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Circumstances around Ashoka exit won’t change for foreseeable future, says Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Noted academician Pratap Bhanu Mehta had resigned from Ashoka University last week stating that his association with the institution might be 'considered a political liability'.

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New Delhi: In a letter addressed to students of Ashoka University, noted academician Pratap Bhanu Mehta asserted that circumstances that led to his resignation from the university shall not change in the future.

“The underlying circumstances that led to the resignation will not change for the foreseeable future, in any case, at any rate,” he wrote. He also urged students to “not press the matter” any further.

Mehta had resigned from Ashoka University on 15 March. In his resignation letter, he said that he was quitting because his association with the institution might be “considered a political liability”. Two days later, renowned economist and Ashoka faculty member Arvind Subramanian also resigned from his position. The exit of both professors triggered protests by students and faculty members.

Addressing the students as “superheroes” in his letter, Mehta expressed gratitude for their solidarity.

“I was personally overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection and support you have displayed over the last week. Your solidarity means to me more than I can ever express in words. It is affection that will overwhelm me whenever I will remember this week,” he wrote.

Read full text of the letter here: 


Also read: Debate, fact, fiction around Pratap Bhanu Mehta’s Ashoka exit & Gen Bajwa’s signals to India


 

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Carmax,has not even an iota of How this will effect future generation, when they come on scene ,they see all Instition were systematically destroyed, and they face challanges of resistance as a human being.

  2. No big loss sir! You can start applying for job in some foreign university. India can live without you.

  3. When the intellectuals write couple of pages without saying anything in specific other than “The underlying circumstances that led to the resignation will not change for the foreseeable future, in my case, at any rate.” sounds more like small town politics ending with” this association with the institution might be ‘considered a political liability”.
    Is it by any chnace a way to instigate the superheros?
    The right thing would have been spell out the deficiencies and suggest corrective action. Particularly if the organization is not Government funded.
    The style of non-constructive criticism seem to have infected the acemedia as well. Which is all right for vote and TRP seekers.

  4. Nobody is indespensible.Institutions hold higher place than egoists .Both Mehta and Rajan are free to air their liberal views outside Ashoka university

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