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Month: September 2018

Bombay High Court’s ‘Dalit’ Ruling as come in handy for the politics of Hindutva

Bombay High Court’s ‘Dalit’ Ruling as come in handy for the politics of Hindutva

Scroll.in / By Anand Teltumbde

It also reflects the community’s loss of ideological cohesion.
The controversy created by the June 6 judgement of the Bombay High Court’s Nagpur bench, banning the use of the term “Dalit” in government communication, while sterile on the face of it, is pregnant with meaning.
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Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi asserts basis of FIR is a translation of German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s poem!

Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi asserts basis of FIR is a translation of German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s poem!

The Leaflet / The Leaflet Staff

The entire basis of the FIR against those arrested is that Sudhir Dhawale sang a song whose words were a call to bring down the State — he explained how these words are actually a translation of a poem in a play by Bertolt Brecht, The Good Person of Szchewan. He quoted CJI Dipak Mishra’s judgments rejecting the ban on the Malayalam novel Meesha where there SC upheld freedom of expression particularly cultural, artistic expression of a poet.
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Video: No More Fake Charges!

Video: No More Fake Charges!

hindi | en subs. | 11 min


As part of an India-wide police operation on 28th August, activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao were arrested and the homes of many more raided. Sudha Bharadwaj is a trade unionist and lawyer. The following video documents voices and protests from her working area in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh immediately after her arrest.
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Discipline, Dissent and ‘Urban Naxals’

Discipline, Dissent and ‘Urban Naxals’

VIKALP / By Satyaki Roy

One of the major features of the current regime is that it insinuates a concerted process of criminalization, assassination and intimidation as an evolving architecture of punishment not being backed by any judicial probe.
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Right To Freedom Of Expression

Right To Freedom Of Expression

Outlook / By Preethi Nair

Prof Shoma Sen was arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, as were activists Rona Wilson, Mahesh Raut and Sudhir Dhawale, and lawyer Surendra Gadling as part of the police probe into the violence at Bhima-Koregaon.
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Why the State Is Attempting to Link Dalit Resistance to Maoism

Why the State Is Attempting to Link Dalit Resistance to Maoism

The Wire / Sowjanya Tamalapakula

The Muslim question has been dealt with by stigmatising Muslims as ‘anti-national’ and the ‘other’ to the larger Hindu community. Stigmatising Dalits in a similar fashion is not plausible because Dalits are an essential part of the ‘Hindu community’.
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Video: Advocate Susan Abraham on #BhimaKoregaonArrests, UAPA

Video: Advocate Susan Abraham on #BhimaKoregaonArrests, UAPA

en | 15 min | 2018

The Leaflet / By KRITIKA A

Advocate Susan Abraham was one among the rights activists whose house was raided on the morning of August 28. She talks to The Leaflet about the raids, their connection to the Bhima Koregaon chain of events and the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which has been used to incarcerate the rights activists.
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Just Because Adv. Surendra Gadling Argued For Prof. Saibaba, He Is Being Treated Like A Third-Grade Criminal: Anand Grover To SC

Just Because Adv. Surendra Gadling Argued For Prof. Saibaba, He Is Being Treated Like A Third-Grade Criminal: Anand Grover To SC

Live Law India / By Mehal Jain

The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and Justice A. M. Khanwilkar adjourned to Monday the hearing on the PIL by historian Romila Thapar and four other eminent persons over the arrest of five activists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence.
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