From New Internationalist: “Kashmir University: Campus with a Difference”
“English philosopher, writer and mathematician Bertrand Russell could not have had Srinagar’s Kashmir University in mind when he described education as one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought. But this line pretty much sums up the state of affairs at this academic institution which is supposed to inculcate values of freedom of ideas, speech and expression in young minds.
Instead, its actions are counter-productive for its student population, as it busies itself oppressing freedom of choice and intimidating students who wish to voice their opinion and refuse to be manipulated or bow down to authoritarian pressures. All this because the authorities imposed a ban on the students’ union in 2009, and some students are working towards reviving it.
A nocturnal raid was carried out by 150 police officers from Hazratbal police station on two student hostels last Saturday. The Chief Proctor was present, along with the concerned Station House Officer of the police station and two wardens.
The raids lasted from around 7 pm to 9 pm. All the entrances to the campus were sealed, while police cordoned off the hostels and searched every room.
When the students asked the warden why they were being searched, especially given that he had known them for several years, the warden replied that he didn’t know who they were and that they should let police do their work.
A police officer confirmed that they received a call from the University authorities about the presence of militants in the hostel. They found nothing suspicious though.
This is not the first raid this month on campus. And this is not the first time the authorities have found nothing. Students say 10 raids have been conducted since January 2010. Students claim that authorities want to crush the movement to revive the previously banned Kashmir University Students’ Union (KUSU), and are using these pressure tactics to intimidate them.” Read more..