This panel, featuring Susan Abraham, Prabodhan Pol, Mihir Desai and Nihalsing Rathod, takes a closer look at the arrests of and cases against the 11 activists detained after Bhima Koregaon, and places the events within the context of caste, community and Maharashtra political dynamics. This is part 1 of a two-part series on UAPA and state suppression of dissent. Watch Video
At Bhima Koregaon event, visitors say CAA-NRC undermines Constitution
As lakhs of Ambedkarites gathered in Bhima Koregaon village near Pune on Wednesday to commemorate a battle fought in 1818, the police kept strict watch. With crowds congregating from across the country over past fortnight to express their opposition to the new Citizenship Amendment Act, the authorities wanted to ensure that this mammoth event passed off smoothly. Read more
Public Meeting Report: Still We Resist – Rise in Defense of Human Rights (Dec 20)
Activists from various fields talk about what it means to protest, and why it’s necessary now
“Aaj na udyala maraycha, tar kashala mag saraycha (We are going to die today or tomorrow, so why should we step back?). Adivasi activist Prakash Bhoir sang the verse at a public meeting on Friday, organised by Mumbai Rises To Save Democracy, a coalition of over 40 organisations engaged in issues pertaining to human rights and civil liberties. Read more
Noted journalist Nikhil Wagle, who was present at the press conference, said, “These cases were foisted by the previous Devendra Fadnavis government.
Several organisations under the banner ‘Mumbai Rises to Save Democracy’ on Monday demanded that the Maharashtra government drop charges against nine activists arrested in the Koragoan Bhima caste violence case. Read more
DEMAND TO RELEASE ARRESTED ACTIVISTS
10 / 12 / 2019
The Hindu / by Ajeet Mahale
Principles of bail apply to UAPA cases too, says lawyer; the law has no place in a democratic country, says journalist.
Activists, lawyers and literary figures on Monday demanded the release of the nine human rights activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon conspiracy case, calling the charges and case false and an act of political vendetta. Read more
Mumbai demands immediately release all 9 arrested activists in Bhima Koregaon case
It has been nearly a year and half since 9 human rights defenders were arrested on the pretext of the violence that ensued on January 1, 2018, when Hindutva mobs attacked Dalit Bahujans marching to Bhima Koregaon to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle that led to the defeat of Peshwa rule. In the aftermath of that incident, the homes of the defenders were raided, and false cases foisted on them. Read more
The annual bookfair at Shivaji Park on Friday had a blue-white sartorial theme: those who manned the stalls drew attention to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s way of life by wearing blue ribbons over white shirts. Read more
Press Conference: Release Activists – Drop Charges
More than a year since 9 HRDs were arrested on the pretext of Bhima Koregaon violence. On January 1, 2018 Hindutva mobs attacked Dalit Bahujans in Bhima Koregaon. In the aftermath of the violence their homes were raided, false cases foisted on them. We demand from the newly formed Maharashtra govt. for the swift release of 9 HRDs, all false cases on Dalit youths to be quashed and actions on Hindutva leaders to be expedited. We also demand that the pretext of Bhima Koregaon not be used to further target activists and human rights defenders.