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

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.

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.