• Statement Condemning Attack on Academics

    We strongly condemn the Chhattisgarh government and its police force for using intimidation and threats of a criminal case against academics and political activists investigating human rights abuses in the southern parts of the state, especially Bastar and Dantewada.  A fact finding team consisting of Prof. Archana Prasad, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Prof. Nandini Sundar, Delhi University (DU) and Vineet Tiwari, researcher at CPI’s Joshi-Adhikari Institute, recently visited the area for 5 days between 12-16 May 2016. They were accompanied by Sanjay Parate, Chhattisgarh State Secretary CPI-M.

    After the visit the team was accused of spreading dissent against security agencies and supporting the ‘Maoists’. The statement by state Home Minister Ram Sewak Paikra in the Times of India reportedly calling the three reputed Delhi-based academicians ‘anti-nationals’ and ‘Maoists’ is part of a recent and explicit trend to stifle the freedom of expression and movement through a state crackdown on political dissent. The threat of an FIR and further harassment looms large. The local contacts, escorts and villagers who hosted the team are being harassed and intimidated by the police in order to fabricate evidence and ensure that they help no other study team in the future.

    The press release by the team clearly indicts both the Chhattisgarh state and Maoist violence and reveals how ordinary Adivasis, struggling for a dignified existence and protesting against the violation of basic rights have little space to voice genuine grievances.

    This is the latest in a long line of actions to criminalize dissent, free expression and movement, and  stifle fair reportage of events which have become hallmarks of the Chhattisgarh government.

    We appeal to all democrats to condemn this brazen attempt at intimidation by the state and its security agencies.

    Bishnupriya Dutt, (JNU)
    Ranjani Mazumdar, (JNU)
    Surinder Jodhka, JNU)
    Neeladri Bhattacharyya, (JNU)
    Jaivir Singh, (JNU)
    Vivek Kumar, (JNU)
    Sachidanand Sinha, (JNU)
    Ravi Srivastava,( JNU)
    Atul Sood, (JNU)
    R. Mahalakshmi, (JNU)
    Tiplut Nongbri (JNU)
    Utsa Patnaik, (JNU)
    Surajit Mazumdar, (JNU).
    Jayati Ghosh, (JNU)
    Ritoo M. Jerath, (JNU)
    Dr Rajarshi Dasgupta, (JNU)
    Mohinder Singh, (JNU)
    Vikas Rawal, (JNU)
    Udaya Kumar, (JNU)
    Chaman Lal, (JNU)
    Dr. Mallarika Sinha Roy, (JNU)
    G. Arunima, (JNU)
    Ayesha Kidwai, (JNU)
    Prabhat Patnaik, (JNU)
    C P Bhambri, (JNU)
    Lata Singh, (JNU)
    Dr. C. Sadasiva,(DU)
    Rajni Palriwala, (DU)
    B.P. Sahu, (DU)
    V. M. Jha, (DU)
    Amar Farooqui, (DU)
    Madhu Prasad, (ex DU)
    Nina Rao, (ex DU)
    Biswamoy Pati, (DU)
    Madangopal Singh, (DU)
    Sukumar Muralidharan, Journalist
    Ram Puniyani, Author, Activist
    Farah Naqvi, Writer and Activist
    Teesta Setalvad, Editor, Activist
    Harsh Mander, Author, Activist
    Prabir Purkayastha, Activist
    Katyayani, writer and Activist
    Satyam, Journalist and Activist
    Roopsingh Chouhan, CPI (MP)
    Sarika Shrivastava, NFIW (MP)
    Rajan Kshirsagar, BKMU (Maharashtra)
    Harsh Kapoor, www.sacw.net
    Githa Hariharan, Author, Activist
    Shabnam Hashmi, Activist
    M. K. Raina, Theatre
    Ram Rahman, Photographer
    Sohail Hashmi, Historian
    S. Irfan Habib, Historian
    P K Shukla, Historian
    Arjun Dev, Historian
    Santosh Khare,
    Babulal Dahiya,
    Devisharan Gramin
    K S Parthasarathy
    Jyothi Ananthasubbarao
    Satyananda Mukund
    Dr. Siddana Gowda Patil
    Murali Krishna
    Surendra
    Ashok Bhowmick
    Dr B K Kango
    Sukumar Damle
    Rajen Bawadekar
    Charul Joshi
    Manasi Pingle
    Veena Hariharan
    Rajat Datta
    Brahma Prakash
    Kalyani Menon Sen
    Krishna Jha
    Abhishek Srivastava
    S.P.Shukla
    Sandeep kumar
    Subhash Gatade, Writer
    Neelima Sharma, Activist
    Shamsul Islam, Activist

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