New Delhi’s JNU was the scene of violence this month as masked men assaulted students protesting a fee hike. After years of attacks on affirmative action and education spending, the nationalist right is trying to shut off the universities to all but the wealthiest Indians.
Ankita Pandey teaches political science at the Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She has recently finished her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford. She is an alumna of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.