(The Asian Independent)
On May 30th, Saturday, People from the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan and India made a video statement to demand the immediate release of Dr. Anand Teltumbde and 10 other human rights activists who have been arrested in fabricated cases by the RSS/BJP. It attracted a good number of people within 2 days of the announcement. Mrs Rama Teltumbde, wife of Dr.Anand and Ms. Rashmi Teltumbde, daughter of Dr.Anand too joined the call. As a result of good response one more session was organized on May 31st, Sunday too.
Mrs.Teltumbde, besides thanking the organizers, said, “It’s not only a fight for justice but now for the fight for the right to live”. Com. V. Shankar, politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninst) Liberation said that the arrest of a stellar personality Dr.Anand on the birth anniversary of Dr B.R Ambedkar is a shame on Indian democracy. He added that when the Supreme Court of India advised the government to release the prisoners and send them on parole as a result of covid pandemic, the arrest of elderly persons like Dr.Anand and Mr.Gautam Navlakha is life-threatening. Ms.Rashmi Teltumbde said that It’s not about her father but anyone who speaks against the government is getting arrested. She added the RSS/BJP government is vindictive and encroaching upon right to life.
The organizers said that Covid-19 is not just a challenge for medical science; it is a test for political science. Taking advantage of COVID-19 lockdown and the restricted movement many governments brazenly attempt to make democracy not only nonfunctional but dysfunctional. The organizers said that we the international communities that oppose fascism will never cease to fight for the release of people who have been denied their basic Constitutional rights, booked under fabricated cases such as Bhima-Koregaon, aided by laws such as the UAPA – now widely recognized by a vast cross section of Indian public and international scholarly and legal community – as inherently draconian.
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