Furore after Modi critic quits top university

NEW DELHI (AFP) – The resignation of one of India’s most prominent intellectuals and a fierce government critic from a top university has sparked student protests and worries about freedom of speech in the world’s biggest democracy.

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, a respected scholar on political theory and constitutional law, had long been dismayed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, firing off stinging editorials and speeches denouncing the “death of liberalism”.

The Oxford and Princeton alumnus had already stepped down as vice-chancellor of Ashoka University in 2019, reportedly because the trustees were worried by his outspoken views, but remained a political science professor.