Monthly Webinar Series: Academic Freedom in India
This series is part of InSAF India’s solidarity campaign for maintaining international awareness of :
• the unjustifiable jailing in India of academics, students and activists
• the shrinking space for academic freedom
• the state’s usurping of academia in the saffronisation of India
One webinar every month -- usually this is the last Saturday of every month, 7pm/8pm IST
Human Rights Defenders in India: Stories from the Trenches
Saturday, 31 July 2021
9:30am New York | 2:30pm UK | 7pm India
Register @ shorturl.at/msFHV
As a growing number of human rights defenders are being incarcerated using charges of sedition, terrorism and anti-national activities, the movements and causes they have stood for and struggled with through constitutional means, now, in turn, are fighting for their release. It is clear the state is determined to silence these activists by any means necessary, framing them in false cases and denying them bail repeatedly.
We mourn the institutional murder of Father Stan Swamy that has fully exposed to the world the machinations of Indian state agencies and a compromised judiciary.
• Why was Father Stan and his centre in Ranchi, Jharkhand (Bagaicha) such a threat to the state?
• How are corporations/commercial interests complicit with the state in trying to suppress the movements of such grassroots organizations and eliminate these activists?
• How does the Indian legal system enable those in power to rule by law instead of governing under a rule of law?
Through this webinar we hope to shine a light on how these grassroots organizations and activists have stood up to the carceral state and its allied interests, and what support the international community can provide.
Dayamani Barla, Adivaasi, Moolvaasi, Astitva Raksha Manch, Jharkhand, India
Jerome Kujur, Social Activist, Jharkhand, India
Nikita Sonavane, Lawyer and Co-founder, Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project (CPAProject), Bhopal, India
Father P.M. Tony, Freelance Researcher, Social Activist, and Colleague of Late Father Stan Swamy, Ranchi, India
Nihalsing Rathod, Defence Lawyer for the Bhima Koregaon Arrestees, Nagpur, India
Register @ shorturl.at/msFHV
This webinar is co-hosted by India Civil Watch International
Other webinars available as educational resources
Co-hosts for the above webinars include Ambedkar King Study Circle (California), India Civil Watch International, British Association for South Asian Studies, Scholars At Risk, the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam, The Forum on Education in Asia (UCL), and the SIU University Honors Program
Topics to be covered in forthcoming webinars
The scientific community’s Hindutva challenge
Academic freedom in higher education institutions in India
Academic freedom in primary and secondary education in India
Locking down academic freedom in Kashmir
The international reach of Hindutva: Hindu nationalist thought in academic institutions abroad
The international reach of Hindutva: Challenges of researching India and complicity of European knowledge
The saffronisation of archives
Adivasi rights and academic freedom