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| @krifritifrikafi | September 12,2018

Advocate Susan Abraham was one among the rights activists whose house was raided on the morning of August 28. She talks to The Leaflet about the raids, their connection to the Bhima Koregaon chain of events and the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which has been used to incarcerate the rights activists.

Update: The Supreme Court of India has adjourned the hearing on September 12 to September 17 (Monday). The five activists who were arrested after the raids on August 28 continue to remain under house arrest.

DISCLAIMER- Correction

Sambhaji Bhide is one of accused in the FIR. (10:56)

Vernon Gonsalves had 19 cases against him. He was acquitted in 17, served sentence in 1 and applied for discharge before High Court in 1. (10:26)



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As is known, the Mahars fought on the side of the East India Company in its battle against the Peshwas at Bhima-Koregaon. Their participation in this colonial conquest was falsely described by Ambedkar as a struggle against Brahminical domination and exploitation. When I examined the documents relating to the period I found the Mahars did enjoy certain status and privilege during the Maratha period. So this was not a struggle against Brahmininal hierarchy and power play at all. I pointed this out to Vernon Gonsalves (with links to detailed documentation) in a Face Book interaction. His response was typically full… Read more »

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