists, particularly for women/mothers.

The spontaneous movement of award wapsi, ridiculed and abused by the likes of actor Anupam Kher, has certainly created an impact on Indian society, which was not even imagined by the award-returning authors, artists and film-makers. While the Anupam Khers get rewarded with Padmas, award returnees get rewarded with growing fearlessness among people, as Rajmohan Gandhi said at the remarkable event, where Gandhiana got joined by the revolutionary spirit of Bhagat Singh. Most of the leftists and Ambedkarites in Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa joined hands in this epoch-making event.

Stand With JNU-40 reports from Scroll alone

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After taking over Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) New Delhi on 27th January, BJP appointed IIT Professor M Jagdeesh Kumar plunged JNU in crisis within two weeks. Instigated by local unit of JNU, he called police in campus to deal with an issue of 9th February programme held by some JNU student groups, where some slogans were raised by few students, which were objected to by ABVP and they complained to VC, with filing an FIR. Police entered the campus a day or two later and picked up JNU Students Union President Kanhaiya Kumar in most provocative manner and charged him with sedition. This plunged not only JNU in crisis, rather it became a national crisis. JNUSU declared strike and JNU Teachers Association also joined in support. Since then because of provocative stance of Modi Government and provocative statements by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, MHRD Minister Manusmriti Irani, Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi, JNU is facing unprecedented crisis. But it shook not only whole of India, rather it shook the world. It has become world event for the defense of an excellent academic institution of international repute, freedom of expression and democratic values in general.

Actually JNU has been an eyesore for MHRD minister Manusmriti Irani now for two years since she became minister. #OccupyUGC movement and later #Rohit Vemula movement of Central University Hydrabad, which had its ramblings in Delhi and inparticular in JNU, had rattled her. Known for arrogance and vengeful attitude due to her illiteracy in academics, she was itching for an occasion to hit at JNU and she did that through her party’s local ABVP branch at JNU on excuse of 9th February function.

I have been posting innumerable posts on my face book and twitter account. Wish to share many here on single post, so that one could have an idea of the whole issue-

I could get 40 articles/reports in Scroll alone in just a week of struggle, if I try to go for more, it will take long time, so posting it, but shall be updated continuously.

  1. http://scroll.in/article/803497/jnu-student-union-president-arrested-even-though-organisation-had-condemned-seditious-slogans
  2. http://scroll.in/article/803761/the-daily-fix-if-toying-with-nationalistic-sentiments-is-the-bjps-plan-what-is-its-endgame
  3. http://scroll.in/article/803728/jnu-sedition-case-weve-forgotten-the-lessons-of-germany-1933-and-india-1975
  4. http://scroll.in/article/803776/fact-check-the-video-of-kanhaiya-kumar-shouting-for-azadi-its-doctored
  5. http://scroll.in/article/803755/this-time-delhis-naxals-faced-the-brunt-but-will-we-soon-forget-jnu-as-we-have-the-adivasis
  6. http://video.scroll.in/803717/six-scenes-from-the-absurd-drama-of-kanhaiya-kumars-arrest-and-after
  7. http://video.scroll.in/803731/the-nation-cannot-be-defined-in-terms-of-borders-alone-watch-jnu-professor-gopal-gurus-historic-public-lecture
  8. http://scroll.in/article/803757/sedition-frenzy-how-the-media-painted-atheist-and-communist-umar-khalid-as-an-islamist
  9. http://scroll.in/article/803736/supreme-court-has-set-a-bad-precedent-by-limiting-journalists-at-jnu-students-hearing
  10. http://scroll.in/article/803677/the-republic-of-denial-no-reality-please-were-indian
  11. http://scroll.in/article/803753/hooliganism-not-nationalism-three-abvp-leaders-resign-citing-jnu-and-rohith-vermula-incidents
  12. http://scroll.in/article/803746/jnu-row-why-isnt-rajnath-singh-treating-the-mob-violence-in-delhi-as-a-law-and-order-crisis
  13. http://scroll.in/article/803733/if-you-care-about-press-freedom-its-time-to-boycott-arnab-goswami
  14. http://scroll.in/article/803695/anti-national-hysteria-is-exploding-jnu-sar-geelani-rohith-vemula-and-now-jadavpur-students
  15. http://scroll.in/article/803689/dear-mohandas-pai-heres-a-reality-check-for-you-on-jnu-subsidies-and-politics
  16. http://scroll.in/article/803635/jnu-and-hafiz-saeed-are-we-being-ruled-by-a-government-of-for-and-by-twitter-trolls
  17. http://scroll.in/article/803584/harsh-mander-if-jnu-union-leader-is-tried-for-sedition-i-too-should-be-charged-with-the-same-crime
  18. http://scroll.in/article/803547/jnu-bashing-is-an-old-national-pastime-but-recent-events-foretell-something-far-more-sinister
  19. http://scroll.in/article/803517/the-problem-with-jnu-too-left-for-liberals-too-liberal-for-leftists
  20. http://scroll.in/article/803522/no-what-the-jnu-students-did-doesnt-count-as-sedition-under-the-law
  21. http://scroll.in/article/803706/dear-pseudo-patriots-and-pop-nationalists-please-stop-your-whataboutery
  22. http://scroll.in/article/803545/how-abvp-is-bringing-caste-violence-into-universties-by-imposing-its-idea-of-the-sacred-on-everyone
  23. http://scroll.in/article/803637/what-allows-the-government-to-suppress-dissent-so-easily-indian-democracy-it-turns-out
  24. http://scroll.in/article/803511/freedom-of-speech-at-jnu-is-there-really-any-difference-between-sedition-and-blasphemy
  25. http://scroll.in/article/803607/the-students-at-the-jnu-meet-on-afzal-guru-werent-carrying-guns-they-only-carried-ideas
  26. http://scroll.in/article/803543/why-universities-are-the-new-battle-ground-for-the-bjp
  27. http://scroll.in/article/803746/jnu-row-why-isnt-rajnath-singh-treating-the-mob-violence-in-delhi-as-a-law-and-order-crisis
  28. http://scroll.in/article/803734/full-text-kanhaiya-kumar-is-a-role-model-for-his-passionate-public-positions-says-harsh-mander
  29. http://scroll.in/article/803707/bjp-action-against-jnu-anti-nationals-puts-mehbooba-muftis-dilemma-in-clearer-perspective
  30. http://scroll.in/article/803696/what-is-happening-at-jnu-opposition-asks-prime-minister-at-all-party-meet
  31. http://scroll.in/article/803649/the-daily-fix-outside-patiala-house-a-short-course-in-know-your-anti-nationals
  32. http://scroll.in/article/803666/in-cartoons-jnu-crisis-and-sedition-charges-are-fodder-for-sharp-satire
  33. http://scroll.in/article/803714/the-daily-fix-how-can-modi-dare-to-ask-for-consensus-while-op-sharma-is-still-at-large
  34. http://scroll.in/article/803619/well-break-your-phones-and-your-bones-journalists-attacked-at-jnu-trial-court
  35. http://scroll.in/article/803611/stop-the-witch-hunt-jnu-students-get-support-from-universities-across-the-country
  36. http://scroll.in/article/803533/photos-and-video-protests-in-solidarity-mount-as-seven-more-jnu-students-are-detained
  37. http://scroll.in/article/803567/seven-people-detained-by-delhi-police-because-they-looked-like-jnu-students
  38. http://scroll.in/article/803649/the-daily-fix-outside-patiala-house-a-short-course-in-know-your-anti-nationals
  39. http://scroll.in/article/803696/what-is-happening-at-jnu-opposition-asks-prime-minister-at-all-party-meet
  40. http://scroll.in/article/803684/why-its-vital-to-assert-that-the-indian-press-is-not-a-punching-bag

Poems of Prof. Randhir Singh

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Few people know that apart from political thinker, Prof. Randhir Singh, like many Marxists earlier was a poet as well Though he wrote poems in Punjabi during year 1947-49 only and published only 25 poems in collection-‘Rahan Di Dhudh’-Dust of the Paths- out of many, yet these poems are of high artistic quality. Many of these poems are created by the pain of partition and some of these are very touching like-‘Lahore Nun Salam’-Salute to Lahore. It seems Prof. Randhir Singh loved Lahore as he completed his formal education and began his political activities in Lahore itself, he spent one odd year of his prison life also at same prison in Lahore, where his hero Bhagat Singh remained incarcerated. He had to leave Lahore at the ripe age of 25+ years and he began his teaching career at Delhi camp college after partition.

I had translated seven of Randhir Singh poems in Hindi, which were published in Shabadyog in year 2007 and in other journal. As some friends like Manmohan has wished to read these poems, I am posting these in this blog post-

Randhir Singh poems (1)

Randhir Singh poems (2)

Randhir Singh poems (3)

Randhir Singh poems (4)

Randhir Singh poems (5)

Randhir Singh books (2)