Activists meet National Minorities Commission Chairperson about Forbesganj Firing: NCM to visit Forbesganj on 21st June


A team of civil rights activists today met with the Chairperson of the National Minorities Commission, Mr. Wajahat Habibullah, to express anger and distress over the police firing in Forbesganj—in which four people, including an infant were shot dead at pointblank range by the Bihar Police on 3rd June—seeking his urgent intervention to ensure justice for the victims of the horrendous torture and killings. Mr. Habibulallah apprised the team that he had sought a response from the Bihar Government but was not satisfied with it. In a letter to the Chief Minister dated 14th June, Mr. Habibullah wrote, “The Commission is entirely dissatisfied with the report received from Araria District SP Ms. Garima Malik, which fails to explain why it should have become necessary for the police to open fire so indiscriminately as to target women and babies, and disappointed by the communication received from Shri Amir Subhani, Home Secretary, Bihar.”


Artists In Solidarity With Dr. Binayank Sen

On 15th January 2011, artists, musicians, poets, film directors and writers congregated at Jantar Mantar for an evening of cultural protest against the persecution of Dr Binayak Sen.

The cultural evening was preceded by a press conference addressed by Aparna Sen, Sharmila Tagore, Ashok Vajpeyi and M.K. Raina [see statement below].


Remembering Shahid Azmi: A fearless crusader for justice

Advocate Shahid Azmi, defence counsel of Fahim Ansari, those accused in Malegaon blast of 2006 and Mumbai train blasts, was murdered in cold blood on February 11, 2010. Shahid Azmi’s murder follows a series of attacks on lawyers who dared to defend those accused of terror. Such lawyers, across the country from Uttar Pradesh to Madhya Pradesh to Maharshtra have been the targets of brutal attacks by right wing goons, often within the premises of the courts while the police watched idly.


Public Meeting on Debating Minority Status for Jamia

Public Meeting on

Debating Minority Status for Jamia


Prof. T.K Oommen (Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Member, Sachar Committee), Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed (Noted Political Scientist) and Prof, Shamim Hanafi (Professor Emeritus, Jamia Millia Islamia and eminent critic and writer)

2 February 2010, Jamia Millia Islamia)