The introduction begins with an elaborate discussion on two rather recent students agitations: in the aftermath of Rohith Vemula’s suicide and the JNU ‘Azadi’ campaign; and in the wake of the arrest of JNU student president Kanhaiya Kumar. The chapter discusses the nature of changing campus activism in India the past decade amidst the backdrop of neo-liberal policies on education. It highlights how public universities aspire towards social justice by creating an intellectually vibrant space in the present competitive age of the market. By establishing a link between democracy and university, the introduction argues that public universities in India provide a critical space to unlearn the undemocratic. As a space of creative imagination and critical thought, universities and institutions of higher learning become sites of resistance.
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