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IIMC Alumni Write Open Letter Expressing Solidarity With JNU Students

A group of students and staff members of IIMC have expressed their concern for JNU students in the form of an open letter to the government.

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As academicians and intellectuals all over the country have come forward to extend support to JNU students and faculty, some alumni and staff from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication have also joined them. 

A group of students and staff members of IIMC have expressed their concern regarding the recent incident that took place in the premises of JNU on January 5, 2020, and created an open letter. The views of the alumnae are put down in the form of quotes below.

"Young students who should have been applauded for their progressive mindset, their outspokenness, and the interest they are taking in the politics of their country, are being met with petty vindictiveness by those they criticize."

"We also consider it our duty as people associated closely with journalism to admit that we are ashamed of the way a section of Indian news-media has led the fray in hate-mongering and in casting patriotic students as enemies of the state. At best this section of media can be called inept and at more honest, complicit."

"We are also offended by many eminent personalities who have recently had the audacity of advising students to stick to their syllabi and exams while they themselves continue to spill the venom of communalism in the society every day, and support bigotry sometimes by being silent about it, and at other times by drafting laws to legitimize it. As taxpayers who are, or have been, part of the country’s academia, we suggest that students will be able to focus better on their studies when their leaders are better focused on leading the country, rather than on dividing it and fulfilling their ill-begotten ideological dreams."

"The struggle of JNU’s students continues to inspire us and makes us proud to be citizens of India", says Aditya Gautam, an IIMC Alumni of 2017-18 batch of English Journalism course who is also the recipient of the prestigious IIMC Award.

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