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An activist poet challenges official narratives: A profile of Sudhir Dhawale

An activist poet challenges official narratives: A profile of Sudhir Dhawale

The Polis Project / by the Polis Project and maraa

Born to a Dalit family in the slums of Indora, an Ambedkarite hub in Nagpur, fifty-four-year-old Sudhir Dhawale is an activist, editor, and writer.
While the 2002 Gujarat riots led him to launch his radical bi-monthly magazine “Vidrohi”, in 2006 he started a cultural-political organization called “Ramabai Nagar-Khairlanji Hatyaakand Virodhi Sangarsh Samiti” following the murder of four persons from a family in Khairlanji in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra… His magazine, though produced on a small scale, was potent enough to rouse the ire of the establishment. Dhawale was a key planner of the Elgaar Parishad.
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NIA Arrests three Kabir Kala Manch Activists, Calls it ‘Maoist Front’ / What is Kabir Kala Manch?

NIA Arrests three Kabir Kala Manch Activists, Calls it ‘Maoist Front’ / What is Kabir Kala Manch?

Poets Branded Naxals by Both Cong & BJP: What is Kabir Kala Manch?

The Quint / by Asmita Nandy

What is Kabir Kala Manch and why are they repeatedly targeted by governments?
Kabir Kala Manch, a group of artists singing songs of Bahujans and Karl Marx, have been branded “naxals” by both Congress and BJP.
On Tuesday, 8 September, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the Elgar Parishad case arrested three members of the group saying that they were in touch with senior leaders of CPI(Maoist), a banned organisation under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act “so as to spread the ideology of Maoism/Naxalism and encourage unlawful activities”.
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NIA Calls Kabir Kala Manch ‘Maoist Front’, Takes Activists into Custody

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

08/09/2020

Mumbai: The National Investigations Agency has accused the cultural group Kabir Kala Mancha (KKM) of being a frontal organisation of the banned terrorist Communist Party of India (Maoist) …
KKM is a Pune-based cultural troupe that was formed by youth belonging to the Bahujan community from across Maharashtra. Several working-class musicians and poets had come together after the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat and formed their own cultural group to sing songs of resistance and state repression. They have also been vocal against caste atrocities across the country.
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Kabir Kala Manach cultural activist Jyoti Jagtap arrested / #StandWithBK15

08/09/2020

Kractivist / by Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan

Pune ATS has today arrested Jyoti Jagtap (Member of Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan and Kabir Kala Manch). She will be transfered to NIA for custody. Yesterday, on 7 September, Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor were arrested late evening and today Jyoti Jagtap has been arrested.
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NIA Arrests Two Kabir Kala Manch Activists

07/09/2020

The Wire / by Sukanya Shantha

Mumbai: After questioning them over several days, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested cultural activists Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor in the Elgar Parishad case. With their arrest, 14 persons – all academics, lawyers and activists – have been arrested in the 2018 Elgar Parishad case in total.
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Solidarity with Kabir Kala Manch Activists / Statement by Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor

Solidarity with Kabir Kala Manch Activists / Statement by Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor

Bhima Koregaon arrests – Jyoti Jagtap has been arrested

By Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan, Maharashtra

Press release 8 September 2020
Pune ATS has today arrested Jyoti Jagtap (Member of Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan and Kabir Kala Manch). She will be transfered to NIA for custody. Yesterday, on 7 September, Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor were arrested late evening and today Jyoti Jagtap has been arrested. Since June 2018, one after another such 15 human rights activists, lawyers, professors, writers and artists have been arrested in the Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad case.
As a artist, activist and writer, Jyoti Jagtap has been working in the Ambedkariate movement for many years. Arrests of these three should be considered as an alert. Modi Government is once again starting an arrests series to create fear atmosphere in the country. In this case, police never had any evidences nor does it have today. Fabricated letters and utterly fake stories, that’s what all they do. This government is again and again failing to solve people’s issues, henceforth it is diverting public with creating false enemy like Urban Naxal.
Bhima Koregaon – Elgar Parishad case has become like a boiling oil pot as described in the Brahminical Puranas. Anyone who challenges Brahminical regime, is being thrown into it. We wish to tell the Modi government that people’s anger is intensifying against all of this.
As Bhima Koregaon Shauryadin Prerana Abhiyan, we appeal you to raise high voice for the release of Jyoti Jagtap.


Not Savarkar, We are children of Ambedkar, We will not apologise!

Asian Speaks / by Bhima Koregaon Shaurya Din Prerana Abhiyan

Press release 7 September 2020
Shahir Sagar Gorkhe and Shahir Ramesh Gaichor, both members of Bhima Koregoan Shauryadin Prerna Abhiyan and Kabir Kala Manch have been arrested by the NIA under the Modi government. NIA has summoned both Shahir Sagar Gorkhe and Shahir Ramesh Gaychor on multiple occasions for questioning. Under the guise of questioning, they were repeatedly threatened arrest unless they turn witness for the state. They were threatened, “you have to become witness for the state under CRPC clause 164 and admit (falsely) that you went to the jungle in Gadchiroli and met Naxals there and that you have connections to Naxalites. unless you agree to this we will arrest you.”
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Video Statement by Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor (Sep 5)


hindi/ english subtitles | 2:20min | 2020
Kabir Kala Manch activists Sagar Gorkhe & Ramesh Gaichor have alleged that they’re being forced by the NIA to give confessional statements claiming they are a part of Maoist organization. The two refused, and were arrested today. Their statements were recorded on Sep 5.
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Modi Sarkar – Stop arrests of activists and oppressed section

By Kractivist.org

On 7th September 2020, the RSS led BJP government’s mission to nullify/choke voices of activists and oppressed sections in India has hit another milestone after arresting Sagar Gorakhe and Ramesh Gaichor – members of Kabir Kala Manch (KKM), based in Pune.
Sagar and Rameshhave been part of the Caste Annihilation movement in India since many years and have committed their lives to build a strong anti caste movement in Maharashtra.
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Video: Sudha Bharadwaj (Part 1 – Arrested Series)

Video: Sudha Bharadwaj (Part 1 – Arrested Series)


Solidarity program in Chhattisgarh, 2019

hindi | 4:29min | 2020

By #InBetweenNews

Sudha Bharadwaj was arrested by the Pune Police on suspicion of being involved in Maoist terror activities in August 2018, along with five other accused across the country.
An alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Bharadwaj has been living in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh for the last 29 years and has worked as trade unionist and civil rights activist for most of her life.
Having been exposed to horrific working conditions of labourers during her time as a student at IIT, she moved to work with the late Shankar Guha Niyogi’s Chhattisgarh Mukti Morcha in 1986.
She fought passionately against corrupt bureaucrats to ensure proper wages were paid to the workers in the mines and plants located in Bhilai. She also engaged in issues of Dalit and Adivasi rights, specifically the right to land, the right to education, health and for security against corrupt landlords.
Here is #InBetweenNews ‘s special report on Sudha Bharadwaj’s overtly political arrest and her life as an activist.
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With Hany Babu’s arrest, 4 academics now in custody in Bhima Koregaon violence case

With Hany Babu’s arrest, 4 academics now in custody in Bhima Koregaon violence case

The Print / by Sravasti Dasgupta

Hany Babu & 11 others are accused of attending the Elgar Parishad, which allegedly triggered violence in Bhima Koregaon on 1 January 2018 …
Babu is the fourth academic arrested in the Bhima Koregaon case — all four have been trenchant critics of the Modi government.
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Who Is Anand Teltumbde?

Who Is Anand Teltumbde?

The Struggle Against Dalit Oppression in India

31/07/2020

Jacobin / by Kunal Chattopadhyay

The Indian state has imprisoned the Dalit intellectual Anand Teltumbde on trumped-up charges of terrorism and subversion. His activism and writing on caste and class are needed more than ever in the struggle against both casteism and capitalism.
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Who’s Afraid of Anand Teltumbde?

24/01/2020

The Wire / by N. Balmurli

Teltumbde’s writing has exposed the hypocrisy of the votaries of neo-liberal capitalism, caste deniers and Hindutva triumphalists. It is they who seek to silence him today.
… A consummate polymath, Anand Teltumbde is at once comfortable with hard-nosed political-economic analyses of globalisation, as with the cultural-politics of caste identities and caste-class dialectics, or with the techno-business strategic policy formulations that figure in trade journals.
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On the History and Memory of the Battle of Koregaon

On the History and Memory of the Battle of Koregaon

The Wire / by Dwaipayan Sen

The site and its associated meanings have thus only further cemented their reputation as a source of resistance to a Brahminical order.
A range of views characterise recent discourse concerning Mahar involvement in the famed Battle of Koregaon of 1818 that brought to an end Peshwa rule in western India and led to the rise of the East India company-state’s rule in the region.
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Devanur Mahadeva: Release Anand Teltumbde immediately

Devanur Mahadeva: Release Anand Teltumbde immediately

Times of India / by TNN

Mysuru: Dalit writer and activist Devanur Mahadeva oined hundreds of activists and rationalists from across the country on Thursday, demandingthe immediate release of activist and writer Anand Teltumbde.
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DSS STAGES PROTEST, DEMANDS RELEASE OF DR ANAND TELTUMBDE

14/05/2020

City Today / by CTBUREAU_HS

Mysuru: Dalita Sangharsha Samiti (DSS) staged a silent protest alleging the government has arrested scholar Dr Anand Teltumbde purposefully and demanded his immediate release.
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Anand Teltumbde’s pursuit of Ambedkar’s radical civility

Anand Teltumbde’s pursuit of Ambedkar’s radical civility

Forward Press / by V. Geeta

On 14 April 2020, the 129th anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, Prof Anand Teltumbde handed himself over to the custody of the National Investigation Agency as ordered by the Supreme Court in the Bhima Koregaon case. Drawing on Teltumbde’s writings, V. Geetha argues that it is the real, radical Ambedkar that he looks up to, not the toned-down version of Ambedkar that the civil order and the State is comfortable with.
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Hindi Newspapers Look Away as Anand Teltumbde Is Arrested

Hindi Newspapers Look Away as Anand Teltumbde Is Arrested

The Wire / by Aman Abhishek

In the aftermath of the Teltumbde’s arrest, his prescient comment calling media ‘subservient’ appears remarkably accurate.
Anand Teltumbde is a world-renowned public intellectual known for his rigorous analysis of the caste system in India. Perhaps one could have imagined, or at least hoped, that his arrest on the day of Ambedkar Jayanti would have generated a detailed coverage in the mainstream Hindi media, especially since the charges against him are very clearly directed at his intellectual work – he is accused of inciting caste-based violence and of being an “urban Naxal”.
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