From a supposed “Islamophobic Gandhivadi liberal” to your respected self,
You threw a lot of shade at the Jamia Coordination Committee and its intents without ever realizing what this committee really is or how it was formed. The JCC is a common students’ body, disassociated from any particular political or social view. It was formed after the incident of 15th December by concerned students of the university to project a single voice and stand united against CAA-NRC-NPR.
Members of JCC have been on the ground working to keep the fight going since the beginning, even when most of the students had returned home. With the help of our respected alumni of AAJMI, we formed a somewhat legitimate body capable enough to keep the movement alive from Jamia Millia Islamia’s front.
It is fairly obvious that you are mistaken as to the “leadership” of this movement. This movement birthed itself in Jamia by its own students and still remains a leaderless one. So, Sharjeel Imam may well be your particular leader, but in the context of this whole movement, he is nothing of the sort. Moreover, he has had no connection with Jamia Millia Islamia or our movement in any way.
Moving on to the slander you subjected the JCC to, we have never demanded that any action be taken against him. We stood by his right to speech, although, we did not agree with his way of speaking. To be precise, here is an excerpt from the press release we wrote in opposition to the actions by the State on him.
“Since the beginning of the popular and leaderless anti-CAA, NPR and NRC movement, individuals have been repeatedly targeted by the State, the media and the BJP-RSS in a bid to delegitimize and break up the protests. The latest attempt in this series has been made by the Assam state government, led by the BJP, in accusing one student of JNU, Sharjeel Imam, of sedition and presenting him as a “leader” of the movement.
We also state that while we do not agree with Sharjeel Imam’s political position and do not endorse him in any way, we nevertheless stand in solidarity with him as he faces incarceration for an alleged act of sedition. The nature of this colonial-era law is such that it does not in any way intend to suppress terrorism, but is instead used to target those who challenge the government.”
– Jamia Coordination Committee, Press Release. 24th January 2020.
A humble request to you is that you try and understand the work we are doing. It is easy to criticize others, but there is always more to it than meets the eyes. If you think there are flaws and shortcomings in the Jamia Coordination Committee, you may well be right. Do present us with positive criticism and ideas to help us be the body that channels Jamia’s voice as one.
I am a practising Muslim student and an independent social worker not tied to any ideology or organization. I have been working since the beginning before the JCC was even formed.
I would like to end this letter with a quote that will probably be taken in poor taste by you, but one of the founders of this institute, Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”