All the people who are the focus of this campaign have been accused of being associated with what has come to be known as the Bhima-Koregaon case.
At December 31, 2017 about 260 organizations had come together on to the common platform Elgar Parishad (‘loud declaration committee’) to challenge the rising tide of communal forces in India and to fight for maintaining the essentials of the Indian Constitution. The next day they all had gone to Bhima-Koregaon, where every year since the 1990s thousands of Dalits converge at the village Bhima-Koregaon to symbolically commemorate a battle fought in 1818.
Charges against the Activists
– That they had made inflammatory speeches at the Elgar Parishad.
– That they are acting on behalf of, or are members of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoists).
– That they were plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister.
Lack of Evidence
As it turns out, most of those arrested were not even at the Elgar Parishad event, the charges about the links to Maoists entirely shown to be based on fabricated evidence and so far the charges about the assassination plot had not even a single piece of evidence produced.
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
Transfer of case to NIA to ‘cover-up’ falsehoods of previous BJP govt: CPI
NEW DELHI: Condemning the transfer of the Bhima-Koregaon case from Pune police to NIA, the CPI on Monday alleged that the purpose of the move was to “cover up” the “falsehoods and wrongdoings” of the previous BJP government.
The case was being probed by the Pune police and the Centre’s decision to hand over the Koregaon-Bhima probe to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday came under severe criticism from both the Congress and the NCP. Read more
Maharashtra home minister seeks report on case against activists
Anil Deshmukh criticised the BJP for labelling its critics and dissidents ‘urban Naxals’, and said it was unacceptable.
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday said he had asked for a detailed report on the Bhima Koregaon case, including its current status, PTI reported. Read more
MAHARASHTRA HOME MINISTER SEEKS PROBE REPORT ON BHIMA KOREGAON CASE
NDTV / by PTI
In a swipe at the erstwhile BJP government, the newly-appointed home minister said that labelling people “urban naxals” for holding a different view is a wrong practice. Read more
Postcard Campaign: Release Human Rights Activists!
While Hemant Soren, just after assuming the office of the chief minister of Jharkhand, withdrew the Pathalgadi sedition case in the maiden cabinet decision, the Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, even after being in office for some time, has so far not initiated the process to withdraw the Koregaon sedition case. Read more
Maaysha, Sudha’s daughter:“If fighting for the rights of adivasis, fighting for workers and peasants, fighting against repression and exploitation and giving up one s whole life for them is being a naxalite then I guess naxalites are pretty good.”
“The 6th Annual Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit showcases the astounding contributions of women around the world to the areas of law and policy. The honorees — each of whom were nominated by HLS students, faculty or staff — are powerful voices in their respective fields, whether they are sitting on a high court bench, standing in front of a classroom, or marching in the streets.”
Or whether they are sitting in jail.
Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj is a 2019 honoree of the Harvard Law International Women’s day exhibition and is sitting in a jail cell in Pune. How did these conflicting positions come about? …
In one of her letters to her daughter, Shoma writes, “They can keep me locked inside, but my mind is completely free”
A reputed academician, a Dalit and Women’s Rights activist, a teacher and dissenter, Shoma Sen is all of the above and more. Born and raised in Mumbai, she moved to Nagpur with her partner and daughter with a strong resolve to protect and promote democratic rights of the most marginalised people in the society.
Shoma has been a respected academic for almost three decades. She has been actively involved with the Women’s Department of Wardha Vishwavidyalaya and taught in various colleges across Nagpur. During the time of her arrest she was the Head of the Department of English at Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University. She has written extensively on post-colonialism and women’s studies for several decades. …
For the past two weeks, the central government has been mum about the issue of a spyware used on Indian lawyers and human rights activists. It seems to have finally broken its silence by justifying its actions under the IT Act, while the same is being hailed as a blatant violation of constitutionally guaranteed Right to Privacy. Read more
Special court rejects plea challenging its jurisdiction on bail for 9 accused
PUNE: Special Judge Ravindra M Pande, on Friday, rejected the plea of nine accused arrested in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case and alleged Maoist links, challenging the special court’s jurisdiction to take direct cognisance of the offence and to deny them bail. Read more