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Archive of entries posted on April 2011

India divided on what makes a traitor

From Asia Times: By Sudha Ramachandran BANGALORE – Physician and human-rights activist Binayak Sen, who was convicted on charges of sedition and sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh in December last year, has been released on bail by India’s Supreme Court. Sen “may be a sympathizer [of [...]

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Dr. Binayak Sen Speaks on Captivity and Freedom

From his home in Raipur, Dr. Sen spoke with The Wall Street Journal about his time in jail, the causes he supports and the threats he sees to India’s downtrodden.

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Himanshu Kumar: More grim news from Dantewada villages

Himanshu Kumar writes: दंतेवाडा जिले के मोरपल्ली., ताड्मेताला और तिम्मापुरम गावों को सलवा जुडूम के एस पी ओ और सी आर पी ऍफ़ द्वारा मार्च माह में जला दिया गया था ! आज हमारे एक साथी ने इन गावों से लौट कर बताया है की घटना में तीन आदिवासी महिलाओं के साथ नहीं बल्कि पांच [...]

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Binayak Gets Bail: When Will All our Binayaks Get Justice?

Dr. Binayak Sen has finally got bail following a favourable directive from the Supreme Court. In granting him bail, the apex court has also questioned the flimsy basis on which the Chhattisgarh government has charged him with sedition. The judges, Justice Harjit Singh Bedi and Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, are reported to have said that Binayak may well be a Maoist sympathizer but that does not automatically attract charges of sedition. They have also said that just as mere possession of Gandhi’s autobiography does not make one Gandhian, the same also holds good for the works of Marx, Lenin or Mao. It should however be noted that the comments made on the issue of sedition, though made in open court and reported widely in the media, are not part of the court’s order. In fact, the judges did not give any reason “lest they prejudice any party” in the case!

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Seminar: ‘Dr Binayak Sen and the use of ‘Sedition’ Laws to Persecute Human Rights Activists in India’

DATE: 14TH MAY 2011 (THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF DR SEN’S ARREST)
TIME: 17.00 – 20.00 BST
VENUE: Dragon Hall, Holborn, London
Directions to Venue: http://www.dragonhall.org.uk/contact/getting-to-dragon-hall/

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