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New democracy through Brecht’s lens

New democracy through Brecht’s lens

Sudhir Dhawale

Midday.com / by Ajaz Ashraf

The BJP, which strives to trip governments in Opp-ruled states, seems to be heeding playwright’s notion of dissolving the people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inauguration of the new Parliament building reminded me of playwright Bertolt Brecht and his poem The Solution. 
… At the Elgar Parishad, organised in Pune on December 31, 2017, activist Sudhir Dhawale began his speech thus: “What sort of a city is this? What sort of people/are you?/When injustice is done there should be a revolt in this city/And if there is no revolt, it were better that the/city should perish in fire before night falls.” The Pune Police claimed this verse proved Dhawale instigated the January 1, 2018 violence at Bhima Koregaon. He has been locked up for the last five years.
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Also read:
And a place Sudhir Dhawale calls home (Midday.com / Aug 2022)
India’s Hindu Nationalist Project Relies on Brutal Repression (Jacobin / April 2021)
Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi asserts basis of FIR is a translation of German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s poem! (The Leaflet / Sep 2018)

Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry sends another ‘letter of request’ to Prakash Ambedkar to appear

Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry sends another ‘letter of request’ to Prakash Ambedkar to appear

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

The two-member commission, headed by retired judge Justice J N Patel, was formed by the state government for probing into the causes of violence in the Koregaon Bhima area on January 1, 2018.
Koregaon Bhima Commission of Inquiry has yet again issued a “letter of request” to Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar, asking him to appear before it and submit an affidavit during the hearing in Mumbai on June 5.
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Also Read:
Top Investigating Officer Admits Elgar Parishad Event ‘Had No Role’ in Bhima Koregaon Violence (The Wire / Dec 27, 2022)
Casting a Veil – What we miss by ignoring Maratha caste politics in the Bhima Koregaon case (The Caravan / Dec 2020)
Let’s Remember the Lesson of Bhima Koregaon: Down with the New Peshwai (Sanhati│ by Sudhir Dhawale │ March 2018)
Why peoples’ coalitions are uniting against Hindutva — the ‘new Peshwai’ (Dailyo.in │ by Arun Ferreira and Vernon Gonsalves │ Jan 30, 2018)

NIA opposes Gautam Navlakha’s plea for moving house arrest from Mumbai to Alibag

NIA opposes Gautam Navlakha’s plea for moving house arrest from Mumbai to Alibag

NIA opposes Gautam Navlakha’s plea for moving house arrest from Mumbai to Alibag

15/05/2023

The Leaflet / by Sarah Thanawala

The State opposed the change in the place of house arrest on the grounds of being “cumbersome” and creating a “security risk”. It also alleged that the plea demonstrated that Navlakha’s earlier arguments seeking house arrest on medical grounds was a farce because there is no super-speciality hospital in the vicinity of the newly proposed venue of house arrest. Senior advocate Nitya Ramakrishnan, representing Navlakha, opposed these arguments. The Bench has granted Navlakha time to search for other appropriate houses in Mumbai.
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Supreme Court Grants Time To NIA To File Counter Affidavit Regarding Change In Location of Gautam Navlakha’s House Arrest

15/05/2023

Live Law / by LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK

The Supreme Court, on Monday, granted four weeks’ time to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to file a counter affidavit with respect to the change in location of house arrest of the human rights activist Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case.
A Bench comprising Justice KM Joseph and Justice BV Nagarathna was considering an application filed by him seeking to shift his house arrest location in Mumbai.
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SC to hear activist Navlakha’s plea on Monday for shifting out from Mumbai public library under house arrest

15/05/2023

The Telegraph / by pti

The top court also directed Gautam Navlakha to deposit another Rs 8 lakh toward expenses for making available police personnel for his security
The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Monday a plea of activist Gautam Navlakha, who is under house arrest in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, that he be shifted from a public library in Mumbai to some other place.
A bench of Justices K M Joseph and B V Nagarathna had on April 28 directed the CBI to file its reply within two weeks on Navlaka’s petition seeking to be shifted from the public library to some other place in the city as the facility needs to be vacated.
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Also read:
Supreme Court directs Gautam Navlakha to pay INR 8 lakhs as cost of deploying police for his house arrest (The Leaflet / April 2023)
Explainer: As activist Gautam Navlakha is allowed house arrest, what does this actually involve? (Scroll.in / Nov 2022)

There is room for Fascism in Democracy: Siddique Kappan

There is room for Fascism in Democracy: Siddique Kappan

Countercurrents.org / by Rejaz M Sydeek

Siddique Kappan, a 43-year-old Malayali journalist and Delhi unit secretary of the Kerala Union of Working Journalists was arrested near Mathura toll plaza on October 5th, 2020, with student activists Atikur Rahman and Masood Ahmad, and the cab’s driver, Mohammad Alam. He was en route to Hathras to report on the gang rape and murder of a Dalit girl (the Hathras case) by four upper-caste Thakur men in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh. Kappan was charged under various sections, including the UA(P)A and PMLA. He was released on bail on February 2nd, 2023, after spending 851 days in jail.

This is the transcript of the interview. It has been lightly edited for syntax and clarity.

Rejaz: Even in your case, they tried to link you with the Bhima Koregaon case and frame you as a Maoist. How do you see using the Maoist tag as a weapon to incarcerate human rights activists and journalists like Rupesh Kumar Singh?

Kappan: This is prevalent in every era, especially in the contemporary world, where journalists are framed as terrorists. Framing me as a Maoist was part of that. There is always an attempt to frame those who speak for Adivasis, Dalits, and Muslims and against the oppressors of the oppressed as Maoists.
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Prisoners aspire to pursue law, defend themselves; write entrance

Prisoners aspire to pursue law, defend themselves; write entrance

Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor. Poster by #bakeryprasad

The Indian Express / by Sadaf Modak

As per the Prison Statistics of India, 2021, while nearly 40 per cent of the prison population has studied below Class 10, 24 per cent have passed Class 10 but are below graduation.
Among thousands of aspirants who appeared for the Common Entrance Test (CET) for law held in Maharashtra on Wednesday was 35-year-old Sagar Gorkhe, who is in judicial custody in Taloja Central Jail in connection with the Elgaar Parishad case.
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Elgaar Parishad case accused allowed to appear for law entrance exam (The Indian Express / April 2023)

SC seeks response of NIA, Maharashtra government in bail pleas of Jyoti Jagtap, Shoma Sen

SC seeks response of NIA, Maharashtra government in bail pleas of Jyoti Jagtap, Shoma Sen

Supreme Court Issues Notice On Bail Pleas Of Professor Shoma Sen & Jyoti Jagtap In Bhima Koregaon Case

04/05/2023

Live Law / by Sohini Chowdhury

The Supreme Court, on Thursday, issued notice in bail pleas filed by Jyoti Jagtap and Professor Shoma Sen, accused in the Bhima Koregaon-Elgar Parishad Case under the anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).
A Bench comprising Justice Aniruddha Bose and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia issued notice in both the Special Leave Petitions.
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Supreme Court seeks response of NIA, Maharashtra government in bail pleas of Jyoti Jagtap, Shoma Sen

04/05/2023

Bar & Bench / by Abhimanyu Hazarika

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought the response of the Maharashtra government and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the bail pleas filed by, Jyoti Jagtap and Shoma Sen, accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case.
A Bench of Justices Aniruddha Bose and Sudhanshu Dhulia issued notice to the State and NIA.
Sen, an English Literature professor and Dalit and women’s rights activist, was arrested on June 6, 2018.
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SC issues notice to Maha, NIA on activist Jyoti Jagtap’s plea for bail

04/05/2023

The Print / by pti

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought the responses of the Maharashtra government and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on a plea filed by activist Jyoti Jagtap, arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, challenging a Bombay High Court order declining her bail.
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Also read:
Shoma Sen moves Supreme Court seeking bail (The Leaflet / Apr 2023)
Inconsistencies in Bail Orders Mean Individual Liberty Is Now the Outcome of Judicial Lottery (The Wire / Oct 2022)
Kabir Kala Manch incited hatred, passion at Elgar Parishad: Bombay High Court (India Today / Oct 2022)
The Security Playbook Used To Erode Democracy In Modi’s India & How The Tide Might Turn (article 14 / March 2022)

Shoma Sen’s discharge application at NIA court claims lack of incriminating evidence

Shoma Sen’s discharge application at NIA court claims lack of incriminating evidence

The Leaflet / by Sarah Thanawala

The matter will now be heard on May 17.
A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, presided by special judge Rajesh Kataria, on Tuesday heard a discharge application filed by women’s rights activist and academic Shoma Sen, claiming lack of incriminating evidence against her in the  Bhima Koregaon–Elgar Parishad Maoist links and criminal conspiracy case.
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Also Read:
Shoma Sen moves Supreme Court seeking bail (The Leaflet / Apr 2023)
Mahesh Raut, Sudhir Dhawale, Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson seek bail from Bombay HC on parity with Sudha Bharadwaj (India Today / March 2023)
Bombay HC asks Elgar Parishad accused Prof Shoma Sen to first approach trial court for bail (India Today / Jan 2023)

Sagar Gorkhe allowed to appear for law entrance exam

Sagar Gorkhe allowed to appear for law entrance exam

Sagar Gorkhe

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

“The applicant shall be given a waiver for the escort charges. The applicant shall not misuse the permission granted to the applicant vide this order,” the court noted.
A special court in Mumbai on Friday allowed Elgaar Parishad case accused Sagar Gorkhe to attend a Law entrance exam.
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SC directs Gautam Navlakha to pay INR 8 lakhs as cost of deploying police for his house arrest

SC directs Gautam Navlakha to pay INR 8 lakhs as cost of deploying police for his house arrest

Gautam Navlakha

Supreme Court directs Gautam Navlakha to pay INR 8 lakhs as cost of deploying police for his house arrest

28/04/2023

The Leaflet / by Sarah Thanawala

The NIA has been directed by the court to file a counter affidavit on Navlakha’s plea for change of place of house arrest to another part of Mumbai.
On Friday, the Supreme Court directed Gautam Navlakha to pay INR 8 lakhs towards the cost of deploying police personnel for his house arrest, which was granted to him by the court in November last year.
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Supreme Court Asks Gautam Navlakha To Deposit Rs 8 Lakhs Towards Surveillance And Security Expenses For House Arrest

28/04/2023

Live Law / by Sohini Chowdhury

The Supreme Court, on Friday, directed human rights activist Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, to deposit Rs 8 lakhs to meet the expenses of surveillance and costs as indicated in its order dated 10.11.2022.
On 10th November, 2022 the Court ordered to move Navlakha, 73, from Taloja Central Prison to house arrest, considering his advanced age and multiple multiple ailments. In that order, the court had recorded that while he was on house arrest, the expense of surveillance, approximately Rs. 2.4 lakhs, would be borne by Navlakha himself.
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Also read:
Gautam Navlakha moves SC seeking change of address for house arrest (The Telegraph / April 2023)
Explainer: As activist Gautam Navlakha is allowed house arrest, what does this actually involve? (Scroll.in / Nov 2022)

Can Varavara Rao get free cataract surgery in Hyderabad? High Court seeks NIA response

Can Varavara Rao get free cataract surgery in Hyderabad? High Court seeks NIA response

Varavara Rao

Bombay HC asks NIA to verify claim by Varavara Rao that he will get free cataract treatment in Hyderabad

27/04/2023

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

Rao made the claim in his application seeking permission to go to Hyderabad from Mumbai for three months to undergo cataract surgery.
The Bombay High Court Thursday asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to verify the claim made by Bhima Koregaon violence accused Dr. P Varavara Rao that State of Telangana would provide free cataract treatment to him.
Single-judge Justice Amit Borkar opined that this was the crux of Rao’s plea, and if the claim made by Rao was factually incorrect, then the complexion of the matter would change.
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Can Varavara Rao get free cataract surgery in Hyderabad? HC seeks NIA response

27/04/2023

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

In February 2021, the HC granted Rao medical bail for six months. Though it was extended from time to time, the high court in April 2022 rejected his prayer for permanent bail and asked him to surrender within three months.
The Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to respond to claims by Telugu poet and activist Varavara Rao, who is an accused in Elgar Parishad case that he can get cataract surgery done free-of-cost in Hyderabad, Telangana.
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Also read:
Bombay High Court seeks response from NIA on plea by Varavara Rao to undergo cataract surgery at Hyderabad (Bar & Bench / Jan 5, 2023)
Can’t Allow Varavara Rao To Stay In Hyderabad For Three Months For Cataract Treatment, Will Delay Framing of Charges: NIA Court (Scroll.in / Sep 2022)