Prof. Achin Vanaik
Professor of International Relations and Global Politics, Delhi University
Achin Vanaik continued to be active in the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), India and in the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (INCACBI). He also contributes to the the Society for Marxist Studies (SMS) which has held two week long residential schools --on in the north in the Summer and one in the south in the winter for post-graduate students and social activists.
Chapters written by Achin came out in two books in 2016: "The Future Trajectory of BRICS" in Patrick Bond and Ana Garcia (eds.) BRICS: An Anti-Capitalist Critique and "Nationalism:Its Power and Limits" in R. Azad,J. Nair, M. Singh, M.S. Roy (eds.) What the Nation Really Needs to Know :The JNU Nationalism Lectures.
This lecture series was held in the open air in 'Freedom Square' in the Jawaharlal Nehru University in response to the new Modi-led government's effort to promote through its newly appointed Vice chancellor of JNU, an intolerant, muscular and exclusivist understanding of nationalism in keeping with the ruling party's declared ideology of 'Hindutva' (the supposedly essentialist Hindu-ness of Indian nationalism). This mean the new University Administration would tolerate no serious criticism of the government's policies in Kashmir to the extent that some JNU students were charged with "sedition" for holding a meeting to discuss the Indian policy on Kashmir. This sparked resistance by teachers and students including an open-air lecture series where invited speakers spoke on various aspects and understandings of nationalism and matters concerning democratic rights.