British Association for South Asian Studies

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04 September 2018

BASAS Statement on Bhima-Koregaon Case

BASAS wishes to condemn the arbitrary and unwarranted arrest and harassment of academics, lawyers, writers and poets in the Bhima-Koregaon case. Whilst none should be above the law, due process - which has always been a cornerstone of the Indian judiciary – has been bypassed in these cases. We are concerned about the attempts to muzzle dissent in the world’s largest democracy and we stand in solidarity with those who have consistently and courageously spoken up for the rights of the marginalised.

The following articles provide further context:

“We stand in solidarity with all those who speak for our fellow citizens’ rights.”
Statement from the Indian Cultural Forum

"Activists’ arrest: It's a more serious situation in country than Emergency, says Arundhati Roy"
Suvojit Bagchi, The Hindu, August 28, 2018

"Arrests of Activists: Anand Teltumbde Rubbishes Police Allegations"

"Hounding of rights activists an attack on democracy"


"Why Are So Many 'Urban Maoists' Surfacing All of a Sudden?"