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Academics write to Vishwa Ranjan, DGP of Chattisgarh

Academics write to Vishwa Ranjan, DGP of Chattisgarh

More than 100 faculty members signed the letter to the DGP:

See Anirvan Chatterjee hand the letter to the DGP

Itty Abraham
Associate Professor of Government
Director of South Asia Institute
University of Texas at Austin

Meena Alexander
Poet & Distinguished Professor of English
Hunter College, City University of New York

Bernardo Attias
Professor and Chair of Communication Studies
California State University, Northridge

Niharika Banerjea
Assistant Professor, Sociology
University of Southern Indiana

Pranab Bardhan
Professor of Economics
University of California at Berkeley

Dilip Basu
Professor and Founding Director
Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center
University of California at Santa Cruz

Amitabh Behar
Executive Director
National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune

Kim Berry
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California

Satindar Mohan Bhagat
Professor of Physics
University of Maryland College Park

Nirveek Bhattacharjee
Senior Research Fellow
University of Washington

Arabinda Bhattacharya
Reader in Statistics & Business Management
Calcutta University

Purnima Bose
Associate Professor of English
Indiana University

Peter E. Caines
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
McGill University
Montreal, Canada

Mia Carter
Associate Professor of English
University of Texas at Austin

Rabin Chakraborty
Reader in Applied Physics
Calcutta University

Nandini Chandra
Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literature
University of Minnesota

Shefali Chandra
Assistant Professor of South Asian History
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sharad Chari
Assistant Professor of Geography
London School of Economics

Angana Chatterji
Associate Professor of Anthropology
California Institute of Integral Studies
San Francisco

Indrani Chatterjee
Associate Professor of History
Rutgers University, New Jersey

Kalyan Chatterjee
Distinguished Professor of Economics and Management Science
Pennsylvania State University

Kumkum Chatterjee
Associate Professor of History
Pennsylvania State University

P.S. Chauhan
Professor of English
Arcadia University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

B. J. Cherayil
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Lawrence Cohen
Associate Professor of Anthropology and South & Southeast Asian Studies
University of California at Berkeley

Dia Da Costa
Assistant Professor
Queens University
Kingston, Canada

Om Prakash Damani
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Veena Das
Professor of Anthropology;
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Soumya Datta
Lecturer in Economics
University of Delhi

Monimalika Day
Assistant Professor of Education and Human Development
George Mason University
Washington, DC

Mara de Gennaro
Assistant Professor of English
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Hemang Desai
Robert B. Cullum Professor of Accounting
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas

Parijat Desai
Fellow, Institute for Diversity in the Arts Stanford University

Amiya Dev
Professor of Comparative Literature (Retired)
Jadavpur University, Kolkata

J. Devika
Associate Professor
Centre for Development Studies
Trivandrum

Ganesh Devy
Professor of Humanities
Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology
Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Aparna Dharwadker
Associate Professor of English
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Vinay Dharwadker
Professor, Languages and Cultures of Asia
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pawan Dhingra
Associate Professor of Sociology
Oberlin College
Ohio

Anuradha Dingwaney Needham
Longman Professor of English
Oberlin College, Ohio

Shahnaz Duara
Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Arindam Dutta
Associate Professor of Architectural History
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Indranil Dutta
Lecturer, Center for the Study of Languages
Rice University
Houston, Texas

Meher Engineer
President-Elect
Indian Academy of Social Sciences

Mary Ganguli
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Epidemiology
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

M.K.George S J
International Visiting Jesuit Fellow
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, Massachusetts

Anuradha Ghosh
Lecturer in English
Jamia Millia Islamia
New Delhi

Kaushik Ghosh
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin

Saroj Giri
Lecturer in Political Science
University of Delhi

Michael Goldman
Professor of Sociology and Global Studies
University of Minnesota

Sumanth Gopinath
Assistant Professor of Music Theory
University of Minnesota

Patricia Gruben
Associate Professor of Film
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Jeanette Herman
Lecturer, Asian American Studies
The University of Texas at Austin

Robert Jensen
Associate Professor of Journalism
University of Texas at Austin

Manas Joardar
Reader in Applied Physics
Calcutta University

Mary E. John
Director and Senior Fellow
Centre for Women’s Development Studies
New Delhi

Vinod John
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Sreevidya Kalaramadam
Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies
William Paterson University of New Jersey

Sangeeta Kamat
Associate Professor of International Education & Educational Policy
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Suvir Kaul
A. M. Rosenthal Professor and Chair
Department of English
University of Pennsylvania

Nadia Y. Kim
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, California

Jesse Ross Knutson
Visiting Lecturer in Sanskrit
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Minnesota

Vinay Lal
Associate Professor of History
University of California at Los Angeles

Vincent A. Lapomarda
College of the Holy Cross
Associate Professor of History
Worcester, Massachusetts

Jinee Lokaneeta
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Drew University
Madison, New Jersey

Amman Madan
Professor of Humanities & Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Mokshay Madiman
Associate Professor of Statistics
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
Sunaina Maira
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies
University of California at Davis

Biju Mathew
Associate Professor of Information Systems
Rider University New Jersey

Mary Jo Maynes
Professor of History
University of Minnesota

Sharmistha Majumdar
Research Scholar of Molecular & Cell Biology
University of California at Berkeley

Ernestine McHugh
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Religion
University of Rochester
Rochester, New York

Nivedita Menon
Professor of Political Thought
School of International Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Ali Mir
Professor of Management
William Paterson University of New Jersey

Raza Mir
Associate Professor of Management
William Paterson University of New Jersey

Ish Mishra
Professor of Political Science
Hindu College, University of Delhi

Amitabha Mukerjee
Professor of Computer Science
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Richa Nagar
Professor of Women’s Studies
University of Minnesota
C. M. Naim
Professor Emeritus
South Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Chicago
N.K. Nandan
Professor of Hindi
BBA Bihar University

Dev Nathan
Visiting Professor
Indian Institute of Public Administration

Balmurli Natrajan
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Director, Gandhian Forum for Peace and Justice
William Paterson University of New Jersey

James Nye
Director, South Asia Language and Area Center
University of Chicago

Rupal Oza
Director, Women and Gender Studies
Hunter College, City University of New York

Gyanendra Pandey
Distinguished Professor of History
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Kavita Philip
Associate Professor, Women’s Studies
University of California at Irvine

Shiv Pillai
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Veena R Poonacha
Director, Research Center for Women’s Studies
SNDT Women’s University
Mumbai

Gyan Prakash
Dayton-Stockton Professor of History
Princeton University

Ashok Prasad
Research Scientist in Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Gautam Premnath
Assistant Professor of English
University of California at Berkeley

Jyoti Puri
Chair and Professor of Sociology
Simmons College
Boston, Massachusetts

Bandana Purkayastha
Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies
University of Connecticut

Imrana Qadeeroy
Emeritus Professor of Social Medicine and Community Health
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi

Mridu Rai
Associate Professor of History
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Bhagavati Ramamurthy
Associate Research Scientist
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Bhaskaran Raman
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Ashwini Rao
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Columbia University
New York, New York

Nagesh Rao
Assistant Professor of English
The College of New Jersey
Velcheru Narayana Rao
Professor, Languages and Cultures of Asia
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Raka Ray
Professor and Chair, South Asia Studies
University of California at Berkeley

Chandan Reddy
Assistant Professor of English
University of Washington Seattle

Modhumita Roy
Professor of English
Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts

Sharmila Rudrappa
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Texas at Austin

P. Sainath
Lecturer in Journalism
University of California at Berkeley

Mahua Sarkar
Associate Professor of Sociology
State University of New York Binghamton

Sumit Sarkar,
Professor of History (Retired)
University of Delhi

Tanika Sarkar
Professor of History
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi

Simona Sawhney
Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Minnesota

Meera Sehgal
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Carleton College
Northfield, Minnesota

Sagaree Sengupta
Translator and Lecturer in Asian Studies
Bates College
Lewiston, Maine

Manisha Sethi
Lecturer in Comparative Religion
Jamia Millia Islamia
New Delhi

Hemant Shah
Professor of Journalism
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Aradhana Sharma
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Wesleyan University
Middletown, Connecticut

Hari P. Sharma
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Jayeeta Sharma
Assistant Professor
History and Global Asia Studies
University of Toronto

Magid Shihade
Visiting Scholar, Middle East & South Asia Studies
University of California at Davis

Amritjit Singh
Langston Hughes Professor of English
Ohio University

Harjinder Singh (Laltu)
Professor of Computational Natural Sciences
International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Subir Sinha
Sr. Lecturer in Development Studies
School of Oriental and African Studies University of London
Ramesh Sitaraman
Professor of Computer Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Ajay Skaria
Associate Professor of History and Global Studies
University of Minnesota

Nigamanth Sridhar
Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Cleveland State University

Nidhi Srinivas
Assistant Professor of Management
The New School of Management and Policy
New York, New York

Aparna Sundar
Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Administration
Ryerson University
Toronto, Canada

Lisa Sun-Hee Park
Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Minnesota

Abha Sur
Lecturer in Women & Gender Studies,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mriganka Sur
Newton Professor and Chair of Neurosciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Gitam Tiwari
Professor of Transportation Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
Achin Vanaik
Professor and Chair of Political Science
Delhi University

Ajit Varki
Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Associate Dean for Physician-Scientist Training
University of CaliforniaSan Diego

Rashmi Varma
Associate Professor in English
University of Warwick, UK

Supriya Varma
Associate Professor of History
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi

Rahul Varman
Professor of Industrial Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Ramaa Vasudevan
Assistant Professor of Economics
Colorado State University

Mahendra K. Verma
Professor of Physics
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Kamala Visweswaran
Associate Professor of Anthropology
University of Texas at Austin

Chetan Sethi Zaidi
Associate Professor of English
University of Delhi

Stephen Zavestoski
Associate Professor and Chair
Sociology and Environmental Studies
University of San Francisco

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Sai itna dijiye, ja main kutum samay
main bhi bhukha na rahun, sadhu na bhukha jaye

Give me enough so that my family is fed,
So that I don’t go hungry and neither does the mendicant

Kabir, 15th century mystic and poet

I n d i a is famous for its amazing variety of food, range of crops and myriad preparations. Perhaps more precious is the Indian cultural perspective of food not as a commodity but a life-giver for all to share, indeed as a form of the divine: annam parabrahma svarupam. To feed an unexpected guest is an honour.

The farmer, regarded as annadata or giver of food, is not simply someone who makes a living out of cultivation, just as a scientist is a symbol of learning, of technical advancement, not just someone who works for pay in a laboratory.

Why then do we have in India a massive crisis where millions of farmers face debt and distress, thousands commit suicide, and half the country goes to sleep hungry? How does the other half see this? Should people’s right over land, water, seeds, knowledge and power be passed on to a few entities, turning skilled farmers into unskilled construction workers?

To raise awareness and build solidarity for the struggling farmers, AID volunteers around the world held candlelight vigils on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. Journalists like Shree Padre, Jaideep Hardikar, P. Sainath and AID Saathis Dayamani Barla and Nityanand Jayaraman have worked to bring issues of land, water, hunger, and debt to the public, and to policy-makers. AID volunteers pledge to learn more about the crisis and its reasons, and to support possible solutions.

Organizations that promote farmers’ livelihoods and food security have raised key issues and questions. What government policies, support systems, and subsidies have increased farmers’ dependence on chemical fertilizers, pesticides and seeds from the market? Why have people lost traditional practices of saving seeds and low-input farming? While green revolution had promised food sovereignty, it has not only pauperized the farmers, but also left soil depleted and crops more vulnerable, requiring more and more expensive inputs.

To break this vicious cycle, AID supports groups that promote low-input sustainable agriculture. In Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, and Uttarakhand, our partners are reclaiming wastelands, regenerating soil, and protecting crops without pesticides. In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, landless Dalit farmers are securing land rights, composting their own biomass, and planting seeds for tomorrow. As concerned citizens, we also demand farmer-friendly government policies.

And then there are choices that are personal but could be just as significant. Who grows, harvests, packs, transports and markets the food we eat daily? What do they earn? What do they eat? Do they have homes? How far does our food travel? How much fuel is used in transport and cooling? Are we fooled by the cosmetics that give it a “fresh” look at journey’s end? Which do we prefer – glossy fruits uniformly arranged on climate-controlled shelves or oddly shaped, unevenly colored fruits on a farmer’s cart?

These questions highlight our power as consumers to tilt the market away from vegetables steeped in pesticides and legumes coated with metanil yellow, towards organically grown vegetables, low-input grains, fairly traded to give the farmer a take-home wage rather than mounting debt. Can we exercise this power? What if our common humanity depends on it? Wishing you peace and joy in 2009, we welcome you to join AID. Let us make a difference together.

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