Chokehold Of The State

With unusual enthusiasm, Gujarat goes after activist-couple Teesta and Javed Prachi Pinglay-Plumber Whereof And Why Teesta Setalvad, a Padma Shri, is a rights activist fighting for victims of communal violence. She’s the grand­-daughter of M.C. Setalvad, India’s first attorney general Her last job was at Business India, her husband Javed’s at The Sunday Observer They have been running the advocacy journal Communalism Combat Their Sabrang Trust and CJP have received Rs 9,74,75,100 over 10 years Of this, the contested amount is Rs 3,85,00,896, roughly Rs 38.5 lakh p.a. *** What can explain the over-enthusiasm of the Gujarat police in investigating … Continue reading Chokehold Of The State

Why I Stand By Her

Support for Teesta is support for access to justice for victims of a pogrom. Indira Jaising Victims of crime are known to get so tired of legal processes that they drop out from fatigue. Often, they are bought over by the accused. This is likelier when the accused is a powerful person, with the ability to mobilise finances and wield political clout. Zakia Jafri, widow of Ehsan Jafri, a former Congress MP who was burnt alive in Gulberg Society during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat, was fighting a chief minister (Narendra Modi), and it was not until the Supreme … Continue reading Why I Stand By Her

Riot survivors vow to fight for Teesta

AHMEDABAD: On the 13th anniversary of the 2002 riots, the survivors expressed their support to social activist Teesta Setalvad who has been accused of embezzlement of funds collected for a museum she had promised to build at Gulbarg Society. Speaking at a memorial meeting held on the premises of the NGO, Prashant, they also took exception to the bail granted to former minister Maya Kodnani and co-accused, Kirpalsingh Chhabda, in the Naroda Patia massacre case. Roopa Mody, a survivor of the Gulbarg Society massacre, said, “The government is trying to destroy our morale but we will continue our struggle for … Continue reading Riot survivors vow to fight for Teesta