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Statement: Joint Statement by Punjab Intellectuals Against Attack On Human Rights Defenders

Opposing the fascist and undemocratic steps of falsely implicating human rights defenders in a fabricated case of conspiracy to kill PM Modi and planning overthrow of present regime

Let’s come together in defense of democracy and the oppressed and exploited people

On august 27, the Pune police raided the houses of several prominent democratic rights activists, and those who have been raising strong voices against oppression of dalits ,tribals and minorities. Advocate Sudha Bhardwaj, Varvara Rao, Gautam Navlakha, Arun Farera and Vernon Gonsalves were arrested. Police also raided houses of press reporter Kumarnath, priest and activist Stan Swami, democratic rights activist and author Anand Teltumbde and members of Revolutionary Writers Association - Aseem and Kranti. Police seized their laptops, harddisks, mobile phones, diaries and other electronic equipment, without providing them copies of the data stored on these devices. We all strongly condemn these repressive steps. In a democratic country such repressive measures against the people should never be undertaken.

The police has clearly aimed, through these vicious acts to falsely implicate these activists  in Bheema-Koregaon violence case, falsely implicate them in the alleged plot to kill PM Modi and to spread rebellion in the country, because these activists have been stoutly raising their voice against the severe repression, unleashed by Modi Govt against dalits, minorities, tribals and toiling masses; continuously unmasking the undeclared emergency imposed upon Indian people by the Modi govt.; and its patronage and protection of lynching-mobs and Hindutva terrorism. Modi Govt wants to stifle these voices by putting them behind bars in fabricated cases, as it has done in to other intellectuals, human rights defenders, artists and lawyers, earlier in Bhima-Koregaon case.

Going beyond this, a two-fold wicked move is underway, by raising the bogey of the alleged conspiracy to kill Modi. On the one hand, on the pretext of danger to Modi’s life ground is being prepared to launch an all-out violent onslaught on the democratic rights of the people and unleasing communal and State violence against human rights defenders. It is in fact the continuation of such steps undertaken in the past to usher in totalitarianism regimes, like the Reichtag (German Parliamen) fire and Baroda Dynamite plot in India which were used as tools to facilitate and justify the emergence of Hitler and Indira Gandhi as dictators. BJP mandarins are also preparing to win 2019 elections by raising the bogey pf danger to Modi’s life. To achieve it, mischievous and misleading propaganda blitz – in which Sangh-parivar enjoys extra-ordinary skills, has already been launched in the media, consistently blaring the terms “Maoist conspiracy” and “Urban Naxals,” to make the propaganda effective. All this is part of a pre-planned strategy of Sangh-parivar and state machinery to crush the peoples struggles and dissenting voices.

Noted writer and activist Arundhati Roy, while slamming the police action against human right defenders, at the instance of Modi Govt, has pointed to the graveness of the situation, “We are close to the declaration of emergency. Instead of raiding the houses of lynching-mobs and day-light murderers, raiding the homes of advocates, poets, writers, Dalit activists and intellectual shows where we are heading to. What is happening is very dangerous. It is preparation of coming elections. We can’t allow this to happen. We shall have to unite against it, otherwise we will lose the freedom we cherish.

The above statement by Arundhati Roy fully depicts the gravity of the situation. We the writers, thinkers, teachers, advocates, educationists, economists and democratic minder intellectuals of Punjab have come forward to to play our historical role of cautioning the people about the fascist acts of present regime. Earlier too, when efforts were made to silence the writers through saffron terror we had strongly protested. Let us unite and strongly oppose the intimidation and terrorizing of democratic rights activists through arrests and searches.

    • Dr. Parminder Singh, former Head English Department, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar
    • Dr. Navsharan – Writer, daughter of Gursharn Singh Dramatist
    • Dr. Sahib Singh Dramatist
    • Baldev Singh Sadaknama Novelist
    • Amolak Singh, President, Punjab Lok Sabhyachark Manch
    • Manjit Kaur Aulakh – Dramatist
    • Kailash Kaur
    • Attarjeet Kahaneekaar, Editor “Parwaz”
    • Kanwaljeet Khanna, General Secretary, Punjab Lok Sabhyachark Manch
    • Gurmeet Karhialvi – Writer
    • Mitter Sain Meet – Writer and Lawyer
    • Amit Mitter – Rationalist
    • Prof. Baldeep Singh
    • Hansa Singh – Dramatist
    • Kasturi Lal - Dramatist
    • Harmesh Malrhi – Writer and Farm labourers leader
    • Dr. Surjit Singh – Prof Punjabi University & General Secretary Punjabi Sahit Academy
    • Dr. Sardara Singh Johal – former Chancellor Central University, Punjab, Bathinda
    • Dr. Hawinder Singh Sirsa – Writer
    • Anil Adam – Poet
    • Amarjeet Singh Jeet – President Sahit Jagrti Sabha, Bathinda
    • Principal Jagdish Singh Ghai- Writer & Educationist.
    • Jasvir Jhaj – Poet
    • Shivraj Khunde Halal – Poet
    • Gurcharan Singh Mangat – Writer, Rampur Katani
    • Kuldeep singh Bangi – General Secretary Kaumantri Sahit Sabhyachar Manch Bathinda
    • Gurbachan Kaur, former Secretary, Punjabi Sahit Sabha , Delhi
    • Karnail Vairagee – Teacher
    • Principal Jasmeet Singh Behniwal – Chahal Kalan
    • Inderjeet Jadu – Dramatist, Bathinda
    • Joginder Singh Nirala, Writer, Barnala
    • Balwinder Singh Machhiwara – Writer
    • Sham Sunder – Social Activis, Raikot
    • Tari Baee – Awaz Rang Manch, Barnala
    • Dr. Surinder Singh Dosanjh – Writer Ludhiana
    • Prof Lakhwinder Jit Kaur – Sultanpur Lodhi
    • Dr. Om Parkash Vashisht – Chandigarh
    • Om Parkash Gaso – Writer
    • Amarjit Grewal – Writer, Ludhiana
    • Jaspal Mankhera – Writer
    • Ajmer Sidhu – Poet, Nawan Shahar
    • Ranbir Singh Rana – Writer, Bathinda
    • Amarjit Painter – Bathinda
    • Sukhdarshan Garg – Balianwali Sahit Sabha
    • Janak Raj Janak – Writer, Talwandi Sabo Sahit Sabha
    • Surjit Brar Gholia – Writer
    • Dr. Surjit Bhatti – Literary Critic & Educationist
    • Dr. Bheeminder Singh
    • Dr. Sham Sunder Deepti
    • Prof Lok Nath
    • Bhagwant Rasulpuri – Editor “Kahani Dhara”
    • Jinder – Editor “Shabad”
    • Des Raj Kali – Editor “Lakeer”
    • Prof Harjinder Singh Atwal, Jalandhar.
    • Dr. Karamjit Singh Kurukshetr – former General Secretary Kendri Punjabi Lekhk Sabha
    • Madan Veera – Poet, President, Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Hoshiarpur
    • Dr. Jaswant Rai, General Secretary Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Hoshiarpur
    • Ret. Principal Satnam Singh Shoker
    • Dr. Satnam Singh Jassal –Regional Centre Punjabi University, Bathinda
    • Dr. Raminder Singh, Head Education Deptt, Regional Center Punjabi University, Bathinda
    • Dr. Kanwaljit Singh Education Deptt   Regional Center Punjabi University, Bathinda
    • Prof Surjit Jujj – Phagwara
    • Surinder Rampuri – Poet
    • Dr. Surinder Kumar Daveshwar
    • Surinderjit Kaur Gill – Poetess
    • Dr. Sukhdev Singh Sirsa- Punjab University Chandigarh
    • Smt Soma Sablok – Writer Banga
    • Dr. Surinder Ajnat
    • Prof Som Pal Hira – Dramatist, Raikot
    • Sulakhn Sarhadi – Writer, Gurdaspur
    • Makhan Kohar – Writer, Gurdaspur
    • Pawan Harchandpuri – Poet, Dhuri
    • Dr. Sukhpal Singh Thind, Kapurthla
    • Dr. Harbhajan Singh Bhatia Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar
    • Surinder Preet Ghania – Writer
    • Harbhajan Singh Hundal – Writer
    • Harbans Malwa – Poet
    • Prof Hamdardveer Naushahrvi – Writer
    • Harmeet Vidiaarthee – Writer, Ferozepur
    • Prof Jaspal Ghai – Writer Ferozepur
    • Harbhajan Singh Khemkarni – Writer
    • Harwinder Bhandal – Writer , Kapurthla
    • Kamaljeet Neelon – Writer
    • Kirpal Kazakh – Writer
    • Kewal Kaloti – Novelist, Urmur Tanda
    • Kesra Ram – Story Writer
    • Karam Singh Vakeel – Writer
    • Gurbhajan Gill – Writer
    • Dr. Guriqbal Singh – Writer, Ludhiana
    • Satish Gulati – Chetna Parkashan
    • Prof Kewal Parwana, Kapurthla
    • Swarandeep Noor – Teacher
    • Balwant Farwali – Writer Malerkotla
    • Gurdial Dalal – Writer
    • Gurnam Kanwar
    • Happy Bhagta – Dramatist
    • Gurmeet Palahi – Writer
    • Prof Kulwinder Dasuya
    • Navtej Bharti – Writer
    • Ujagar Lalton – Writer
    • Surjit Gag –Poet
    • Principal Ret. Daljit Singh Bhagta.
    • Amrik Singh Sher Khan – Writer, Lohara
    • Pal Kaur – Poetess
    • Ram Lal Bhagat – Lecturer (History)
    • Arwinder Kaur Kakra – Writer
    • Varinder Diwana – Social Activist
    • Gurshpinder Toor – Lecturer, Abohar
    • Gulzar Singh Shaunki – Sahit Academy Ludhiana
    • Gurdev Singh Rupana – Writer
    • Gurdial Roshan – Writer
    • Dr. Sharanjit Kaur – Literary Critic, Chandigarh
    • Waryam Sandhu – Writer
    • Gagandeep Singh Mabdi Kaln, Radio Anchor
    • Sarup Sialvi – Writer
    • Satnam Singh Daun – Writer
    • Yuvraj Singh Sandhu – Writer, Majitha
    • Prof Sucha Singh Nar – Writer
    • Veer Singh M.A. –Writer, Boha
    • Janmeja Singh Johal – Writer
    • Prof Amrinder Singh Sohal – Punjabi University, Patiala
    • Davinder Daman – Dramatist
    • Mohinder Patla – Jagraon
    • Rajwinder Neer – Writer
    • Prof Sucha Singh Gill CRRID, Chandigarh
    • Prof Ranjit Singh Ghuman, CRRID, Chandigarh
    • Principal Tarsem Bahia – Writer and Teachers’ leader
    • Dr. Lakhwinder Johal, Secretary Punjab Arts Council
    • Kewal Dhaliwal – Dramatist
    • Com. Gurmeet Singh, General Secretary, Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee Jalandhar
    • Com Gurmeet Singh Dhada, President Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee Jalandhar
    • Prof Jagroop Singh Sekhon – Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar
    • Prof  Paramjit Singh Juj Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar
    • Prof  Amarjit Singh Sidhu Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar
    • Prof  Joginder Singh, Director, Bhai Veer Singh Sadan Amritsar
    •  Prof Rabinder Nath Sharma, Senator, Punjab University, Chandigarh.
    • Prof Raunki Ram – Punjab University Chandigarh
    • Prof Manjit Singh - Punjab University Chandigarh
    • Prof Akshay Kumar - Punjab University Chandigarh
    • Prof Birender Pal Singh – Punjabi University, Patiala
    • Dr. Baljinder Singh Sohal, Rajindera Medical College, Patiala
    • Dr. Charanjit Singh Sohal, Editor “WAGHA”
    • Yashpal Editor “Varg Chetna”
    • Adv Narinder Kumar Jeet – Bathinda
    • Adv Sudeep Singh – Bathinda
    • Adv Rajnish Kumar Rana – Bathinda
    • Pushap Lata, Trade Unionist and Social Activist
    • Dr. Atul, Jawahar Lal Nehru University
    • Jaswinder Jass – Writer
    • Amritpal Bange – Writer and Singer
    • Jagseer Jeeda – Artist
    • Ram Swaran Lakhewali – Writer
    • Atma Ram Ranjan – Co-Editor “Parwaz”
    • Karnail Singh – Teacher
    • Ravinder Rahi – Writer
    • Malkit Kotli – Writer
    • Master Ram Kumar – Peoples Singer and Musician
    • Gurdial Roshan – Writer
    • Dr. Areet
    • Manpreet Jass


    10th September 2018

    Sep 11, 2018