‘We will not give in’

Interview with Teesta Setalvad, whose tireless pursuit of justice in cases of the Gujarat riots has resulted in 120 convictions so far. By ANUPAMA KATAKAM IF there is one person in deep trouble with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre, it is Teesta Setalvad. A fiery activist and lawyer who has been relentlessly pursuing justice for the 2002 Gujarat riot victims, Teesta Setalvad has in recent months been subjected to what many are referring to as a witch-hunt. Teesta Setalvad believes that the attacks on her have increased because Prime Minister Narendra Modi is named as a … Continue reading ‘We will not give in’

यह आज़माइश का वक़्त है…

तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ और उनसे सम्बद्ध संगठनों (सिटिज़न्स फॉर जस्टिस एंड पीस, सबरंग ट्रस्ट, सबरंग कम्युनिकेशन्स और पब्लिकेशन्स प्रा. लि.) को निशाना क्यों बनाया जा रहा है, यह समझना मुश्किल नहीं है। क्योंकि तीस्ता के नेतृत्व में सीजेपी के असंख्य क़ानूनी हस्तक्षेपों के कारण, सुप्रीम कोर्ट और गुजरात की अदालतों में 2002 के जनसंहार की सुनवाईयों में सुप्रीम कोर्ट की निगरानी, पीड़ितों और गवाहों की सुरक्षा सुनिश्चित हुई, और उसका नतीजा यह रहा कि 2002 के साम्प्रदायिक संहार के 120 साज़िशकर्ताओं को आजीवन कारावास की सज़ा सुनाई गई। इतना ही नहीं, सीजेपी लगातार श्रीमती ज़किया जाफ़री को क़ानूनी मदद देता रहा … Continue reading यह आज़माइश का वक़्त है…

To,  His Excellency the President of India,  The Honorable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi,  Mr Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights   Statement in Support of Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand – from Civil Society Organizations and Human Rights defenders –   We the undersigned express our profound dismay and disquiet at the continued official harassment by the central government of leading Indian human rights defenders Teesta Setalvad and Jawed Anand. Following the election of the BJP led government in Delhi in May 2014, the country has witnessed open strenuous official efforts to foist a … Continue reading

Matersfamilias

“Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the Devil says, ‘Oh Crap, she’s up!” —Anonymous We have little boxes in our minds. We are mostly conditioned to see women as our mothers, victims of the deep-rooted prejudices of our society, or objects of desire. But look a little closely at the women of this country on this Independence Day and we cannot ignore a strange but powerful truth. There are some women of India who are guardians of the galaxy of our constitutional rights, defen­ders of the poor, seekers of justice. Think of … Continue reading Matersfamilias

Threat to India’s vibrant civil society

Meenakshi Ganguly In granting anticipatory bail to Teesta Setelvad and Javed Anand on August 11, the Bombay high court noted: “A dissenting view cannot be said to be against the sovereignty of the nation.” Like several other recent rulings by the judiciary, the high court also reminded the state of its duty to protect a citizen’s right to criticise and disagree. Successive Indian governments have told the world proudly of the country’s vibrant civil society. But in recent years, there has been an alarming change back home. Several NGOs have been denied full access to foreign financial support, while many … Continue reading Threat to India’s vibrant civil society

Why Are They Hounding Teesta Setalvad Now?

By K.P. Sasi A protest in Bangalore in defence of Teesta Setalvad The first time I met Javed Anand was in the early eighties. I met him since my close friend Paul Kurien used to admire the significance of his work. Javed used to be part of a documentation centre at that time. Paul Kurien who was a brilliant mind is a deep memory even now for many common friends. I found Javed as a deeply reflective person, who is extremely focused in his work, warm and compassionate. Later I came to know that he had joined the Times of … Continue reading Why Are They Hounding Teesta Setalvad Now?

EXCLUSIVE! The Teesta Setalvad Interview ‘The DNA of this country will re-emerge!’

‘Little about this regime, given its vindictive credo, is a complete surprise. But we were still taken aback by the CBI raid as it was a complete abuse of due process.’ ‘These are not legal inquiries, but abusive use of State power. They are not legitimate investigations, but a witch-hunt.’ ‘Ours is a typical, classic case of the State and its organs being used as an outlet for motivated vendetta of the vilest kind.’ Teesta Setalvad, the face of the movement to secure justice for the 2002 Gujarat riot victims, speaks to Syed Firdaus Ashraf/Rediff.com Journalist-turned-civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE! The Teesta Setalvad Interview ‘The DNA of this country will re-emerge!’

Persecution of Teesta Condemned -L.S. Herdenia A gathering of intellectuals, literary personalities, educationists, politicians, social activists and journalists held at Bhopal with one voice condemned the deliberate harassment and persecution of social activists Teesta Sitalvad and Javed Anand. The participants attending the meeting unanimously resolved to organise such meetings at other places to apprise the people about the facts of the case which has been foisted on Teesta by the CBI and other authorities. Initiating the discussion at the protest meeting L.S. Herdenia convener of All India Secular Forum and senior Journalist said “The Centre is seeking to keep human … Continue reading