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Sir,

We, the undersigned, express our strong reservations at the manner in which the resolution adopted by the DUTA extended executive on 28-10-2010 was amended and the abrupt manner in which amended resolution was put to vote, thereby denying several teachers the right to express their opinion on the stated amendment.

For the records, the DUTA leadership claims to have abandoned the decision of the DUTA executive to go on strike from 1-11-2010, on the basis of an interim order of the High Court. This amendment, however, was carried out in violation of all existing norms of DUTA. Consider the following facts:

1. The DUTA leadership was aware of the PIL that resulted in the aforesaid interim court order even before the extended executive meeting held on 28-10-2010. Yet the leadership did not deem it fit to engage the house in any serious discussion on the PIL and its expected fallout.

2. The resolution adopted by the DUTA executive was amended by the DUTA leadership with reference to the interim court order that was not available at the time of the amendment in the GBM. Therefore, the DUTA leadership could have deferred a decision on this. Any amendment, if required, could have been adopted after due deliberations by the extended executive or an emergency GBM at a later stage.

3. The manner in which the resolution was amended violates all norms and precedents of decision making in DUTA. It should be noted that resolutions are procedurally formulated by the DUTA executive after due deliberations with the elected members and other teachers in a meeting of the extended executive. The original unamended resolution was formulated following this procedure. However, the amendment was the handiwork of a few members of DUTA leadership, bypassing the mandatory discussion and approval of DUTA executive. What is further appalling is the fact that this unlawful amendment was forcibly passed in the GBM by muzzling the dissenting voices and through use of lung power. One wonders at our moral authority to criticize Prof. Deepak Pental for taking unilateral decisions, when our own DUTA leadership acts in a similar fashion.

4. It should further be noted that the DUTA struggle is NOT just against the manner in which decisions were taken on the issues relating to semester system and semester based courses. Rather, it is based on an outright rejection of the semester system for undergraduate courses in Delhi University due to its lack of feasibility and desirability.

5. The assurance given by the DUTA counsel to the honourable High Court that the DUTA will withdraw from the strike, without the mandate of the DUTA executive and the GBM, amounts to a compromise of a right to strike that is central to any trade union body.

Consequently, we, the undersigned, demand that DUTA should immediately convene a meeting of the extended executive and GBM where the written interim order of the court can be deliberated upon. The presently adopted resolution should be reviewed and no compromise that weakens the movement and the democratic rights of the teachers should be made in the court.

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Susanne KrauseBy:
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