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Scroll.in / By Scroll Staff
The Revolutionary Writers’ Association claimed hundreds of teachers were detained and the police even blocked the road leading to the meeting hall. The Telangana Police on Saturday detained several academics protesting against the arrest of activist Varavara Rao in Hyderabad.
The Wire / By Sten Widmalm
Part One: Is India’s Democracy Really in Decline?
Data made available by a new research programme indicate that the situation has taken a turn for the worse since 2014.
Part Two: Under Modi Govt, a Two-Pronged Attack on India’s Democracy
While it may not actively be promoting autocratisation, the current BJP government is allowing it to happen.
The New Learn / By Amman Madan
Lecture at the Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, 29th March, 2019
“Friends, we are gathered here to remember one of India’s great freedom fighters, Bhagat Singh. But before I start to talk about Bhagat Singh, I want to remember two other great Indians. The first is a great Indian who is still very much with us, Sudha Bharadwaj. …”
Qrius / By Prarthana Mitra
Does criticism of the government come with a greater risk and at higher costs, than it did 5 years ago? A pre-poll primer on the status of activism and how we can save it from the peril of desensitisation.
The Wire / By Mahtab Alam
Numerous people, especially from marginalised communities, have had to spend time in jail despite being innocent. Despite this, political parties are unwilling to tackle the issue of wrongful prosecution.
Mumbai Mirror / By Shruti Ganapatye
Mumbai: Despite making a promise of withdrawing cases against protesters allegedly involved in Bhima-Koregaon violence, Maratha Morcha and other political cases, the government is not going to take any decision until election gets over.
The Caravan / By Aathira Konikkara
In jail since June 2018, Rona Wilson has campaigned for human rights for over fifteen years and is a founding member of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners.
In March 2012, Rona Jacob Wilson, an activist who campaigns for the release of political prisoners, addressed a seminar in Hyderabad, on counter-terrorism laws and their misuse by the nation’s security apparatus.
Times of India / By TNN
RANCHI: Tribal rights activist Stan Swami and developmental economist known for labour rights activism Jean Dreze, along with representatives of civil society organisations, released a people’s manifesto under the Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha banner here on Monday.
The Wire / By Rohit Kumar
Intellectuals are imperative to a democracy and are connected closely with our right to think freely – which is why they figure high on an authoritarian regime’s list of targets.
The Assamese Sahitya Akademi awardee, Hiren Gohain has been charged with sedition, and Dalit scholar Anil Teltumbde is facing a prison sentence on charges of being part of an ‘urban Maoist’ plot to incite violence at Bhima Koregaon. Arun Ferreira, Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves – some of the most respected voices in the field of tribal rights activism – were arrested last year on similar charges.