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Withdraw False Charges

We, the undersigned, unequivocally condemn the foisting of a false case on Debaranjan, member of the Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sanghatana (GASS) in Odisha. Debaranjan has for several years now been deeply involved with people’s struggles in Odisha, first as a full-time activist in Kashipur,...

All the World's a Half-Built Dam

A response to Rajmohan Gandhi's "Independence and Social Justice: The Ambedkar-Gandhi Debate" (EPW, 11 April 2015).

Citizens' Statement: Repression in Koodankulam

We are appalled at the police repression unleashed on the people protesting peacefully against the Koodan­kulam nuclear plant. The repression has forced them to take to a jal satyagraha . Their legitimate, and as yet unaddres­sed, concerns about the plant’s safety were heightened by the Atomic...

Japan's Nuclear Crisis Is a Wake-up Call for India

We deeply regret the death and devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and are gravely concerned at the disaster at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station. Fukushima’s radiation releases have contaminated drinking water in Tokyo, 220 kilometres away. According to preliminary...

Justice for Niyamat Ansari-I

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent murder of NREGA activist Niyamat Ansari in Kope Gram Panchayat (Latehar district, Jharkhand), as well as a similar attempt – the same day – on the life of his associate Bhukhan Singh. Briefly, the murder was the culmination of a series of acts of...

Government Should Respond to Maoist Offer

We welcome the announcement by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) to observe a ceasefire and enter into talks with the government of India. Given the government’s expressed willingness to engage in talks, we hope that this offer will be reciprocated. This necessarily requires an immediate halt to...

Planned Military Offensive

We are deeply concerned by the Indian government’s plans for launching an unprecedented military offensive by army and paramilitary forces in the adivasi (indigenous people)-populated regions of the states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Orissa and West Bengal. The stated...

'Victims of the Home Ministry'?

The advertisement of the Union Home Ministry, captioned “Look at These Innocent People – Victims of Naxal Violence”, that was carried in The Indian Express, The Hindu, and The Times of India on 20 September is not only vicious and vindictive, it is also easily the most irresponsible in recent times...

Curbing Civil Liberties

We are deeply dismayed at the arrest of Lachit Bordoloi, adviser to the Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS). We fear for the safety of Lachit Bordoloi, who was picked up from Moranhat, between Dibrugarh and Sibsagar, on February 11. Three others have also been arrested: Pradeep Gogoi, the Duliajan...

Against Arrest of Journalists

The following are extracts from a resolution adopted at a meeting organised by the Young Journalists League at the Press Club of India on February 11, 2008: We, the undersigned, condemn the arrest and persecution of journalists, in the name of cracking down on the “Left Wing Extremists” or for...

Reading Nandigram Wrongly

We read with growing dismay the statement signed by Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn and others advising those opposing the CPI(M)’s policies in West Bengal not to “split the Left” in the face of American imperialism. We believe that for some of the signatories, their distance from events in India has...
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