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Stop right wing groups hounding Pattabhi Somayaji!

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Mr. Pattabhirama Somayaji, teacher of English who teaches at the University College, Mangalore has been targetted by right wing groups for his consistent remarks against their violence. Now the district-in-charge minister has directed the university to issue notice to him in a bid to dismiss him, for speaking against the "state". This is after his speaking against the pub incident involving Sri Rama Sena in Mangalore last month. A sizeable chunk of students in the Mangalore University College, (about a hundred, led by ABVP), is demanding the removal of Mr. Pattabhirama Somayaji for speaking openly against the recent attack on the pub in Mangalore, and they had observed a forceful bundh of the college. Mr. Somayaji has been a fearless speaker and has been talking truth to power for which he has been consistently targetted in recent times. The latest development is a very dangerous one for Mr. Somayaji, for the autonomy of the University, and needless to say, for larger society.

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