ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Spring of 2016 and the Idea of JNU

A faculty member of the Jawaharlal Nehru University reflects on what the university does which makes it a target for various shades of reactionary and chauvinistic forces. The article also looks at the recent attacks on JNU and explains why the entire JNU community of students and teachers has come out to defend it.

February 2016 may turn out to be a watershed moment in thinking India’s history because of what transpired in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on the 9th of the month and how events have unfolded since that day. From a localised movement of protest by some students in the campus against their perceptions of state and institutional excesses, it has rapidly converted itself into a movement of civil society against oppressive nationalism. The spring of 2016 has arrived.

To understand this spring, one must understand what JNU stands for.

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