The attack today in Ramjas College might appear to be a fall out of ABVP’s opposition to my presence in the seminar. I was supposed to speak in the seminar titled ‘Cultures of Protest’ and my presentation was on ‘The War in Adivasi Areas’. My co-panelists Bimol Akoijam and Sanjay Kak were supposed to speak on AFSPA and other conflict areas. Many other panels in the seminar were to discuss issues of gender, sexuality, caste and the assault on university spaces. It was not just my participation, but this range of issues being discussed in a college in DU, was something that the ABVP was opposed to. And because of their violence, the seminar has been called off for the time being.
Fascism thrives in an environment of fear, and through these attacks they want to make us fearful. But the most fitting response we can give to these fascists is by fearlessly organising more such programs, seminars, screening and protests. I heard scores of students of Delhi University came out today without any fear to resist these hooligans. We have to intensify the resistance, till we politically ideologically defeat and isolate the ABVP and their masters in power. If we fail to stand up right now, they will convert our universities too into shamshaans and kabristans!”