Academic sacked for aiding ‘anti-state’ poll
By Iftikhar Gilani: Daily Times, September 4, 2007
NEW DELHI: The Jammu University on Monday sacked a professor for facilitating an opinion poll conducted by an Indian TV channel called CNN-IBN and the Indian Express last month that revealed that around 87 percent of respondents in Kashmir wanted secession from India.
The Shiv Sena and the Jammu National Front asked Vice Chancellor Prof Amitab Mattoo to investigate Chaudhry’s role in the opinion poll. Shiv Sena activists also barged into the VC’s office two week ago demanding immediate action against the professor, who they said was involved in “anti-national activities”.
Reports said that under intense pressure the VC removed Prof Rekha Chaudhry as head of the Political Science Department. The vice chancellor acted on the recommendations of the Social Sciences Department dean, who was assigned to investigate the role of Prof Chaudhry in the much debated opinion poll.
Chaudhry is a known peacenik and an expert on India, Pakistan and Kashmir affairs.