• “We stand in solidarity with all those who speak for our fellow citizens’ rights.”

    Statement from the Indian Cultural Forum

    August 29, 2018

    In a dangerous move for Indian democracy, several human rights activists have been taken into police custody.

    Who are some of these alleged “conspirators” who have either been taken into custody or had their homes searched? Sudha Bhardwaj is an advocate and the national secretary for People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). Father Stan Swamy is an active campaigner against communalism in Jharkhand. Arun Ferreira is an activist who has also written on issues such as casteism, communalism and economic inequality. Varavara Rao is a Marxist writer and teacher of Telugu literature. Gautam Navlakha is a civil rights activist, journalist and writer. Anand Teltumbde is a respected writer, civil rights activist and political analyst. K.Satyanarayana is a dalit studies scholar.

    Their crimes? Insisting on human rights, writing, analysing, teaching, giving voice to dissent against injustice and inequality.

    This too at a time when the investigation into the assassination of Gauri Lankesh, MM Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar has revealed bombs, guns, camps for arms training, hit lists and plans for what can rightly be called “criminal conspiracy” to use violence to kill, crush diversity and dissent, undo the Constitution, and the India it promises all of us.

    We condemn this attempt to distract the public from this real conspiracy with a fabricated one. We condemn the crushing of dissent. We stand in solidarity with all those who speak for our fellow citizens’ rights.

    For the Indian Cultural Forum

    Nayantara Sahgal

    Romila Thapar

    Arundhati Roy

    K Satchidanandan

    Githa Hariharan

    Bezwada Wilson

    Damodar Mauzo

    Ashok Vajpeyi

    Naseeruddin Shah

    Ratna Pathak Shah

    Nandita Das

    Shashi Deshpande

    Sanjna Kapoor

    Ganesh Devy

    Keki Daruwalla

    T M Krishna

    Mallika Sarabhai

    Kiran Nagarkar

    Bama

    Orijit Sen

    Adil Jussawalla

    Mahesh Dattani

    K P Ramanunni

    P Sachidanandan

    Paul Zacharia

    Vivan Sundaram

    Atul Dodiya

    Nancy Adajania

    Anuradha Kapur

    N S Madhavan

    Shanta Gokhale

    Sameera Iyengar

    Satish Alekar

    Sushama Deshpande

    Harsh Mander

    Apoorvanand

    Alok Bhalla

    Mangalesh Dabral

    Megha Pansare

    Rajesh Joshi

    Chandan Gowda

    Rahamath Tarikere

    Volga

    Arundhati Ghosh

    Shyam Menon

    Om Thanvi

    E V Ramakrishnan

    Rita Kothari

    Pushpamala N

    Susie Tharu

    Geetanjali Shree

    Ritu Menon

    Achin Vanaik

    Pamela Philipose

    Madhusree Dutta

    Anuradha Parikh

    Meenakshi Shedde

    Prabir Purkayastha

    Samik Bandyopadhyay
     
    Ram Rahman
     
    Makarand Sathe

    Rubin D'Cruz

    Gauhar Raza

    Vijay Prashad

    Ananya Vajpeyi

    Sridala Swami

    K Srilata

    Arundhathi Subramaniam

    Indira Chandrasekhar

    Naveen Kishore

    Vidya Rao

    Kureepuzha Sreekumar

    Kalpana Kannabiran

    Prabodh Parikh

    Shoma A Chatterji  
     
    Leela Samson

    Susmit Panda

    Souradeep Roy

    Sneha Chowdhury

    Kalpana Karunakaran

    Ishrat Syed

    Kalpana Swaminathan

    Lourdes M Supriya

    Yogesh S

    Manjiri Indurkar

    Mala Dayal

    Arjun Rajendran

    Nabina Das

    Rheea Rodrigues Mukherjee

    Rohith

    Nandini Dhar

    Durga Prasad Panda

    Shikha Saklani Malaviya

    Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal

    Sujatha Mathai

    Sivakami Velliangiri

    Sumana Roy

    Uttaran Das Gupta

    Sujit Prasad

    Michael Creighton

    Aditya Mani Jha

    Shalim M Hussain

    Shekhar Pathak

    Madiwaleppa D Okkund

    Badri Raina

    Saba Hasan

    Sethumadhavan

    Amit Bhaduri

    Harish K Puri

    Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

    The writers, artists and activists of Dakshinayana Karnataka

    Debjani Sengupta

    Rohinton Daruwala

    Abhijit Khandkar

    Divya Nadkarni

    Hemant Divate

    Smruti Divate

    Huzaifa Pandit

    Manik Sharma

    Jitesh Jaggi

    Suhit Kelkar

    Tanuj Solanki

    Mihir Vatsa

    Medha Singh

    Arun Sagar

    Namrata Pathak

    Datta Chavan

    Chandramohan Sathyanathan

    Athira Unni

    Anju Makhija

    Aishwarya Iyer

    Aseem Sundan

    Ayaz Rasool Nazki

    Amit Bhaduri

    Mrinalini Harchandrai

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    Maaz Bin Bilal

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    Priya Sarukkai Chabria


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