NUS Black Students' Officer, Fope Olaleye comments.
Over the last few weeks, we have seen violence unfold on students and staff at several universities across India namely Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh and Jawaharlal Nehru (JNU) Universities. Aishe Ghosh, President of JNU Students’ Union was attacked by the student wing of the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) on campus in a series of attacks which several students were victims of.
These students have been protesting the introduction of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
All are part and parcel of the current far right government’s continued ideological acts to erode citizenship rights, denigrate the secular nature of India and tread on minorities and Muslims in India. This follows the Indian government’s continued violent crackdown on the people of Kashmir, who have long struggled for the right of self-determination.
Several solidarity events have been organised across the UK, including on many campuses, where students and staff have gathered to join calls of solidarity against the violence on these campuses in India.
We join our Indian comrades echoing the calls for justice, freedom and the end to violence against protestors.
We also echo the calls to reject the introduction of the CAA, NRC and NPR.
We echo the calls of the students of India and indeed the people of Kashmir “Hum Kya Chahte?” (What do we want?). Azadi (Freedom).
Fope Olaleye, NUS Black Students’ Officer
NUS President, Zamzam Ibrahim
NUS Women's Officer, Rachel Watters
NUS Disabled Students' Officer, Piers Wilkinson
NUS-USI President, Robert Murtagh
NUS VP FE, Juliana Mohamad-Noor
NUS Trans+ Officer, Eden Ladley