‘Your Rebellion Was Grounded in a Concern for Freedom and Democracy’
Mehta appreciated his students for connecting the dots, focusing their protest not just on Ashoka but on ‘values larger than Ashoka’.
Quoting George Eliot’s poem, “the right to rebellion is the right to seek a higher rule, and not to wander in mere lawlessness.”, Pratap Bhanu Mehta applauded his students’ “rebellion” which he said was ‘grounded in a concern for freedom and democracy’ and for carrying it out with ‘dignity, grace and some serious artistic creativity’.
“In all candour, this episode will be seen to have hurt Ashoka’s reputation. But in a larger sense Ashoka’s reputation will be enhanced, not by what the university did but what you did,” Mehta wrote in his letter.