Solidarity with Prof. Rakesh Ranjan

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We, the students and alumni of SRCC, stand in complete solidarity with Prof. Rakesh Ranjan. He has been summoned by the NIA for a hearing on 14th August, in relation with the nefarious Bhima Koregaon case. This is part of the on-going witch hunt of intellectuals and activists by forces attempting to stamp out every progressive and dissenting voice. Our professor is a torch bearer of democratic and quality education in our college. We have only seen him struggle to create inclusive, healthy, engaging spaces for his students, on whose lives he is known for leaving a lasting positive impression. He has always gone way beyond his call of duty to instill a sense of enlightened and active citizenry in us. Even the Indian State had to recognise his excellence when he was felicitated with the Distinguished Teacher Award in 2009. Only 7 teachers have been awarded this prestigious label in DU Economics by the President of India.We offer our full support to him. We are in complete opposition to this kind of legalized harassment in the garb of 'investigation'. This is not what our professor deserves. This is not what our democracy deserves.

We urge every progressive force in SRCC reading this to sign this petition, and to further the solidarity campaign in whichever way possible.