NUJS Kolkata Students And Alumni Dissent Against ‘Intellectual’ Stance, Write Open Letter In Support Of CAA

NUJS Kolkata Students And Alumni Dissent Against ‘Intellectual’ Stance, Write Open Letter In Support Of CAAPM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah (PTI)

Over 70 students and Alumni of West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, have dissented against the so-called ‘intellectual’ stance on the Citizenship Amendment Act and have written an open letter in its support.

The students note that their opinion will not be a popular one but stated that dissent must not go unnoticed.

Here is the open letter authored by Shoumendu Mukherji and Avnish Kumar Singh:

We, the undersigned, are alumni and law students from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.

As proud Indian citizens and active, established practitioners of the legal fraternity, we voice our support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) and condemn the premeditated violent protests and destruction of public property that has ensued from certain motivated sections in the aftermath of the passage of the Amendment Bill in both houses of Parliament.

We take this opportunity to thank our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah for ensuring the CAA’s purposeful enactment that is sure to bring much needed relief to persecuted minorities from our neighbouring three countries which have shown a pervasive, systematic and institutionalised track record against such minorities.

We believe that the enactment of the CAA is by no means anti any particular community specifically Muslims and is founded on an intelligible differentia under Article 14 of the Constitution of India having a reasonable nexus with the objective it wishes to achieve, that is protecting life and liberty of oppressed minorities from three neighbouring nations.

Yet, there are certain groups in operation who for their narrow political objectives are instigating sections in our society to create disharmony and disturb peaceful co existence amongst fellow Indians. Such groups are encouraging mindless violence coupled with destruction of public property that is putting the safety of the common Indian at risk.

We are appalled by the logic fronted by those in opposition to the CAA. Though they submit that persecuted communities must be protected, yet their solidarity extends to only one particular community and not for persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians which the CAA aims to protect and harbor. India has in the past opened its doors to Tibetans and Jews. Their fears against NRC are also premature and conjectural.

We appeal to the cynics and pathological naysayers to uphold their democratic right to protest and not misuse their freedoms. Peaceful protests are not opposed. Protests that harm the safety of common citizens must be condemned. Stone pelting and arson can never be considered forms of protests.

Here is the list of signatories and their batch

  1. Avnish Kumar Singh - 2021

  2. Deepanshu - 2023

  3. Vishal Choudhury - 2024

  4. Pravar Veer Misra - 2017

  5. Saurabh Kumar - 2016

  6. Anshum Agarwal - 2024

  7. Anshuman Panigrahi - 2021

  8. Shoumendu Mukherji - 2014

  9. Aditya Kishore - 2024

  10. Soummo - 2008

  11. Sanya Parmar - 2014

  12. Arnab Basu - 2014

  13. Amrit Singh - 2019

  14. Kavan Patel - 2024

  15. Tanish Arora - 2024

  16. Shivam Singhania - 2021

  17. Anirudh Goyal 2020

  18. Akshat Kaushik - 2021

  19. Abhinav - 2018

  20. Prakhar Maheshwari - 2017

  21. Trina Saha - 2010

  22. Divyansh Patel - 2024

  23. Mehul Sachan - 2021

  24. Shantanu - 2022

  25. Aishwarya Mudgil - 2017

  26. Hardik Batra - 2024

  27. Dev Vrat Arya - 2024

  28. Surjendu Sankar Das - 2007

  29. Rima Patni - 2017

  30. Aniket Singh - 2021

  31. Anirudh Goel - 2022

  32. Ashit Sharma - 2022

  33. Ishan - 2024

  34. Chinmay Kalgaonkar - 2021

  35. Sagnik Saha - 2018

  36. Shanaya Agarwal - 2024

  37. Nikhil Singh - 2022

  38. Sreeja Pal - 2021

  39. Aditya - 2020

  40. Ishant Jaiswal - 2021

  41. Stuti Bhatnagar - 2016

  42. Aditya - 2024

  43. Kartikey - 2023

  44. Gaurav - 2024

  45. Laksh Kawatra - 2024

  46. Apoorv Jaiswal - 2021

  47. Srinivasan Ramaswamy - 2015

  48. Udisha - 2024

  49. Alex Saha - 2020

  50. Pratyush Nigam - 2024

  51. Devasheesh Pathak - 2020

  52. Sumitava Basu - 2010

  53. Dhruv Mairal - 2013

  54. Sidharth Kaushik - 2016

  55. Shreyas Vijayvargiya - 2014

  56. Shantanu Tikadar - 2014

  57. Prabal Goel - 2011

  58. Tini - 2010

  59. Aditya Agrawal - 2020

  60. Prakhar Mittal - 2020

  61. Sreya Bhar - 2015

  62. Sriraman Jha - 2017

  63. Hemant Singh Rathore - 2020

  64. Rohit Sahay - 2017

  65. Aditya Pratap Singh - 2022

  66. Dhairyaditya Rathore - N.A.

  67. Jay Sayta - 2015

  68. Indrajeet Bannerjie - 2021

  69. Swastik Parhi - 2023

  70. Sumit Kumar Gupta - 2022

  71. Yash - 2022

  72. Prashanth Mukundan - 2016

  73. Disha Chakrabortty - 2021