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A Leader of Teachers

Kumaresh Chakravarty (1933–2017)

Kumaresh Chakravarty was a leader of teachers in Delhi and contributed to democratisation of the teachers’ movement in India.

This article was translated from Hindi by Aunindyo Chakravarty.

It was sometime towards the end of August 1967. The assembly hall of Delhi’s Hansraj College was packed with excited teachers. The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) was holding its routine biannual general body meeting. But this one was different, it was going to change the history of teachers’ politics forever.

Till then, the DUTA used to be a “pocket” institution, controlled by a small group of powerful people in the university. There were no elections and a token general body meeting was called every two years, to ratify whatever the small group had decided. At that time, the DUTA was run by the pro-vice chancellor, R C Majumdar, the principal of Kirori Mal College, Sarup Singh and the principal of Hansraj College, Shanti Narayan. On that fateful day in August 1967, the team led by the pro-vice chancellor tried to get the same lot of professors and principals to be elected again to the top posts in DUTA.

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Updated On : 15th Jan, 2018
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