Oppose the arbitrary arrest of Intellectuals, Dalits and DemocraticRights Activists in India
We the Indian Workers’ Association,
Great Britain, condemn the raids on homes of nine human and democratic
rights activists across India, on 28th August 2018.
Amongst the people on whom the raids
were conducted include Anand Teltumbde, Stan Swamy, Kranti Teluka and
Prof K Satyanarayana. These raids also include Arun Ferreira, Sudha
Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves, all five
are now under arrest charged, under one of the most draconian law the
UAPA (Unlawful Activity Prevention Act).
This is one of the most barbaric law,
copied from the colonial law book, which allows an indefinite detention
(arrest) of any citizen theGovernment suspects of having an intent to commit a crime against the State.
There are many other such laws on the
Indian statute, e.g. NSA under which Chandrashekar Azad Ravan, leader of
the Bhim Army has been languishing in jail for over a year. These laws
must be repealed; they have no place in a democracy.
These raids and arrests follow on from
the arbitrary arrests, a few months back, of Sudhir Dhawale, Adv
Surendra Gadling, Prof Shoma Sen, Mahesh Raut and Rona Wilson. These
five are lawyers, journalist, human rights activists who have been
implicated in totally fabricated charges of organising the violence in
Bhima Koregaon at the beginning of this year.
The reality of that incident is being
completely overlooked, by the law enforcement authorities, and no
investigation is being conducted that leads to the trail of Hindutava
instigated violence against the annual peaceful demonstration by the
Dalits, marking the victory scored by Marathas against the Peshawar in
These most recent raids and arrests add
to the continued relentless repression, by the Indian Government, on the
democratic voice and aspirations of the Indian. This amounts to a very
serious attack on the already crumbling state of democracy in India
This could lead to an irreversible phase
of fascist rule for many years to come. We appeal to all democratic
organisations across India to put aside their differences and unite in
the most important endeavour, the need of the hour, that lies before
• Condemn intimidation and arrests of human rights activists and intellectuals by the Indian State!
• Defeat the Manivadi Hindutva fascist rule of the BJP & RSS!
• Build unity amongst Adivasis, Dalits and religious minorities and struggles for their rights!
Central Organising Committee
Indian Workers Association Great Britain