The Citizen / By MADISON, NJ
As an associate professor in political science at Drew University, New Jersey, who teaches and researches on human rights in India and the United States, I have been shocked to hear about the arbitrary arrest of prominent human rights activist and journalist Gautam Navlakha (as well as PUCL lawyer/ activist Sudha Bhardwaj, eminent poet Varavara Rao, lawyer Arun Ferreira and others) under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act that undermines basic due process rights.
First published: Jun 6, 2015
Sanhati / By Stan Swamy
‘Minerals are an essential part of the land …the ownership of sub-soil/mineral wealth should normally follow the ownership of the land” – (SC:CIVIL APPEAL NO. 4549 OF 2000, delivered on July 8, 2013)
First published: Jul 1, 2016
RAIOT / By Ramu Ramanathan
In the second part of the ongoing series of interviews with Varavara Rao, founder member of Virasam, by playwright Ramu Ramanathan, the Maoist ideologue and Telegu poet narrates his revolutionary journey, about people’s movements in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, about writing and publishing revolutionary literature and how the movement has produced some great writers.
First published: Oct 5, 2014
National Confederations of Human Rights Organisations / By Kareena Gilani
Colours Of The Cage is an unsparing account of the nearly five years activist Arun Ferreira lost forever in Nagpur Central Jail after being accused of being a Naxalite. In May 2007, Ferreira was forced into a car by 15 men, beaten and blindfolded as he heard his abductors discussed the option of killing him off in an encounter. Till September 2011, Ferreira languished in prison while nine cases were slapped against him.
Call by Concerned Students and Citizens of Mumbai
Since the beginning of this year, Maharashtra police has been illegally raiding and randomly arresting citizens of this country. In January, five Reliance contract workers’ union activists were arrested. In June, police arrested activists Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson and Sudhir Dhawale, Nagpur University Prof. Shoma Sen and Sr. Adv. Surendra Gadling. On August 28th, Advocate Arun Ferreira, Writer Gautam Navlakha, Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, Writer-Activist Varavara Rao and Ex-Mumbai University lecturer and writer Vernon Gonsalves were arrested.
Statement by Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
WSS strongly condemns targeted attack on democratic rights activists, blatantly retributive actions of Maharashtra Police and demands immediate and unconditional release of all arrested activists, lawyers, writers and journalists.