The situation at the Film and Television Institute of India, involving chairman-designate Gajendra Chauhan, has reached a stalemate: Students have been on strike for more than 40 days demanding his removal, while the Government has made clear that it will not be bullied into changing its decision. From this point, the narrative can go in two directions -- it can either escalate, leading to a hardening of positions on both sides, or it can ease, with both parties talking through the issues with an open mind. Unfortunately, it seems like the situation is heading towards the former. The students are planning to bring their protest to Delhi on August 3 and are hoping to rope in supporters from the National School of Drama, the National Institute of Fashion Technology and the Indian Institute of Technology. They are also hoping that the student councils of institutes like the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and the Indian Council of Historical Research will join them. . . .