Statement by WSS Regarding Bhima Koregaon Case Judgement by Supreme Court

Statement by WSS Regarding Bhima Koregaon Case Judgement by Supreme Court

WSS condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court regarding the arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao. WSS deeply condemns the majority judgment of the Supreme Court which has dismissed the PIL filed by Romila Thapar, Devaki Jain, Satish Deshpande, Prabhat Patnaik and Maja Daruwalla and has in…

Bhima-Koregaon Case: SC Defers Hearing, Court Notes Gautam Navalakha Not a Party

Bhima-Koregaon Case: SC Defers Hearing, Court Notes Gautam Navalakha Not a Party

Five activists who have been arrested by the Pune police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence will continue to remain under house arrest till September 17. The Supreme Court on September 12 deferred the hearing on a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by historian Romila Thapar and four others, after it was submitted that senior…

Ramachandra Guha: “Pune police commissioner should be writing crime fantasy novel”

Ramachandra Guha: “Pune police commissioner should be writing crime fantasy novel”

On 2nd September 2018 a programme titled Literary Meet for Tolerance was organised by Dakshinayana and Gram Seva Sangh in Bengaluru Central University. The event was organised with a commitment to restore tolerance in society.  In this video, Ramachandra Guha, while addressing the meet, speaks on the recent crackdown and arrests of lawyers and activists.  

Statement on arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and other activists and intellectuals

Statement on arrest of Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and other activists and intellectuals

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) unequivocally condemns the arrests of social activists and leftist intellectuals including Sudha Bharadwaj, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao,and Arun Ferreria  by the Pune police today. The arrests are part of a clear design to lock down on democratic dissent, undermine free speech and create a climate of fear. This is quite…

Full text of petition filed by Romila Thapar and others

Full text of petition filed by Romila Thapar and others

Following is the full text of the petition: IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CRIMINAL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION WRIT PETITION (CRIMINAL) NO. ________2018 IN THE MATTER OF : ROMILA THAPAR [Address redacted] DEVAKI JAIN [Address redacted] PRABHAT PATTNAIK [Address redacted] SATISH DESHPANDE [Address redacted] MAJA DARUWALA [Address redacted] (PETIONERS) VERSUS UNION OF INDIA THROUGH SECRETARY, MINISTRY…

WSS Statement On The Arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao

WSS Statement On The Arrests of Sudha Bharadwaj, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha and Varavara Rao

WSS strongly condemns the arrests of its member Advocate Sudha Bharadwaj, and activists Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Gautam Navlakha, Varavara Rao, and the raids at the homes of Father Stan Swamy, Dr. Anand Teltumbde, Prof. K. Satyanarayana, Pavana, Anala, Kurmanath, Kranti Tekula and others conducted by the Maharashtra police along with the state police of…

India: A Dark Day for Democracy and Freedom of Expression

India: A Dark Day for Democracy and Freedom of Expression

PEN Delhi and PEN South India join large numbers of Indian citizens in unequivocally condemning the arrests and searches conducted on the homes of human rights activists, writers and thinkers on 28 August. Sudha Bharadwaj, lawyer and rights activist, known for her work with tribal and women’s rights, P Varavara Rao, poet, activist and teacher, Gautam Navlakha,…

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

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

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…

“I am on a month’s lease of life. Justice or death, which will win?”: GN Saibaba

“I am on a month’s lease of life. Justice or death, which will win?”: GN Saibaba

  Professor GN Saibaba, who was given a life imprisonment for alleged ties to Maoists, continues to suffer in solitary confinement in prison despite absence of any credible evidence against him. Saibaba’s wife, Vasantha Kumari, addressed a press conference on Wednesday, held by the Delhi Chapter of Bastar Solidarity Network. She spoke about her recent…

Freedom, Justice & Resistance in Kashmir

Freedom, Justice & Resistance in Kashmir

  In a conversation with the Indian Cultural Forum, Sahba Husain, activist and researcher, and Gautam Navlakha, human rights activist, talk about why Kashmir is seen as integral to the Indian psyche, the role of the state in the militarisation in Kashmir, the language used when talking about resistance in Kashmir, and how impunity for the…