JOIN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST SAFFRONISATION!
RESIST THE ATTACK ON HIGHER EDUCATION!
For the last 52 days, Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) students, are on strike against the questionable appointments made in the apex decision making body of FTII - The FTII Society.
The strike has brought into focus a trend of appointments of highly unqualified individuals associated with RSS and BJP The recent appointments at institutions like NFDC, CFSI, & CBFC have already started to affect independent critical & artistic endeavors on issues faced by the country. Nalanda university, ICHR, IIT, NBT, ICCR, ICHR, NCERT, TIFR & IIMs are all resisting governments interference in academics and governance.
FTII continues to persist despite the underhand tactics like threats of expulsion, flimsy FIRs against the students, vandalism and relentless character assassination of the students and the institution.
The voice of the students at FTII has resonated with other students, artists, filmmakers, cultural organizations, civil rights and political groups across the country that have openly come out in support. Support for the students is pouring in from a plethora of cities and centers every day. International students and mainstream media, alarmed at the developments, have started registering their support.
In midst of it all, FTII students has decided to take our democratic protest to the streets of Delhi
100+ students from FTII will lead a march from Jantar Mantar to the Parliament Street, at 2pm on 3rd of August.
We call out to all the students, youth, parents, artists, educators, everyone who is concerned about the institutions of higher education & throttling of independent & critical voices in our country. This is a call to all who value spaces where rational, reasonable and scholarly debate can happen. Where voices critical of majority are not labelled as 'anti hindu' ,where a certain variety of nationalism is not forced upon people. We urge people, from all walks of life who are concerned and alarmed by the 'environment of fear' where any criticism is simply not allowed, to come out vociferously in support of the students and join them in this march which represents a historic struggle for the sake of preserving academic autonomy and the universal tenets of freedom of thought, expression and right to criticise and dissent.
On 3rd each voice will be standing for the fight to save our institutions from undemocratic and fascist forces.
JOIN US AT JANTAR MANTAR, 2 pm , 3rd August (MONDAY).
"NOTHING STRENGTHENS AUTHORITY SO MUCH AS SILENCE" - Albert Einstein
FTII STUDENTS' ASSOCIATION