In the light of Covid-19 outbreak and deteriorating health of civil and human rights defenders in prisons, United Against Hate is organising a conversation addressing the issue, demanding immediate release of political prisoners. The dreadful conditions in overcrowded jails, which lack proper sanitation, hygiene and medical facilities, are conducive to spread of a virus like COVID-19 and have contributed immensely to their deteriorating health condition. Umar Khalid, GN Saibaba, Siddique Kappan, Akhil Gogoi, Jyoti Jagtap, Varvara Rao have already contracted COVID-19 behind bars. Khalid Saifi and Sudha Bhardwaj have also been unwell, as was reported by their families. It must be noted that many of them have comorbidities and have been on medications even before their arrests. It has been long since the arrests of these voices of dissent who fought for democracy, for rights of the people and for freedom from the repressive state. Their only crime is fearlessly speaking the bitter truth to power.
… Shahirs talk about caste discrimination and Brahminism, they talk about Shivaji Maharaj and Mahatma Phule’s thoughts. They also talk about how Babasaheb fought against casteism and spread the awareness in the masses about the messages that Babasaheb wanted to convey to them. Shahiri troupes are important part of contemporary movement of Dalit women…
Sheetal Sathe in her interview to the Marathi news channel talks about her journey in the movement.
When she was in college, she came in contact with activists from Kabir Kala Manch and music for which she have had a liking towards since childhood. Read more
NIA Opposes Stan Swamy’s Bail; Calls PUCL, VVJVA ‘Maoist Fronts’
NIA Opposes Stan Swamy’s Bail; Calls PUCL, Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan ‘Maoist Fronts’
The Wire / by The Wire Staff
The agency made the claim about the 30-year-old human rights body while arguing against the bail application moved by Father Stan Swamy.
In its latest, the National Investigation Agency handling the ongoing probe in the Elgar Parishad case has called a 30-year-old human rights body, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, a frontal organisation of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). The agency made the claim while arguing against the bail application moved by arrested human rights defender Father Stan Swamy. Similar claims were also made against Jharkhand-based Adivasi rights organisation Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vikas Andolan. Read more
NIA says Stan Swamy is working to achieve the goals of CPI (Maoist)
The Hindu / by Special Corrospondent
Central agency argues for rejection of bail petition.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday alleged that Father Stan Swamy, accused in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, was actually accomplishing the agenda of Communist Party of India (Maoist) under the pretence of voicing concerns of the tribal community. It said that his bail plea must be rejected. Read more
Elgar Parishad 2021: Through Un-Touchable Eyes – Watch on Dalit Camera
Moderator: Apoorvanand, Teacher and Writer
Special Address: Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders
Speakers: Mihir Desai, Xavier Dias, Dayamani Barla, Aloka Kujur, Virginius Xaxa, Dorothy Fernandes
Performances: Mallika Sarabhai, “I Shall Rise” (Maya Angelou’s poem) Santhali Dance by Shikari Pada Santhal Pargana and other cultural expressions from Jharkhand Performance video of arrested artists from Kabir Kala Manch
Rights activists in jail on various charges under the UAPA continue their fight for justice.
The law takes its own course, but for rights activists assailed by the UAPA, that path is overly tortuous and weighted down by fraudulent police chargesheets. The charges are grave, but can scarcely survive judicial scrutiny, say supporters of Varavara Rao and Umar Khalid, of Akhil Gogoi, Natasha Narwal and Khalid Saifi. As the cases snail on in court, horrible prison conditions have taken a toll on all. Their spirit of resistance, borne along on idealism, will outlive this trial. Read more
From Dec 30 to Jan 2, Ekbote, KKM members & Dalit activists barred from Pune district
From Dec 30 to Jan 2, Ekbote, KKM members & Dalit activists among many barred from Pune district
The Indian Express / by Express News Service
The order issued this year states that there is possibility that actions of these persons, if they come to Jaystambh area, “may provoke sentiments of the Dalit community and lead to disturbance in law and order”.
The Pune district administration has barred Hindutva activist Milind Ekbote, some Elgaar Parishad organisers, including Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) members, some Dalit activists and several other local residents from Koregaon Bhima area from entering or being present in the limits of the district for over three days around the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima, which falls on January 1. Read more
People urged not to gather at Koregaon-Bhima war memorial
Outlook / by pti
Ahead of the 203rd anniversary of the battle of Koregaon Bhima on January 1, the Pune district administration as well as several organizations haveappealed people not to congregate at the war memorial near Perne.
The appeal was made in view of the COVID-19 situation.
Members of the Bhima Koregaon Vijay Stambh Shauryadin Coordination Committee on Tuesday urged people to offer their tributes by staying at home instead of visiting the Jay Stambh (victory pillar). Read more
NIA Cites Kabir Kala Manch’s Songs That Parody Modi, BJP to Oppose Bail to Arrested Singers
Along with the songs, the agency has also relied upon evidence from 2011 and 2012 and has claimed that the activists were in touch with absconding Naxal leader Milind Teltumbde.
Singing parodical songs against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been presented as one of the grounds for arresting singers and activists of the cultural troupe Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) in the Elgar Parishad case. In its response filed in the Bombay high court against the bail application moved by the vocalists of KKM, Sagar Gorkhe (32) and Ramesh Gaichor (38), the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has cited their songs which critique Narendra Modi and certain BJP policies as one of the grounds for arrest. Read more
Humanity most important: Bombay HC while hearing plea by Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor
Humanity Most Important: Bombay High Court On Jail Authorities Refusing Gautam Navlakha’s Spectacles Sent By Partner
Live Law / by Nitish Kasyap
The Bombay High Court while hearing plea filed by two accused in the Bhima Koregaon case made significant observations regarding the news about another accused in the case Gautam Navlakha, who is currently lodged at Taloja prison…
A division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik was hearing criminal writ petitions filed by Sagar Gorkhe and Ramesh Gaichor, two accused in the case. Read more
Humanity important: Bombay HC after jail officials deny spectacles to Gautam Navlakha
The Indian Express / by Omkar Gokhale
“We need to conduct workshops for jailers. How are such small items denied? These are all human considerations,” said the Division Bench.
… The bench indicted that on the question of granting interim bail to the accused, it was bound by the past judgements including that by the Supreme Court, which last year set aside a Delhi High Court order granting bail to Jammu and Kashmir businessman Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, arrested by the NIA on terror funding charge.
The HC has set December 21 as the next date for hearing petitions in the case. Read more
Humanity is of utmost importance: Bombay HC while hearing plea by Bhima Koregaon accused
Bar & Bench / by Neha Joshi
“It is high time to conduct workshops for jail authorities. Can such requests be denied?” the Court asked in view of reports that Gautam Navlakha, an accused in the Bhima Koregaon case, was being denied spectacles.
The Bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik was hearing a plea moved by Ramesh Gaichor and Sagar Gorkhe.
Senior Advocate Mihir Desai, appearing for the two accused, informed the Court that the pleas included a component of illegal arrest, which would involve arguments on personal liberty but which he was not pressing for immediately. Read more