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Archive of entries posted on October 2011

Binayak Sen turns down Gandhi Foundation Award

I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that at the
present juncture it will not be appropriate for me to receive this
award. My thanks go to those who nominated and to those who selected
me for this award. It was never my intention to give offence or show
disrespect to any of the parties in this controversy. I greatly
regret any inconvenience that the organisers may be put to as a result
of my decision.

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Statement on Binayak Sen and International Gandhi Peace Award

When a member of the Release Binayak Sen Now Campaign in the UK nominated Dr. Binayak Sen in April 2011 for the International Gandhi Peace Award in 2011 after consultation with other Campaign members, Dr. Sen was in indeterminate custody sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of sedition under India’s draconian anti-terrorism legislation. The Campaign wished to draw British and international attention to Dr. Sen’s work and plight. Therefore, the letter nominating him put forward the following case:

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People’s artiste Jeetan Marandi demands justice!

The one who gave cultural expression to the pain and anguish of the working
people and their struggles… who moved around with his cultural troupe from
the fields, factories and mines to the villages, suburbs, and cities singing
songs on peoples’ culture… he who rekindled the hopes of Hul-Ulgulan
–rebellion against exploitation– for the rights over Jal-Jangal-Zameen and
life among the oppressed and discriminated adivasis and the labouring
people… he who filled the hearts of the people, plundered and deceived by
the government, with a craving for social transformation to reclaim the
right to a life of dignity, land and wellbeing… one who became the lyrical
consciousness of the struggle to build a new society and a new power, the
struggle of light against darkness, of the hungry against hunger…

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Supreme Court order regarding Soni Sori’s medical examination

The text of the order is available here:

http://courtnic.nic.in/supremecourt/temp/2062011420102011p.txt

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Affidavit regarding Soni Sori

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA WRIT PETITION (CRL)NO. 206 OF 2011 Soni Sori & Another … Petitioners Versus State of Chhattisgarh … Respondents Affidavit of Petitioner No.2 Dated 18.10.11 I, Gautam Nawlakha, Petitioner No. 2, s/o Mr. Pratap Sinh aged about 58 years r/o A-5, Greater Kailash Part-I, New Delhi, do hereby solemnly affirm [...]

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