Kontantlöst Indien hot mot de fattiga

Det blir värre och värre i Indien. Läs här redaktören för Countercurrents brev om hans besök hos sin syster. Hela industrin och handel i Indien går åt helvete. Vad tror den dumskallen Modi egentligen? /Einar

Dear Friend,

I’ve been to my village for the past two days. My widowed sister’s family who sold 10 Kg of raw cocoa beans worth Rs 300 can not get the money in cash! The small time trader who bought the beans said he’ll transfer the paltry sum to her bank account. They don’t know when it will be transferred. Even if it’s transferred they’ll have to travel to a town and stand in queue for a day to withdraw the money. Another day’s work lost in the farm! In fact, they urgently need the money for hospital expenses. I lend her some money for her urgent needs. This is the story of much of rural India. Business has come to a stand still. We don’t know how deep it will sink. We don’t know when it will pick up. Dark days ahead for India, especially its rural population, which is about 70 % of India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told the nation that the reason for this drastic demonetisation is to fight black money and terrorism. Two days ago in his address to the nation on Radio, he said that ‘from less cash to cashless India’. So the cat is out of the bag! The motive is to make India a cashless economy! That too in a country where large section of the society is hardly literate or illiterate. Where only 2 % of population own ‘plastic money’ or smart phones! Note the irony, PM addresses a nation through Radio to reach those who can’t afford to buy even a Televison, to go cashless! Irony dies a thousand deaths.

After the BJP regime took over whoever opposes the regimes policies are branded anti-nationals! C.R Sridhar writes that now with demonetisation those who possess cash too can be branded as anti-nationals or terrorist sympathisers.

Water protectors at Standing Rock faces imminent threat of eviction. North Dakota Gov. Dalrymple late Monday issued an immediate order for the removal of thousands of water protectors camped at #OcetiSakowin. Time to Stand Up With Standing Rock!

The Arctic Resilience Report warns that Arctic is at a tipping point. Jon Queally warns that “what is happening in the Arctic will not stay in the Arctic.” The report says “Temperatures nearly 20°C above the seasonal average are being registered over the Arctic Ocean”.

A study published by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, reports “The Great Barrier Reef suffered through the worst coral die-off in recorded history this year, scientists found, with unusually warm ocean water and record-setting bleaching eventskilling a stunning 90 percent of all coral in the worst-hit area.”

/In Solidarity

Binu Mathew

Demonetisation Shock Therapy: State Sponsored Financial Repression
by C R Sridhar


The demonetization of the currency has also a shock and awe element to it: the shock of losing real money and the awe of being herded in digital pen. Cash carries a bad odour. Are you using cash because you are engaged in drug trafficking or are you a terrorist wanting to buy arms and explosives? Should you be flagged for suspicious activities for questioning by the national security state?

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Skänk en slant till Anuradha Gandhys minne


The Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Committee has invited Angela Davis to deliver the 8th Anuradha Ghandy Memorial Lecture on 16th December this year in Mumbai. Angela Davis’ commitment to the struggles against racism, gender discrimination and class exploitation is well known. She herself has been a victim of state oppression in the U S and has been fighting relentlessly for the rights and freedom of political prisoners. In the 70s when Angela was campaigning for the Soledad brothers, (Black Americans falsely accused of killing a white jailer) a violent incident in the court, during the trial left the judge and others dead. Though Angela was just an observer she was arrested for this death and imprisoned for 16 months. After her release Angela’s activism continued with greater zeal and she also took on academic assignments.

Her book, Women, Race and Class, is a seminal text used in Women’s Studies and other disciplines, across universities. Her other books, such as, Are Prisons Obsolete? Women, Culture and Politics and Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prisons, Torture, and Empire are well known, latest work being, Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Her writings on related subjects and her years of academic work go along side by side with her activism. We are sure that this lecture will be a memorable event.

However, as you can imagine, the financial liabilities for this programme would be difficult for the Committee to bear on its own.
We therefore appeal to you to donate/collect donations to raise funds to meet the expenses.

We appeal to you to contribute generously.

The Account details are:
M/s Anuradha Gandhi Memorial Committee
Bank of Baroda, Fort University Branch,
119 Agra Building Mahatma Gandhi Marg,
Fort, Mumbai 400 023
A/c No. 06960100015375
MICR Code: 400012025

October 2016

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Samling vid ett naxalitminnesmärke

På bilden syns en samling vid ett naxalitminnesmärke nyligen. De bygger minnesmärken på olika håll för att hedra de som stupat i revolutionen. Vågar myndigheterna inte riva dem? Man kan förmoda att de bara få stå kvar i områden där de har riktigt starkt stöd.
“Memorial meetings were held for martyr Baturi Venkatraman in Vishkapatnam in Bakuri villlage on 13th November ,in Prakasam in Alakurpadau village for Comrade R.K. and in Srikakluam in Bathupuram village.for martyr Ganesh on 16th Nov.”

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Strider trots påstått eldupphör från regeringens sida

FILIPPINERNA. Enligt rapporter från förhandlingarna i Oslo mellan kommunisterna och regeringen så har president Duterte sagt att militären ska sluta attackera kommunisternas gerilla. Men tydligen så fortsätter militären sina undertryckningsoperationer:

“True, there has been a marked decrease in armed encounters between the New People’s Army (NPA) and state security forces. But the attacks by AFP-led paramilitaries on communities, especially in the hinterlands such as the lumad areas, are unabated, again despite Pres. Duterte’s order to the AFP to disarm and control these paramilitary forces.”

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Naxalitledare dödad? Sanningen måste fram

(En namninsamling kräver nu att myndigheterna berättar vad som har hänt med Rama Krishna).

Produce the Maoist Party leader com. RK (Rama Krishna @ Akkiraju Hara Gopal) and 13 other adivasis who were injured in the Bejjangi (Jantri) massacre in AP-Odisha border and underpolice custody.

We strongly condemn the killing of 30 Maoists and adivasis by the Grey Hounds police force and the special forces of Odisha

The police have announced that 24 Maoists were killed in an encounter on 24th october in the Bejjangi area in the Andhra-Odisha border region. Andhra Pradesh DGP also announced that four and two more activists were killed in the subsequent encounters that ensued on the next two days. The police also announced on 24th october that the Maoist leader RK too died in the encounter. Contradicting their own announcement, they declared again that RK was only injured and escaped. So far, his whereabouts are not known. It has come to be known that the police have killed five people who were in their custody and shown them to have been killed in the combing operation. Therefore, the society at large is apprehensive that com. RK is also in their custody and that there is a threat to his life. The High Court opined on 31st october that it is immaterial if RK is a Maoist or not, and the life of any human being is precious. It also hoped that if RK is indeed in the custody of the police, the police would not contemplate of killing him at least now. It also commented that it is the responsibility of the government to protect the lives of the people. It is with this democratic understanding that we are demanding that RK and the 13 adivasis who are under police custody be produced in the court immediately.

In fact, the whole incident raises serious questions. Various narrations have come to light about the incident and based on those we have come to a conclusion that the police had encircled the meeting place of the Maoists and resorted to a unilateral firing and resorted to this killing. In the past also, the government has resorted many times to such unconstitutional, undemocratic, inhuman and immoral methods.

All the citizens of the country have the right to political freedom as per the Indian constitution. The Indian constitution has given every citizen the right to freedom of expression even to put forth a severe critique of the parliamentary politics and to profess alternative politics by rejecting parliamentary politics. Everybody has the right to believe that only Maoist politics offers a solution to the problems facing this country.

This belief or understanding by itself does not constitute a crime. But the police, who are acting as per the diktats of the ruling classes, are killing the Maoist party members, its leaders and the people who are sympathetic to the movement. We believe that it is a crime as per the constitution to kill this way in the name of encounters. The highest court of the land has pronounced on a similar occasion that one cannot be killed merely if one has faith in the Maoist politics and that the republic cannot kill its own children. If any crime as per the law takes place in the course of the practice of Maoist politics, then those responsible for it have to be punished as per the law by the courts. But we condemn such killing by encircling. There are marks of severe torture on the bodies of the deceased. The cruel torture that the police unleashed on the women Maoists is an insult to the human civilization itself. For quite a long period, it has been in the news that the adivasis, under the leadership of Maoists, are resisting the mining of bauxite and other minerals by the corporate forces. We are alleging that the AP government has resorted to this massacre at the behest of the corporate forces, precisely because it is not possible to mine bauxite and other minerals as long as the adivasis are resisting it under the leadership of Maoists. We demand that a judicial probe be conducted and the accused be punished by filing a case of murder against them.

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Minnesmöte för dödade naxaliter

Vi glömmer aldrig kamrat Prudvi! Möte till minnet av dödade naxaliter i delstaten Andrah Pradesh.

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Duterte, ett riktigt eller falskt hopp för de fattiga på Filippinerna?

På bilden syns Jose Maria Sison som grundade kommunistpartiet på Filippinerna och Filippinernas president Rodrigo Duterte.

Många hoppas
att Filippinernas president Rodrigo Duterte ska göra livet lättare för de fattiga och minska anfallen mot Filippinernas Kommunistiska Parti och den gerilla som de leder. Men frågan är om en president som är vald att styra Filippinernas gamla statsmaskineri har särskilt stort manöverutrymme?

En president som har annorlunda retorik och annan bakgrund än vad presidenter på Filippinerna brukar ha valdes till president på Filippinerna i våras. Han har bl.a. lovat att kommunisterna ska få fyra presidentposter. Man kan förmoda att de i utbyte måste lägga ner gerillan och lämna över vapnen som kommunisterna gjorde i Nepal. För Indiens fattiga är det nog på kort och lång sikt ingen särskilt bra “lösning”. Det är klassförhållandena på Filippinerna som behöver ändras och det kan ju inte ske genom ett dekret från presidenten. Förhandlingar har pågått i Oslo under hösten. Där har diskussionen bland annat har handlat om jordreform och “nationell industrialisering”. Men en omfattande nationalisering av storföretagen i landet kommer aldrig tillåtas av USA som har sina soldater i landet och att godsherrarna frivilligt skulle ge upp sin jord i någon större omfattning verkar inte särskilt troligt.

Filippinernas kommunistiska partis grundare José Maria Sison sa nyligen i en intervju angående förhandlingarna att:
“A self-reliant program for economic development cannot walk and advance without two legs: national industrialization and land reform,” he stressed.
Det är ju helt sant men omfattande nationell industrialisering kan inte ske utan nationalisering av industrin samt en jordreform men detta kommer ju inte hända genom förhandlingar i Oslo utan genom en ny-demokratisk revolution där en folkarmé tvingar fram detta i strid med de härskande klassernas vilja. Det vore fruktansvärt svek mot de fattiga om de säljer ut kampen för några ministerposter och löften om reformer. Men att skriva om detta är väl att måla fan på väggen? Nepal…

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Omfattande krav på stopp för repressionen i Kashmir

End repression in Kashmir: A call from civil society

NOVEMBER 5, 2016

We, the undersigned, are dismayed over the ongoing crisis in Kashmir. We have watched in horror and shock the repetitive cycle of state aggression leading to violence, deteriorating state of civil liberties, violation of fundamental rights and ever escalating loss of human life and dignity in Kashmir. In the last 115 days, we have lost over 100 lives in Kashmir. More than 15,000 civilians have been injured, out of which 4500 persons have suffered grievous injuries due to pellet-guns, 4664 have been injured by bullets. Over 8000 people have been arrested out of which 434 people have been detained under the Public Safety Act (toll as on October 30, 2016).

The immediate response of the Indian state to the recent uprising in Kashmir was the imposition of curfew, which is continuing till date. A media gag where newspaper offices have been raided, copies confiscated and editors threatened with dire consequences, accompanied it. Journalists reporting the situation have been attacked, intimidated and threatened with violence by those supposedly responsible for protecting them. Most recently the government banned the publication of Kashmir Reader, a daily newspaper published from Srinagar.

Pursuant to this, a complete communication blockade was imposed and Internet services were cut down. Even voices outside Kashmir that spoke of the ongoing failure of state were targeted on social media, their posts deleted and accounts blocked. The means of communication and information flow from and into Kashmir are severely disrupted. Accompanying the communication blockade is an economic blockade in which the supply of food, medicines and other basic necessities are also affected, standing crops being burnt and orchards damaged.

It is unconscionable on the part of the Indian state to exacerbate the situation by choking the lifeline of people in Kashmir. There are reports of vandalism and violence during raids by the police and security forces. As the pillars of a modern democracy are wrecked with the media gag, the abuse of the impunity accorded to the law enforcement agencies is bound to escalate. There have been instances of harassment, abuse and baseless arrests of Kashmiris working and studying, not only in Kashmir but also in different parts of India, for having voiced their political views.

A blockade on the channels of non-violent protest by the arrests of human rights defenders, legal activists and even volunteers supplying aid in hospitals on baseless grounds has aided the creation of spaces for violent protests. The wanton use of force along with the lack of accountability has contributed immensely to the crisis prevailing in Kashmir.

Intense militarization of the valley has left deep scars on the social, economic and psychological well being of every life in Kashmir. Laws such as Public Safety Act (PSA), Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), Disturbed Areas Act (DAA) etc., are draconian and are not conducive to contributing to a solution. Irrespective of what the situation is, whether we agree with what the Kashmiris are demanding or not, there is no law in India which allows the Indian armed forces to use their position to ransack people’s houses, decimate their food grains, crops and livestock.

It is disturbing to witness the Indian media pumping up jingoistic fervor in the minds of people in India. The propagation and glorification of state aggression and war mongering by the government, media and almost every political party has led to a lethal form of pro-state fanaticism. The success of the state machinery in realizing this propaganda also highlights the failure of the Indian civil society.
We therefore call on all readers and human rights organisations to unequivocally condemn the siege of Kashmir.

The situation in India is increasingly becoming claustrophobic, making it difficult to have any political discussion on Kashmir. Voicing any opinion divergent from the popular ‘pro-state’ narrative is now a cause for slapping charges of sedition. In such an environment even a peaceful non-violent discussion to understand the nature of problems that Kashmir faces becomes impossible. Without such understanding any solution proposed would only be a repetition of the cycles seen over the last 70 years, which have not led to any tangible solutions. We urge the government to allow an open discussion so as to facilitate the understanding of the legitimate demands and concerns that the people of Kashmir have been raising over the course of last 70 years.

We believe that national integrity at the cost of life and dignity of our own citizens would not amount to integration but colonialism. The political crisis in Kashmir cannot be resolved by being oblivious to the problem at the heart of the conflict, which is the demand for freedom. Any attempt to resolve the issue is bound to fail unless the state accepts the Kashmir conflict as a ‘political issue’ and not merely one pertaining to territory. The government must acknowledge Kashmiris as primary stakeholders in the dispute and consult them rather than considering it as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.
Whatever the stand of the Government of India on the demand of Kashmiri people for independence, it is imperative to create an environment of understanding and openness and initiate a purposeful and sincere dialogue with all the stakeholders for an amicable settlement.

We therefore urge the government to:
Immediately lift the curfew and stop violence against civilians in Kashmir.
Open channels for political dialogue in consultation with all stakeholders and explore every possible solution including – complete autonomy or pre-1953 position and even plebiscite.
Stop the crackdown on media and lift the ban on Kashmir Reader.
Immediately drop all charges against activists, human rights defenders and civilians booked under the PSA and release them.
Grant unfettered access to United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) to investigate allegations of Human Rights violations.
Work forcefully to demilitarize both sides of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. Further, to demilitarize all of Kashmir and immediately revoke impunity laws such as the AFSPA, PSA, and DAA etc.
Create credible mechanisms for accountability and justice, (such as an international criminal tribunal), for human rights abuses in Kashmir over the past three decades, including extra-judicial killings, torture, sexual and gendered violence, enforced disappearances and unknown and mass graves.

List of Endorsements
Aabha Muralidharan, Student
Aditya Nigam, CSDS
Ajmal Khan, Radical Study Circle, TISS, Mumbai
Ajayan Adat
Akanksha, activist
Akhila Vasan
Alpana Jain
Amar Jesani, Independent Public health and Bioethics Consultant
Amla Pisharody
Amlendu Upadhyay, senior journalist
Ammu Abraham, member, FAOW(Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Amrita Howlader, member, FAOW(Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Anand Mazgaonkar,
Anand Patwardhan, filmmaker
Anand Teltumbde, General Secretary, CPDR (Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights)
Anannya Bhattacharjee, Garment and Allied Workers Union
Angana Chatterji, Feminist Scholar
Anjali, student
Anjali Singh, student
Anil Sinha
Anindita Mukherjee, Lawyer
Antony Samy, activist, Jagrut Kamgar Manch
Anuradha Banerji, research scholar
Anuradha Bhasin, Executive Editor, Kashmir Times
Anuradha Kapoor
Aquila Khan, member FAOW (Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Archee Roy, student
Aritra Bhattacharya, Journalist, The Statesman
Arundhati Dhuru, National Alliance of People’s Movements
Arun Ferreira, member, CPDR
Arya Raje, Lawyer
Aswathy Senan, Delhi University
Ayesha Kidwai, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Murlidhar Reddy, Senior Journalist
Baljeet Kaur, Radical Study Circle, TISS, Mumbai
Bernard D’Mello
Binayaka Sen, activist (PUCL)
Binu Matthew, Editor, http://www.countercurrents.org
Chayanika Shah, member, LABIA and FAOW(Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Brinelle D’souza, Academician
Chetan Priyadarshi, Lawyer
Chhaya Datar
Chinu Srinivasan, SAHAJ/LOCOST
Cubbykabi Sherman, member FAOW (Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Cynthia Stephen, Founder, DAWNS(Dalit Women’s Network for Solidarity)
Debalina, activist
Deepa Venkatachalam, Social Scientist
Deepti Gopinath, Indian Airports Employees’ Union
Devika Shetty, Disability Rights Advocacy
Dibyesh Anand, Professor, University of Westminster, UK
Divya Kalanthingal, Radical Study Circle, TISS, Mumbai
Divya Trivedi, journalist
Dolphy A. D’souza, Convenor, Police Reforms Watch
Fatima N, Member, Tamil Nadu Women’s Forum
Freny Manecksha, independent journalist
Gautam Bhan, activist and author
Geeta Seshu, independent journalist
Gouranaga Mohapatra, Jan Swasthaya Abhiyan, Odisha
Gouri Patwardhan, filmmaker
Harsh Mander, activist, writer
Hartman de Souza, Writer
Hasina Khan, member, Bebaak Collective and FAOW(Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Heer Ganjawala, filmmaker
Heidi Pereira, student, Ambedkar University
Hussain Indorewala, Teacher
Illina Sen, author and activist
Irfaan Engineer, CSSS(Centre for Study of Society and Secularism)
Jagdish John Menezes, Lawyer
Jairus Banaji, Professor and Historian
Jashodhara Dasgupta, Sahayog, India
Javed Anand, Co-editor, Communalism Combat
Jayashree Velankar, NAMHHR (National Alliance for Maternal Health and Human Rights)
Jenny Sulfath, student, TISS
Jhelum Roy, researcher
Jinda Sandbhor, researcher
Juhi Bansal, Lawyer
Jyoti Punwani, independent journalist
Kalpana Mehta, Activist
Kalyani Menon, feminist researcher and writer
Kamal KM, filmmaker, teacher
Kamayani Bali Mahabal, feminist and human rights activist
Karuna D W, researcher, Chennai
Kavita Krishnan, Secretary AIPWA (All India Progressive Women’s Association)
Kavita Pai
Khateeja Talha, member, Space Theatre Ensemble
Kochurani Abraham, Kerala
Kokila Mitra, research scholar
Koyel Ghosh, school teacher
Koyel Majumder, student
Kranti LC, Lawyer
Kritika Aggarwal, GLC, Mumbai
Kulajit Maisanam, Radical Study Circle, TISS, Mumbai
Labanyendu Das, Lawyer
Lalita Ramdas, peace, human rights and anti-nuclear activist and Founder, Greenpeace, India
Lara Jesani, Lawyer
Lina Mathias
Madhavi Kuckreja, women’s’ rights activist and founder, Vanangana
Madhurima Ghosh, student
Mahtab Alam, Activist, Journalist
Malini Parthasarthy, former Editor, the Hindu
Malobika, activist
Manisha Sethi, Activist, Professor – Jamia Millia Islamia
Manoj Jha, teacher, activist
Mary Antony, activist, Jagrut Kamgar Manch
Mary E John, CWDS
Medha Patkar, activist, Narmada Bachao Andolan
Meena Gopal, member FAOW (Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Meena Kandasamy, Poet, Writer, Activist
Meena Saraswathi Seshu, SANGRAM, Sangli
Mihir Desai, Senior Advocate
Milind Champanekar, activist, CPDR
Mirza Saaib Beg, Lawyer
M J Pandey, Journalist
Monica Sakhrani, Lawyer
Monisha Behal
Mubashira Zaidi, Institute of Social Studies Trust, New Delhi
Mukta Srivastava, activist (NAPM)
Murali Karnam, Faculty, School of Law, Rights and Constitutional Governance, TISS
Vasudevan, Convenor, Trade Union Solidarity Committee, Mumbai
Nandini Manjrekar, Professor, TISS
Niranjan Takle, Principal Correspondent, the Week
Nisha Biswas, Kolkata
Nitish Nawsagaray, Dalit Rights activist
Nivedita Menon, JNU
Norma Alvares, Senior Advocate and environmental activist
Omar Rashid, journalist
Pallavi Gupta
Pamela Philipose, journalist, writer and editor
Paramita Banerjee, Activist and Development professional
Paranjoy Guha Thakurta
Paromita Chakravarty
Poushali Basak, member FAOW (Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Pranita Kulkarni, Journalist
Preenita Banerjee, Lawyer
Preeti Mehra
Purnima Rao, writer
Srivatsan, Social Scientist
Rachana Johri
Rahul Singh
Rajashree Gandhi
Raj Merchant, member, LABIA
Admiral Ramdas
Ramesh Awasthi, PUCL, Maharashtra
Ram Puniyani, activist, writer, teacher
Ranjani Srinivasan, student
Ranjit Biswas, Psychiatrist and Research-activist
Ratnapriya, student
Ravi Duggal, independent health researcher and activist
Ravi Kadam
Rhea Bose
Richa Minocha, member secretary, Jan Abhiyan Sanstha, Shimla
Ritika Ramasuri
Ritu Dewan, Author, Professor, Director – CSSS (Centre for Study of Society and Secularism)
Rohini Hensman, Independent Scholar, Writer and Activist
Rohit Prajapati, trade union and environmental activist
Rukmini Sen, academician
Sabina Basha
Sagari Ramdas, veterinary scientist
Sakina Bohora, member FAOW (Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Samir Dass, Jan Swasthaya Abhiyan, Jharkhand
Sampa Dasgupta, Development Professional
Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party (India)
Sandhya Gokhale, member, FAOW(Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Sanjay Ranade, Professor, University of Mumbai
Sanober Keshwaar , lecturer and activist
Saranga Ugalmugle, Lawyer
Sarojini N, Health Researcher
Saswati Ghosh, Sociologist, women’s rights activist
Satarupa Santra, academician
Satnam Singh, Convener, Jan Swasthaya Abhiyan, Haryana
Satyam Shrivastava, (SRUTI)
Satyen Bordoloi
Seema Azad, journalist, activist
Shabana Khan, activist, CPDR
Shabnam Hashmi, Activist, ANHAD
Shakeel, Convener, Jan Swasthaya Abhiyan, Bihar
Shals Mahajan, writer
Sheetal, student, College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Shefali Saini, TISS, Mumbai
Shinzani Jain
Shoma Sen, Joint Secretary (CPDR)
Shraddha Chatterjee, research scholar
Shreosi Ray, researcher
Shruti Chakravarty, member FAOW (Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Raqs Media Collective
Shujaat Bhukari, senior journalist and editor, Rising Kashmir
Siddharth Chakravarty, Oceans Policy and Law
Simpreet Singh
Smita Gandhi, Academician
Srabasti Majumder, research scholar
Sreejith Murali, Ambedkarite Students Association-TISS
Suchitra Thapar, independent researcher
Sujata Gothoskar, member FAOW (Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Sukanya Shantha, independent Journalist
Sukla Sen, Peace Activist
Sumita, Activist and Development Professional
Surabhi Sharma, filmmaker
Suresh Sawant, activist
Susan Abraham, Executive Committee member, CPDR
Sushmita Verma, member, CPDR and Bastar Solidarity Network
Swapna Banerjee-Guha
Swarnima Bhattacharya, Women’s Feature Service
Swati Singh, Lawyer
Swathi Seshadri, Bangalore
Swatija Paranjpe, member FAOW (Forum Against Oppression of Women)
Tanieem, student
Tarun Bhartiya, filmmaker and writer
Teesta Setalvad, Journalist, activist
Tejas Harad, Economic and Political Weekly
Trina Mukhopadhyay, research scholar
Ujwalla Mhatre, Head of School, Vanita Vishram High School
Ulka Mahajan, Activist
Uma Chakravarty, Historian
Uma V Chandru
Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Vani Subramaniam, member, Saheli
Varda Dixit
Varun Agarwal, Lawyer
Vasanth Kannabiran, Activist and Writer
Veena Gowda, Lawyer
Vibhuti Patel, Academician and Activist
Vidya Subramaniam, Senior Journalist
Vikas Urs
Vinitha Ramchandani, author
Virginia Saldanha, activist
Vrijendra, Lecturer and Human Rights Activist
Vrinda Grover, Lawyer and Activist
Wilfred D’Costa , INSAAF
Yashasvi Mishra
Zakia Soman, BMMA(Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan)
Aaghaaz Magazine
All India Secular Forum
Amrita Wilson on behalf of South Asia Solidarity Group
Bastar Solidarity Network
Centre for Development Research and Action
Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Mumbai
Feminism in India
Fem Positive
Forum Against Oppression of Women
LABIA — A Queer Feminist LBT Collective, Mumbai
Radical Study Circle- TISS
Rihai Manch, Lucknow
Sabrang India
Saheli, Delhi
Tamilnadu Women’s Forum

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Falska anklagelser mot adivasinriktad professor

SANSAD News-release, November 12, 2016

Dismiss false charges against human rights defenders

South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD), an organization of the South Asian Diaspora in Canada, utterly deplores the shocking charges of “criminal conspiracy” and “murder” laid against Nandini Sundar, professor of sociology at Delhi University, professor Archana Prasad of Jawaharlal Nehru University, several political rights and adivasi rights activists and others by Chattisgarh police on October 5.

These charges were laid in regard to the killing of adivasi villager, Shamnath Baghel by Maoists in Nama village in Bastar on the night of October 4. According to the police they were laid in response to the naming of the accused by Shamnath’s wife, Vimala Baghel. However, Vimala Baghel has said in an interview with NDTV that she did not recognize any of the armed attackers and had been instructed by the police to not talk to outsiders and the media.

These absurd charges against professors Sundar and Prasad and others engaged in bringing to light the atrocities of the police and the adivasis militia armed by the police against other adivais suspected of sympathizing with Maoists is only the latest episode in a long campaign to “pacify” the tribals who are resisting the destruction of their land and forest habitat by mining companies. Nandini Sundar has been exposing the fake encounters, rapes, custodial torture and deaths for more than ten years. In 2007 she, Ramchandra Guha, and E. A. S. Sharma had filed a Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court against Salwa Judum, an armed militia set up by the police, leading to the Supreme Court’s banning of this organization as unconstitutional. In May 2016 Sundar and others had visited Nama village on a fact finding mission to investigate atrocities and published a report that was critical of both the police and Maoists.

It is standard procedure for states to impose information blackout in areas where state terror is used against the people, whether it be to crush the resistance to resource extraction or the demand for autonomy. The absence of information is then be filled with propaganda that justifies the repression. This is amply illustrated by developments in India, nowhere more clearly than in the tribal belt and Kashmir. These practices were pioneered by colonial powers, who also developed the tactic of arming and empowering one section of the oppressed group against the other.

There has been an escalation of attacks against human rights defenders, journalists, and academics reporting on atrocities in Chattisgarh in the past year: adivasi human rights activist Soni Sori had acid thrown on her face following intense hararssment on February 20, and at the same time the Jagdalpur Legal Aid Group faced a campaign of intimidation and eviction that forced them to leave the area. Journalist Malini Subramanian and social scientist Bela Bhatia too faced similar harassment compelling them to leave the area where they had been investigating atrocities. As in the events of February the false charges against Nandini Sundar and others flow from the recent Central Bureau of Investigation charge sheet against special police officers in Chattisgarh finding them responsible for burning down three villages in 2011 for which initially Maoists had been blamed. The charge sheets had been immediately followed by the burning of effigies of Nandini Sundar and other human rights activists by armed auxiliary forces personnel across Bastar range under the direction of the police.

As civil society groups in India have recognized in a series of statements and meetings the intense attack on all efforts to bring to light the atr2ocities committed by the police against adivasis is taking place today within a general assault on civil society. Freedom of information, enquiry, and expression is severely under stress in India today.

We demand that the false charges against Nandini Sundar, Archana Prasad and others be immediately withdrawn.

We further demand that an independent fact finding mission be established to investigate the atrocities in Chattisgarh.

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Women Protect Common Forest Rights in Rajasthan
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Nichlagarh, an adivasi village in the forest region of Southern Rajasthan, is caught between the bureaucratic regime of the Forestry Department (FD) of India and progressive legislation that claims to restore the traditional rights of commoners. While the state has its own ideas about how villagers should manage their forest commons and their lives, the women of this adivasi community have stepped forward as the knowledge keepers, managers of the forests and champions of democratic representation to protect the right to common.

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