Arvind Subramanian Too Resigns From Ashoka, Says Varsity Can No Longer Provide Academic Freedom
Former chief economic advisor Arvind Subramanian has also resigned from Ashoka University, saying Pratab Bhanu Mehta’s exit two days earlier shows that the university even “with its private status and backing by private capital” can no longer provide a space for academic expression and freedom….
Subramanian joined the university as a professor in the department of economics in July last year. He is also the founding director of the Ashoka Center for Economic Policy, which the university had said would “be devoted to doing research and analysis on policy issues related to India and global development”….
While Mehta, a frequent and vocal critic of the Narendra Modi government, did not comment on the reasons behind his decision to quit, Subramaniam’s letter to the university’s vice-chancellor Malabika Sarkar seemed to hint that it was forced by the university, as he put the word resignation in double quotes….