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India’s “Civil Society: Comes Out In Support Of Teesta Setalvad & Javed Anand

July 24, 2015 | By

New Delhi: Various activists and prominent personalities of different fields have issued a written statement in support of Citizens for Justice and Peace activist Teesta Setalvad. The statement reads as follows:

Teesta Setalvad [File Photo]

Teesta Setalvad [File Photo]

Romila Thapar, Admiral Ramdas, Naseeruddin Shah, Mahesh Bhatt, Nandita Das, Githa Hariharan, Aruna Roy, Jayati Ghosh, Rajmohan Gandhi, Tushar Gandhi, Vivan Dundaram, Nilima and GM Shaikh, Henri Tiphange and hundreds of other prominent artists, intellectuals and activists protest against witch hunting of Teesta and Javed.

We the undersigned express our profound dismay and disquiet at the continued official harassment by the central government of leading human rights defenders Teesta Setalvad and Javed Anand. Since the installation of the BJP led government in Delhi in May 2014, the country has witnessed open strenuous official efforts to foist a large variety of charges of financial irregularity on them, to harass them, to tarnish their reputations, and to secure their arrests. Fortunately the interventions of the higher judiciary have protected them so far. However the latest raids by the Central Bureau of Investigation into their home and offices in Mumbai on 14 July 2015 are signs of continuing open misuse of official bodies to harass these human rights defenders.

It is well-known that Teesta Setalvad and Jawed Anand have fought an unrelenting battle not only to bring to book criminals who committed gruesome hate crimes against Muslims in the carnage of 2002, but also to expose the role of the Gujarat government in enabling, abetting and even organising these crimes. They have been fearless in charging the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently the country’s Prime Minister, with direct criminal culpability for these crimes. For this they have assisted the widow of a former MP who was slaughtered in the carnage Zakia Jafri to fight a brave court battle in which the first accused is the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi. They are also appealing against court orders to free on bail prominent political leaders of the BJP convicted of the worst massacre in Naroda Patiya, Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi.

What we are witnessing is crude and defiant misuse of official bodies to beat down these human rights defenders so as to silence their voices, break their morale and divert them from their unrelenting battles in defence of justice which charge the country’s current leadership with complicity in hate crimes. The veracity of their charges will be decided in the country’s courts. But their right to fight for justice on behalf of the survivors of one of the most shameful communal carnages in the history of free India is protected by India’s democracy. The open official bullying of courageous human rights defenders even as persons charged with a range of serious crimes walk free are brazen official attempts to diminish Indian democracy. These must be powerfully resisted by all democratic voices in the country.

Endorsed by:

A R F Viegas, Engineer

Abhay Shirekar, St. Michael’s Church, Vasai, Maharashtra

AC Michael

Achin Vanaik, retired professor, Delhi University

Admiral L Ramdas

Ahmed Shekhar Mallik

Ajay Skaria, historian, University of Minnesota

Ajaya Kumar Singh, Social Activist, Odisha Forum for Social Action,

Ajith Pillai, journalist

Akhil Kang, Delhi

Ali Javed , Gen. Secretary, All India Progressive Writers Association, Delhi

Amalendu Upadhyaya, Editor-

Amar Jesani

Amar Kanwar, Filmmaker, New Delhi

Amina Niloufer Hussain, social worker, Hyderabad

Amit Bhaduri, Prof Emeritus, JNU, New Delhi

Amit Sengupta, Journalist and academic

Amita Buch, academician, Gujarat

Amitadyuti Kumar, APDR, Kolkata

Amrita Shodhan

Amudhan R.P. filmmaker,media activist

Anand Patwardhan, filmmaker, Mumbai

Anand Swaroop Verma, Delhi

Angela L Viegas, Professional,Mumbai,

Anil Chamadia

Anil Kumar, Ghazipur, UP

Anil Nauriya, advocate, Delhi

Anita Ghai

Anita Roy, writer, UK

Anjali Shenoi

Anoushka L Viegas, Graduate,Mumbai,

Anu Chenoy, Professor, JNU

Anubha Rastogi, lawyer, Mumbai

Anuradha Kapoor, theatre, New Delhi

Anuradha Pati, Delhi

Apoorvanand, academician, Delhi

Arjun, Pune

Arshia Ahmed Ayub, Counselling psychologist

Aruna Burte, Feminist activist

Aruna Roy, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)

Arundhati Dhuru NAPM

Ashis Nandy, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi

Ashok Bikram Jairu, Executive Director, NNSWA Central Office, Kanchanpur

Askari Naqvi

Astrid Lobo, Satyashodhak

Atul Sood, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Aunohita Mojumdar, Editor, Himal Southasian, Kathmandu

Ayaz Siddiqui Communication engineer

Ayesha Kidwai

Baby Sharma, teacher, Ghazipur, UP

Battini Rao, People’s Alliance for Democracy and Seculariam (PADS)

BG Kolse Patil , retd judge

Bhaskar Chatterjee, academic

Bhavna Ramrakhiani, ACF, Gujarat

Bijoya Rao

Biju Mohan, Executive Director, MBL Media School, Kozhikode

Binu Mathew, Editor

Biraj Patnaik

Brinelle D’Souza, School of Social Work, TISS, Mumbai

BRP Bhaskar, journalist, Kerala

C Drego, Private Employment, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Chaman Lal, Academic, New Delhi

Chinappan Swamydas

CV Vergis

D. W. Karuna, Historian, Chennai

Darryl D’Monte, Chairperson, Forum of Environmental Journalists of India David Selvaraj, Visthar Academy for justice and Peace, Bangalore.

Deepa, Delhi

Dhirendra Panda, Convener, Civil Society Forum on Human Rights (CSFHR)

Dilip Simeon

Dinesh Abrol, Delhi

Dinesh Mohan, Professor IIT Delhi (Retired)

Dr Indra Munshi, Former Head, Dept of Sociology, University of Mumbai,

Dr Lubna Sarwath, socio-political activist, Hyderabad

Dr St Mohamed Nazeer, professor, Chennai

Dr. Abey George, State Coordinator, NCPRI Kerala

Dr. Amrita Chhachhi, Academician

Dr. Anant Phadke, Pune

Dr. Frazer Mascarenhas, former principal, St.Xavier’s college, Mumbai

Dr. Mohan Rao , Prof, Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, JNU

Dr. Munish Alagh. Profession: Economist, Ahmedabad

Dr. Varghese Manimala, Professor and activist

Dr.K.Subramanian, Retired Chief Scientist &Head-Chlor-Alkali Division,CSIR

Dr.Ruth Manorama, political activist, Janata Dal(secular)

Dunu Roy, Engineer, Hazards Centre, Delhi

Faiz Siddiqui Bank executive

Farah Naqvi, Writer and Activist, Delhi

Fr Maverick Fernandes, President, Council for Social Justice and Peace, Goa

Fr Savio Fernandes, Executive Secretary, Council for Social Justice and Peace, Goa.

Fr. Cedric Prakash sj, Director, PRASHANT, Gujarat

Fr. Freddy Braganca, General Secretary, Centre for Responsible Tourism, Goa

Franson Davis Manjali, Academic, JNU

G. Arunima, Associate Professor and Chair, Centre for Women’s Studies, JNU

G.M. Sheikh, Artist, Gujarat

Gabriele Dietrich, NAPM I endorse this statement

Gautam Thaker, General Secretory PUCL Gujarat

Geeta Kapur, Independent Art Writer, Delhi

Geeta Seshu, Journalist, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Geetanjali Gangoli

Ghanshyam Shah, academician, Gujarat

Ghiasuddin Akbar, Member ; Apna Watan & Help Hyderabad.

Gita Sen

Githa Hariharan, Writer

Govindasamy Sekar, Writer, Channai

Hanif Lakdawala, Social Activist, Gujarat

Harsh Kapoor,

Harsh Mander, Aman Biradari

Hartman de Souza, writer, teacher and theatre person

Helen Saldana

Henri Tiphagne, National Secretary , Human Rights Defenders Alert India

I A Siddiqui Retd engineer

Indira Chandrasekhar, Tulika Books, Delhi

Indira Jaising, Founder, Lawyer’s Collective, Delhi

Indrawati, Ghazipur, UP

Indu Prakash Singh, Social Activist, Forum Against Corruption & Threats

Iqbal Ahmad, All India People’s Front , Ghazipur, UP

Irfan Engineer, All India Secular Forum

Ishwarbhai Prajapati, Jan Sangharsh Manch,Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Jai Sen, CACIM

Javed Malik, New Delhi

Jaya Mehta ,Sandarbh Collective, Indore

Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Jayati Lal, Academic, Washington, DC

Jharna Pathak, Profession: Researcher, Ahmedabad Women’s Action Group.

Joe Athialy, Activist, New Delhi

John Dayal, journalist, New Delhi

John Paul Lobo, De Nobili College, Nagar Road, Ramvadi, Pune

Joy Karyampuram

Joy Sengupta, actor, Mumbai

Jyoti Punwani freelance journalist Mumbai

Kabi Cubby Sherman

Kalapana Kannabiran, Council for Social Development, Hyderabad

Kalpana Sharma, journalist, Mumbai

Kalyani Menon-Sen , Feminist Learning Partnerships, Gurgaon

Kamal Chenoy, Prof. JNU

Kamal Faruqi, FCA, Former Chairman Delhi Minorities Commission

Kamayani Bali Mahabal, Mumbai

Khalid Azam (United States)

Kiran Shaheen, Writer and Anti Poverty Activist

Kirtana Thangavelu

Kumar Ambuj, Member of Presidium, M. P. Progressive Writers Association

Kumar Prashant, journalist, sarvodaya activist

Kumar Sundaram, India Against Hate

Kumkum Roy, New Delhi

Kunal Chattopadhyay, Academic, Social Movement Activist

L Viegas, professional,Mumbai,

Lalit Vachani, Filmmaker, New Delhi

Lalita Ramdas, social activist,Hyderabad

Lara Jesani

Lena Ganesh, Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Lynette Gomes, Computer professional,Mumbai,

M Cherian Kunjumon, Bombay Catholic Sabha, Mumbai.

M Joe Inigo

M. Chaya Ratan, IAS Retd.& Activist, Hyderabad

M. V. Ramana, Princeton University, USA

Maati Munsiari, Uttarakhand

Madhu Prasad, academician, Delhi

Mahendra Gupta, All India People’s Front , Ghazipur, UP

Mahesh Bhatt, filmmaker, Mumbai

Mahesh Daga

Malika Virdi

Mallika Sarabhai, Artist, Gujarat

Manan Trivedi, social activist, Gujarat

Mandakini Dubey, Assistant Professor of English, Ashoka University

Manisha Sethi, Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association.

Manoranjan Siba Sankar Mohanty

Mary Scaria

Mazher Hussain, Social Activist, Hyderabad

Md. Shafiquzzaman, Former Special Chief Secretary, Hyderabad

Meenakshi Ganguly, Mumbai

Meera Samson, Collaborative Research and Dissemination, New Delhi

Mehar, social worker, Ghazipur, UP

Meher Engineer, Independent Scientist, Kolkata, West Bengal

Mohamed Anas, Accountant, Tamil Nadu

Mohammed Ashfaq

Mohd Aamir, social activist, Delhi

Monisha Behal, Assam

Mrs Praxedes Gomes, Sr Citizen & home maker, Mumbai.

Mujahid Nafees, Education activist, Gujarat

Mukul Mangalik

Myron J. Pereira, former director Xavier Inst. of Communications, Mumbai

N.D.Jayaprakash, Social Activist, Delhi

Nandini Rao, women’s rights activist, Delhi

Nandini Sundar, Professor, Delhi University

Nandita Bhatia

Nandita Das, actor, director, Mumbai

Naresh Fernandes, Journalist.

Naseem Khan, Secretary, All India People’s Front , Ghazipur, UP

Naseeruddin Shah theatre and film actor and director

Nasiruddin Haider Khan, journalist, Delhi

Nasreen Fazalbhoy, Mumbai Maharashtra.

Navaid Hamid, MOEMIN, Delhi

Nazir Ahmad, All India People’s Front , Ghazipur, UP

Neeraj Jain, Lokayat, Pune and Socialist Party (India)

Neha Shah, College teacher, Ahmedabad

Neshat Quaiser, Dr. Associate Professor, Dep of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, National Federation of Indian Women

Nikhil Dey, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)

Nilima Shaikh, artist, Vadodara, Gujarat

Nimisha, Vadodara

Nityanand Jayaraman, writer/social activist, Chennai

NoMore Campaign

Noorjahan Diwan, social activist, Gujarat

Noorjehan Safia Niaz, Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan

Ovais Sultan Khan, People’s Alliance for Democracy and Secularism

P. K. Datta – Teacher- Delhi University – Delhi

Padma Deosthali

Pallab Sengupta, Gen Secretary, All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation

Pamela Philipose, journalist, New Delhi

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, Journalist, Delhi

Poorva Bhardwaj, women rights activist, New Delhi

Prabhat Patnaik, Professor Emeritus, JNU.

Prabir Purkayashta, New Delhi

Pravin Joseph Philip, Healthy Neighborhood Communications, Kerala

Preetha Nair, journalist

Prem P Verma, Jharkhand Nagrik Prayas, Ranchi

Priya Pillai, Environmental Activist , Greenpeace India.

Prof Aditya Mukherjee, Historian, JNU

Prof Mridula Mukherjee, Historian, JNU

Prof P Koya, NCHRO

Prof Rooprekha Verma, Saajhi Duniya’s , Former VC, Lucknow University

Prof. Anjali Monteiro, TISS, Mumbai

Prof. Dr. Vibhuti Patel, HOD economics, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai

Prof. K.P. Jayasankar, TISS, Mumbai

Prof. Shohini Ghosh, Academic, Delhi.

Progressive Writers’ Association, Ghatshila, Jharkhand

Puja, Delhi

Pushpa Iyer, Associate Profesor, California.

Pyoli, Samajwadi Janparishad

R.K Pandey, asst teacher, Ghazipur, UP

R.T.Muthu, Poet, TN Progressive Writer progressive Association, Chennai

Rachana Johri

Radha Khan, Chairperson & Trustee DAJI , New Delhi

Radhika Chitkara, Partners for Law in Development

Rahul Pandey, entrepreneur and academic,Bangalore, Karnataka

Rahul Sharma, former IPS, now Lawyer, Gujarat

Rajashri Dasgupta, Kolkata

Rajeev Bhargava, academician, New Delhi

Rajesh Shrivastava, IPTA, Chattisgarh

Rajmohan Gandhi

Rakesh Aggarwal, journalist

Rakesh Sharma, filmmaker

Ram Puniyani, writer, activist, Mumbai

Ramlath Kavil

Rammanohar Reddy, Economic & Political Weekly, Mumbai

Ranbir Sinh, IPTA

Ranjan Solomon, Badayl/Alternatives, GOA

Rita Manchanda

Ritambhara, New Delhi

Ritu Dewan, President,Indian Association of Women’s Studies

Rituparna Borah, New Delhi

Robin Viegas, Hon Secretary, Bombay Catholic Sabha, Kalina Unit,

Romila Thapar, Academician

Roselle Solomon, Counselor, Regina Mundi High School, Goa

Roshmi Goswami

Ruchir Joshi Film maker


S. Hasan Kamal, South Asians for Unity, Atlanta, GA, USA

Saba Naqvi, journalist

Sachindeo Vaidya, scientist, India

Sadanand Menon – journalist, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

Saheli Women’s Resource Centre

Sandeep Pandey Socialist Party

Sanjai Sharma, Human Rights Law Network

Sanjiv Bhatt

Sarika Shrivastava (NFIW, Madhya Pradesh)

Sarojini N.B.

Sasi Mayur

Satish Deshpande, academician, Delhi

Satya Sivaraman, Journalist

Shabana Khan, advocate, Mumbai

Shabnam Hashmi, social activist, Anhad

Shahiuz Zaman Niaz

Shalini Gera,JagLAG, Chattisgarh

Shankar Singh, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan (MKSS)

Shariq Siddiqui Photography professional

Shashank Kela, Writer, Chennai

Sheba Chhachhi ,Artist, New Delhi

Shikha Sen, Editor, New Delhi

Shivani Taneja, Educationist, Bhopal, M.P.

Shruti Chaturvedi, activist


Siddharth Varadarajan, journalist, Delhi

Sigaram Senthilnathan, senior advocate, Madras High Court, Chennai

Sita Anantha Raman, Emerita, history, Santa Clara University, California

Sofiya Khan, social activist, Gujarat

Sohail Hashmi, filmmaker

Soma Kishore Parthasarathy

Soma KP

Soma Marik — Historian, Women’s Rights Activist

Sonali Sathaye, Teacher, Madanapalli

Sonia Jabbar, Delhi

Soumya Dutta, Convenor -Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha, India

Sqn Ldr V S Chakravarthi (rtd)

Subhash Anand

Subhash Gatade, New Socialist Initiative

Sudha Arora

Suhasini Mulay

Sukla Sen, social activist, EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity), Mumbai

Sumati Surya, scientist, India

Sumit Sarkar, Retired professor of History, University of Delhi

Sumitra, All India People’s Front , Ghazipur, UP

Suneeta Dhar, activist

Sunita Reddy

Supriya Madangarli

Surabhi Sharma, filmmaker, Mumbai

Suvrat Raju, International Centre for Theoretical Sciences, TIFR, Bangalore

Syeda Hameed, former member, Planning Commission, New Delhi

T I Siddiqui Retd bank executive

Tani Bhargava, New Delhi

Tanika Sarkar, Retired professor of History, JNU.

Tapati Guha-Thakurta

Tauseef H. Mukadam, Profession: Airline Pilot, Karnataka

Tushar A. Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, Maharashtra.

Uma Chakravarty, academician, Delhi

Uma V Chandru, Activist, Bangalore

Urvashi Butalia, publisher, Delhi

V.Vasanthi Devi, Chennai.

Vaibhao Ambhore

Varghese Manimala

Vasantha Surya

Vena Gowda

Vidyadhar Gadgil, Professional Goa

Vijay Rao, Social Worker, Ghazipur, UP

Vijayesh Lal, EFIRLC , New Delhi

Vijendra Yadav, All India People’s Front , Ghazipur, UP

Vineet Tiwari, Gen. Secretary, Madhya Pradesh PWA

Vinod Sharma, Ghazipur, UP

Vipin K. Tripathi, Sadbhav Mission

Vipul Mudgal, journalist and academic

Viranjeet Sandhu, student

Virendra Jain, Janwadi Lekhak Sangh, Bhopal

Vivan Sundaram, artist, Aam Aadmi Party – Delhi

Walter Fernanes, former director, North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati

Waqar Kazi, social activist, Gujarat

Wilfred D’Costa, Indian Social Action Forum (INSAF), New Delhi

WSS (Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression)

Yogendra Yadav

Yousuf Saeed, Independent filmmaker, writer, New Delhi

Yusuf B.Shaikh, Advocate

Zaffarullah Khan, Advocate, Chennai

Zakia Soman Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan

Zamser Ali, journalist, President, BTAD Citizen Rights forum

Zoya Hasan, academician, JNU

Zulekha Jabin


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