JNU is a state university

Local explorations: the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi Marxists, Dalits and Hindu fanatics

In the south of Delhi, with its own public bus system, the 400 hectare campus of the state Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is located on a slight hill. It is not only an oasis of calm, but also a haven for criticism.

Protesting students of the JNU on the anniversary of the death of the Dalit student Rohit Vermula. (Deutschlandradio / Dominik Müller)

Lively debates take place in their widely scattered lecture halls, cafeterias, student dormitories, the houses of the professors and employees. At the economics faculty, professors teach the current application of Marxist theory, the campus is littered with posters against war and against exploitation by multinational corporations.

At home and abroad, the JNU, with only 8,000 students, is considered one of the best universities in India for social and some natural sciences. The JNU is a thorn in the side of the Hindu nationalist government, which has ruled India since 2014. Students and teachers are often subjected to repression.

Production: Dlf 2017

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