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‘My life hangs by a thread’: Activist Stan Swamy on Bhima Koregaon, Adivasi resistance in Jharkhand

‘My life hangs by a thread’: Activist Stan Swamy on Bhima Koregaon, Adivasi resistance in Jharkhand

Scroll.in / by Sneha Philip & Smarnita Shetty

Criminal justice procedures are being misused to repress undertrials in the state’s jails who are falsely accused of being Maoists.
In this interview Swamy discusses the emergence and growth of people’s movements, his work with young Adivasi undertrials who are falsely accused of being Maoists, the difficult choices that confront young Adivasis today and the ongoing case against him in connection with the Bhima Koregaon caste clashes near Pune in 2018.
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Protest Against Modi Outside UN Headquarters in New York

Protest Against Modi Outside UN Headquarters in New York


Poster by Coalition Against Fascism in India

The Wire / by Raghavi Sharma

The Coalition Against Fascism in India said that the Modi government has been “orchestrating a pogrom of hate and violence against Muslims and Dalits in India”, and has “disenfranchised seven million Kashmiris”.
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IDR Interviews Stan Swamy

IDR Interviews Stan Swamy

India Development Review (IDR) / by Sneha Philip and Smarinita Shetty

Stan Swamy [one of accused in the Bhima Koregaon case] is an activist, a social worker and a Jesuit priest who has spent many decades fighting for the rights of Adivasis in Jharkhand.
In this interview with IDR, Stan discusses the emergence and growth of people’s movements, his work with young Adivasi undertrials who are falsely accused of being Naxalites and the difficult choices that confront young Adivasis today.
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A climate of fear: It helps autocracy – but those who disagree should persist past our cowardice

A climate of fear: It helps autocracy – but those who disagree should persist past our cowardice

Times of India blogs / by Amulya Gopalakrishnan

A year after the 9/11 attacks, American writer and editor Michael Kinsley made an honest admission. He had stopped himself from writing or publishing some things, regardless of their merit, he said. Ordinary scepticism, any opinion slightly out-of-step, had been silenced in the “patriotic gush and mush” of the times.
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Junglemahal is a book on peace process with Maoists. But it frightens the Indian state

Junglemahal is a book on peace process with Maoists. But it frightens the Indian state

The Print / by Ashutosh Bharadwaj

War and Peace in Junglemahal: People, State and Maoists was seized from activist Vernon Gonsalves’ home during a raid last year in Elgar Parishad case.
Soon after becoming the chief minister in May 2011, Mamata Banerjee initiated peace talks with the Maoists who had been holding out in Junglemahal, an area stretching over Bankura, Birbhum, Purluia and parts of West Midnapur districts. The talks failedwithin months. The namesake of Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece, War and Peace, which surfaced in the Bombay High Court recently, is a collection of essays and grassroots voices penned by eminent writers, activists, academics and lawyers as they discuss the Maoist issue in the aftermath of the talks.
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Report: Coporate Loot And People’s Resistance In Niyamgiri

Report: Coporate Loot And People’s Resistance In Niyamgiri

Sabrangindia / by Sabrangindia

On August 18, the report titled “Corporate Loot and People’s Resistance in Niyamgiri” was released at the CDRO Convention on UAPA and other Draconian Law held in Jalandhar, Punjab. The report is an outcome of a joint fact-finding visit by a 16-member team from April 26-28, 2019 from All India Coordination of Democratic Rights Organization (CDRO) and Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sangathan, Odisha (GASS) to villages of the Niyamgiri area in both Raygada and Kalahandi districts of Odisha. The team investigated into the death of the contract employee Dani Batra by the OISF on March 18 at the gate of Vedanta Aluminum Limited and also visited villages of the Dongria Kondhs to understand the major concerns of the people opposing mining of bauxite in their area and violation of their rights.
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A letter, fair or foul, is the question

A letter, fair or foul, is the question

DNA/ by DNA

DNA Samwad this week tried to understand if there’s indeed an environment of fear & intolerance as claimed by some well-known personalities in a letter to the PM. The panelists comprising political leaders & social media experts from both sides of the ideological spectrum debated on the subject
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