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.
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.
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.
Scroll.in / By Romila Thapar
In November, the historian delivered a video message at the Unesco headquarters on the freedom of speech and expression in India.
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”.
The Citizen / By Anand Teltumbde
You may have learnt from the media that my appeal for quashing the false FIR against me filed by the Pune Police was rejected yesterday (14 January) by the Supreme Court. Fortunately, it gave me to four weeks to seek pre-arrest bail from the competent court.
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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NDTV / By NDTV
We examine the 5,000-page charge sheet filed against so-called ‘Urban Naxals’ to find more questions than answers.
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.
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.