Students and Political Protests



A series of articles on “Students and Political Protests”

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Over the last few years, India has experienced a series of protests by students on various social and political issues. The reaction of the society to these protests have been diverse. There are people who feel that the students should concentrate on their studies, others opine that they must also take part in political issues of great magnitude. There are people who think that students need to be handled like any other rioters, while others say that students are the future of the country and cannot be handled like that. And what (if any) should be the role of teachers and the institute/college/university when their students are protesting? Student protest is not a new phenomenon, either in India, or in the world. Has anything changed about student protests these days?

Confluence has invited several thinkers in India to express their views on this subject. This is a list of the articles that appear under this series. This post will be updated as and when more articles appear in this series.

  1. Educational Potential of Students’ Movements by Gauhar Raza
  2. Status of Academic Freedom by Jyotirmoy Paul
  3. Should students take part in public protests? by Soumitro Banerjee
  4. Students, they indeed are! by Jyotsna Jha
  5. Disturbing your peace by Ram Ramaswamy
  6. Science, Galileo and Student Protests by Srikanth Sastry
  7. Campuses must be free and fair for all by Abhishek Banerjee
  8. Bhagat Singh on Students and Politics by Syed Irfan Habib
  9. “Dude! You not going to the rally?” by Ashwin Kelkar
  10. Apolitical: To Be or Not To Be by Abhijit Majumder
  11. Where mediocres fear to tread by Ayan Banerjee


It should be noted here that all articles represent personal views of the authors and do not carry any endorsement of either Confluence or Indian Academy of Sciences.

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