Joint Statement by Punjab Intellectuals against Attack on Human Rights Defenders

September 11, 2018

JOINT STATEMENT BY PUNJAB INTELLECTUALS AGAIST 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 making preparations 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.

  1. Dr. Parminder Singh, former Head English Department, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar
  2. Dr. Navsharan – Writer, daughter of Gursharn Singh Dramatist
  3. Dr. Sahib Singh Dramatist
  4. Baldev Singh Sadaknama Novelist
  5. Amolak Singh, President, Punjab Lok Sabhyachark Manch 
  6. Manjit Kaur Aulakh – Dramatist
  7. Kailash Kaur
  8. Attarjeet Kahaneekaar, Editor “Parwaz”
  9. Kanwaljeet Khanna, General Secretary, Punjab Lok Sabhyachark Manch
  10. Gurmeet Karhialvi – Writer
  11. Mitter Sain Meet – Writer and Lawyer
  12. Amit Mitter – Rationalist
  13. Prof. Baldeep Singh 
  14. Hansa Singh – Dramatist
  15. Kasturi Lal – Dramatist
  16. Harmesh Malrhi – Writer and Farm labourers leader
  17. Dr. Surjit Singh – Prof Punjabi University & General Secretary Punjabi Sahit Academy
  18. Dr. Sardara Singh Johal – former Chancellor Central University, Punjab, Bathinda
  19. Dr. Hawinder Singh Sirsa – Writer
  20. Anil Adam – Poet
  21. Amarjeet Singh Jeet – President Sahit Jagrti Sabha, Bathinda
  22. Principal Jagdish Singh Ghai- Writer & Educationist.
  23. Jasvir Jhaj – Poet
  24. Shivraj Khunde Halal – Poet
  25. Gurcharan Singh Mangat – Writer, Rampur Katani
  26. Kuldeep singh Bangi – General Secretary Kaumantri Sahit Sabhyachar Manch Bathinda
  27. Gurbachan Kaur, former Secretary, Punjabi Sahit Sabha , Delhi
  28. Karnail Vairagee – Teacher
  29. Principal Jasmeet Singh Behniwal – Chahal Kalan
  30. Inderjeet Jadu – Dramatist, Bathinda
  31. Joginder Singh Nirala, Writer, Barnala
  32. Balwinder Singh Machhiwara – Writer
  33. Sham Sunder – Social Activis, Raikot
  34. Tari Baee – Awaz Rang Manch, Barnala
  35. Dr. Surinder Singh Dosanjh – Writer Ludhiana
  36. Prof Lakhwinder Jit Kaur – Sultanpur Lodhi
  37. Dr. Om Parkash Vashisht – Chandigarh
  38. Om Parkash Gaso – Writer
  39. Amarjit Grewal – Writer, Ludhiana
  40. Jaspal Mankhera – Writer
  41. Ajmer Sidhu – Poet, Nawan Shahar
  42. Ranbir Singh Rana – Writer, Bathinda
  43. Amarjit Painter – Bathinda
  44. Sukhdarshan Garg – Balianwali Sahit Sabha
  45. Janak Raj Janak – Writer, Talwandi Sabo Sahit Sabha
  46. Surjit Brar Gholia – Writer
  47. Dr. Surjit Bhatti – Literary Critic & Educationist
  48. Dr. Bheeminder Singh
  49. Dr. Sham Sunder Deepti
  50. Prof Lok Nath
  51. Bhagwant Rasulpuri – Editor “Kahani Dhara”
  52. Jinder – Editor “Shabad”
  53. Des Raj Kali – Editor “Lakeer”
  54. Prof Harjinder Singh Atwal, Jalandhar.
  55. Dr. Karamjit Singh Kurukshetr – former General Secretary Kendri Punjabi Lekhk Sabha
  56. Madan Veera – Poet, President, Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Hoshiarpur
  57. Dr. Jaswant Rai, General Secretary Punjabi Sahit Sabha, Hoshiarpur
  58. Ret. Principal Satnam Singh Shoker
  59. Dr. Satnam Singh Jassal –Regional Centre Punjabi University, Bathinda
  60. Dr. Raminder Singh, Head Education Deptt, Regional Center Punjabi University, Bathinda
  61. Dr. Kanwaljit Singh Education Deptt   Regional Center Punjabi University, Bathinda
  62. Prof Surjit Jujj – Phagwara
  63. Surinder Rampuri – Poet
  64. Dr. Surinder Kumar Daveshwar 
  65. Surinderjit Kaur Gill – Poetess
  66. Dr. Sukhdev Singh Sirsa- Punjab University Chandigarh
  67. Smt Soma Sablok – Writer Banga
  68. Dr. Surinder Ajnat
  69. Prof Som Pal Hira – Dramatist, Raikot
  70. Sulakhn Sarhadi – Writer, Gurdaspur
  71. Makhan Kohar – Writer, Gurdaspur
  72. Pawan Harchandpuri – Poet, Dhuri
  73. Dr. Sukhpal Singh Thind, Kapurthla
  74. Dr. Harbhajan Singh Bhatia Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar
  75. Surinder Preet Ghania – Writer
  76. Harbhajan Singh Hundal – Writer
  77. Harbans Malwa – Poet
  78. Prof Hamdardveer Naushahrvi – Writer
  79. Harmeet Vidiaarthee – Writer, Ferozepur
  80. Prof Jaspal Ghai – Writer Ferozepur 
  81. Harbhajan Singh Khemkarni – Writer
  82. Harwinder Bhandal – Writer , Kapurthla
  83. Kamaljeet Neelon – Writer
  84. Kirpal Kazakh – Writer
  85. Kewal Kaloti – Novelist, Urmur Tanda
  86. Kesra Ram – Story Writer
  87. Karam Singh Vakeel – Writer
  88. Gurbhajan Gill – Writer
  89. Dr. Guriqbal Singh – Writer, Ludhiana
  90. Satish Gulati – Chetna Parkashan
  91. Prof Kewal Parwana, Kapurthla
  92. Swarandeep Noor – Teacher
  93. Balwant Farwali – Writer Malerkotla
  94. Gurdial Dalal – Writer
  95. Gurnam Kanwar
  96. Happy Bhagta – Dramatist
  97. Gurmeet Palahi – Writer
  98. Prof Kulwinder Dasuya 
  99. Navtej Bharti – Writer
  100. Ujagar Lalton – Writer
  101. Surjit Gag –Poet
  102. Principal Ret. Daljit Singh Bhagta.
  103. Amrik Singh Sher Khan – Writer, Lohara
  104. Pal Kaur – Poetess
  105. Ram Lal Bhagat – Lecturer (History)
  106. Arwinder Kaur Kakra – Writer
  107. Varinder Diwana – Social Activist
  108. Gurshpinder Toor – Lecturer, Abohar
  109. Gulzar Singh Shaunki – Sahit Academy Ludhiana
  110. Gurdev Singh Rupana – Writer
  111. Gurdial Roshan – Writer
  112. Dr. Sharanjit Kaur – Literary Critic, Chandigarh
  113. Waryam Sandhu – Writer
  114. Gagandeep Singh Mabdi Kaln, Radio Anchor
  115. Sarup Sialvi – Writer
  116. Satnam Singh Daun – Writer
  117. Yuvraj Singh Sandhu – Writer, Majitha
  118. Prof Sucha Singh Nar – Writer
  119. Veer Singh M.A. –Writer, Boha
  120. Janmeja Singh Johal – Writer
  121. Prof Amrinder Singh Sohal – Punjabi University, Patiala
  122. Davinder Daman – Dramatist
  123. Mohinder Patla – Jagraon
  124. Rajwinder Neer – Writer
  125. Prof Sucha Singh Gill CRRID, Chandigarh
  126. Prof Ranjit Singh Ghuman, CRRID, Chandigarh
  127. Principal Tarsem Bahia – Writer and Teachers’ leader
  128. Dr. Lakhwinder Johal, Secretary Punjab Arts Council
  129. Kewal Dhaliwal – Dramatist
  130. Com. Gurmeet Singh, General Secretary, Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee Jalandhar
  131. Com Gurmeet Singh Dhada, President Desh Bhagat Yadgar Committee Jalandhar
  132. Prof Jagroop Singh Sekhon – Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar 
  133. Prof  Paramjit Singh Juj Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar 
  134. Prof  Amarjit Singh Sidhu Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar 
  135. Prof  Joginder Singh, Director, Bhai Veer Singh Sadan Amritsar 
  136. Prof Rabinder Nath Sharma, Senator, Punjab University, Chandigarh.
  137. Prof Raunki Ram – Punjab University Chandigarh 
  138. Prof Manjit Singh – Punjab University Chandigarh
  139. Prof Akshay Kumar – Punjab University Chandigarh
  140. Prof Birender Pal Singh – Punjabi University, Patiala
  141. Dr. Baljinder Singh Sohal, Rajindera Medical College, Patiala
  142. Dr. Charanjit Singh Sohal, Editor “WAGHA”
  143. Yashpal Editor “Varg Chetna”
  144. Adv Narinder Kumar Jeet – Bathinda
  145. Adv Sudeep Singh – Bathinda
  146. Adv Rajnish Kumar Rana – Bathinda
  147. Pushap Lata, Trade Unionist and Social Activist
  148. Dr. Atul, Jawahar Lal Nehru University
  149. Jaswinder Jass – Writer
  150. Amritpal Bange – Writer and Singer
  151. Jagseer Jeeda – Artist
  152. Ram Swaran Lakhewali – Writer
  153. Atma Ram Ranjan – Co-Editor “Parwaz”
  154. Karnail Singh – Teacher
  155. Ravinder Rahi – Writer
  156. Malkit Kotli – Writer
  157. Master Ram Kumar – Peoples Singer and Musician
  158. Gurdial Roshan – Writer
  159. Dr. Areet
  160. Manpreet Jass