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Telangana Police detain academics at meeting to protest arrest of Varavara Rao

Telangana Police detain academics at meeting to protest arrest of Varavara Rao


File photo of Varavara Rao | IANS

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.
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Two-Part Series on the decline of India’s democracy

Two-Part Series on the decline of India’s democracy

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.
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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.
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Bhagat Singh’s version of nationalism and what it may mean for Indian education

Bhagat Singh’s version of nationalism and what it may mean for Indian education

Sudha Bharadwaj was speaker in 2018
in this same memorial talk. Watch video of her talk: Fighting in the Courts and on the Streets.

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. …”
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From the other side of the bars: Rona Wilson’s quiet commitment to prisoners’ rights

From the other side of the bars: Rona Wilson’s quiet commitment to prisoners’ rights

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.
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Basic rights must be part of poll manifestos: Activists

Basic rights must be part of poll manifestos: Activists

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.
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Why Modi Government’s Persecution of Intellectuals Should Worry Us All

Why Modi Government’s Persecution of Intellectuals Should Worry Us All

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.
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