Why You Know Nothing About the Most Important Student Protest in India Happening Right Now

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Why You Know Nothing About the Most Important Student Protest in India Happening Right Now

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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he most important grassroots-level student mobilisation since JNU in 2016, is happening under our noses right now. And most of us seem to know precious little about it.

For the last eight hours, a massive number of students of Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU) in Raipur have been on an indefinite hunger strike demanding the immediate resignation of their Vice Chancellor, Dr Sukhpal Singh. The #NotMyVC protest by the HNLU students comes on the back of over a month of inaction by Singh about sexual harassment allegations against a faculty member, who they claim is being protected from investigation. The students’ grouses further include denial of basic facilities – like research opportunities, funding for moot courts – to concern over financial discrepancies, sexism in hostel curfew timings, and quality of academics.

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