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Solidarity with FTII Students

A s the strike by students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) enters its fourth month, and the condition of students on hunger strike is deteriorating alarmingly, we join the distinguished alumni of the institute, national award-winning film personalities and others of the artistic fraternity, in extending our solidarity to the cause they are fighting for.

We are shocked and outraged at the continuing intransigence of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which has refused to give the agitating students a fair hearing. Cynical indifference to the need for top quality management in a premier national institution sparked the student strike. And in the manner that the ministry and its top officials—including the union minister and the minister of state—have allowed the strike to drag on, a clear tendency is evident to put political prestige before institutional integrity.

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