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Who is a political prisoner? Time to define one

Who is a political prisoner? Time to define one

By Nandita Haksar

There has been a great deal of anguish, angst and anger expressed at the death of Stanislaus Lourduswamy (1937–2021), popularly known as Stan Swamy, an Indian Roman Catholic priest, a member of the Jesuit order, and a tribal rights activist for many decades
His death has drawn focus to the cruelty of the system which denied the right to die with dignity to a senior citizen who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease. However, the imprisonment of Stan Swamy and other political prisoners, including poets, journalists, bloggers, women activists, students, Dalits and Muslims, raises crucial questions. It is not just a humanitarian issue but a political one.
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They Don’t Want us to Sing our Songs, Read our Poems

They Don’t Want us to Sing our Songs, Read our Poems

Newsclick / by Parth MN

Moved by the death of anti-caste activist Vira Sathidar, Ramesh Gaichor, an Elgar case accused, had penned a poem in Taloja prison, but the jail chief found it ‘objectionable’ for circulation. Gaichor has moved the court.
Civil and Sessions Court, complaining against one of its prisoners, Ramesh Gaichor. Gaichor, one of the 16 political prisoners arrested in the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case, had written a poem as a tribute to Vira Sathidar, a committed anti-caste activist and an Ambedkarite, who died of COVID-19 in April 2021.
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He Won’t Survive Taloja Jail: Varavara Rao’s Kin Plead For Bail Extension

He Won’t Survive Taloja Jail: Varavara Rao’s Kin Plead For Bail Extension

The Quint / by Nikhila Henry

Telugu poet Varavara Rao suffers from umbilical hernia and cataract.
Since he was relieved on bail from Taloja Central Prison in February 2021, Varavara Rao (82), Telugu poet and activist, has been living in a rented house in Malad East, Mumbai with his 72-year-old wife, P Hemalatha.
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Also read: NIA Opposes Extension Of Bail To Varavara Rao, Bombay High Court Extends Time To Surrender Till September 25 (Live Law, Sep 6, 2021)

Why Stan Swamy may have survived old India

Why Stan Swamy may have survived old India


Mumbai, July 7, 2021

The Caravan / by SNM Abdi

The December 1985 cover story of Illustrated Weekly was about six foreign missionaries who were served deportation orders in Madhya Pradesh. After the magazine covered it, politicians intervened to prevent their deportation. In the corridors of power back then, there was a genuine appreciation for priests and nuns who serve among the oppressed in India’s underdeveloped regions. Stan Swamy, who recently died in prison, did not get the same appreciation from either politicians or the media.
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Webinar: Freedom For Varavara Rao (Sep 29)

Webinar: Freedom For Varavara Rao (Sep 29)


Join Irish PEN, Scottish PEN and guests as we share poetry readings and updates on the case of renowned Indian poet, Varavara Rao.

Wed 29 Sept. 7pm

This free event will provide an overview of Rao’s remarkable life and include readings of poetry he has produced over his decades-long career. We will also provide an update on Rao’s case, and share information about the ways that attendees can demonstrate their support.
The event will be chaired by Professor Ignatius McGovern and will feature a rare opportunity to hear from Rao’s nephew, Venugopal Nellutla, who published ‘The Making of Varavara Rao: An Intimate Portrait by a Nephew’ in 2020. The event will also include poetry and prose readings from Professor Bashabi Fraser, Leela Soma, June Considine and Kate Ennals.
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Video: One Year Of Incarceration – Free Sagar Gorkhe, Jyoti Jagtap and Ramesh Gaichor

Video: One Year Of Incarceration – Free Sagar Gorkhe, Jyoti Jagtap and Ramesh Gaichor

By Kabir Kala Manch

Performance


41 min | Sep 8, 2021

Protest against the arrest of Sagar Gorkhe, Jyoti Jagtap and Ramesh Gaichor
Watch video (Kabir Kala Manch fb page) here


The crushing power of street performances from the margins:
A profile of Kabir Kala Manch’s Sagar Gorkhe, Jyoti Jagtap and Ramesh Gaichor

By The Polis Project and maraa

Kabir Kala Manch
Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) is an urban grass-roots performance group at the helm of a socio-political movement rooted in cultural struggles of the most marginalized communities in India. KKM was formed by working-class youth from low-income Dalit and Bahujan caste communities in Pune as a response to the 2002 pogrom in Gujarat.
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NIA Court Grants Rona Wilson Temporary Bail for Two Weeks Following Father’s Demise

NIA Court Grants Rona Wilson Temporary Bail for Two Weeks Following Father’s Demise

Live Law / by Live Law News Network

The Special NIA Court has granted temporary bail for two weeks to researcher Rona Wilson, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon- Elgar Parishad Case, following his father’s demise on August 18, 2021.
Special Judge DE Kothalikar directed him to be released on bail between September 13 – 27 on furnishing a PR Bond of Rs 50,000 with 2 sureties.
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NIA court to pass order on bail pleas of accused Rona Wilson, Vernon Gonsalves

NIA court to pass order on bail pleas of accused Rona Wilson, Vernon Gonsalves

NIA court to pass order on bail pleas of accused Rona Wilson, Vernon Gonsalves

07/09/2021

India Today / by Vidya

A special NIA court will pass an order on the bail pleas of the accused Rona Wilson and Vernon Gonsalves in connection to the Elgar-Parishad case.
A special NIA court in Mumbai will be passing an order on the interim bail pleas of accused Rona Wilson and co-accused Vernon Gonsalves in the Elgar Parishad case, on Tuesday.
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NIA opposes activist Rona Wilson’s plea to attend mass after his father’s death

06/09/2021

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The agency claimed that the activist was creating grounds for his release as his father’s last rites had already been performed.
The National Investigation Agency on Monday opposed a petition filed by activist Rona Wilson, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, for interim bail to attend a ceremonial mass after his father’s death, PTI reported.
The agency said that Wilson’s family members could perform the rituals in his absence, The Indian Express reported.
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Bombay HC asks Varavara Rao to surrender before jail officials on September 25

Bombay HC asks Varavara Rao to surrender before jail officials on September 25

10 reasons why NIA has opposed Varavara Rao´s extension plea

07/09/2021

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has opposed the extension application filed by Bhima Koregaon accused Varavara Rao in the Bombay High Court which has also sought modification of his bail conditions to enable him to reside in Hyderabad.
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Bombay HC asks Varavara Rao to surrender before jail officials on September 25

06/09/2021

Scroll.in / by Scroll Staff

The 81-year-old activist sought extension of bail on medical grounds, but the NIA opposed it saying that his reports did not disclose a ‘major ailment’.
The Bombay High Court on Monday asked poet and activist Varavara Rao to surrender before the Taloja Jail authorities in Navi Mumbai on September 25, The Hindu reported. His bail ended on September 5.
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NIA Opposes Extension Of Bail To Varavara Rao, Bombay High Court Extends Time To Surrender Till September 25

06/09/2021

Live Law / by Sharmeen Hakim

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has opposed 81-year-old PV Varavara Rao’s plea to extend his medical bail, saying that his reports don’t disclose a “major ailment” which necessitates the extension of bail or require him to reside at his home in Hyderabad.
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Varavara Rao moves Bombay High Court for extention of bail

06/09/2021

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

The Bombay High Court on Monday directed that Rao, who is presently on medical bail, need not surrender till September 25, 2021 when the matter will be heard in detail.
The Bombay High Court on Monday directed that Bhima Koregaon accused Dr. Varavara Rao, who is presently on medical bail, need not surrender till September 25, 2021.
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The Legal Battle of Bhima Koregaon: The story so far

The Legal Battle of Bhima Koregaon: The story so far

Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi

The Special NIA Court has listed the pending applications on September 6, 2021
On July 5, 2021, 83-year-old activist and priest Father Stan Swamy passed away in a Mumbai private hospital while in judicial custody for his alleged involvement in the riots that took place in Bhima Koregaon post the Elgar Parishad event held on January 2018.
His death highlighted the state of undertrials in the Bhima Koregaon case, most of whom have been awaiting trial for the past three years.
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