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The youth caught hold of my arm during a handshake and tried to snatch my wrist watch. When I tried to resist, he attacked me and disappeared into the crowd. I could not find the youth. Even my students and friends tried to catch him, but failed.

Sudarsan Pattnaik (Sand Artist)

I was prevented from going to my office this morning by striking JNUSU cordons of students

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

The stand-off continued for a long time. They shouted slogans against me, called me names, and hinted that I was outnumbered twenty to one. But I also shouted slogans that I would fight for my democratic rights and the rights of all those who wish to dissent.

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

When I asked one of the students his name, he said "Najeeb", and others repeated that they were all Najeeb. Responding to it, Paranjape said, "I am Najib too, but I want to go to my office; you can't stop me.

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

In fact, even before I reached, a Hindi pamphlet, with derogatory remarks against me, was being circulated. It claimed that I had signed a Hindi petition which I had not. After I started, some students moved about in front of me with anti-Manuvadi placards, also part of the pre-planned “welcome” arranged for me.

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

All this happened with the blessings of the “Chair,” Mr Kanhaiya Kumar. Then Mr Kumar himself took to interrogating me. He tried to corner me several times, saying I wouldn’t be let off that easily, that I would be held to account. 

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

Well, mostly, writing is not faffing, gassing, or faking…

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

I don’t know if the world was here first; but, yes, the world “owes” you nothing — except what you make (of) yourself.

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

We have all have our ambitious, but in the end (as a former RBI Governor famously says), we just do what we do.

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

However, as a professor of JNU, I am for autonomy of the institutions.

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

It is wrong to have a witch hunt against students. Sedition is a serious charge and our thorough legal system should release the two students in jail if it finds no evidence against them.

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

JNU has backward points and deprivation points. You get points as a woman, as someone from backward classes.

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

It is a puzzle, a mystery that one will never completely understand. You cannot reduce it to practical matters; it is simply a leap of faith, a spark that happens between people

Makarand Paranjape (Poet & Professor)

To be honest, I have not been to many photo festivals or shown my work at too many places. 

Farrokh Chothia

What happens on the stage is that the light is always changing but you realize that there is a rhythm to all of this, a pattern. 

Farrokh Chothia

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