Angry over mob attack, JNU Professor CP Chandrasekhar quits govt panel to review economic data (Photo Credit: Screen grab/Youtube)
CP Chandrasekhar, a professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), has resigned from a government-appointed committee, which was tasked to review India’s economic data.
In his resignation letter, professor CP Chandrasekhar said, "I regret to inform you that, because of the situation in JNU where I stay, I will be unable to attend tomorrow's meeting. Further, I feel that, under current conditions, this Committee is unlikely to be able to restore the credibility of the statistical system, which has been undermined in the recent past.
"I wish to record my appreciation of the sustained efforts of the large number of colleagues within the statistical system whom I have greatly valued working with in the past to build a robust and credible statistical base," he said.
Professor CP Chandrasekhar further said, "It is unfortunate that political pressures have reduced their autonomy now, and efforts to consolidate a well-designed system are being subverted. In these circumstances, I will not be able to serve on this Committee.” "The most disturbing part is a narrative is being built to make anti-national elements be perceived as the truth," he added.
On Sunday, a mob of masked young people stormed the JNU campus in south Delhi and systematically targeted students in three hostels, unleashing mayhem with sticks, stones, and iron rods, hitting inmates and breaking windows, furniture and personal belongings. They also attacked a women's hostel.