In a conversation with The New Leam Professor Avijit Pathak (CSSS/SSS/JNU) has reflected on the university–its changing academic culture, teacher-taught relationships and the growing anonymity among students. Without understanding this social landscape, Professor Pathak argues, we would not be able to make sense of the tragic suicide of a young Dalit research scholar. He pleads for a new university culture filled with love, compassion and life-sustaining academics.


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  1. JNU is still existing only because of teachers like Prof. Pathak. Thank you for this illuminating thought.

  2. I believe a university is not a secluded island onto itself; it is a part of the societal whole that reflects the socio-political churnings of its times. That there has been an assault on education in recent times, especially on the liberal arts and humaities, cannot be ignored. However, outsourcing the blame completely is not the way forward.

    I finished my Masters from JNU last year. Professor Pathak’s thoughts resonated with me. I had friends from marginalised backgrounds who would feel alienated within the campus- from their professors, batch mates and from the production of knowledge itself. A friend would fear attending classes for he had to work harder than the rest in comprehending the lectures. The prescribed syllabus had little relevance to the kind of socio-cultural environment he came from. Not just SC/ ST students but even north eastern students face complex challenges and discrimination in the campus. As Sir rightly pointed out, our radical, cynical, calculated politics has failed to make cour campuses progressive and egalitarian places of learning. Any loss of life is deeply regrettable. But this is not a time to mourn; we need to introspect, collectively and individually as human beings.

    I would like to share an article in which an MPhil scholar poignantly describes his lived experiences in JNU. Link below:

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