Pic: Solidarity banner, 2018
Hindustan Times / by Shalaka Shinde
Last extension ended on Nov 9; current extension to end in Feb 2020.
After 21 months and four extensions, the two-member Bhima Koregaon Inquiry Commission set up by the previous Devendra Fadnavis Government is nowhere close to submitting its findings into the causes of the caste riots that shook up Maharashtra in January 2018.
The Caravan / by Shaheen Ahmed & Maya Palit
In the early hours of 10 September 2019, a team of police officials, including personnel from the Pune Police, turned up at the doorstep of Hany Babu MT, an associate professor in the University of Delhi’s English department. … The police informed Babu that the search was conducted in connection with the Elgar Parishad and Bhima Koregaon case. …
Shaheen Ahmed and Maya Palit, the multimedia and books editors at The Caravan, respectively, spoke to Babu about the raid at his house and its aftermath.
Hany Babu: An epitome of intellectual activism
MAKTOOB / by Farah Rafeeq
… Hany Babu, an anti-caste activist and an Associate Professor at the Department of English, at the University of Delhi, is a vocal advocate of Dalit rights and the Reservation Policy. He is the 12th person to be arrested in the Elgar Parishad violence. Hany had repeatedly denied any connection to the case.
Hany Babu: “If you are in a university and oppose state policy, you can be targeted”
Caravan Magazine / by Shaheen Ahmed & Maya Palit
In the early hours of 10 September 2019, a team of police officials … turned up at the doorstep of Hany Babu MT … raided his apartment in Noida. The Caravan spoke to Babu about the raid at his house and its aftermath. They also discussed his participation in anti-caste movements and in a committee for the defence of the incarcerated professor GN Saibaba.
American Bar Association / by American Bar Association
In the wake of violent attacks on marginalized communities in India in 2018, the Maharashtra police arrested several activists and lawyers who historically advocated for the rights of these communities. A preliminary review of the judicial records in this case raises serious concerns of procedural irregularities, abuse of process, and violations of fundamental human rights. Several United Nations’ (UN) experts on human rights have expressed concern that the arrests and charges were brought in retaliation for the defendants’ legitimate human rights work.
Read the full report here (.pdf):
Sabrangindia / by Sabrangindia
The search giant issued over 12,000 warnings to users across the country against hacking state-sponsored attackers from July – Sept 2019.
The statement by Google read, “We’ve had a long-standing policy to send users warnings if we detect that they are the subject of state-sponsored phishing attempts, and have posted periodically about these before.”
Reporters Without Borders / by Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) firmly condemns a recent increase in attempts in several Indian states to prosecute journalists for allegedly participating in “revolutionary” activities, and calls on the courts to dismiss these absurd charges.
Media Release by Communist Party of India (Marxist) Maharashtra State Committee
CPI(M) STAND ABOUT THE NEW STATE GOVERNMENT
Nov 27, 2019
The CPI(M) welcomes the fact that the thoroughly unprincipled BJP-led Devendra Fadnavis-Ajit Pawar government, which never had a majority in the state assembly, was forced to resign. …
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The Print / by Dilip Mandal
On the 70th year of the making of the Indian Constitution, here is an important question. Why does the Dalit community celebrate the Constitution the most, when it has received the least in terms of dignity, resources and development?
Free Press Journal / by Olav Albuquerque
The Central government’s refusal to give a direct reply to former telecom minister and DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran whether the Central government had used the Israeli spy software Pegasus to tap WhatsApp calls and messages leads to the inference that it is not above suspicion. RSS ideologue K N Govindacharya had sought perjury proceedings against WhatsApp for allegedly misleading the Supreme Court that users’ data was fully encrypted and nobody including WhatsApp had the key.
The Indian Express / by Express News Service
Police have so far booked 23 people and arrested nine persons in connection with the case; all the arrested accused are activists and lawyers.
The nine activists and lawyers arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case were produced before a special court in Pune on Wednesday and three of them were given cloned copies of the data purportedly recovered from the electronic devices seized by the investigators from the accused.