Prof Rakesh Ranjan

Prof Rakesh Ranjan, Associate Professor of Economics at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University

Stop Persecuting Rakesh Ranjan

Emeritus Professors, Faculty Members & Alumni of Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, JNU and Colleagues of Delhi University have issued the following statement in solidarity with Rakesh Ranjan on August 15, 2020: 

Stop Persecuting Rakesh Ranjan

Rakesh Ranjan, Assistant Professor, Delhi University, who is our friend and colleague, was summoned for questioning by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on August 14. According to media reports he is being investigated on the Bhima-Koregaon matter. P K Vijayan, another Delhi University teacher was also summoned on the same case.

We know Rakesh from his student days. After finishing his BA from Delhi’s Ramjas College, he pursued higher studies in JNU and completed MA and MPhil in Economics from the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning. While pursuing his PhD on the agrarian transformation of Bihar, Rakesh took up the job of teaching Economics in the Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi. He is an accomplished and popular teacher, always accessible to the students. Rakesh was felicitated with the Distinguished Teacher Award by the President of India in 2009. As close friends and colleagues of Rakesh we know that he has never been involved in any activity which can warrant an investigation by the NIA. 

It is by now clear that a number of individuals are being persecuted on patently false charges related to the Bhima-Koregaon incident. What shocks us is that someone like Rakesh Ranjan is also being trapped in the same witch-hunt. Not only is he a serious academic and teacher, but also a most generous soul incapable of involvement in any violence. We strongly feel that this cruel persecution of innocent persons should immediately end. The Union Government must stop the deliberate harassment of academics and activists, which is destroying our democracy, violating civil liberties and subverting the Constitutional order. There should not be any further action by any investigating agency against Rakesh Ranjan in this matter.”

Signatories:

Amit BhaduriJawaharlal Nehru University
Anamitra RoychowdhuryDelhi University
Arijit HajraCESP, 1997 Batch
Arindam BanerjeeAmbedkar University Delhi
Arundhati Sarkar BoseCESP, 1997 Batch
Atulan Guha
Avanindra ThakurJindal Global University
Bodhisatwa Maity
Debarshi DasCESP, 1997 Batch
Deepankar BasuUmass, Amherst
Dipa SinhaAmbedkar University Delhi
Gogol Mitra Thakur
HimanshuJawaharlal Nehru University
Indranil ChowdhuryDelhi University
Jayati GhoshJawaharlal Nehru University
Malini ChakravartyEconomist, New Delhi
Mausumi DasDelhi University
Mihir PandeyDelhi University
Nalini NayakDelhi University
Poonam Srivastava
Prabhat PatnaikJawaharlal Nehru University
Prasenjit BoseCESP, 1997 Batch
Praveen JhaJawaharlal Nehru University
Prithviraj GuhaPresidency University
Priyanka Srivastava
Pulin NayakDelhi University
Rajendra Prasad KunduJawaharlal Nehru University
Ravi Goel
Rohit AzadJawaharlal Nehru University
Santanu Basu
Saumyajit BhattacharyaDelhi University
Shantanu De RoyTERI University
Shipra NigamConsultant Economist, Delhi
Smita GuptaEconomist and activist
Soumya DuttaSouth Asian University
Sriparna Bandyopadhyay
Subhanil ChowdhuryInstitute of Development Studies Kolkata
Sumangala DamodaranAmbedkar University Delhi
Sumit SarkarCESP, 1997 Batch
Sunanda SenJawaharlal Nehru University
Surajit DasJawaharlal Nehru University
Surajit MazumdarJawaharlal Nehru University
Taposik BanerjeeAmbedkar University Delhi
Utsa PatnaikJawaharlal Nehru University
Uttaran KunduCESP, 1997 Batch
VijayDelhi University
Vijoo KrishnanEx-President, JNUSU
Vipin Negi

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