Professor G.N. Saibaba was recently sentenced to life imprisonment by the
Indian state for his outspoken defense of People’s movements and
progressive political causes in India and internationally. He, and others
under attack in India, are in urgent need of international support.
Arundhati Roy, at a recent event in Boston, answers a question about
Saibaba’s case, and shares details about her own ongoing ‘contempt of
Earlier last month, on June 3rd in the Left Forum in New York City,
supporters of progressive voices in India hosted a presentation and
discussion about the arrest and life-sentence of Delhi University
Professor GN Saibaba, as well as four other activists, for allegedly
“waging war” against the Indian state and being a member of the banned
Communist Party of India (Maoist). The only evidence of these charges came
from intelligence officers and police agents.
At his trial, Professor Saibaba demonstrated that his “crime” was to
criticize and organize legal movements against the Indian state. As
a leading member of the Revolutionary Democratic Front, Saibaba has
consistently advocated for the rights of landless and poor peasants,
adivasi (indigenous) peoples, dalits (formerly called untouchables),
workers, women, Muslims and progressive students and intellectuals.
For more information about efforts in the U.S. to support Professor
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