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RELEASE DALIT WRITER AND EDITOR SUDHIR DHAWALE NOW!!

Patrakar, Lekhak, Sampadak

SUDHIR DHAWALE MUKTATA ABHIYAAN ( Release Sudhir Dhawale Campaign)

Those who tolerate wrongs are greater wrongdoers than the perpetrators themselves

Press Conference held by the Sudhir Dhawale Muktata Abhiyaan at the Janta Dal (Secular) Office, Mumbai, on January 11, 2011.

Bhai Vaidya, freedom fighter, former Home Minister of Maharashtra, and

Leader, Samajwadi Jan Parishad:

He declared in vociferous and no uncertain terms terms that Sudhir is

not a Naxalite, and for that matter, nobody espousing the cause of

Dalits, Adivasis, the poor, marginalised, oppressed, and downtrodden,

is--contrary to what the State would force people to believe.

Sudhir

is first and foremost an Ambedkarite, and he shall always remain so.

Vaidya recalled an incident dating back to his tenure as Home

Minister. In a village in the Marathwada region, a tehsiladar caught

red-handed embezzling public funds had his face blackened and was

paraded on a donkey by the villagers. When the local police brought

this incident to Vaidya's attention and requested him to take

stringent action against the 'Naxalites' who had dared to do this, he

had replied that the tehsildar had got just what he deserved, and

those who meted out justice to him should not be branded as Naxalites.

 

He used this anecdote to drive home the point as to which side he was on.

Ramdas Athawale, ex-MP, and President, Republican Party of India:

Athawale firmly said that Sudhir is an Ambeedkarite who is fighting

for the cause of dignity and justice for Dalits and Adivasis. He said

that everyone was keenly watching the court proceedings and if Sudhir

was not discharged from police custody and released immediately, an

intensive state and nation-wide campaign shall be launched. He minced

no words to make it clear that he was issuing an ultimatum to R.R.

Patil, the State and all concerned authorities.

 

J.V. Pawar, Dalit writer and founder member, Dalit Panthers : Pawar

pulled no punches, either. He called on the State to release Sudhir

immediately and drop all the baseless and concocted charges, or else

brace up to confront a tidal wave of violent agitation.

 

Darshana Dhawale, wife of Sudhir Dhawale: She recounted her and her

children's traumatic experience of the 6 hours long illegal search,

interrogation and seizure operation carried out by the police at her

house, and said that Sudhir's persecution proved that if a journalist,

writer or even a lay person was found to be in possession of any

literature on Ambedkar, Arundhati Roy, Marx or Lenin, he would also be

persecuted in the same was as that of Sudhir.

 

Eminent individuals in solidarity:

 

Govindrao Pansare

Anand Patwardhan

Anand Teltumbde

Sagar Sarhadi

Pushpa Bhave

Urmila Pawar

Heera Pawar

Premanand Gajvi

Anand Raj Ambedkar

 

Participating organizations:

 

Phule Shahu Ambedkar Samajik Ekta Manch

Lokshahhi Haq Sangathan

Vidrohi Sanskritik Chalwal

Republican Party of India (RPI- A)

Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh

Muktiyaan

CPI

Republican Panthers of the Annihilation of Caste

Janta Dal ( Secular)

Trade Unions Solidarity Committee

Lok Janashakti Party

Friends of People

Sanchi Mahila Sangathan

Nirbhay Bano Andolan

NAPM

CPIL (L)

Kokanasth Ambedkari Mahila Sangathana

 

Sumedh Jadhav Sharad Gaikwad Shyam Sonar

 

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