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India: Caste discrimination does not spare academics

Saturday 6 April 2019, by siawi3

Source: Peoples Media Advocacy & Resource Centre- PMARC, Dalit Media Watch April 6, 2019

Outrage at bid to revoke PhD of IIT teacher

April 6, 2019 04:02 (8 hours ago)

Caste Discrimination At IIT Kanpur, April 5, 2019
https://countercurrents.org/2019/04/05/caste-discrimination-at-iit-kanpur/

400 scholars, academics, activists from 16 countries have signed an
International Statement of Solidarity against “caste-discrimination and
institutional harassment†of Dr. Subrahmanyam Saderla, an associate
professor at IIT Kanpur’s Department of Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Saderla
belongs to a Scheduled Caste community.

Renowned scientists including American mathematician David Mumford, a
recipient of the Fields Medal (considered “Nobel Prize for Mathematics†),
Indian physicist Ashoke Sen, a Padma Bhushan awardee who is renowned for
his work on String Theory, and Thomas Kailath, a distinguished information
theorist and recipient of the US’ National Science Medal, endorsed the
statement. The countries represented are India, USA, UK, Canada, Germany,
Israel, Japan, Australia, Italy, South Africa, France, Mexico, Ireland,
Austria, Switzerland and Portugal.

Signatories include Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor (emeritus),
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Laureate Professor, University of
Arizona, Arundhati Roy, Writer and Activist ...

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Outrage at bid to revoke PhD of IIT teacher
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/outrage-at-bid-to-revoke-phd-of-iit-teacher/cid/1688188

... “When I was a student in 1999, faculty members used to openly say that
Dalits were good for nothing. The situation is worse now; the environment
has become more toxicâ€

... Among the signatories to the global academics’ statement are American
mathematician David Mumford, a Fields Medal winner, Indian physicist
Ashoke Sen and information theorist Thomas Kailath.

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Scientists, Scholars Decry Caste Discrimination Against IIT-K Academic
Subrahmanyam Saderla

https://www.news18.com/news/india/scientists-scholars-decry-caste-discrimination-against-iit-k-academic-subrahmanyam-saderla-2089571.html

... A number of eminent scientists have endorsed a statement of solidarity
against the “caste-based discrimination and institutional harassment†of a
Dalit academic from IIT-Kanpur, Dr Subrahmanyam Saderla. The experts are
among the 400 scholars, academics and activists from 16 countries,
representing a wide range of institutes in the fields of science and
technology.

The dignitaries include American mathematician and Fields Medal recipient
David Mumford, Indian physicist and Padma Bhushan awardee Ashoke Sen, and
Thomas Kailath, a distinguished information theorist and recipient of the
US’ National Science Medal. The signatories from Indian institutes are the
Chennai Mathematical Institute, the Indian Institutes of Science Education
and Research, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the Indian
Institute of Science, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and
several IITs, including some from IIT Kanpur. ...

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IIT-Kanpur ‘vendetta’ against Dalit teacher flayed: SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
NEW DELHI, APRIL 04, 2019
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/iit-kanpur-vendetta-against-dalit-teacher-flayed/article26738022.ece

Star support: Some renowned scientists who endorsed the statement include
American mathematician and Fields Medal winner David Mumford, Indian
physicist and Padma Bhushan awardee Ashoke Sen and US National Science
Medal recipient Thomas Kailath.

Expressing dismay at “IIT-Kanpur’s vindictive attitude†, the statement
called upon the Senate to rescind its recommendation to revoke Dr.
Saderla’s thesis, and adhere to the institute’s own Academic Ethics Cell’s
recommendations. ...

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Scholars, activists sign statement slamming IIT-Kanpur for trying to
revoke Dalit prof’s PhD
— for calling out senior colleagues’ casteism
https://www.edexlive.com/news/2019/apr/03/scholars-activists-sign-statement-slamming-iit-kanpur-for-trying-to-revoke-dalit-profs-phd-5689.html

Over a hundred academicians, intellectuals and activists from across the
world have slammed IIT-Kanpur for attempting to revoke the PhD of an SC
scholar who accused senior professors of caste discrimination. The
statement of solidarity with Dr Subrahmanyam Saderla was signed by
scholars from universities from TISS to Brown University to Columbia
University and SOAS University of London. It was also signed by activists
like Arundhati Roy.

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Scholars, academics express ‘dismay’ at IIT-Kanpur action against Dalit
teacher

https://indianexpress.com/article/education/scholars-academics-express-dismay-at-iit-kanpur-action-against-dalit-teacher-5659513/

Expressing “dismay†at IIT-Kanpur’s “vindictive attitude towards and
actions against†its associate professor, Subhramanyam Saderla, 400
scholars, academics and activists from 16 countries have signed a
statement of solidarity against Saderla’s “caste discrimination and
institutional harassment†. Among Indian institutes represented in the
signatories are the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research,
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Indian Institute of Science, All
India Institute of Medical Sciences, and several IITs, including
IIT-Kanpur.