Vernon Gonsalves back in Taloja jail after testing negative for Covid-19.
A Division Bench of Justices R D Dhanuka and V G Bisht on Friday heard a petition by activist Vernon Gonsalves (61) and professor Teltumbde (68), who were co-accused Varavara Rao’s co-inmates at Taloja Central Jail, seeking they should be tested for Covid-19 for being in close contact with Rao. Read more
We Demand VV Rao’s Immediate Release – More So As We spoke to him today
By VV Rao´s family members P Hemalata, P Sahaja, P Anala, P Pavana
Press Release, July 31, 2020
As per the Bombay High Court’s direction to Nanavati Hospital on July 28 to permit Varavara Rao’s family to visit him, subject to Hospital protocols and Government’s norms in respect of Covid patients, we, the family members were allowed to speak to him in a video conference, as protocols do not permit personal visits.
Thus through video conference we interacted with Varavara Rao for about twenty minutes in the afternoon of Friday, July 31. He looked much more frail and weak and his physical condition did not seem to be well. …
New Delhi:It’s been 48 days since advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, one of 11 activists arrested in connection with the 2018 Bhima-Koregaon violence in Pune, approached the Bombay High Court for bail on medical grounds…
Since she filed it on 10 June, her bail petition has been listed for hearing nine times. On five of these occasions, the petition was not heard at all because the court hours were up before its chance came. Read more
Koregaon Bhima inquiry commission needs another six months
While the state government has allowed the judicial commission inquiring into the 2018 Koregaon Bhima violence a month pursuant to the lockdown to wind up its process, the lawyers arguing before the commission as well as its members have demanded a minimum of additional six months to complete the inquiry, examining and cross-examining all witnesses, so all facts are taken on record. Read more
If we do not speak up now against the arrest of Professor Hany Babu, we may lose India forever
The Wire / by Apoorvanand
The Constitution give us the right to think and express ourselves in our own way. It cannot be criminalised so casually.
Hany Babu has been arrested. Even though the news was not surprising, it shocked me. It is unsettling to think that we will no longer walk past a class overflowing with students with Hany Babu inside, that we do not know how long it will take to bump into him again in the corridors of Delhi University’s Arts Faculty. Read more
Statement by Federation of Central Universities Teachers´ Associations (FEDCUTA)
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Statement by Birsa Amedkar Phule Students Association
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Statement by All India Democratic Students´ Organisation
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Hany Babu Is Guilty – of Helping Students Develop an Interest in Language, Region and Culture
The Wire / by Jyotirmoy Talukdar
When I was an MA student, the Delhi University professor taught me how linguistic purism operates and is intrinsically connected to the construction and maintenance of a national identity. Read more
Student outfits, teachers condemn arrest of DU professor Hany Babu
Outlook / by pti & updating with statements of students
New Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI) A section of the Delhi University fraternity and some student outfits condemned the arrest of professor Hany Babu MT by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday, saying it was “a blatant attempt to silence dissent”. Read more
Prof. Hany Babu’s arrest is a blatant silencing of dissent
India Resists / by Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association & Campaign against the witch hunt of anti-CAA Activists
Our colleague from Delhi University, Hany Babu, has become the 12th person to be arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case. The die had been cast perhaps when in September 2019 the Pune Police conducted an unlawful raid on his home, seizing his electronic devices and books, without even deigning to follow requisite procedure. For the past two and a half years, the Pune police first, and now the NIA, have been conducting a blatant witch hunt in the name of investigations in the Bhima Koregaon Elgar Parishad case – raiding and arresting activists, academics and even lawyers who have stood with the most marginalised. Read more
From Setting the Syllabus to Doing Ground Work, Hany Babu Has Been Devoted to Social Change
The Wire / by Indradeep Bhattacharyya
Fellow academics describe the professor as someone committed to lifting the downtrodden and one who considers the law his ally, not adversary.
The arrest of Delhi University professor Hany Babu M.T. sent shockwaves across the academic fraternity on Tuesday even as his former and present students vociferously objected to his arrest by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in Mumbai where he was being interrogated since July 23. Read more
28/07/2020 Stop the witch-hunt of human rights defenders by the NIA!
Immediately release all political prisoners!
July 28th 2020: The Campaign Against State Repression (CASR) condemns the arrest of Professor Hany Babu MT at Mumbai by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Bhima Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad case. Despite the surging cases of COVID-19 in both Delhi and Mumbai, Prof. Babu of the Department of English in Delhi University was summoned as a witness and forced by the NIA to travel to Mumbai after being denied the option of video conferencing. Read more
Statement by students of Miranda House
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765 Telugu journalists urge: VV Rao asset to nation, release him on bail
Hyderabad: As many as 765 Telugu journalists on Wednesday urged the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court and Bombay High Court and the Maharashtra Chief Minister to take steps for the release of ailing revolutionary writer Varavara Rao from jail on bail. Read more
DU professor Hany Babu sent to NIA custody until August 4
Granting the week-long custody, special judge AT Wankhede said that looking at the nature of the offences and allegations levelled against Babu, the demand of police custody remand by the investigating officer was well founded. “The allegations made against the accused are of serious nature. It is alleged that the accused is having connections and links with banned outfit CPI (M). The investigating officer wants to confront him with various facts established from the other accused,” the court said. Read more
The Indian state has imprisoned the Dalit intellectual Anand Teltumbde on trumped-up charges of terrorism and subversion. His activism and writing on caste and class are needed more than ever in the struggle against both casteism and capitalism. Read more
Who’s Afraid of Anand Teltumbde?
The Wire / by N. Balmurli
Teltumbde’s writing has exposed the hypocrisy of the votaries of neo-liberal capitalism, caste deniers and Hindutva triumphalists. It is they who seek to silence him today.
… A consummate polymath, Anand Teltumbde is at once comfortable with hard-nosed political-economic analyses of globalisation, as with the cultural-politics of caste identities and caste-class dialectics, or with the techno-business strategic policy formulations that figure in trade journals. Read more