• Appeal for Solidarity with Bhima-Koregaon Five and All Voices of Democracy

    Citizens’ Solidarity with Voices of Democracy

    July 2, 2018

    Close to 300 civil society members have come together and released a statement condemning the arrest of the five people in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon case.

    Every year on January 1, dalits gather at the Bhima-Koregaon War Memorial to commemorate the historic Battle of Bhima-Koregaon which saw the British East India Company soldiers, comprising primarily of Mahars (a dalit community), defeat the Peshwa army. The battle is seen as a victory over the oppressive upper-caste Peshwas who discriminated heavily against the Mahars.The documentary Battle for Bhima-Koregaon: An Unending Journey, is the only known film made on the event, according to its filmmaker Somnath Waghmare. Read an interview with him here where he talks about the Bhima-Koregaon celebrations and the struggle against brahminism. 

    This year, on January 1, the celebrations at Bhima-Koregaon turned violent when it was interrupted by a group carrying saffron flags who attacked the attendees while they were on their way back. During the initial investigations, the two prime accused were Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide, leaders of hindu right wing organisations Hindu Ekta Aghadi and Shivraj Pratishthan, respectively. EKbote, who was arrested, was later granted bail.

    On June 6, the Delhi, Mumbai, and Nagpur Police, in a “joint operation”, arrested five people. These five people are Mahesh Raut, a former fellow of the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship and a displacement-issues activist; Shoma Sen, a university professor who was the head of the English Literature department at Nagur University;  Sudhir Dhawale, a dalit-rights activist based out of Mumbai; Surendra Gadling, a lawyer and active member of the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights who was also handling G N Saibaba’s case before his arrest; and Rona Wilson, a social-activist based out of Delhi and core-committee member of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners. One of the reasons cited was their “involvement” in the violence at Bhima-Koregaon this year.

    Read the statement by the Citizens' Solidary with Voices of Democracy below.

    Dalits gather in Mumbai to protest against the violence in Bhima-Koregaon | Image Courtesy: Newsclick

    We condemn the arrest of five human rights activists, professors and lawyers in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon clashes early this year. The alarming arrest of Advocate and General Secretary of Indian Association of Peoples’ Lawyers (IAPL) Surendra Gadling, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP) Public Relations Secretary Rona Wilson, Head of English Department Professor Shoma Sen of Nagpur University and member of Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), cultural activist and founder of Republican Panthers Jaatiya Antachi Chalwal Sudhir Dhawale and anti-displacement activist and Prime Ministers Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) Mahesh Raut is a clear manifestation of state terror to crush the voices of dissent in this country. The intemperate use of sections of the IPC and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) on all five reveals legal over-reach and exposes the desperation to foist extraordinary and excessive charges on all five to ensure they remain in the clutches of the Fadnavis-Maharashtra government. All the arrested have consistently worked for the assertion of oppressed and marginalised communities against majoritarian forces, spoken out against Brahmanical patriarchy, upheld peoples’ rights to land, life and dignity, and have strived for the release of political prisoners. Today, after standing for the assertion of dalits, adivasis, Muslims, women, workers, farmers, marginalised sexualities, and oppressed communities, upholding the principles of democracy, and, consequently, being a thorn in the side of a vengeful police force, they are under the custody of impunity. Meanwhile, the perpetrators of violence during the Bhima-Koregaon clashes enjoy the protection of the state, patronage of the RSS and walk free. Now, with concerted efforts to implicate the arrested, egregious narratives of plots of assassinations is being weaved to defame and keep them in jail. These retributive actions are intended to threaten anyone who speaks out for them and drive a wedge between all struggles for peoples’ rights. In the last few years, wherever people have asserted their rights, the political establishment has clamped down on them with brutal force – be it in Saharanpur or Una, Bhima-Koregaon or Thoothkudi. The assault on the democratic fabric of this country, through the abuse of the legal and judicial process, the stage-managing of media for public trials, and deliberate efforts to build a climate of fear is blatant and pervasive. Today, more so than ever, it is crucial to reiterate unity in the face of divisive majoritarian politics that uses structural hierarchies to violently suppress different sections of people and communities. We strongly condemn the arrests of these voices of democracy, demand the immediate and unconditional release of all five human rights activists, professors and lawyers and stand united in our opposition to the onslaught of Brahmanical Hindutva fascism.

    In Solidarity,


    1. Abha Bhaiya, Jagori Rural, Himachal Pradesh and One Billion Rising
    2. Abha Dev Habib, Miranda House, University of Delhi
    3. Abhay Regi, Department of History, SOAS, London
    4. Abhijnan Sarkar, editor, Towards a New Dawn and documentary filmmaker
    5. Achin Vanaik, Retired Professor, International Relations and Global Politics, University of Delhi
    6. Adil Jussawalla, poet, magazine editor and translator
    7. Aditya Shekhar, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
    8. Ajay TG, filmmaker, Chhattisgarh
    9. Ajita Rao, dalit feminist and democratic rights activist, Delhi
    10. AK Ramakrishnan, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    11. Akhil Vasudevan, researcher, Mumbai
    12. Alok Rai, former faculty, Department of English, University of Delhi and writer and translator
    13. Alokananda, alumni, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
    14. Amandeep Kaur, Panjab University, Chandigarh
    15. Amar Kanwar, filmmaker
    16. Amit Bhaduri, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    17. Amit Bhattacharyya, Professor, Jadavpur University and Secretary General, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP)
    18. Amla Pisharody, student, Azim Premji University, Bangalore
    19. Anand Patwardhan, filmmaker, Mumbai
    20. Anand Teltumbde, writer and General Secretary, Committee for the Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR), Mumbai
    21. Ananya Vajpeyi, fellow, Centre for Studies in Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi
    22. Aneeb PA, journalist
    23. Anirban Kar, Associate Professor, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    24. Ankit Grewal, advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh
    25. Ankita Sharma, filmmaker
    26. Anu Arunima, Professor, Women’s Studies Department, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    27. Anubha Rana, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, SOAS, London
    28. Anubhuti Sharma, research scholar, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    29. Anupama Potluri, Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad
    30. Arijeet Mandal, Assistant Professor, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
    31. Arjun Sheoran, advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh
    32. Arun Ferreira, Indian Association for People’s Lawyers (IAPL), Mumbai
    33. Arun Khopkar, director and actor
    34. Ashok Bhowmick, artist
    35. Asiya Shervani, Independent Consultant, Diversity and Social Inclusion, Hyderabad
    36. Atamjit Singh, Punjabi playwright and Dakshinayan Abhiyan
    37. Atul Dodiya, artist
    38. Babur Hussain, doctoral student, ISEC, Bangalore
    39. Baljeet Kaur, researcher, Delhi
    40. Basavaraj Sulibhavi, activist and publisher of Ladai Prakashana, Karnataka
    41. Benu Mohanlal, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
    42. Bhat Iqbal Majeed, Central University, Jammu
    43. Bhupinder Choudhry, Maharaja Agrasen College, University of Delhi
    44. Biswajit K. Bora, Syama Prasad Mukherjee College, University of Delh
    45. Bittu Karthik Kondaiah, Associate Professor, Ashoka University, Sonipat and Telangana Hijra Intersex Transgender Samiti
    46. Buta Singh Nawanshahr, Association for Democratic Rights, Punjab
    47. C. Sadasiva, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
    48. Chaitanya, researcher, Centre for Women’s Development Studies (CWDS), Delhi
    49. Chaman Lal, professor in Hindi translation at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Punjabi writer
    50. Damodar Mauzo, Konkani writer and Sahitya Akademi awardee
    51. Deachen Angmo, student, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
    52. Debaditya Bhattacharya, Kazi Nazrul University, Asansol
    53. Debalina, filmmaker, Kolkata
    54. Debi Mukhopadhyay, English Language Consultant, NOIDA
    55. Deepak Yatri, mime artist
    56. Devika N Menon, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    57. Dyuti Ailawadi, National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR)
    58. Farhana Latief, research student, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    59. Feroze Mithiborwala, National Convenor, Bharat Bachao Andolan
    60. Freny Manecksha, independent journalist,
    61. G Haragopal, Visiting Professor, NLSIU, Bengaluru
    62. Ganesh Devy, Dakshinayan Abhiyan
    63. Gauhar Raza, former Chief Scientist, CSIR
    64. Gauri Gill, contemporary photographer, Delhi
    65. Ghanshyam Shah, social researcher, Ahmedabad
    66. Githa Hariharan, writer
    67. Gopal Menon, filmmaker
    68. Govindi Joshi, Retd. Associate Professor, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
    69. Hany Babu MT, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Delhi
    70. Hari Sen, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
    71. Hemlata Manishwar, Professor, Jamia Millia Islamia
    72. Himo Aronno, student, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    73. Hussain Indorewala, Assistant Professor, Mumbai
    74. Ila Ananya, journalist and student, Department of Gender Studies, SOAS, London
    75. Imran G, Advocate, J & K High Court and Subordinate Courts
    76. Indira Jaisingh, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
    77. Isha Khandelwal, Advocate, Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group
    78. Jagmohan Singh, Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR), Punjab
    79. Janaki Nair, Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    80. Jatinder, Assistant Professor, Punjabi University
    81. Jawari Mal Parakh, writer
    82. Jhelum Roy, activist, Bastar Solidarity Network (Kolkata Chapter)
    83. Jhuma Sen, OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat
    84. John Dayal, human rights and political activist, Secretary-General, All India Christian Council
    85. Jose Maria Sison, Chair, International League of People’s Struggle
    86. Joyraj Bhattacharjee, theatre practitioner, Kolkata
    87. Kalyani Menon Sen, feminist researcher and activist and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
    88. Kamal Shukla, journalist, Chhattisgarh
    89. Kamayani Bali Mahabal, feminist and human rights activist, Mumbai
    90. Kanji Patel, poet and novelist in Gujarati and editor of journal Vahi
    91. Karuna DW, researcher, Chennai
    92. Kavita Srivastava, President, Rajasthan chapter of People’s Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), Jaipur
    93. Keki Daruwalla, poet, writer and former IPS officer
    94. Keval Arora, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi
    95. Kiran Nagarkar, novelist, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter in Marathi
    96. Kiran Shaheen, independent journalist and Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), Delhi
    97. Koel Sen, filmmaker, Mumbai
    98. Kritika Agarwal
    99. Kritika, researcher, Mumbai
    100. Krupa Desai, research student, Birkbeck, University of London
    101. Laltu (Harjinder), Hyderabad
    102. Lara Jesani, advocate, High Court, Mumbai
    103. Laxmi Murthy, journalist, Bangalore
    104. Loi, Global Secretariat, International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)
    105. Madhu Bhaduri, former diplomat
    106. Mala Dayal, author and editor
    107. Malem Ningthouja, writer and Chairperson, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, Manipur (CPDM)
    108. Mamata Dash, Delhi
    109. Manasi Pingle, Bangalore
    110. Manshi Asher, activist, Himachal Pradesh
    111. Mariam, teacher, Economics Department, Kashmir University
    112. Marie Boti, International Women’s Alliance
    113. Mathew Jacob, Human Rights Defenders Alert (HRDA)
    114. Meena Kandasamy, poet, writer, translator and activist
    115. Megha Kshirsagar, Mumbai
    116. Megha Pansare, Assistant professor and head, Department of Foreign Languages, Shivaji University, Kolhapur and District President, National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW)
    117. Meghana, theatre artist, Mumbai
    118. Milind Champanerkar, writer and National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)
    119. MN Ravunni, Vice President, CRPP, Wayanad, Kerala
    120. Mohan Rao, Retd. Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    121. Monica Sabarwal, Assistant Professor, Punjabi University, Patiala
    122. Mridula Garg, writer
    123. Mrittika Biswas, MA Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
    124. Mukul Kesavan, historian, novelist and essayist
    125. Mukul Mangalik, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
    126. N Raghuram, Professor and Dean, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi
    127. Nabaneeta Dev Sen, poet, novelist and academic
    128. Nachikethas MJ, engineer
    129. Nagesh Havanur, Bangalore
    130. Najwa Abdul Rasheed, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
    131. Nalini Nayak, Retd. Associate Professor, PGDAV (M) College, University of Delhi
    132. Nancy Adajania, cultural theorist, art critic and curator
    133. Nandakumar KN, activist, writer and freelance journalist
    134. Nandini Chandra, Department of English, University of Delhi
    135. Nandini Dutta, Associate Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi
    136. Nandini Sundar, Professor, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi
    137. Nandita Narain, St. Stephens College, University of Delhi
    138. Narender Thakur, B. R. Ambedkar College, University of Delhi
    139. Naveen Gaur, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
    140. Navsharan Singh, author and independent researcher
    141. Nayanjyoti, Krantikari Naujawan Sabha
    142. Neha Sonawane, Advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh
    143. Nikhil Jain, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
    144. Nikita Agarwal, Advocate, Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group
    145. Nirmalangshu Mukerjee, Retd. Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Delhi
    146. Nisha Biswas, scientist and activist, Kolkata
    147. Niti Saxena, feminist activist
    148. Nivedita Menon, Professor, Centre for Comparative Politics and Political Theory, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    149. Omprakash Kushwaha, cartoonist, Delhi
    150. P K Vijayan, Hindu College, University of Delhi
    151. P. Koya, Professor, Calicut, Vice President, CRPP
    152. Padma Velaskar, Retd. Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
    153. Padmakar Shaw, Retd, Professor, Journalism, Osmania University
    154. Pallav, Bhopal
    155. Pankaj Butalia, filmmaker
    156. Pankaj Tyagi, Advocate, Punjab and Haryana High Court and People’s Union for Civil Rights, Haryana
    157. Pargat Singh, teacher, GMSS Sector 26 Model, Chandigarh
    158. Parthasarathi Muthukkaruppan, Assistant Professor, The English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU), Hyderabad
    159. Parvez Imam, filmmaker and artist
    160. Patricia Mukhim, social activist, writer, journalist and editor of Shillong Times
    161. Paul Zacharia, short story writer, novelist and essayist in Malayalam
    162. Pratik Sharma, student, University of Delhi
    163. Prithvi, student, University of Delhi
    164. Priya Dharshini, Delhi Solidarity Group, Delhi
    165. Priya Pillai
    166. Pulin Nayak, Retd. Professor, Department of Economics, University of Delhi
    167. Purnima Gupta, feminist activist
    168. Pushpa Achanta, journalist and consultant, Bangalore
    169. Pyoli Swatija, Advocate, Supreme Court of India
    170. Radhika, lawyer and independent researcher
    171. Rajeev Bhargava, political theorist, former director of CSDS and former professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University
    172. Rajesh Azad, Lok Shikshak Manch, Delhi
    173. Rajvinder Singh Bains, High Court advocate and human rights lawyer, Chandigarh
    174. Rakesh Ranjan, Associate Professor, Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi
    175. Ranbir Kaleka, contemporary multimedia artist
    176. Ratna Raman, Sri Venketeswara College, University of Delhi
    177. Ravinder Goel, Retd. Associate Professor, Satyawati College (E), University of Delhi
    178. Ridhima Sharma, Centre for Women’s Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    179. Rina Ramdev. Associate Professor, Sri Venkataswara College, University of Delhi
    180. Rinchin, writer and activist, Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
    181. Rita Kothari, Ashoka University, Sonipat and author and translator
    182. Rita Manchanda, writer and human rights activist
    183. Rita Sinha, Janki Devi Memorial College, University of Delhi
    184. Ritu Dewan, feminist economist and Director, Centre for Development Research and Action, Mumbai
    185. Rochelle Pinto, independent researcher
    186. Rohini Hensman, writer and independent scholar, Bombay
    187. Roopa Dhawan, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
    188. Rosemary Dzuvichu, Head, Department of English, Nagaland University, Kohima
    189. Rossi D’Souza, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR
    190. Rudolf C. Heredia, Indian Social Institute, Delhi
    191. Rukmini Bhaya Nair, linguist, poet, writer and critic
    192. Rupa Panalal, Mumbai
    193. Rupika Khere, student, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    194. S Anand, publisher, Navayana
    195. Saba Dewan, filmmaker
    196. Sachin N, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi
    197. Sachinderpal Singh, editor, Mashaal
    198. Sadhi Binning, Punjabi writer and activist, Canada
    199. Sadhna Arya, Satyawati College, University of Delhi
    200. Sagari Chhabra, writer and film director
    201. Sagari R Ramdas, Veterinary Scientist and Member, Food Sovereignty Alliance India
    202. Samantha Agarwal, PhD student, John Hopkins University
    203. Sameeksha Khandelwal, filmmaker, Delhi
    204. Samit Basu, writer
    205. Samuel John, actor and cultural activist
    206. Sananda Dasgupta, activist, Bastar Solidarity Network (Kolkata Chapter)
    207. Sandeep, film editor and writer, Mumbai
    208. Sandhya Devasan, Assistant Professor, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi
    209. Sanjay Kak, filmmaker, Delhi
    210. Sanjay Kumar, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Motihari, Bihar
    211. Sanjeev Kumar, writer and office-bearer, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh
    212. SAR Geelani, Professor, Zakir Hussain College, University of Delhi and President, Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners (CRPP)
    213. Saswati Ghosh, academic and activist, Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression, Kolkata
    214. Satyam Varma, journalist
    215. Seema Azad, writer, activist, editor of Dastak and Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), Uttar Pradesh
    216. Shabnam Hashmi, social activist
    217. Shabnam Sengupta, Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression
    218. Shafey Danish, Assistant Professor, KKM College, Munger University
    219. Shailza, International Politics, SOAS, London
    220. Shakeel Anjum, research student, School for International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    221. Shanta Gokhale, writer, translator, journalist and social critic
    222. Shashank Kela, writer, Chennai
    223. Shaswati Mazumdar, Professor, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi
    224. Sheba Chhachhi, photographer, activist, writer, filmmaker and artist, Delhi
    225. Shefali Saini, student, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
    226. Shinzani Jain, MA Sociology, Ambedkar University, Delhi
    227. Shobhana Warrier, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi
    228. Shovon Chowdhury, writer
    229. Shraddha Pandya, Mumbai
    230. Shreya K, Chhattisgarh
    231. Shreya, researcher, Mumbai
    232. Shumona Goel, filmmaker, Bombay
    233. Sidhharth Ramu, editor, Forward Press
    234. Skand Priya, Assistant Professor, Shivaji College, University of Delhi
    235. Sohini, activist, Jan Jagran Shakti Sanghathan, Bihar
    236. Sonam Kumari, student, University of Delhi
    237. Soumya Datta, South Asian University (SAU), Delhi
    238. Souradeep Roy, Indian Writers Forum, Delhi
    239. Sourav Banerjee, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
    240. Srijani Kar, student, Department of Mathematics, University of Delhi
    241. Srinivas Burra, South Asian University, Delhi
    242. Sruti Visweswaran, filmmaker and editor, Mumbai
    243. Subhadipta Biswas, filmmaker, Kolkata
    244. Subrat Kumar Sahu, filmmaker, Delhi
    245. Sudha Bharadwaj, trade unionist and human rights lawyer
    246. Sujato Bhadro, Vice President CRPP, Kolkata
    247. Sukrita Paul Kumar, poet, critic, academician
    248. Sukruta Alluri, researcher, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSS), Kolkata
    249. Sumangala Damodaran, Associate Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi
    250. Sumit Chowdhury, filmmaker and activist
    251. Sunil Kumar, Professor, Head, Department of History, University of Delhi
    252. Surabhi Sharma, filmmaker, Bombay
    253. Surabhi Singh, freelance journalist
    254. Sushmita, researcher, Mumbai
    255. Susie Tharu, writer, professor, publisher, editor and activist
    256. Sutapa Kar Goswami, social and cultural activist and Association for Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR), Kolkata
    257. Suvajit Mustafi, media professional and writer
    258. Suvojit Bagchi, journalist, Kolkata
    259. Svati Joshi, Retd. Associate Professor, Miranda House, University of Delhi
    260. Tameshwar Sinha, journalist, Bastar
    261. Tamoghna Halder, PhD student, University of California, Davis
    262. Tathagata Sengupta, Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, TIFR
    263. Teena Anil, visiting fellow, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
    264. Teesta Setalvad, civil rights activist, journalist and Secretary, Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP)
    265. TM Krishna, musician and author
    266. Tultul Biswas, Madhya Pradesh Mahila Manch, Bhopal
    267. Twinkle Kapdi, motorcycle rider and travel entrepreneur, Adipur, Kutch
    268. Ujithra Ponniah, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad
    269. Ujwal Punyark, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
    270. Uma Chakravarti, academic, activist and documentary filmmaker
    271. Uma V Chandru, Bangalore
    272. Ushmayo Dutta, University of Kashmir
    273. Vanessa Chishti, OP Jindal Global University
    274. Venugopalrao Nellutla, Editor, Veekshanam
    275. Vidhya, student and activist, Women against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS)
    276. Vidya Rao, Hindustani classical singer and writer
    277. Vijay Singh, Retd. Associate Professor, Satyawati College, University of Delhi
    278. Vijaya Singh, poet, filmmaker and teacher, Chandigarh
    279. Vijaya Venkarataraman, Associate Professor, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi
    280. Vijender Singh Chauhan, Zakir Hussain Delhi College, University of Delhi
    281. Vikas Bajpai, Assistant Professor, Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
    282. Vikas Gupta, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi, Joint Secretary, Sambhavana
    283. Vineet Tiwari, National Secretary, All India Progressive Writer's Association
    284. Vineeta Bal, scientist, Pune
    285. Vinita Chandra, Ramjas College, University of Delhi
    286. Virginia Saldanha, Secretary, Indian Christian Women’s Movement, Mumbai
    287. Vishnu Nagar, writer and poet
    288. Vivek Narayanan, writer, poet and co-editor of Almost Island
    289. Waseem RS, Secretary, Fraternity Movement
    290. Windel Bolinget, Chairperson, Cordillera People’s Alliance and Co-Convenor of KATRIBU Kalinpunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan sa Pilipinas
    291. Xavier Dias, former editor, Khan Kaneej aur Adhikar, Jharkhand
    292. Yogesh Puri, Retd. Associate Professor, Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi
    293. Yuvraj RS Singh, Law Student, Raipur
    294. Zulaikha Jabeen, social activist, Delhi

    *This list is incomplete, with more names being added to it daily.


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