Books sent by families of Hany Babu, Gautam Navlakha returned by jail authorities, again
India Now / by India Now
A Mumbai court has refused to interfere with the order of Taloja Central Jail officials, refusing to accept a courier with books for Elgar Parishad accused Hany Babu and Gautam Navlakha.
A Special Special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Mumbai has refused to interfere with the order of Taloja Central Jail officials, refusing to accept a courier with books for Elgar Parishad accused Hany Babu and Gautam Navlakha. Read more
Jail officials cannot refuse books sent for prisoners, but should check content: Mumbai Court
The Indian Express / by Sadaf Modak
The observation was made in the detailed order passed by the special court earlier this month allowing lawyer activist Sudha Bharadwaj, arrested in the Elgaar Parishad case, access to five books per month at Byculla women’s jail where she is lodged.
A special court has said that jail authorities cannot refuse to accept books sent for prisoners though they are expected to go through the contents to ensure there is no “objectionable material”. Read more
The Polis Project / by The Polis Project and maraa
… Hany Babu Musaliyarveettil Tharayil, 54, is an associate professor of Linguistics in Delhi University (DU). He is also a linguist, an anti-caste scholar, and a social activist. His work as an activist has been largely related to the pro-reservation movement in Indian universities. He is the coordinator of the Alliance of Social Justice, a member of the Joint Action Front for Democratic Education and, until his arrest, he was leading the Defense Committee for GN Saibaba, a professor convicted for alleged links with the Maoist movement. Read more
Sudha Bharadwaj allowed access to 5 books per month from outside jail
Sudha Bharadwaj allowed access to 5 books per month from outside jail
Hindustan Times / by Charul Shah
The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday allowed access to books from outside the prison, to activist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj.
The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday allowed access to books from outside the prison, to activist and lawyer Sudha Bharadwaj. The court has, however, asked the prison authorities to check the contents, if they are objectionable, before allowing the same. Read more
NIA Court Allows Sudha Bharadwaj’s Application Seeking Access To Five Books A Month From Outside
Live Law / by Nitish Kashyap
The special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court on Tuesday allowed access of five books a month to lawyer and activist Sudha Bharadwaj, who is a accused in the caste based violence that took place on the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018.
Special Judge DE Kothalikar directed the Superintendent of Byculla District Prison to grant the access of books to Sudha Bharadwaj with the condition that the said books will be examined by him. Read more
Farmers’ groups attempt to ‘broaden’ struggle / Dec 23: Jailed activists join farmers protests [full statement]
Farmers’ groups along Delhi border attempt to ‘broaden’ struggle
Counterview / by Harsh Thakor
A protracted war of resistance appears to be unfolding on the border of Delhi, whee protesting farmers have intensified their struggle against the three agricultural laws. A massive tractor march was planned as a precursor to a similar rally on the Republic Day. Farmers are being mobilized under the guidance of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) and other organisations in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Read more
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Several Elgaar Parishad accused on day-long hunger strike in support of protesting farmers
The Indian Express / by Express News Service
Three other accused in the case, Sudha Bharadwaj, Jyoti Jagtap and Shoma Sen, are lodged separately at Byculla women’s jail.
To show solidarity with protesting farmers, some of the arrested accused in the Elgaar Parishad case who are lodged at Taloja Central Jail observed a day-long symbolic hunger strike on Wednesday.
The accused, including Mahesh Raut, Anand Teltumbde, Surendra Gadling, Hany Babu, Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Rona Wilson, said in a statement issued through their lawyers that since they cannot join the farmers on the ground, they want to show solidarity with their cause through a hunger strike on December 23, which is observed as National Farmers’ Day. Read more
Jailed activists join farmers protests, symbolic hunger strike in solidarity
Indie Journal / by Indie Journal
The activists have criticised the Central Government for bringing in the farm laws.
On farmers’ day, today, several intellectuals and activists detained in the Bhima Koregaon case will be undertaking a day-long symbolic hunger strike, in solidarity with the farmers protesting against the farm laws. The activists have criticised the Central Government for bringing in the farm laws, calling it a “sinister plot to make farmers slave of the corporate giants”. Read more
The lawyer representing activists Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha and Delhi University Professor Hany Babu, who have been jailed in connection with the Bhima Koregaon case, on Tuesday told a court in Mumbai that they were denied books in prison, PTI reported. Read more
Scholars at Risk Report Details Bleak State of Academic Freedom in India
The SAR urged authorities to repeal the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act “to ensure compliance with obligations under its constitution and international human rights law”.
Scholars at Risk (SAR), an international network of higher education institutions that aims to defend academic freedom, in its Free to Think 2020 report, has called on authorities in India to “ensure the autonomy and functioning of higher education institutions”… In India, the Free to Think 2020 report, the arrest of activists, including students and scholars, amidst nationwide lockdowns raised concerns that the government was “taking advantage of the crisis in order to crack down on dissent”. Read more
Video: Prof Jenny Rowena, wife of Hany Babu speaks to Dalit Camera
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Jenny Rowena, Professor at Miranda House, Delhi University and wife of Hany Babu speaks to Dalit Camera with regards to his arrest related to Bhima Koregaon. She talks about the condition of Hany Babu inside jail, his treatment there and the atmosphere. Watch video
The 12th person arrested in the case: Professor Hany Babu is indispensable
A small carton sat on the coffee table with a note in Marathi. Three books for Hany Babu, an associate professor in the department of English of Delhi university, has been returned from Taloja jail in Mumbai. “What is their problem with books?” asks Jenny Rowena, wife of Hany Babu.
Wednesday marks three months in prison for Hany Babu MT, the 12th person to be arrested in the 2018 Bhima Koregaon violence case. Read more
Court takes cognizance of NIA’s supplementary chargesheet; says prima-facie material exists
The seven accused Anand Teltumbde, Gautam Navlakha, Hany Babu, Sagar Gorkhe, Ramesh Gaichor, Jyoti Jagtap and Stan Swamy have been charged for criminal conspiracy among other offences under the IPC and under sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).
The court noted that in view of the aforesaid allegations and considering the material available on record, it finds that there is prima-facie material on record against the accused persons to take cognizance of the offences. Hence, cognizance is taken. Read more
A citizen objects – On the arrests of men and women of conscience
My father was a brilliant metallurgist who worked for the Tatas. We lived in Jamshedpur and would go for long walks. He loved the forests around the city. I remember one evening as we walked, the Tata ‘mountains’ poured out their slag — molten and incandescent — as if the Tatas made sunsets. Then, a few minutes later, the Dalma hills lit up as the tribals burnt an area for jhum cultivation. Both were brilliant sights and my father watched entranced. He then said, almost cryptically, “Both have to survive. Justice is balance between the two.” For my father, Tata’s validity lay in the continuity of the tribe. It was a vision of a different world.
When I heard of the Jesuit Father, Stan Swamy, I sensed here was a man who understood that vision, grasped why the tribes and the tribal way of life had to survive. Read more