Livelaw.in / By Mehal Jain
The Supreme Court bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S. K. Kaul and K. M. Joseph on Monday required the “gist of charges”, as revealed upon the completion of investigation, against the activists arrested in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case to be placed before it.
The Wire / By PTI
The court wanted to see the “charges” against the accused and asked the Maharashtra government to submit the charge sheet filed by the state police in a special court in Pune.
First published: 1990
Poetry International Web / By Varavara Rao
Words, smothered in the folds of the self,
Must be stirred awake,
Made to amble and watch
See if wings can bear aloft
The crippled limbs
And soar into the sky.
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.
By India Civil Watch
Vernon Gonsalves is trade unionist, activist, an academic (former professor of business management in a college in Mumbai) and a writer, who writes extensively on Dalit and adivasi rights, the conditions of prisons in India and the routine violation of rights of prisoners. Along with Arun Ferriera, he has authored a number of popular articles on the condition of Indian jails, the abuse of authority by Indian police, and draconian laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), a piece of ‘anti-terror’ legislation with a wide ambit and vague concepts, which allows its misuse against academics, lawyers and human rights defenders. Equally importantly, their writings expose the hypocrisy of democracy in India.