— March 2, 2020

Over last few months we have witnessed a reawakening of the democratic ethos led by Muslim women all across the country.  These near-uninterrupted protests against the passage of the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and it’s bigoted twins, the NPR and NRC, have clearly not gone down well with the BJP government, and many attempts have been made at demonising and discrediting the protesters. 

The culmination of this barrage of vile and hateful propaganda was when BJP leader Kapil Mishra issued an ultimatum to the protesters in Delhi on 23 February, 2020 warning of the dire consequences that were to follow if the protest sites were not cleared.  He did so in the presence of a senior police officer. This was followed the same afternoon by an eruption of violence instigated by fanatical right-wing mobs in the areas of Jafrabad and Maujpur. The violence quickly spread to other parts of north east Delhi [1], and the death toll has risen to over 40 [2].

Courageous reportage and heart-breaking eyewitness accounts of the affected areas paint a very clear picture of the nature of this violence: it is anti-Muslim, and are not, as the mainstream media has continued to paint it, composed of “clashes” between “pro-CAA” and anti-CAA camps. Extremist Hindutva rioters mobilised by upper-caste leaders have run amok in the national capital, setting fire to and vandalising cars and shops and homes belonging to Muslim families, and also schools and mosques [3], all the while mercilessly brutalising Muslim residents of these areas [4].  

It is clear to us that this comprehensive breakdown of law and order, which comes on the heels of the sickening attacks on students in Jamia, AMU, and JNU, is happening with the complicity of the Delhi police, who are acting in near-perfect coordination with the right-wing mobs, either by actively assisting them or by turning a blind eye to their actions [5]. We also regard it as no coincidence that the Delhi High Court judge who called the Delhi police to account for its willful inaction was transferred on the same day he held the emergency hearings [6]. We are, in short, witnessing the unfolding of an anti-Muslim pogrom in Delhi, with eerily familiar echoes of the modus operandi deployed by the RSS and it’s affiliates eighteen years ago in Gujarat, and more recently in Uttar Pradesh [7].

The violence has claimed the lives of many innocents, most of them from marginalised sections of society, including daily wage labourers, auto-rickshaw drivers, a police head constable, and an intelligence official. There have been deaths across religious divides. We place the blame for all these deaths squarely on the fascist upper-caste Hindutva forces who have orchestrated this pogrom. We also emphatically appeal to fellow progressive-minded individuals to recognise that there is a world of a difference between the violence of these fanatical mobs and attempts made to defend one’s life, family, home, and livelihood against this violence. We stand firmly in solidarity with the affected families in this regard—there are no two sides to this story, there is no nuance, only senseless violence fuelled by the communal agenda of the upper-caste Hindu right-wing.

We, the undersigned academics, condemn in the strongest possible terms those aiding or abetting the various indignities visited on Muslim men and women in Delhi by these right-wing terrorists affiliated to the RSS and sister organisations. 

We also protest the reprehensible manner in which this government has conducted itself, by dropping all pretense of functioning in a democratic manner and acting blatantly as a ministry run by the RSS.

We demand that a judicial inquiry be set up to investigate the actions of the Delhi police, as reportage, video footage, and eyewitness accounts clearly point to their complicity in the violence. 

We appeal to the judiciary to ban terrorist organisations like the Bajrang Dal which, as always, were at the forefront of this pogrom and which have been emboldened under the Modi regime. 

We finally demand that the state immediately and adequately compensate those whose houses, shops, and livelihoods have been destroyed.

[1]: Hindu supremacist mobs orchestrate violence against Muslims where BJP won in Delhi elections | The Caravan

[2]: Delhi riots: Death toll rises to 42, 148 FIRs registered | The Economic Times

[3]: Delhi violence: Three mosques targeted, school burnt, shops & homes looted | The Indian Express

[4]: Hindu mobs terrorise Vijay Park’s residents | The Caravan

[5]: Delhi violence: Cops shouted “Jai Shri Ram” with armed Hindu mob, charged at Muslims | The Caravan

[6]: HC Judge Who Pulled Up Delhi Police Over Riots Shunted Out by Modi Govt | The Wire

[7]: Why Delhi violence has echoes of the Gujarat riots | BBC News

(The institutional affiliations of the signatories are provided for identification purposes only and do not indicate the official positions of these institutions. The form is still open. We will continue to update this form over the next few days.)


1Alok LaddhaChennai Mathematical Institute
2Madhusudhan RamanTIFR
3Subramanya HegdeHarish-Chandra Research Institute
4Aneesh P BChennai Mathematical Institute
5Arpan KunduIMSc
6Rahul DandekarIMSc, Chennai
7Arnab Priya SahaHarish-Chandra Research Institute
8ManuChennai Mathematical Institute
9Aditi DudejaRutgers University
10Soumya ChattopadhyayISI Kolkata
11Biswajit SahooHarish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI)
12L L Ganesh ChandraHarish Chandra Research Institute
13Kornikar SenHarish-Chandra Research Institute
14Gokul NandaIIT Madras
15Subham Dutta ChowdhuryTIFR
16Saran VIIT Madras
17Pranjal NayakUniversity of Geneva
18Ramadas NChennai Mathematical Institute
19Aditya BanerjeeHebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
20Soniya biswasHebrew university
21Rivu GuptaHRI
22kinjal banerjeeBITS Pilani, Goa Campus
23Purnata GIIT Madras
24Prashant KocherlakotaInstitute for Theoretical Physics, Frankfurt
25Aranya BhattacharyaSINP, Kolkata
26Satyaki ChakravartyUniversity of North Carolina Greensboro
27Ritabrata BhattacharyaCMI
29Abhishodh PrakashICTS-TIFR
30Bithika KarmakarSaha Institute of Nuclear Physics
31Soumyadip BandyopadhyayBITS Goa
32Adhip AgarwalaICTS
33Ronak M SoniStanford University
34Tathagata SenguptaHomi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
35Deepshikha Jaiswal-NagarIISER Trivandrum
36Sudipto AcharyyaWhistling Woods International
37Sharad RajWhistling Woods International
38Adwitee RoyChennai Mathematical Institute
39Pratik RoyChennai Mathematical Institute
40Arya BhattacharyyaIIT Kharagpur
41ANUPAM A Himsc chennai
42IndraniBITS Pilani, Goa Campus
43Bobby EzhuthachanRKMVERI
44Anupama PotluriUniversity of Hyderabad
45Himanshu BadhaniIMSc Chennai
46PraveenIIT Bombay
47Rupsa bhattacgarjeeIIT Delhi
48DSOUZA FlorenceLecturer in English, University of Lille, France
49Rajkamal SrivastavaSaha Institute of Nuclear Physics
50Sajad Ahmad BhatSaha Institute of nuclear physics
51Amit UpadhyayAssistant Professor, TISS Hyderabad
53Shilpaa AnandBITS-Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
54Karen GabrielSt Stephen’s College
55Aswathy RaveendranBITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus
56Resmi LekshmiIndian Institute of Space Science and Technology
57Gourab sahaSINP, Kolkata
58Sounak BiswasUniversity of Oxford
59Padma VelaskarProfessor (retd) TISS Mumbai
60T Sobha RaniUniversity of Hyderabad
61Panchami JoseHBCSE,TIFR
62Chandrashekar KAThe Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
63Ishan SantraHomi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
64Jyotirmoy DeyIIST TVM
65Soumangsu ChakrabortyTIFR, Mumbai
66Rossi D’SouzaHBCSE TIFR
67Asweel ahmedIMSC Chennai
68Subham RathAlumni IISc, Bangalore
69Rekha MammenTISS
70FahadIMSc chennai
71Vaibhav VaishIISER Mohali
72Debatri ChattopadhyayCAS, Swinburne
73Naveen SurendranIIST, Thiruvananthapuram
74Sayantan DattaTIFR Hyderabad
75Amrita SenguptaSaha Institute of Nuclear Physics
76Diksha dharKL University
77Anannya BohidarUniversity of Pennsylvania
78Gurinder SinghHBCSE
79Husna Hasan CAPondicherry University
80Asma SaifudeenINSERM
81Bikram Kumar JenaAsst. Professor in Anthropology (OES – 1), Model Degree College, Deogarh
82Arghya ChattopadhyayInstitute of Mathematical Sciences
83Aditya SharmaBITS-Pilani
84Shrikrishna DaniTIFR (Retired)
85Ashruf SyedIIT Madras
86Pramath A VHRI
87Ajijur RahamanCSIR-JRF
88Parvati ShastriRetired Professor MU
89Guruprasad KarProfessor, ISI, Kolkata
90S.K.VenkatesanTNQ Technologies
91C. LakshmananDalit Intellectual Collective
92Dr. Mostaid AhmedThe Neotia University
93AparajayMIDS, Chennai
94Mahuya DattaIndian Statistical Institute
95Muthukumar MAcharya Institute of Technology Bangalore
96Abhishek ShawDoctoral Student, IIM Ahmedabad
97Suman GuhaPresidency University, Kolkata
98Kuntal GhoshIndian Statistical Institute
99Sangeeta GhoshISID, New Delhi
100UsmanTata institute of Social sciences Mumbai
101TATHAGATA GUPTAIndian Statistical Institute
102Dr. Munmun BiswasBrahmananda Keshab Chandra College under West Bengal State University
103Anirban MukherjeeS. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences
104SAMUEL ASIR RAJ S.Professor, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli
106Anurag TiwariTata institute of fundamental research
107Minerva MukhopadhyayIIT Kanpur
108Saikat DasRaman Research Institute, RRI
110Arunabha SahaUniversity of Geneva
111MOHAMMED ZAFAR ANISIndian Statistical Institute, Calcutta
112Panchali BanerjeeJadavpur University
113Ritam BhaumikINRIA Paris
114Saswata SahuIIEST Shibpur
115Komal SalechaSophia College
116Shamik DasIIT Guwahati
117Tanmoy MondalHRI
118Chandan Singh DalawatHarish-Chandra Research Institute
119Md. AbhishekHarish-Chandra Research Institute
121Taniya MandalIISER Bhopal
122Sachin GroverHRI
123Sucheta MajumdarUniversité Libre de Bruxelles
124Atanu HaldarONGC
125Nirmalya KajuriChennai Mathematical Institute
126Dr. Abu SalehRaja Peary Mohan College (University of Calcutta)
127Parul KeshariHarish Chandra Research Institute
128Md. IsrafilSocial Worker at Right Track
129Sidhartha SamtaniUniversity of Padua
130Jayita LahiriHRI, Allahabad
131Md Abu TaherUniversity of Hyderabad
132Sarbajaya KunduUniversity of Sherbrooke
133Mahendra G NadkarniEmeritus Professor, Department of Mathematics,university of Mumbai
134Prof. A. R. Khuda BukhshRetd. Professor Emeritus of UGC, University of Kalyani, Kalyani-741235, WB.India.
135Sreya Dutta ChowdhuryJNU
136PreetiDelhi University
137Alolika MukhopadhyayWest Bengal State University
138Shouvik DattaUniversity of California, Los Angeles
139Nairit SurNISER
140Chiranjib MukhopadhyayHarish Chandra Research Institute
141Parthiv HaldarIndian Institute of Science
142Anurag KaushalTIFR, Mumbai
143Aradhita ChattopadhyayaTrinity college Dublin
144Srajal NayakUniversity of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
145Shivani UpadhyayaUniversity of California Berkeley
146Padmaja ShawRtd Professor, Osmania University
147aayushiUniversity of Pennsylvania
148D ChandrikaTIFR Hyd
149Saloni AgrawalUniversity of Edinburgh
150Shakeel Ur RahamanIIT Kanpur
151DR GUY R JEHUTrinity College Dublin
152Alakta DasIISc, Bangalore
153Apratim KavirajEns paris
154Chetkar JhaUniversity of Pennsylvania
155Johannes AspmanTrinity College Dublin
156Varuni PIMSc Chennai
157Chaitanya UrsekarHomi Bhabha Centre for Science Education
158Saad KhaleelMahatma Gandhi Institute of technology
159SAKKEEL P TPondicherry University
160Isha SenguptaUniversity of Pennsylvania
161Deepikaa MenonUniversity of Geneva
163Radhika VathsanBITS Pilani goa campus
164Raul PereiraTrinity College Dublin
165Jyotishka DattaUniversity of Arkansas
166Ajmala AshrafIIT Bombay
167KesavanTIFR Hyderabad
168SaumiaJINR, Dubna
169GreeshmaCentral University of Karnataka
170Sreemoyee DasguptaUniversity of Pittsburgh
171Pallavi BhatUniversity of Leeds
172Bhawna PandeyBose institute
173Bhanu Pratap DasTokyo Institute of Technology
174Sowmya Dechamma C CUoH
175Debangshu MukherjeeIISER Bhopal
176Soumyajit MandalTata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai
177AbantikaUniversity of Massachusetts Lowell
178Shahina RahmanTexas A&M Univeristy
179Rathijit BiswasBose Institute
180Abul QasimIndian institute of science education and research Bhopal
181Andrea OrtaTrinity College Dublin
182Sujatha SurepallySatavahana University
183Tapas MitraGuru das College, Kolkata
184Rongili biswasWest bengal education service
185TheresCentral University of Tamil Nadu
186Nicolas LangTrinity College Dublin
187Sajesh VijayanIISER Thiruvananthapuram
188SRIKANTH MVUniversity of Hyderabad
189Avik BanerjeeBose Institute
190Bhangya BhukyaUniversity of Hyderabad
191Dhruva KathuriaTexas A&M University
192Madhumita RoyBKC College, kolkata
193Tanmay DeshpandeTIFR, Mumbai
194Anjali KrishnanUniversity of Heidelberg
195Amit SinghIIT Bombay
196Jenny RowenaMiranda House, University of Delhi
197Hany BabuUniversity of Delhi
198Rudranil BasuHarvard University
199Bindu. K. C.AUD
200MUHAMMAD ANSHAD V PTata Institute of social sciences
201Soham BhattacharyaTIFR, Mumbai
202Satadal DattaHarish-Chandra Research Institute
203Utkarsh BajpaiUniversity of Delaware
204Sonali GeraStony Brook University, New York
205Aritra BhattacharyaIMSc Chennai
206HasbiCentral university of Tamil Nadu
207V. Sathish KumarInstitute of Mathematical Sciences
208GAYATHRI SURESH BABUCentral University of Karnataka
209ATREYEE BASUMahendraganj High school,Sagar,West Bengal
210Bindhulakshmi PattadathTata Institute of Social Sciences
212Bijoy MathewIISER Thiruvananthapuram
213RatheeshIMSc Chennai
214Bharati JagannathanMiranda House
215Dr. Alokemoy BasuAcharya Brajendra Nath Seal College, Coochbehar, WB
216Nina MorganKSU, Georgia
217Sandra MJCentral University of Tamilnadu
218Sania Iqbal HashmiJawaharlal Nehru University
219Rahna VNCentral University of Tamil Nadu
220Debaditya BhattacharyaKazi Nazrul University, Asansol
221Nandini DuttaMiranda House, University of Delhi
222Feba RasheedRamjas College
223Sourav Kumar DeyHigh Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), Japan
225rohan poojarySINP
227Rahana S.R.Research Scholar at Central University of Tamil Nadu
228Subhodeep ChatterjeeMAKAUT
229Lakshmi MenonVTM NSS College University of Kerala
230SURATNO BasuChennai Mathematical Institute
231Pranav JaniThe Ohio State University, USA
232Arpita NandySaha institute of Nuclear physics
233Soumya ChakrabartiSaha Institute of Nuclear Physics
234Ayesha IrfanDelhi university
235Rohini Mokashi PunekarIIT Guwahati
236Sayandeb ChowdhuryAmbedkar University Delhi
237Saunak BasuUniversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
238Samana MadhuriChandrakona Vidyasagar Mahavidyalay, WB
239Debayudh ChatterjeeUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
240Nupur SamuelOP Jindal Global University, Sonepat Haryana
241Dr Rina RamdevDU
242Meenakshi MalhotraHansraj college
244Hudha Kauser M.P.Central University of Tamil Nadu
245archana baruaIIT guwahati
246Vasudha PansareRetired Professor of English, Bishop Cotton Women’s Christian College
247Anandita DeUC Davis
248Chirashree Das GuptaJNU
249T R VishnuCMI
250SunaliniAmbedkar University Delhi
251Nalini IyerSeattle University
252Noduli PuluDU research scholar
253Manas MandalIMSc, Chennai
254Baidik BhattacharyaCentre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
255Soham BoseAshoka University, Sonipat
256Lavanya KCentral University of Tamil Nadu
257Dr Rashmi VarmaUniversity of Warwick
258Siva Shakthi A.IISER Thiruvananthapuram
259Suniti MadaanJNU, alumnus, DU, Assistant Professor
260Saad KhaleelMahatma Gandhi Institute of technology
261Swapnil BhowmickHarish Chandra Research Institute.
262Lata KharkwalUniversity of Innsbruck
263Nisarga RTISS Mumbai
264Nirnoy BasakHarish-chandra Research Institute
265Sainaba PCentral University of Tamil Nadu
266Rana BaruaIndian Statistical Institute, Kolkata
267deepaniIIT Bombay
268Sharae DeckardUniversity College Dublin
269Md Mahafujur RahamanAligarh Muslim University
270Anne MulhallUniversity College Dublin, Ireland
271Porscha FermanisUniversity College Dublin
272Sean O’BrienBirkbeck, University of London
273Benu MohanlalRamjas College
274Audrey BryanDublin City University
275AkshayIIT Bombay
276Hiba MundottFarook College Calicut
277Nick DalyUCD
278Vaisakh C PInstitute of Physics of Czech Academy of Science
279Dara Patricia DowneyTrinity College Dublin
280Manikandan SambasivamIMSc
281Rajendran NarayananAzim Premji University, Bangalore
282Meghana RaoAzim Premji University
283Madhura LohokareO. P. Jindal university
284Ila AnanyaAzim Premji University
285Sandeep KrishnaNCBS TIFR, Bangalore
286Shalini SrinivasanAzim Premji University
287AlkaASHOKA University
288Anand ShrivastavaAzim Premji University
289Mariamcentral university of Tamil nadu
290Anwesha ChattopadhyaySINP, Kolkata
291Afzal shikariDch college
292Avik PaulSINP, Kolkata
293Rahul PandeyVisiting faculty, IIM Lucknow
294Priyanka ChaturvediTLS, Germany
295Karuna D WVisiting faculty, Azim Premji University
296Atreyie GhoshUniversity of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
297Sankha Subhra BakshiHRI, Allahabad
298Hanan KashouRutgers University
299Roshayed Ali LaskarNanyang TechnologicalUniversity
300Sabyasachi MaulikSaha Institute of Nuclear Physics
301Rukmini SenAmbedkar University Delhi
302Liza ChowdhuryColumbia University
303Dr. Kate HouldenBrunel University
304Mazhar SyedRutgers University
305JananiIIT Madras
306Deepti GoelAzim Premji University
307Samah SelimRutgers University
308Sudip ChakrabortyTIFR, Mumbai
309BiprojitIIT Madras
310Dr. Katherine FamaUniversity College Dublin
311Athul GeorgeIIT Bombay
312Danish HamidHSS
313Shivam SharmaAmbedkar University Delhi
314Somesh k mathurIIT Kanpur
315Sumon SahuSyracuse University, US
316Deepa KumarRutgers University, USA
317NeerajaIISER Mohali
318Professor Richa NagarUniversity of Minnesota
319Manal HabbalRutgers University
320Sonali Dutta RoyAmbedkar University Delhi
321Lawqueen KaneshIMSc
322Sibasish GhoshThe Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai
323Asfa BorboraTIFR
324Philip ShieldsRIAM
325Manobina KarmakarIIT Kharagpur
326Sayan DasguptaIIT Kharagpur
327Sambo SarkarIIT Kharagpur
328Ubaid MushtaqIIT Kharagpur
329ShakeelCalicut University
330Saniya WaghTIFR
331Rweetuparna GuhaWWU Münster, Germany
332Anindya RaychaudhuriUniversity of St. Andrews
333Anustup BasuUniversity of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
334Mousumi DasguptaVictoria Institution (College)
335Shaanta MurshidUniversity at Buffalo
336Karunya ShiraliLouisiana State University
337Amrita SenguptaIIT Kharagpur
338Sharmadip BasuAzim Premji University
339Roopkatha DasCollege
341Dr. Md. Afsar AliPrincipal, Saheed Nurul Islam Mahavidyalaya, North 24 Pargana, W.B.
342Sonali Dutta RoyAmbedkar University Delhi
343HrishitCentral University of Jammu
344Naveena Kumara ANITK Surathkal
345Satyaki MazumderIISER K
346SofiaIIT Bombay
347Sana JindaniCSMCRI, CSIR-JRF
348JayaInosculation hub
349Bigyan MukherjeeVixplor
350Aditya vyasSaajha – Maharashtra
351Dr. Ameer Shah T SDoctor
352Dr. Shahul Hameed T MDoctor
354Soham DasComputer engineer
355Sudipta DuttThermal Plant Engineer
358Tarun SahaSoftware Engineer

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