Delhi School of Economics


In another violent crime at North Campus, a student was stabbed repeatedly; students plead for safety measures.

A student from the Delhi School of Economics (DSE) was attacked by unidentified phone snatchers on Sunday, 2nd December 2018. The incident took place late night, at the Naala Bridge at Patel Chest Institute, North Campus, University of Delhi (DU), which is in close vicinity of Maurice Nagar Police Station, New Delhi. A robbing attempt by bike ridden perpetrators escalated into violence, and the victim was stabbed in the back multiple times, with a knife. The victim, named Sandipan, is a 2nd year PhD student at DSE. Sandipan is currently admitted at Hindu Rao Hospital, Malka Ganj.

The police was informed about the incident and given the bike’s plate number belonging to the attackers. The perpetrators have not been found yet.

Patel Chest is the commercial centre of DU, residence to many students and is generally pervaded with students till late night. This makes it more prone to theft like violent crimes; reports of many armed robberies and attacks in the past stand proof of the same. Delhi University students have often been victims of violent crimes, and the inaction on behalf of the concerned authorities is problematic. Abhi Gyan, another student from DSE said, “The incident and police’s inaction is telling of how dangerous our own campus has become”.

Safety must be a top priority in areas inhabited by students. To urge the authorities to take corrective action and ensure their security in and around campus, the students of DSE organised a candle light march from DSE gates at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, 5th December 2018.


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Nikita Bhatia
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In yet another instance of smothering the agents of discourse and discussion, the Delhi School Of Economics (DSE) postponed an event on the campus on grounds of ‘lack of space’.
The event, titled ‘DU Conversations Celebrate 70 Years of Indian Democracy’, was scheduled to be held on Thursday. It was being organised by ‘DU Conversations’, a group comprising students and teachers from different departments of Delhi University.
However, Pami Dua, the DSE director issued a notice stating that the event had to be ‘postponed due to lack of space’.
The organisers on the other hand, allege that the event was postponed even after obtaining prior permission.
The program was to have included songs of the freedom movement by a member of the Ambedkar Univerity, Delhi  faculty, a performance of Dastan-e Amir Hamza by DU history students and music by a workers band. In between, say the organisers, there were to have been two 15 minutes slots for open conversation about DU concerns, “including discrimination”.
Further, efforts of the students to approach the proctor of the university, hoping for an alternative venue, were squashed by the DU Chief Security Officer (CSO).
Denying rumours that students were invited to speak on the Ramjas issue at the event, organiser Rajat Sonkar said, “We did not invite anybody to speak on the Ramjas issue and, unlike some reports doing the rounds, we do not have any political affiliations” as told to The Hindu.
The students further said that they were persistently questioned by the police and charged with “baseless allegations”
On February 22, violent clashes had broken out between the ABVP – the student wing of the RSS – and students who were protesting the cancellation of a seminar where JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were expected to speak. Since then, several events on campus aimed at discussing the political clashes in Ramjas college have been cancelled.
This has created an atmosphere of a bleak University space where voices and reason can’t sustain itself under the authority of the administration. The question remains, how long will this culture of muffling opinions under the garb of administrative judiciary, persist?

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Ankita Dhar Karmakar
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On Sunday, May 28, Republic TV ran a story about pro-ISIS and pro-Maoist slogans being scribbled on the walls of Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University. However, the visuals used in the backdrop while running the story were posters made by students from Disha, a Delhi University students’ organisation.

Republic TV’s broadcast can be seen here.

In response to this, the outfit has written a letter to Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of Republic TV condemning the irresponsible act of journalism. In the letter, Simran – convener of Disha Student Organisation – alleges that Mr Goswami’s channel has falsely used their posters to cover the pro-ISIS news when they had nothing to do with the alleged ISIS slogans. She further asserts that the pictures contextualised the news piece in a way that wrongly insinuated and defamed their democratic organisation.

The association has since issued an official statement and sought an apology from the channel by asserting, “We strongly condemn this pitiable act of irresponsible journalism. We ask that you run an apology clarifying this on your channel and everywhere where you have run this video story (facebook, youtube, twitter etc). In the event of failing to do so by your channel we will be forced to file a defamation suit against your channel and send you a show cause notice.” (sic)


Taking their opposition further, the organisation has now planned a protest demonstration against Republic TV on 31st May, Wednesday, at Arts Faculty, North Campus.

It will be interesting to see how this tussle unfolds. Whether Republic TV will apologise or failing which Disha Student Organisation will go ahead with the defamation suit – only time can tell.


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Niharika Dabral
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On 27th May, a “pro-ISIS” slogan was discovered on the walls of commerce dept., Delhi School of Economics.

Immediately reacting to it, Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) secretary and a member of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) Ankit Singh Sangwan filed a police complaint against the slogan on Saturday. He reported the matter to the authorities and subsequently filed a complaint with Maurice Nagar Police Station after some students supposedly informed him about the objectionable slogans. After filing the police complaint, he also shared the photograph of the wall that was tainted with slogans in blue and pink on personal Twitter handle. He also attached the copy of the complaint.

In his police complaint, Sangwan wrote, “I found that ‘I am SYN ISIS’ was written on the wall, which means that an organisation like ISIS is to be supported.”


He also asserted in his complaint, which is written is Hindi that various slogans such as ‘Justice for Naxals’ , ‘AFSPA’, ‘Aazadi’ , ‘LGBTQ’ were also written alongside the walls of the Department of Social Work. The complaint ended with a plea to take strict action against the perpetrators of the act and request the immediate painting of the walls.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Jatin Narwal took cognizance of the complaint and assured that Delhi Police would now examine the matter.  With presence of CCTV cameras around, it is expected that it will not be difficult to figure out who wrote the message on the wall of Department of Commerce.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Niharika Dabral

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“The first casualty when a war comes, is truth”, this quote stares straight at times when people sit to discuss wars. History has been the best witness of how often truth has been molded by victors of wars. Across all the wars, it is the common people who bear the brunt of the conflicts.

This book, written by Nandini Sundar- an award winning sociologist at Delhi School of Economics is a firsthand account of facts, stories and happenings that shaped the war between the Indian State and the Maoists. The book largely deals with the lost lives, casualties and stories of large scale violence that was thrust upon the tribal villages in the name of anti-insurgency operations by the Indian State. Starting from her earlier days when she spent time in the area as a PhD student to her field visits and numerous other times spent in Bastar, the author collects shades from the time to tell the reader the tale of how things were, and how they have been made into what they are now.

She tries to bring to light the marginalized stories about large scale human rights violations, mass molestations and almost everything that has been obscured by the dominant narratives and state control. The book makes the reader express the same words that Supreme Court judgement also featured, ‘Its Horror! It’s Horror!’

If you believe that everything is in black and white in the anti-insurgency operations conducted by the security forces in the jungles, this book is a must read for you. The book throws light on one of the worst of state supported killings of civilians in the history of India as well the legal battles that were fought for justice.

War is not just about suffering and death, but also about the complex workings of bureaucracies, militaries, political groups and societies that form its scaffolding. This book is a must read for students to widen their horizon and discover that which is often concealed in the gaps and silences of the popularized or state sanctioned narratives.

It is imperative for us to know, ‘the Horror!’ that happened in our own country.

You can buy the book here: The Burning Forests
Srivedant Kar

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The students of the Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, organised their Annual Alumni Dinner, Reminiscence 2016, on Saturday, 17th September, 2016, at Hotel Radisson Blu, Dwarka, New Delhi. The event was a huge success, and witnessed a total participation of more than 300 people, including the faculty, alumni and students of the College. The Chief Guest of the event was the Honourable Member of Parliament from West Delhi Lok Sabha Constituency, Mr Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma.



The event started at 7 pm in the evening, with the lighting of the lamp by Prof. Kavita Sharma, Head of Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics. Thereafter, an enlightening welcome speech was given by Prof. Kavita Sharma, followed by melodious singing by Soumya, a MBA (HRD) student. Then the course coordinator of MBA (IB), Dr Ashish Chandra addressed the audience and it was followed by felicitation of distinguished senior alumni of MBA-HRD (MHROD) and MBA-IB (MIB), who are serving in some of the top corporates and have made the department proud.

This was followed by a power-packed singing performance by Poojan, a MBA (IB) student. The students also gave an invigorating dance performance to entertain the guests and the fellow students. Later, a troupe of Sufi performers enthralled the audience with their melody. An alumnus of MBA (HRD), Mr Kushal Dubey, charged the audience with his solo singing. The session culminated with a vote of thanks by Dr Urvashi Sharma, course coordinator of MBA (HRD) followed by speeches of student Conveners of Alumni Teams of MBA (HRD) and MBA (IB).



Dinner was served at 9:30 pm. All the alumni of the college and the students, as well as faculty, had a healthy interaction over dinner. Reminiscence is an annual affair, and every year, students, faculty and alumni of the college gather over dinner in order to interact and catch up with each other as well as the happenings in the college.

18th August, 2012 an association of three publishing companies namely, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor and Francis sued Rameshwari and other such photocopy shops for selling the Xeroxed version of foreign authors’ books or “readings” without payment of Royalty. Following this incident, the readings at North Campus were banned which led to massive protests from students all across Delhi University. The students and these shops maintained that readings are sold to reduce the financial burden of the students. Where a student can get the “readings” at Rs 200 to 300 a foreign authors’ book costs around Rs 1000 to 2000, and most of the times a student needs just a chapter from the entire book.

Thus the students’ protest is partially justified. But if we examine the true scenario, we’ll find that the publishers did nothing wrong or “immoral” by banning the readings. Authors write books to communicate their idea or knowledge and in return expect a Royalty income. Similarly publishers, publish, distribute and sell books for making a profit. When the content of these books is photocopied beyond a “fair” limit, Copyright law is broken. The point is “photocopying” is not illegal, but in order to do so the sellers must get the permission or “licence” from the “Indian Copyright Collection Society” or the “Indian Reprographic Rights Organization” (IRRO) .The IRRO has set tariff (or rates) for licenses for different Institutions and Organizations for the purpose of copying. Normal rate of photocopying is Rs 12000 per institution per annum. This tariff has the approval of the Registrar of Copyright and is the Lowest in the World.

However “Readings” are not “normal photocopying”. They consist of the entire course in a semester and are generally content taken from several books which may be published by various Publishers. Where such “Course Packs” are made available, the Publishers books stop selling. Even the libraries stop buying multiple copies of the textbooks. Therefore the sale of the books is reduced affecting the income expectations of the Author and the expected return on investment for the Publishers. While a course pack may cost 300 to 400 Rupees, the value of the textbooks that the student would otherwise have to buy would be as much as Rs. 2000 to 3000. So it is a huge saving for the student at the cost of the Authors and Publishers.

Hence there is a “Course Pack” rate for Delhi University which is 50 paisa per page. That is the lowest rate for course packs in the world. If the readings are sold legally the cost of a course pack may go up a bit but still it will be lesser than having to buy 6-7 textbooks. A Rs. 200 course pack can become Rs. 300. If the University feels that this copyright fee is too much for the student, then they can subsidize by paying the IRRO directly.

In countries like UK and USA every time a library photocopies these books a little amount of the total cost is set aside for Copyright Collection Centre in the USA and the CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) in U.K. Publishers and Authors have a right to protect their Copyright. All they are asking the Academic and Student community to do is to pay a small license fee to make photocopies. “There will always be some people who’ll want everything free but that is not sustainable. Surely the Academic and Student community does not expect a subsidy from Authors and Publishers? Without proper IRRO licensing that is what illegal photocopying amounts to” says Cambridge University Press. The “readings” are still banned in the North Campus and those shops selling the readings are doing it illegally. Their claim that they have got the licence from the publishers is absolutely false.

Aishwarya Chaurasia
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Read the initial report here, https://dubeat.com/2012/08/readings-banned-in-north-campus/

Literathon is a cross country event being launched by INDIAreads Online Library and Bookstore to promote the habit of reading among students through greater engagement with books and authors. It has been conceptualized to make not just books, but even their writers more accessible. The idea is to provide students with an opportunity to listen to their favourite authors, quiz them about their best-selling titles, discuss strategies, ideas and debate upon current issues. Every Literathon will consist of a series of events ranging from talks, creative writing workshops and interactive sessions to book launches, book reading sessions and book bazaars. There will be a host of online and on the spot competitions to enable students to interact with fellow book lovers and to discuss and debate upon their favourite and not so favourite works.

The Inaugural event of the Literathon, co-hosted with the Delhi School of Economics, will be held at the Conference Hall, Delhi University on July 28, 2012. Best-selling author Rashmi Bansal (of the Stay Hungry Stay Foolish fame) will share the secrets of entrepreneurship along with international management consultant Deepak Gandhi. Padma awardee and Planning Commission member Syeda Hameed will join her co-author Gunjan Veda for an interactive session on Youth as agents of Change. The two will also read from their new book, Beautiful Country: Stories from Another India which was recently released by Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

The highlight of the event is the launch of Bansal’s new book Poor Little Rich Slum, which she has co-authored with Deepak Gandhi. All the four authors will be available for signing books after their talks.

The event will also see an all-day Book Bazaar with exclusive discounts and various on-the-spot competitions like Tag-It (find a tag line) and a photo contest called Pic-a-Caption as a run up to the event and will soon be followed by other competitions including a quiz.


You could follow this link for more details, http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/Literathon

In another act of right-wing protestation, members of the ABVP and BSKS threatened to disrupt the screening of Jashn-e-Azadi, a documentary on Kashmir earlier this Thursday over its alleged delineation of a pro Kashmir independence sentiment. The screening was organised by the Delhi School of Economics’ Sociology department.

In previous incidents, Pune’s Symbiosis University cancelled the screening of the film after protests from the RSS-aligned Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. ABVP even protested the teaching of the Ramanujan text in 2008 by vandalizing the office of Prof. S.Z.H.Jafri, the then history department head. The Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena (BSKS), infamous for one of its members attacking Prashant Bhushan over his statement on Jammu and Kashmir, tweeted “Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena & other Nationalist’s Groups will stop today Sanjay Kak’s Jashn-e-Azadi (anti Army & pro Kashmir azadi movie) screening at Delhi School of Economics, DU(sic).”

Rohit Chahal, Pradesh Mantri of ABVP Delhi, who was incarcerated temporarily in 2008 for his involvement in the violence outside Prof. S.Z.H. Jafri’s office in protest of the teaching of the Ramanujan text said, “The permission for the movie screening was cancelled by the University, also Jashn-e-Azadi hasn’t even got clearance from the Censor Board, so how can they show it. The movie hurts regional sentiments, depicts the Army to be responsible for the tribulations in Kashmir”

Denying reports of any ABVP protesters barging into the screening and breaking the police cordon, he further went on to say, “The police allowed us to go in. There were ABVP members who were already inside and we peacefully protested in the campus. We would have anyway been permitted to go in as the screening was organised by the All India Students’ Association”