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Statement by Culture Workers Support Trust: Attempt to quell voices who speak out through art

Statement by Culture Workers Support Trust: Attempt to quell voices who speak out through art

Kabir Kala Manch performance, 2019

The Caravan / by Culture Workers Trust

The Culture Workers’ Support Trust (CWST) condemns the harassment of members of the creative community.
Statement Against State Repression of Culture Workers:
In Solidarity with Rahul Roy, Saba Dewan, Kabir Kala Manch, and Art Students facing harassment and false charges by the state, who are being targeted for exercising their democratic right to raise their voice against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, the National Register of Citizens, the National Population Register and state-sponsored brutality during the anti-CAA protests.
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Arrests Politically Motivated – Sedition, Counterterrorism Laws Used to Silence Dissent

Arrests Politically Motivated – Sedition, Counterterrorism Laws Used to Silence Dissent

By Human Rights Watch

(New York) The Indian authorities are increasingly bringing politically motivated cases, including under severe sedition and terrorism laws, against critics of the government, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately drop baseless charges against activists, academics, student leaders, and others, and unconditionally release those in custody.
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Umar Khalid arrest: Erosion of democracy hasn’t been as blatant, ‘save Emergency rule’

Counteverview / by Counterview Desk/ Campaign Against State Repression (CASR)

In a statement, CASR said, “Following the model of the Bhima Koregaon-Elgaar Parishad case, the Delhi Police appears to be determined to target those who have spoken out against the communal discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Registry of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) instead of those who incited the violence in North East Delhi leading to the death of over 50 persons, injuries to several hundred, loss of livelihood and displacement of thousands, particularly Muslim residents of the area.”
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Stop crying wolf over democracy, enjoy the quality of sheep’s clothing

Economic Times / by T K Arun

… In the cases registered by the Delhi police, the focus is solely on those who protested against CAA. BJP leaders who held rallies, threatening to take the law into their own hands if the anti-CAA protests were not lifted, are off the police radar.
This playbook looks as if it has been copied from the police action in the wake of the Bhima-Koregaon violence, which saw a Dalit activist killed and several injured during an attack on Dalit celebration of the 200 th anniversary of the victory of Mahar troops of the British East India Company over the Peshwa’s army, ending Peshwa rule once and for all.
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Protests at Pune District Collectorate: Activists demand release of Kabir Kala Manch members

Protests at Pune District Collectorate: Activists demand release of Kabir Kala Manch members

Pune, Sep 14, pics shared via fb by Kabir Kala Manch

Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prerna Abhiyaan demands release of Kabir Kala Manch members, seeks SIT probe

14/09/2020

The Indian Express / by Express News Service

Members of the Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prerna Abhiyaan held protests at the Pune District Collectorate on Monday against the arrests of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) members and demanded that a special investigation team (SIT) be formed to probe the issue.
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Political parties pledge support to Delhi University Professor, Hany Babu

Political parties pledge support to Delhi University Professor, Hany Babu

Free Press Journal / by Staff Reporter

In a webinar attended by leaders from across political parties including the Congress, DMK, CPI(M), party leaders condemned Delhi University Professor, Hany Babu’s arrest and incarceration.
They unanimously called out the ruling government for persecution of those who stand for social justice. Some of them promised to take up the issue during the upcoming parliament session.
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‘Hany Babu is a champion of social justice,’ political party leaders demand release of jailed professor

13/09/2020

Makttoobmedia / by Haneena PA

One month after the associate professor in the University of Delhi’s English department and noted anti-caste activist Hany Babu MT was arrested by NIA in the Bhima Koregaon case, Dalit Camera organised a webinar titled “With Professor Hany Babu: Political Voices for Social Justice” on Saturday where parliamentarians and leaders from various political parties took part to raise their voice in support of the arrested professor.
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Release Sudha Bharadwaj Campaign Video – 5

Release Sudha Bharadwaj Campaign Video – 5


Bhilai, Sep 5, 2020

hindi | 1:53 min | 2020

By Release Sudha Bharadwaj

In the 1990s Sudha Bharadwaj came to Bhilai where the contract workers of ACC Cement were struggling for regularization.
Sudha Bhardwaj played an important role in their battle in the court and on the street. When a multinational company took over ACC cement she got in contact with international unions who supported the workers in their fight for regularization.
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Videos: With Hany Babu: Political Voices for Social Justice / Free All BK Human Rights Defenders

Videos: With Hany Babu: Political Voices for Social Justice / Free All BK Human Rights Defenders

Video: With Prof. Hany Babu – Political Voices for Social Justice

By Dalit Camera

Webinar: With Prof. Hany Babu – Political Voices for Social Justice

To watch video recording (english) via fb click:
Dalit Camera

Speakers include:
Dr. Udit Raj, Ex-MP, National Spokesperson, AICC
T.K.S. Elangovan, MP Rajya Sabha, DMK
Prof. Manoj Kumar Jha, MP Rajya Sabha, RJD
K. Ambujakshan, Welfare Party of India
Anoop V.R, Indian Youth Congress
Rajkumar Saini, ex MP, Loktantra Suraksha Party
P. Rajeev, ex MP, CPI(M)
Annie Raja, CPI
K.K. Ragesh, MP Sabha CPI (M)
E.T. Mohammed Basheer, MP, Lok Sabha, IUML
Coordinator: Vinayakala Korvi
Chair: Premjish Achari
Curator and Art Critic
Concluding Remarks: N Sachin


Video: Free All Bhima Koregaon Human rights Defenders and Repeal Draconian UAPA

11/09/2020

By Baat Adhikar Ki

Webinar: Free All Bhima Koregaon Human rights Defenders and Repeal Draconian UAPA!

To watch video recording (hindi) via fb click:
Bahujan Sanvad (select videos)

Struggling to find evidence in Bhima Koregaon case, NIA is now resorting to outright bullying

Struggling to find evidence in Bhima Koregaon case, NIA is now resorting to outright bullying

Scroll.in / by Sruthisagar Yamunan

If the courts do not intervene to pull up the agency, its strategy of intimidation will continue unabated, vitiating the entire trial.
On September 7, the National Investigation Agency arrested two members of the Kabir Kala Manch cultural group, Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor, in connection with its inquiry into the violence at Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra on December 31, 2017. A day later, Jyoti Jagtap, another member of the group, had been arrested.
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Academics, Artists and Activists Condemn NIA Actions and Express Solidarity

Academics, Artists and Activists Condemn NIA Actions and Express Solidarity

Renowned Academics, Artists Support K. Satyanarayana, Condemn NIA ‘Harassment’

The Wire/ by The Wire Staff

New Delhi: A group of more than 700 academics, activists, artists and others have come together to condemn the harassment and arrests of right activists, academics and lawyers in the Elgar Parishad/Bhima Koregaon case. They have expressed their solidarity with Professor K. Satyanarayana, who teaches at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) in Hyderabad, and has been summoned for questioning the case by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
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More Than 1,000 Scientists, Academics Condemn NIA Action in Elgar Parishad Case

The Wire / by The Wire Staff

New Delhi: A group of 1,039 scientists and academics have released a statement condemning the National Investigation Agency (NIA) action in the Bhima Koregaon/Elgar Parishad case.
Statement
…Most recently, we understand that the NIA has summoned the well-known scientist and activist, Prof. Partho Sarothi Ray, of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (Kolkata) to Mumbai on 10th September for questioning in this case…
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CDRO condemns the witch-hunt by the NIA and the choking of pro-people voices

Countercurrents / by Co-Ordination of Democratic Rights Organisation (CDRO)

Press Release, 8th September 2020
After the arrests of leading public intellectuals like poet Varavara Rao, Prof. Soma Sen, Prof. Anand Teltumbde, Mr. Gautam Navlakha, Ms. Sudha Bharadwaj, and others, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has trained its gun yet once again on democratic right activists, lawyers and other intellectuals.
One of their latest targets is Prof. Parthosarathi Ray, a leading biologist of the country, an Associate Professor working in Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, and also a leading personality of the democratic rights movements of the country.
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Varavara Rao’s sons-in-law appear before NIA in Mumbai

Varavara Rao’s sons-in-law appear before NIA in Mumbai

Varavara Rao’s sons-in-law appear before NIA in Mumbai

Telegana Today / by Telangana Today

The Mumbai unit of the NIA had summoned them a few days ago asking them to appear before it as a witness under Sections 160 and 91 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPc).
Hyderabad: Revolutionary writer P Varavara Rao’s sons-in-law K. Satyanarayana and KV Kurmanath appeared before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case this morning.
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‘Not Sure Whether My Husband Will Return Home After NIA Questioning’, Says VV Rao’s Daughter Pavana

08/09/2020

Outlook / by Preetha Nair

The NIA has summoned K Satyanarayana and KV Kumarnath for questioning in connection with the Elgar Parishad case.
The National Investigating Agency (NIA) is set to question two sons-in-law of revolutionary poet-writer Varavara Rao, the family says that the harassment at the hands of the state continues despite the deteriorating health condition of the incarcerated poet.
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EFLU Teachers’ Association stands in Solidarity with Prof. K. Satyanarayana

Statement by The English and Foreign Lanuages University Teachers´ Association

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