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Month: July 2019

Caste and religion and the role of the judiciary – Part 1

Caste and religion and the role of the judiciary – Part 1

pic: The Leaflet

The Leaflet / by Abdul Wahid Shaikh

“When tyranny rises in a country, the rulers of that country are bound to be destroyed,
their generations are bound to be destroyed. Remember that”

On April 17, 2018, The Pune Police raided the homes of several intellectuals and activists in Nagpur, Mumbai and Delhi for their involvement in the Bhima Koregaon riots. At the Elgar Parishad protest organized against the arrests in Mumbai on May 3, 2018, advocate Abdul Wahid Shaikh made a spontaneous and moving speech.
Part 1 of the speech

Video: Citizens for Justice and Peace condemns the raids on Indira Jaising and Anand Grover

Video: Citizens for Justice and Peace condemns the raids on Indira Jaising and Anand Grover


en | 10 min | 2019

By Citizens for Justice and Peace / Teesta Setalvad

Teesta Setalvad expresses solidarity with Indira Jaising and Anand Grover and contextualizes the CBI raids in Mumbai and New Delhi within the larger context of a systematic drive against human rights defenders and activists.
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UAPA Bill draconian, terms Opposition in Lok Sabha

UAPA Bill draconian, terms Opposition in Lok Sabha

The Hindu / by Special Correspondent

The Union government on Monday introduced the National Investigation Agency (Amendment), Bill 2019 and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019, in the Lok Sabha amid protests by the Opposition.
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Activists file default bail plea before magisterial court in Elgar Parishad case

Activists file default bail plea before magisterial court in Elgar Parishad case

The Times of India / by Asseem Shaikh

PUNE: The nine activists arrested in the Elgar Parishad case on Saturday filed a plea before a magisterial court seeking default bail citing that the city police had failed to submit chargesheets against them under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act within 180 days.
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Sleepless in New Bharat: A Guide to Combatting Insomnia

Sleepless in New Bharat: A Guide to Combatting Insomnia

The Wire / by Rohit Kumar

What, indeed, does one do in these dark times which threaten democracy?
I have never had a problem with insomnia, but over the last month or so, sleep – “sore labour’s bath, balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, and chief nourisher in life’s feast” – seems to have forsaken me. I find myself anxious and awake till the wee hours of the morning, thinking about the violence that is spreading across India.
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Telugu poet Varavara Rao taken into police custody in Karnataka in connection with a 2005 alleged naxal attack

Telugu poet Varavara Rao taken into police custody in Karnataka in connection with a 2005 alleged naxal attack

The Leaflet / by The Leaflet

Revolutionary Telugu poet and activist Varavara Rao has been taken away by the Karnataka Police from Yerwada jail in Pune into their custody in connection with a 2005 alleged Naxalite attack on the police in Pavagada taluk of Kolar districtin which nine of their personnel were killed. The police have implicated well known singer, Gaddar, along with Rao as a co-conspirator.
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WSS Statement On Arrest Warrants Issued By Jharkhand Government Against Activists And Writers

WSS Statement On Arrest Warrants Issued By Jharkhand Government Against Activists And Writers

By Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)

Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS) expresses shock and concern at the arrest warrant issued against Stan Swamy, Aloka Kujur, Rakesh Roshan, Vinod Kumar and Babita Kashyap on 17 June 2019, one year after the FIR was filed against 20 writers, intellectuals and activists in Jharkhand on 26 July 2018 based on Facebook posts. All five are vulnerable to imminent arrest as part of the Jharkhand government’s targeted campaign against those defending human rights of adivasis in the state.
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