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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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The (lack of) case against Anand Teltumbde

The (lack of) case against Anand Teltumbde

Newslaundry / By Prateek Goyal

The primary evidence of the Pune police is a clutch of letters, but it’s subject to too many flaws.
Nine activists and lawyers have been arrested till date by the Pune police in the Koregaon-Bhima case. They’ve been termed “Maoists” by the police on the basis of some letters produced by the police—the credibility of which are questionable.
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Indian govt accused of war on activists ahead of election

Indian govt accused of war on activists ahead of election

Asia Times / By Asia Times

The arrest of activists linked to the Bhima Koregaon violence continues amid fears case has been politicized.
The Bhima-Koregaon riots case in Maharashtra has taken multiple twists and turns over the past year, from arbitrary arrests to dubious evidence and delayed investigation to a conspiracy theory about a plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But recent developments show this has become a “state versus activists” case ahead of the election this year.
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Full text: 82-year-old Stan Swamy, suspect in Bhima Koregaon case, ‘appeals to nation’s conscience’

Full text: 82-year-old Stan Swamy, suspect in Bhima Koregaon case, ‘appeals to nation’s conscience’

Scroll.in / By Scroll Staff

He criticised the government for targeting intellectuals working for the fundamental rights of the poor and labelling them ‘urban naxals’.
Jharkhand-based human rights activist and Catholic priest Stan Swamy, whose home was raided by the Pune police on August 28 in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, on Friday released a statement criticising the government for targeting intellectuals working for the fundamental rights of the poor, and labelling them “urban naxals”.
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Strangers in our midst

Strangers in our midst

Indian Express / By Satish Deshpande

The decisive question for democracy in India: How should it deal with citizens who think differently and are annoying or inconvenient to ‘us’?
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‘Urban naxal is something of an oxymoron’

‘Urban naxal is something of an oxymoron’

Frontline / By Ziya Us Salam

Interview with Professor Romila Thapar.
The term “urban naxal” was once used during peasant protests against the state. Today, it is used almost as a slur on those who ask uncomfortable questions of the state. The same fate meets those authors and poets who refuse to sing hosannas to state power.
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Trade unionists branded as ‘Urban Naxals’, arrested under UAPA shows State repression of labour activists has peaked

Trade unionists branded as ‘Urban Naxals’, arrested under UAPA shows State repression of labour activists has peaked

The Leaflet / By B Sivaraman

The NDA government in the Centre and the Maharashtra government are trampling upon the entire gamut of rights and not only human rights as understood in the conventional manner. Labour rights, women’s rights and Adivasi rights all are turning into human rights issues because of repression.
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