Institute of Postcolonial Studies / by Yug Mohit Chaudhry
While purporting to investigate the Hindutva-fuelled riots of 1st January 2018 following the Elgaar Parishad commemoration of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon, an iconic event in Dalit historiography, the state has imprisoned some highly respected intellectuals, scholars and social activists…
Many of these sixteen are role models and heroes of our times: they have sacrificed themselves for the weak and the poor, deepened democracy, and given dignity and meaning to those surviving on the margins of existence ignored by successive governments. If at all they erred, it was in excess of love for those they served. Read more
2 years, 3 charge sheets & 16 arrests — Why Bhima Koregaon accused are still in jail
Since 2018, stringent UAPA rules, SC’s Zahoor Watali order, NIA takeover and allegedly ‘inadmissible’ evidence has made sure that all accused remain in custody.
On 31 December 2017, a group of activists, political leaders and even retired judges came together at Shaniwar Wada in Pune.
Called the Elgar Parishad (Congress for Speaking Aloud), the organisers of this event included former Supreme Court judge, Justice P.B. Sawant, and former Bombay High Court judge, Justice B.G. Kolse-Patil. The event saw songs, street plays and speeches on various issues, including Dalit rights and criticism of the Narendra Modi government. Read more
Arrests in Bhima Koregaon case frame a transformation in India’s polity and police force
The current usage of the expression “urban Naxal” owes much to Bollywood film director Vivek Agnihotri, who defines an “urban Naxal as an intellectual, influencer or activist who is an invisible enemy of India”. The idea of such a conspiracy was propagated, however, by the Sangh Parivar.
In October, Stan Swamy, an 83-year old Jesuit priest, was sent to judicial custody in the Bhima Koregaon case. His is the latest arrest in a case that illustrates a significant transformation in India’s polity and the country’s police force. Read more
On trail for thoughts – What is stopping the Elgaar Parishad activists from getting bail?
With three chargesheet now filed against them, what is stopping the Elgaar Parishad activists from getting bail? With evidence of their “provocative” speeches vague and questions being raised on the veracity of other evidence, is this what being tried for one’s thoughts feels like?
Some of the country’s pioneering rights activists, professors, lawyers and human rights advocates have been languishing in jail for years now by precisely this modus operandi – and their trial is yet to even begin. Read more
‘Activists are being persecuted for their stellar work’
The lawyer, who is representing four accused in the Bhima-Koregaon case, says there is no evidence to link them to the CPI(Maoist).
Advocate R. Sathyanarayanan has been a trial lawyer for 26 years and has represented a few accused in the Harshad Mehta scam. Now, he is representing four of the 12 accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case — Rona Wilson, P. Varavara Rao, Anand Teltumbde and Surendra Gadling. Read more
Video: Revisiting the Bhima Koregaon Conspiracy Case
An international coalition of human rights defenders, with evidence gathered by activists on the ground, compiled „Manufacturing Evidence: How the Police is framing and arresting constitutional rights defenders in India“ – a report that once again exposes the communal bias of the Indian Police. Read more
Travesty of Justice – Persecution of Human Rights Defenders
By Civil Liberties Committee (AP &Telangana State)
We cannot forget 2018. In fact that the violence in Bhimakoregaon in Maharashtra on January 2018 was a planned and organized by the RSS and other Hindhutva outfits in order to foil Edgar Parishat, a conglomeration of dalits, bahujans and minorities who gathered in a single platform. The Parishad proclaimed to fight against fascist hindutva forces and reclaim Constitution and its ideals. In the months of June and August the Maharashtra Police raided selectively the houses of human rights and social activists across the country. Read full statement
Anand Teltumbde’s Letter To The People Of India Before His Imminent Arrest [read letter]
I am aware this may be completely drowned in the motivated cacophony of the BJP-RSS combine and the subservient media but I still think it may be worth talking to you as I do not know whether I would get another opportunity. Read more
Anand Teltumbde: “Plot to kill PM” was a deliberate ploy to sensationalise the case
Teltumbde, accused in the Bhima-Koregaon case under the UAPA, claims that the entire case against him is fabricated. On March 16, the SC gave him three weeks to surrender. In conversation with Asiaville, the noted scholar said that the Bhima-Koregaon arrests are a deliberate attempt to trap noted civil rights activists opposed to the BJP’s ideology. Read more