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: