“We the alumni of University of Hyderabad write to draw attention to the atrocities that the students are experiencing for raising their voices against injustice”

UoH Alumni Open Letter against the institutional murder of Rohith Vemula, the return of Dr. Appa Rao as UoH’s VC, and the brutal display of state violence in campus.

As alumni of the University of Hyderabad, we observed with dismay the return of Dr. Appa Rao Podile as the Vice-Chancellor of University of Hyderabad (UoH) on March 22. We strongly condemn this provocation that led to the police brutality on campus. The shutdown of the university which has followed is unacceptable and unlawful.

A couple of days ago, a report ranked three departments of the University of Hyderabad among the top 500 university facilities in the world. The education we received at UoH helped us to not only shape our careers, but also to question, critique and analyse concepts such as equality, fraternity and social justice. Upon entering a central university of this size, we were exposed to the sheer diversity of this country. UoH, like other central universities in India, is an amalgam of many languages, cultures, religions and regions.

However, much like the rest of the country, the university campus is a space where systematically oppressive caste structures operate and are institutionally legitimised. Recent events at UoH have left us dismayed and angered at the treatment meted out to peacefully protesting students at the hands of the administration and the police.

Suicides of Dalit students have been recurring in UoH. While such incidents continue unabated across the country, the issue spiralled into a nationwide students’ protest with the untimely death of Dalit scholar and social activist Rohith Vemula on January 17th. Rohith’s suicide note gives us glimpses into the individual that he was — an astute observer of the human condition. His progressive ideas gave hope, especially to marginalised groups, for whom he fought tirelessly. The son of a Dalit mother who makes her living out of a sewing machine, he proudly bore his mother’s identity and fought for the rights of all people regardless of caste, class, gender and sexuality. He was especially vocal about the plight of Dalit students, a 200-million-strong population that has historically been denied fair opportunities to achieve social mobility in Indian society. It is unforgivable that the university administration could not save him.

A grave problem lies, therefore, in the fact that as of March 22, Dr. Appa Rao Podile, who mismanaged the suspension of Rohith and others, leading to his suicide, has resumed the office of the VC after two months of leave. This is highly inappropriate especially given that a non-bailable charge is registered against him under the SC/ST Atrocities Act and a judicial inquiry to determine accountability is still pending.

The morning of Rao’s return saw an unprecedented display of violence in the campus. The media reported that the students pelted stones and ransacked the VC’s lodge. But, information from several sources, especially eyewitness accounts from students, faculty and non-teaching staff, contests mainstream media reports. There is ample footage of the police brutally assaulting students with lathis. Some police personnel allegedly threatened to rape students. Even faculty members were not spared.

After the incident, the university has been locked down with no food (14 messes have shut operations), water, electricity (in some parts), and no internet connectivity. This cannot be the reality of a central university, where, as we write this letter, ATM cards linked to student accounts have been blocked barring students from making essential purchases. Students who attempted to cook for their peers were severely beaten up by the police for the absurd crime of ‘cooking in a public place’. The administration has imposed an emergency-like situation in one of India’s biggest universities. Today UoH resembles a surveillance state with students being attacked, and their basic needs like food, water and money being denied to them. As the University and state administration try to starve out its own students by using state machinery and the law to wage war on members of a public institution, the response of the city has been heartening, with residents of Hyderabad cooking and delivering food and water to the students.

In light of these developments, we appeal to all citizens to keep asking the unpleasant questions that Rohith’s suicide has raised; questions about the persistence of caste in our educational institutions, and the present government’s apathy and refusal to hold the university administration accountable. Universities are spaces for understanding our complex social structures where questions are and must be raised against the abuse of power and authoritarianism.

We the undersigned alumni of this university-in-turmoil write to draw attention to the atrocities that the students are experiencing for raising their voices against injustice. We stand with the students and faculty around the country in universities like UoH, JNU, FTII, DU, IIT Madras, University of Allahabad and numerous others that are fighting to uphold the freedoms that are guaranteed by our constitution. We stand with Radhika Vemula and her ongoing courageous struggle for justice against a casteist and patriarchal administration. We demand the immediate and unconditional release of students and faculty members who were ambushed and taken into judicial custody on the morning of March 22. We condemn any kind of violence that tries to suppress freedom of expression and seeks instead to spread fear. Let all students and citizens debate to make India the safest example of a real grassroot democracy. Let them speak for a just world where everyone feels safe to just be.



Name Affiliation Year of graduation Course of study
Nanditha Mathew Research Fellow, National Research Council, Italy. 2009 M.A and M.Phil Economics
Aabha Sharma KPMG India 2014 IMA Political Science
RASHAD MOIDEEN No Affiliation 2014
Hameeda C. K. Student, JNU 2014
VG Balaji Alumnus 2010
Gopika G G PhD Scholar, Centre for Development Studies 2014
Krishnendu Adiyat Student 2012
Vaishnavi Shankar Instructional Designer 2008 MA English
Anu Salelkar Alumni, Student, Hyderabad Central University 2008
Juby George Editor, Higher ed publisher 2010
Silpa Satheesh Student, University of South Florida 2010
Alamuru Soumya Frelane research scholar 2011
Shauhrat S. Chopra Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Environmental Science and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago 2009
Carmel Christy Postdoctoral fellow, University of California Santa Cruz 2011
Shijo Varghese Asst. Professor, Sacred Heart College, Thevara 2013
A.P Sreeraj Assistant Professor, CUR 2010
Abhigna S Academic Editor 2012
Bestin Samuel Writer, World Vision India 2012 M.A English and MPhil Comparative Literature
Maithreyi M R Senior editor, BNHS-India 1997
Ramesh Bairy Associate professor, IITB 2004
Navika Harshe HCU/ alum 2004
Anirban Dey Editor, Cambridge University Press 2010
Bindhulakshmi P Associate Professor, TISS, Mumbai 2010
Shipra Nigam Research Scholar , New Delhi 2000
Jaseena t p Student 2003
Tore Holst External lecturer, university of Roskilde 2007 MA English
Diana Gomes Alumni, UoH 2014 M.F.A Painting
Tharakeshwar Eflu 2014
Rakesh Nanjappa Student, State University of New York 2014
Priya Vijay PhD scholar, JNU 2014 M.A English and MPhil Comparative Literature
Shamsudheen U. K HCU alumni 2013
Aparna R HCU alumni 2014
Samiah Sultana Ex-student, University of Hyderabad 2015
Mahaprajna Nayak CSSSC, Kolkata 2005
Kirti Ajith Varma Independent researcher 2011
Meghana Rao PhD Student, University of Toronto 2013
Faiza Hasan Alumni, University of Hyderbad 2014
Savitha Suresh Student, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore 2014
Merlin Abey Theressa Analyst, Private Firm 2012
Soumava Basu Student 2013
Jithin Mathew Student IIT B 2012
Soumya Balan Student 2010
Nithin M Assistant Professor, MCC 2012
Dhaneesh M P M.Phil Research Scholar 2002
Sreekumar jayadevan IIT Jodhpur 2012
Manjari Student, Central University of Gujarat 2012
Ojas Shetty Independent Researcher 2015 MA Anthropology
Sheeja Rajagopal Student, IITM 2002 MA English
Abhishek Bakuli Student, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung 2008
Abir Dasgupta Student, TISS 2011
R K Debbarma Assistant Professor, TISS, Guwahati campus 2014
Rahul Deshmukh Student, City University of New York 2012
Gowri Shankar Student, UOH 2012
Muhammed P Research Scholar, EFL University, Hyderabad 2007
Deepti Chief copy editor, The Times of India 2011
Sujata Mishra Policy Researcher 2010
Rohit Thapa Teach For India 2007
Himanshu Upadhyaya Assistant Professor, Azim Premji University 2014
M Naresh Kumar Student 2003
Tore Holst Recent PhD Graduate/Roskilde University 2006
Shilpaa Anand Assistant Professor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad 2006
Monty Majeed Journalist 2000
Manjari Student, Central University of Gujarat 2011
Vikas Kumar Moola M.Phil Social Sciences, CSSSC 2012 IMA Sociology
SALMA ASHRAF STUDENT, University of Hyderabad 2012
Richa Gupta Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta/PhD research scholar 2012 MA English
Kevin B. Haynes Student, Western Michigan University 2012
Nandini Chandrashekar Student 2014
M Naresh Kumar Student/University of Hyderbad 2006 MA English
Kedar Kulkarni Student, University of Hyderabad 2006
Nikhilesh Sinha Lecturer, Hult International Business School, London 2004 MA Economics
Arpan Ganguly Student, UoH/Graduate Instructor, Colorado State University 2004
Tejaswini Madabhushi IIIT 2012
Srinath raghunathan Student 2008
Karteek Kunnala Student 2014
Harshavardhan Student 2014
Knut Aukland Phd candidate, University of Bergen, Norway 2014
Asamol Mohan student 2008
Lijinesh M T student 2010
Ratheesh Radhakrishnan Associate Professor, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay 2011
Devi G R PhD scholar, Dept. of Physics, IIT Madras 2012 M.Sc. Physics
Laishram Priyanka Alumni, University of Hyderabad 2014
Sharmila Associate Professor, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay 2014
Yacoub Zachariah Kuruvilla Phd Research Scholar, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai 2001
Rekha Abel Independent Development Consultant 1995 Ph.D. Linguistics
Alex M. Thomas Senior Lecturer, Azim Premji University 2011 MA and MPhil Economics
K.Srilata Professor, Dept of HSS, IITM 1998 MA,  MPhil and PhD English
Tejaswini Niranjana Professor, TISS and Lingnan University 1998
Swati Bandi Independent Scholar 1998 – present Faculty
Sujith Parayil student 2000
Paromita Bose Assistant Professor, Mahindra Ecole Centrale 2014 M.Phil, PhD English
Jayanti K Chhetri Alumni, University of Hyderabad 2010
Suresh Pittala Postdoc at Indian Institute of Science 2010
Sanjeev C M Assistant Professor, NIFT 2000 MFA Painting
Jasmeet Sahi Freelance writer 2008 MA English
Anupama S Ex Student UoH 2008
Priyanka Das Student, UOH 2014
Sanjeev Routray Sessional Lecturer, University of British Columbia 2001
Shashikantha Koudur Associate Professor, NIT, Karnataka 2001
Amrit Amlan Pattanaik Senior Lecturer, Xavier University Bhubaneswar 2008
Unika Prusty Freelance Journalist & Independent Researcher 2010
Bidyut Sagar Boruah Independent Researcher 2009
Dharashree Das PhD Candidate, Simon Fraser University, Canada 2001
Gurveen Kaur Independent Researcher, Alumnus 1986
Pridhvi Sabbineni Alumnus,University of Hyderabad (Physics) 2012
Mohsin Khan Economist/consultant – Deloitte Malaysia 2009 MA Economics
Sawmya Ray Associate Professor, IITG 2009
Vaskar Upadhyay UoH, MA English, 2001. Currently based IN, US 2009
Kiriti Kanjilal PhD Student, Washington State University 2013
Koshy Tharakan Professor, Goa University 1992
Kushal Deb Professor, Dept. of HSS, IIT Bombay 1989
Navaneetha Mokkil Maruthur Assistant Professor, JNU 2001
TV Madhu Professor, University of Calicut 1996
Lourembam Arnold Student, University of Hyderabad 2014-present
Sudeshna Devi Student, Jawaharlal Nehru University 2007
Shravan Kumar Alumni, University of Hyderabad 1997-1999 MA Communication – SN School
Avinandan Mukherjee Alumnus, University of Hyderabad 2007 MA English
Swathysree PhD Candidate, IIM Calcutta 2013
Akhila M V Alumnus, University of Hyderabad 2011
J S Sam Social Scientist 2007
Sujith SN Artist. 2007 MFA – SN School
Uday Bhaskar Sharma Senior Research Fellow, IMSc, Chennai. 2011 M.Sc. Mathematics (Integrated)
Madhusudan Nag Research Scholar, Centre for Development Studies 2011-13 M.A in Economics
Umasankar Patra University of Delhi, Delhi 2011 MA English
Vishal Babu Editor, Viva Books Private Limited 2011 MA English
Parvathy Rajendran Student,JNU 2013
Anandavardhanan Associate Professor, IIT Bombay 2002
Vipin Krishna JNU PHD Student 2010
Jaya Peter Student, HCU,HYDERABAD 1996
Rekha Abel Independent Development Consultant 1995
Divyaprabha V J Student 2012
Anita Cherian Assistant Professor in English, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi 1993
Bindu K C Ambedkar University/ Assistant Professor 2004
Anupama Ayyala Somayajala Central University, Gujarat/Assistant Professor 1998
Venkatesh babu Student 1996
Pratap Student 1996
Anil kumar Student 1996
Madhumita Biswal Central University, Assistant Professor 2009
Sudarshan Papanna Central University, Gujarat/Assistant Professor 2012
Abhishek Shaw Assistant Editor, Economic and Political Weekly 2011
Jomy Abraham PhD research scholar, JNU 2013
Deepak Rajula Student, UOH 2014
Parvathi Cug 2009
Kranthi Nanduri Fellow student, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta 2014
Reshma Radhakrishnan Research Scholar, Delhi University 2005
Parvathi K. Iyer Assistant Professor CUG 2009
Amit Upadhyay Assistant Professor, TISS Hyderabad 2001 MA Sociology
Rituparna Sur university of hyderabad 2012
D Parthasarathy IIT Bombay Professor 1995
Ratheesh Kumar JNU/ Assistant Professor 2000
Rajyashree Sen PhD student, Janelia Research Campus, VA 2012
Dr. Robin Luke Varghese Independent Researcher 2015 MA, MPhil, PhD Philisophy
Niveditha Kalarikkal Assistant Professor, , Central University of Gujarat 2013
Shamsiya Qosimova Independent Contractor, BBC Monitoring in Dushanbe 2001
Sunitha M Lead Technical Writer, Wipro Technologies, Hyderabad 2006
Saiyora Saimurodova Student, Master of Arts in Sociology, HCU 2001
K.L.Leon Ex-Student,SN School,Painting 2003
Dr.D.Anand Asst. Regional Director , Indira gandhi National Open University 2008
Asmita Chaudhuri Project Fellow, Jadavpur University 2007 MA, Applied Linguistics
Samik Malla Research Scholar, IIT Madras 2013
Smrti K.P IxD Architect, Nokia 2007 MPhil English, PhD Translation Studies
Dr. Itishree Pattnaik Assistant Professor, GIDR 2009 Phd Economics
Naresh S Ex-Student,SSB 2006
Shivali Tukdeo NIAS, Bangalore
Milan George Jacob Hindustan Times, New Delhi 2014 IMA Economics
S. Anand Publisher, Navyana 1997 MA and Mphil, Department of English
Elizabeth Priyanka Ex-student, MA Communication 2013 SN School.
Sumanta Thangjam Phd, Philosophy 2013
Thushara Mohanan Ex Student , MA Communication 2009 SN School
Pritipushpa Mishra Lecturer, University of Southampton
Jasmine Yimchunger Assistant Proffessor, Sikkim University 2007 MA Communications – SN School
Balendu Rashmi Bhumika Women’s Collective 2014 Integrated Masters in Sociology
Sudha Samyukta PRIA 2014 Integrated Masters in Sociology
Geetha Krishna PRIA 2014 Integrated Masters in Sociology
Vinitha Mokshagundam Lecturer, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore 2012 MA, M.Phil, History
Ado Kehie Student, IIT Guhati 2005 MA Sociology
Ganga Bhavani HCU 2004
Jaishree Ram Mohan Editor, 1994
Thungchobeni Assistant Professor,Alder College,Kohima. 2007
Jyotsna Yedem HCU Alumni 2008
Akshara Ravishankar Assistant Professor, Gargi College 2012
Themeem T Asst. professor, St. Stephens College, Delhi 2015
Vinitha Lecturer, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore 2012
Suresh K Golle student 2009
Vizokhonuo student 2015
Pattela Omkar Nadh Student 2014
Malavika Rao Performance maker 2008
Monica Ex Student from UOH 2014
Sumedha Student,HCU 2011
Minu. A Alumni 2011
Kiran Sikha Student 2012
Naveen Kumar P Student 2011
Deepthi Krisha T Student 2016
Santosh Gurrani Alumni, Hyderabad Central University 2011
Chandra Kiran Katta Communication Specialist/NGO 2006
Queenie Fancon student 2009
Shravan Kumar University of Hyderabad – Alumni 1999
Dhilip Independent Researcher 2012
Aswani RS HCU Student 2011
Monica Nanjunda University Of Hyderabad – Alumni 2013 SN School Of Fine Arts
Kedar Kulkarni Research Assistant, FEEM, Italy 2014 IMA Economics
Rakesh R. Assistant Proffessor, St. John’s College 2012 MA and MPhil, Department of English
Imlienla Jamir Student, Analog IAS 2014 IMA Political Science
Ekta Singla Student, UCL-Institute of Education, London 2011 MA Applied Linguistics
S Sayujya Alumnus, UoH 2014 MPhil English
Anwesha Chakraborty Phd Student, University of Bologna 2007 MA English
Ratan Laishram Alumni HCU 2012 MA Economics
Sunil Kumar Polamuri IT Professional 1999 MA Applied Linguistics
Sukriti Kapur Student, Erasmus Mundus Masters Program 2014 MA Economics
Tharakeshwar V.B. Teacher, EFL University 1997 Ph.D. English
Madhurima Majumder Research fellow, Anveshi 2013
M B Sudha Rani Media Professional 1999 MA Mass Communications
Rakesh Sengupta Post-doctoral researcher, York University, Toronto 2015 Ph.D., Cognitive Science
G Naga Sena Rana Media Professional 1999 MA Mass Communications
Sopei Joel Rungsung Media Professional 2013 MA Mass Communications
Sashikant alumnus 2000
Aravind Parakkot Alumnus 2001 MA English
Anu K antony Research fellow, IIT, Bombay MA, Mphil Sociology
Anna Mini Freelance writer 2014 MA Political Science
Anas Nazar
Rajeswari S Alumnus 2004
Yanger Kichu 2007 MA History
Asima Jena Assistant professor,Central University of Gujarat 2009
Anuradha Banerji Research Scholar, Ambedkar University 2011
Sreejith T Student 2012
Mrudula Bhavani Ex-student 2015
Anju Christine Lingham Student, King’s College London, University of London 2013
Arathi R Student 2014
Pallavi Student 2017
Lakshmi Priya Student 2013
Pranith Maddirala SN School, University of Hyderabad 2011
Esfandiar Adina (Rahim Rahimov) Student 2002
sukhvinder multani educationist and researcher 2004
Varunika Saraf Artist 2006
Monu Rajan Alumnus, UoH 2011
Shriya sharma Student 2015
Abhilash Augustine Student, JNU 2013
madhav vinodh Student, UoH 2013
Kathi Mahesh Kumar Student 2000
Nagesh Muppavaram Student 2013
Hariprasad R Student, central university of hyderabad 2011
Godwin Student 2013
Sujatha Girija Alumnae of HCU 2004
Harini Kumar PhD student, University of Chicago 2011
Elsa Oommen Warwick 2011
Mariyam Mumthas student 2015
Anagha Alumni 2015
Anoop Daniel Student 2015
Gautami Alumnus/University of Hyderabad 2012
Nargis Vasundhara Student, Ph.D, Delhi University 2011



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  1. Nitin Deorao Meshram
    March 25, 2016

    pl also mention the caste of alumni so that everyone can rightly understand the efforts without any ambiguity. i feel this is an essential disclosure.

  2. Anver sadath
    March 28, 2016

    free University of Hyderabad from this kind political vendetta and let us save thus knwoledge

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