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Kartam Joga

Inveterate Maoists they certainly are not

After they abducted Sukama’s Collector Alex Paul Menon, the Maoists have demanded that certain people rotting in the prisons of Chhattigarh be released. Two kinds of people are mentioned in the letter listing their demands. First, activists from various political parties, and secondly, members of their own cadres. The activists of the first hue work […]

Lingaram Kodopi

‘The very right of living in this country has been snatched from me’

Linga Ram Kodopi, a trained journalist and Soni Sori’s nephew, who is accused of having Naxal connections has been in prison since 10 September 2011. He writes an open letter to fellow Indians. Respected intellectuals, I am writing this letter in the hope that you all will do justice to the torture and injustices being […]

Soni Sori

Save Soni Sori and Punish Chattisgarh police #Savesonisori

Soni Sori, a 35-year-old Adivasi school teacher in Chhattisgarh, has been languishing in Raipur Jail since October 2011, she has written letters from jail asking the Nation to help her. Why is she being tortured? Soni has been tortured by the Chhattisgarh police – she complained that she was stripped naked and given electric shocks. […]


Environmental activist shot and wounded in Chhattisgarh

Attacked for taking on Jindal Steel and Power Ltd, claim supporters Ramesh Agrawal, an environmental activist who clashed with powerful steel and coal interests in Chhattisgarh’s coal-rich Raigarh district, was attacked by unidentified assailants and shot through the thigh on Saturday morning. Mr. Agrawal has been hospitalised. Sarita Rath, a member of the Jan Chetna […]

Seema Azad

Seema Azad Case: A critique of the Allahabad Court Judgement

Travesty of Justice in the The Seema Azad and the Vishwa Vijay case A critique of the Allahabad Court Judgement  A critique of the Allahabad Court Judgement To ask for papers proving guilt in black and white, Is useless for there need be no such papers The guilty have proof of their innocence The innocent […]

Akhil Gogoi

Assam: RTI activist Akhil Gogoi assaulted

Noted Right to Information activist and secretary general of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Akhil Gogoi was seriously injured when he was allegedly assaulted by a group of Youth Congress members at Chamota in flood-affected Nalbari district of Assam on Friday. The KMSS leader, who also spearheads the movement against mega dam in Assam, was on […]