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Archive of entries posted on March 2011

Reporters without Borders: Security forces obstruct reporting in Chhattisgarh

Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the growing divide between regions such New Delhi and Mumbai that are safe for journalists and others such as Chhattisgarh where the dangers for journalists are mounting, leading to the emergence of a two-speed India as regards media freedom.

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An evening star in a prison

Let’s not forget he is still in jail, in solitary confinement, outside the ‘national debate’ on ethics and absence of ethics post Wikileaks, forgotten by the Indian Parliament, and the ‘secular’ ruling regime with its heart beating inside the sacred NAC. He is left to rot, suffocate and die in silence in a Chhattisgarh jail, given life imprisonment on charges of sedition with completely fabricated evidence, hounded, harassed, humiliated and ‘handled’ by the cold-blooded, heartless, inhuman BJP-led Chhattisgarh government and its notorious police. This is the state where they burnt villages, raped, killed, tortured and put innocents in jail – the Salwa Judum epic which continues till this day. The good doctor protested, documented, classified this narrative, hence, he was condemned and put in jail. They refused to accept his three decades of legendary health work in the most deprived zones of central India, something recognised by the entire world, including the medical fraternity and 50 Noble laureates.

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Why is Binayak in jail?

Justice and Peace for All ( JAPA) composed and sang thsi song on Dr Binayak sen. The song is composed by Ernest Flagnen and performed by Bunty Duggal and family. This evening of musicial activism was at Bandra, Mumbai, March 27th 2011. MORE VIDEOS AVILABLE AT www.facebook.com/japamumbai

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PRELIMINARY FACT FINDING REPORT ON THE CHINTALNAR MASSACRE OF 11 TO 16 MARCH 2011, CHHATTISGARH

A 13 member fact finding team visited the Chintalnar Area of Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh to probe into the incidents of atrocities perpetrated by the Salwa Judum and the state forces on the adivasis living in this area between 11th and 16th of March 2011.

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Supreme Court orders investigation of hunger in Dantewada villages

Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate and counsel for the PUCL in the Right to Food Case in the Supreme Court Case. ( 196/2001) just called up and informed me that the Supreme Court Bench consisting of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma today ( 29th March 2011) directed the Commissioners of the court Dr. N C Saxena and Sh. Harsh Mander and the District Collector of Dantewada to visit the villages of Tadmetla, Morapalli and Timapuram, where Food Scarcity and Hunger Deaths were reported and to give a Report to the bench of the Supreme Court.

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