Release our professor: 349 students of Hany Babu

More than 340 students of Delhi University professor MT Hany Babu on Friday released a statement in solidarity with the jailed professor and activist and said the NIA’s warrant against him was a “direct attack on education, activists and the academic space at large”.

Hany Babu was arrested by NIA last week in Bhima-Koregaon case.

“We demand Prof. Babu’s immediate release, and reaffirm our complete solidarity with our Professor, Dr. Hany Babu,” students said.

Babu is an associate professor at the Department of English in the University of Delhi.

Read the full text of the statement:

We, the undersigned former and current students of Prof Hany Babu M.T., condemn his arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday and stand in firm solidarity with him. Prof. Babu is a noted academic, a well known anti-caste activist, and a member of the committee formed for the defence of G.N. Saibaba, a former Delhi University professor who is over 90% disabled, and wheelchair-bound. Prof. Babu has maintained his innocence since the illegal raid at his Noida apartment last year in September by Pune police. The raid, which was conducted without a warrant, resulted in the Pune Police confiscating Prof. Babu’s laptop, mobile phones, two booklets printed for the G.N. Saibaba defence committee and two books which are publicly available in bookstores and libraries. The nature of his alleged ‘crime’ remains unclear because the NIA’s warrant is, in our opinion, deliberately vague with clearly fabricated accusations. According to news reports, the ‘evidence’ that has apparently led to Prof Babu’s arrest was based off of an e folder on his hard disk. He was, however, not given a hash value for his laptop. 

We believe this is a direct attack on education, activists and the academic space at large. It is outrageous that on 23rd June Prof. Babu was summoned to Mumbai from Noida during a pandemic. His summon and arrest cannot be seen in isolation. Activists like Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Devangana Kalita, Natasha Narwal, Gulfisha Fatima and Sharjeel Usmani were also arrested during the ongoing pandemic which mandates social distancing. Overcrowded jails have now become the new Covid19 hotspots. Activists arrested earlier, like Sharjeel Imam, Akhil Gogoi, and Varavara Rao, and, according to recent news reports, many other prisoners, have also tested Covid positive.  

We demand Prof. Babu’s immediate release, and reaffirm our complete solidarity with our Professor, Dr. Hany Babu. We also demand the release of all political prisoners who were arrested in cases related to the Elgar-Parishad, as well as the anti-CAA protestors booked under the draconian Unlawful Activities and Prevention Act, which makes bail almost impossible under medical and humanitarian grounds despite the ongoing pandemic.

In solidarity,

Signed by:

  1. Adarsh Yadav, MA English, DU, 2020
  2. Asief Aliyar, MA English, DU, 2020
  3. Kanupriya, MA English, DU, 2020
  4. Bhawna Singh, MA English, DU, 2020
  5. Anushka Trivedi, MA English, DU
  6. Eliza Anjum, MA English, DU, 2020
  7. Mridul Kiku, MA English, DU, 2020
  8. Saira, MA English, DU, 2020
  9. Ibrahim Badshah AM, PhD, 2019-
  10. Akshita Rawat, DU
  11. Aakanksha, MA English, DU
  12. Chayan Pramanik, MA English, DU, 2021
  13. Khushi Gupta, MA English, DU, 2020
  14. Himanish Thadani, DU, 2017
  15. Simran, MA English, DU, 2021
  16. Rashmi Vats, MA English, 2021
  17. Noduli Pulu, DU
  18. Shreya Das, MA English, DU, 2021
  19. Shrimansi, MA English, DU, 2021
  20. Abhay Bangari, MA English, DU, 2021
  21. Sandra Mariam Shaji, MA English, DU, 2019-
  22. Shubhangi Yadav, MA English, DU
  23. Richa Das, JNU
  24. Jerome Abraham, MA English, DU, 2020
  25. Richa Rani, MA English, 2021
  26. Lakshmi, MA, DU, 2020
  27. Tenzing Dawa, MPhil English, DU, 2019-21
  28. Hammad Hassan, MA, DU, 2021
  29. Kunal Kardam, MA English, DU, 2021
  30. Smriti Verma, MA English, DU, 2021
  31. Diksha Makhija, MA English, DU, 2020
  32. Smrity Jayara, MPhil, DU
  33. Swati, MA
  34. Anibal Goth, MPhil English, DU, 2019-2021
  35. Anu, MA English, DU
  36. Junaidh ct, MA English, DU, 2021
  37. Ashwarya, MA, DU, 2020
  38. Sneha Dasgupta, MA, DU, 2021
  39. Divyansh Bhatt, MA English, 2021
  40. Priyanka Singh, KNC, 2019
  41. Anil Choudhary, MA English, 2020
  42. Khayingwon, English, DU, 2017
  43. Ishita Gautam, MA English, DU, 2021
  44. Kulwinder Singh, MA English
  45. Pratyaksha, MA English, 2019
  46. Nikita Dugar, MA English
  47. Anindita Singha, MA English, 2020
  48. Azharuddin, MA (2012-2014), MPhil (2014-2016)
  49. Priyasha Dutta, MA English, DU, 2021
  50. Malvika Jayakumar, MA English, 2021
  51. Varsha Anil Nair, MA English, DU
  52. Reji Baiju, MA English, 2020
  53. Nazrana Haque, MA English, 2021
  54. Partha Banerjee, MA English, DU, 2021
  55. Ishita Mandal, MA English, DU, 2020
  56. Christina John, MA English, DU, 2021
  57. Monami, English, DU, 2019
  58. Maniza Khalid, MA English, DU, 2019
  59. Chingkheinganbi Mayengbam, MA English, 2021
  60. Shahnawaz Ahmad Wani, MPhil, DU 2019-21
  61. Ananya, MA, JNU, 2020
  62. Betsame Lamar, DU, 2021
  63. Ankit, MA English, DU, 2021
  64. Rupal Bansal, English, DU, 2021
  65. Riyaz Ahmad, MA English, 2021
  66. Rizowana Hussaini, MA English, 2015
  67. Sandeep Kumar, B.Sc. APS, DU, 2010
  68. Swali Prakash, MA English, 2020
  69. Gayathri Nair, MA English, DU, 2015
  70. Jonathan Martin, MA English, 2015
  71. Ashwini Joshi, MA English, 2019
  72. Manjeera, MA English, 2019
  73. Sukriti Pandey, DU, 2019
  74. Tasnim Nazifa, MA English, 2019
  75. Suramya Shubham, English, DU, 2019
  76. Rachun G, MA English
  77. Indira Dasan, MA English, 2020
  78. Ruby Singha, MA English, 2021
  79. Shatakshi Singh, MA English
  80. Dyuti Roy, MA English DU, 2021
  81. Anshika, MA English, 2019
  82. Aritra Majumdar, MA English, 2019
  83. Sakshi, MA English DU
  84. Sazmeen Reyaz, MA English, 2020
  85. Tenzin Nyemo, Delhi University, 2020
  86. Deepali Yadav, MA English, 2019
  87. Simran Bhagat, MA English, DU
  88. Dhruv Goswami, MA English, 2019
  89. Rabiya Shahid, MA English 2019
  90. Hani Hilal, MA English, 2020
  91. Kritika Chauhan, MA English, 2020
  92. Paromita Roy, MA English, 2019
  93. Rachel John, MA English, 2020
  94. Tanurima Shau, MA English, 2020
  95. Aritra Basu, MPhil, DU, 2021
  96. Feba Rasheed, MPhil English, 2017
  97. Meenal Singh, MA English, 2021
  98. Ragasree K P, MA English, 2020
  99. Richa, MA English, 2020
  100. Shayer Majumdar, MA English, 2015
  101. Safia Habib, MA English, 2020
  102. Sanket Sakar, MA English, 2020
  103. AditiyaR, MA English, 2020
  104. Akshay Kundu, MA English, 2020
  105. Deepanwita Dey, MA English, 2020
  106. Chetan Anand, MA Linguistics, 2013
  107. Akshay Singh, MA, DU
  108. Hemant Kumar, MA, DU
  109. Ananya Chatterjee, MA English, 2020
  110. Corrina Humtsoe, MA English, 2020
  111. Sikha Mohanty, MA English, 2020
  112. Aastha Tomar, MA English, 2020
  113. Elizabeth James, MA English, 2020
  114. Nimisha S, MA English, 2020
  115. Karishma Martolia, MA English, 2020
  116. Nishant Kumar, MA English
  117. Harikrishnan Menoth, MA English 2020
  118. Barkha, MA English, 2020
  119. Archana Ravi, MA English, 2020
  120. Anshul Mukarji, MA English, 2020
  121. Priya Poddar, MA English, 2020
  122. Geetanjali Lekhra, MA English, 2020
  123. Parul, MA English, DU, 2021
  124. Himani, English H, DU, 2016
  125. Himanshu, MA English, 2020
  126. Sayantani Biswas, MA English, DU
  127. Manisha Vishwakarma, MA English, 2020
  128. Prabhjot Kaur, MA English, 2020
  129. Abhinandini, MA English, DU, 2021
  130. Himani Tanwar, MA English, 2019
  131. Eza Deshwal, MA English, 2020
  132. Khansa Kubra, MA English, 2020
  133. Sreevyasan K S, MA English, 2020
  134. Anshika Sharma, MA English, DU
  135. Rizwana Nusrath KV, MA English DU, 2018
  136. Dipanjali Singh, Department of English, University of Delhi. 2019-
  137. Sadia Prince, MA English, DU, 2018
  138. Pechimayum Bidyarani Devi, MPhil, 2017
  139. Rasha Fathima, MA English, DU, 2020
  140. Saumya Srivastava, MA English, DU, 2020
  141. Aanchal Poonia, MA English, 2020
  142. Neha Jaji Varghese, MA, DU 2019
  143. Rohit, MA English, DU
  144. Heeranshi Sharma, MA English, DU, 2020
  145. Khagemba Ningthoujam, DU 2015
  146. Mansi Miglani, MA English, DU, 2020
  147. Ainee Basir, MA English, DU, 2019
  148. Khushboo, English, Ramjas, 2019
  149. Anurag Uprety, MA English
  150. Sareo Leiyachon, M.A, Delhi University, 2015
  151. Divya Khanna, MA English, DU, 2019
  152. Herry, MA English, DU, 2020
  153. Debosmita, MA English, DU, 2020
  154. Ashish Kumar, MA English, DU, 2020
  155. Thelma Ramthienghlim, English, DU, 2012
  156. Jagriti Yadav, MA English, DU, 2019
  157. Somya Charan Pahadi, MA English, DU, 2020
  158. Ng Aquiline, MA English, DU, 2015
  159. Ankit, MA English, DU
  160. Ishita, MA English, DU, 2020
  161. Ritam Gupta, M.A. English, DU, 2021
  162. Thinkal Hansan, PhD. University of Delhi
  163. Aienla A, MPhil English, DU, (2015-17)
  164. Shubham Mamgain, English, DU, 2020 
  165. Shama Jan, MPhil, Department of English, University of Delhi, 2019
  166. Jarim Raksam Marak, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020
  167. Mrigakshi Das, M.A English, University of Delhi, 2020
  168. Suryakant Yadav, M.Phil. Semester 2
  169. Songayam Zimik, MPhil English, Delhi University, 2021
  170. Abhilasha Dey, M.A Final, English, DU
  171. Bhavya, B.A. (Hons) English, University of Delhi, 2019
  172. Armeen Kaur Ahuja, English, Delhi University, 2013
  173. Nikita Singh, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020
  174. Bhuvnesh, University of Delhi, 2018-2020
  175. Mahima Kapoor, MA English, DU
  176. Ashish Gautam, PhD. University of Delhi. Currently Pursuing
  177. Ashuwang Andrew Gangmei. MA English, University of Delhi
  178. Sidhant Chaudhary, MA English, DU, 2021
  179. Pratishtha Pandey, MA English, Delhi University, 2021
  180. Ananya, MA English, DU, 2020
  181. Garima, MA English, 2020
  182. Kritika Nautiyal, English, Delhi University, 2019
  183. Himanshu Balhara, MA English, DU, 2020
  184. Sashanka Shekhar Das, English, DU, 2011
  185. Anirban Dutta Choudhury, MA English, DU, 2020
  186. Simi Nath, MA English, DU
  187. Archana Gupta, M.A. English, DU, 2019-21
  188. Yashwant Singh Panwar, MA English, DU
  189. Aradhana Lamichhane, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020
  190. Saima Rana, M.A English, Delhi University, 2021
  191. Sanchi, MA English, DU, 2021
  192. Trisha Mitra, DU, 2015
  193. Ananya Roy, MA English, DU, 2021
  194. Shalu Chauhan, MA English, DU, 2020
  195. Isha Gupta, MA English, DU, 2020
  196. Amanda, MA English, DU
  197. Shlesha, MA English, DU, 2020
  198. Chirag T, DU, 2016
  199. Aditya, MA, DU
  200. Rimsha Falak, MA English, DU, 2020
  201. Anoushka, M.A. English, University of Delhi, 2021
  202. Avica Bedi, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020
  203. Priya Chadha, MA English, DU, 2020
  204. Prema Singh, MA English, DU
  205. Tanya, MA English, DU, 2021
  206. Harpreet Kaur Bhamra, MA English, DU, 2018
  207. Tina Borah, MPhil, English Department, DU, Batch of 2019-22
  208. Gayatri, MA English, DU, 2020
  209. Caroline Abraham, MA English, DU, 2015
  210. Gargee Baruah, MA 2014-16
  211. Jitendra Kumar, MA English, DU, 2019
  212. Divya Kumari, MA English, DU, 2019
  213. Geetika Rao, MA English
  214. Bibhusha Rai, MA English, Delhi University, 2020
  215. Shubhayan Chakrabarti, M.A. English, University of Delhi, 2018
  216. Themreichon, Class of 2015
  217. Brahma Meena, University of Delhi, MA English (2017-2019)
  218. Vivek Kumar, MA English, DU
  219. Susmita Banerjee, MA English, DU
  220. Aditi, MPhil English
  221. Marshika Chauhan, MA English, DU, 2018
  222. Diksha, MA English, DU, 2021
  223. Ayushi Dubey, M.A. English, University of Delhi 
  224. Anukriti Jayant, M.Phil, DU, 2021
  225. Ananya, MA English, DU, 2021
  226. Aakash Sinha, MPhil, DU
  227. Shweta Mohan, MA English, DU, 2019
  228. Sahin Shah, English Literature, 2015
  229. Aishwarya Sharma, MA English, DU, 2021
  230. Sougaijam Dhanamanjuri Devi, MA English, DU, 2020
  231. Souradeep Roy, MA, English, DU (2015); MPhil, English, DU (2017)
  232. Rajorshi Das, MPhil, DU, 2016
  233. Anshita Makwana, MA English, Second Year
  234. Agrima, MA English, DU, 2017
  235. Rukmini Sircar, MA English Literature, DU, 2014
  236. Lourdes Mary Supriya, MA English, Delhi University, 2017
  237. Priyam Goswami Choudhury, M.A. English, Delhi University, 2016
  238. Vagisha Mishra, M.A. English, DU, 2015
  239. Anam Kazmi, M.A. English, DU, 2017
  240. Drishti Chhibber, MA English, Delhi University, 2017
  241. Neha Verma, Masters in English, Delhi University, 2015
  242. Shruti Sareen, MA – 2009, MPhil 2012, PhD 2020
  243. Shamayita Sen, present PhD scholar, DU
  244. Geetika, M.A. English University of Delhi, 2016
  245. Nancy Sharma, M.A. English, Delhi University
  246. Poorvi Ahuja, MA English, University of Delhi, 2015
  247. Rituparna Sengupta, MA Linguistics, University of Delhi, 2012 
  248. Sapna Aggarwal, MA English, University of Delhi, 2015
  249. Saumya Sethia, MPhil, 2019
  250. Anukriti Agarwal, MPhil, 2017
  251. Biswajit K. Bora, MA English, University of Delhi, 2012
  252. Nupur Mittal, MA English (2009-11), M Phil English (2011-13), Delhi University. 
  253. Azhar Uddin Sahaji, MA 2013-15
  254. Ambika Narain, MA English, DU, 2014
  255. Tanu Priya, M.A English, Delhi University, 2012 
  256. Ankita Anson, MA English, 2015
  257. Ifrah Javaid, MA English, University of Delhi, 2016
  258. Anannya Baruah, MA English Literature, DU, 2009
  259. Rijuta Mehta, Delhi University, 2009
  260. Purobi Banerjee, MA English, DU, 2020
  261. Priyanka, MA English, Ambedkar University, 2nd Year
  262. Anjali, MPhil English, 2017
  263. Nazish Ashraf, M.A English, University of Delhi, 2016
  264. Partha Pratim Barua, MA English (2012-2014), DU
  265. Tarh Aman, MA English, DU
  266. Yengkhom Shija, MA English, University of Delhi, 2020
  267. Anju Parvathy, MPhil, Delhi University, 2017
  268. Rukmini Pande, MA, Delhi University, 2008
  269. Diwakar Attri, MA English, DU
  270. Kastoori Barua, MA English, Delhi University, 2016
  271. Adrita Mukherjee, M.Phil., University of Delhi, 2018
  272. Jahnavi, MPhil in English, DU
  273. Deepanshi Ailawadi, M.A (English), University of Delhi
  274. Rebecca Chongloi, MA English, DU, 2021
  275. Subhadip Mukherjee, MA English, DU, 2020
  276. Hansa, MPhil, DU, 2020
  277. Afeefa Nishaat, MA English, DU, 2020
  278. Kamna Singh, MPhil 2018-2020, Department of English, University of Delhi 
  279. Akshay Kartik, BA English, DU, 2014
  280. Sumithra VM, MA English, University of Delhi, 2019
  281. Hiba Ahmed, MPhil, DU, 2020
  282. Bhawya Wadhera, MPhil English Literature, (2016-18) University of Delhi
  283. Siddharth Soni, MA English, DU, 2015
  284. Madhura Sarkar, MA English, DU, 2013
  285. Tanya Srivastava, MA English, Delhi University, 2019
  286. Jyotika Manral, M.A English, DU
  287. Tazeen Ali, MPhil 2019-21
  288. Samiksha, University of Delhi
  289. Geet, MA English, DU, 2020
  290. Aarti, MA English, 2020
  291. K S, MA English, DU 2020
  292. Shrisht Arora, M.A English, DU University, 2020
  293. Shweta, MA English, DU, 2021
  294. Gokul, MA English
  295. Simran Katoch, MA English 2021
  296. Abhishek Aman, MA English, 2020
  297. Anurag Majumdar, M. A. English, University of Delhi 
  298. Agrim, M.A. English, Delhi University
  299. Anderson Glashan, MPhil, DU, 2016
  300. Vaishali Das, M.A. Eng, DU, 2019
  301. Krispa Ningombam, MA English, Delhi University, 2013
  302. Priyakshi, M.A. English, University of Delhi, 2015
  303. Rashmi, MA English, DU, 2020
  304. Anindita Bose, MA English (2020), DU
  305. Tapasya, M.A. English, University of Delhi, 2015-17
  306. Heena Chauhan, MPhil (2017-19) Department of English, University of Delhi
  307. Anjana Jolly, MA English, DU, 2021
  308. Ayushi Gupta, MA English, DU
  309. Mayank Kumar, MA English, DU, 2021
  310. Amrita Sekhar, M.A English, University of Delhi, 2016
  311. Shivam, MA English
  312. Swarnima Bhattacharya, MA, English. Delhi University, 2014
  313. Suman Bhagchandani, PhD
  314. Surbhi Singh, MA English Literature, Delhi University
  315. Shibangi Dash, M.Phil (2018-20), Department of English, University of Delhi
  316. Archna Tanwar, MA English, Delhi University, 2014-16
  317. PS, MA English
  318. Khushbu, MA English Delhi University 2nd year
  319. Kalyani Gandhi, MPhi English, University of Delhi
  320. Mithilesh Yadav, MA English 2016-2018
  321. Pratibha Singh, MA English, 2015
  322. Vaibhav Meena, MA English Final
  323. Aditi Niagar, MA English (2014-2016)
  324. Maaz Bin Bilal, MA, DU, 2009
  325. Krishnendhu Mukherjee, University of Delhi
  326. Sameera Mehta, MA English, 2015
  327. Sayan Chaudhary, MA English, University of Delhi, 2013
  328. Rashmi Joshi, MA English, University of Delhi
  329. Batch of 2012, MA English
  330. Prannay Pathak, MA English, DU, 2016
  331. Sangeeta Devindran, MA English, 2016
  332. Divya Singh, MA English, 2018
  333. Iqra Raza, MA English, DU, 2020
  334. Aditi Arora, MA English, DU, 2014
  335. Urvashi, MA English, DU (LSR), 2008
  336. Rachna, MA English, 1st year, DU
  337. Arjumand Ara, MA English, DU, 2018
  338. Afsha Naaz, MA English (2017-19), DU
  339. Rajesh Kumar, MA English, DU, 2015
  340. Aditi Gambhir, MA English, 2015
  341. Tooba Towfiq, MA English, DU, 2019
  342. Anam, MA English, DU, 2018
  343. Ishan Marvel, MA English, DU
  344. Tanisha Saxena, MA English, 2021
  345. Preeti Singh, MA English (2017-19)
  346. Katyayini Singh, MA English, DU, 2013-15
  347. Mukulika Batabyal, MPhil, DU, 2021
  348. Priya, MPhil, DU, 2019-21
  349. Prabhakaran, 2018