Navi Mumbai

Varvara Rao Teltumbde Navlakaha Saibaba

Intellectuals can’t be a threat to public order or humanity.

It is deeply disturbing that 81 years old poet Varavara Rao did not get bail and now admitted to a hospital in Mumbai. Reports suggest that the said prison in Taloja, Navi Mumbai have several COVID patient. The family and friends of Varvara Rao protested in Hyderabad as they were not even allowed to visit him. Sudha Bharadwaj dedicated her life for the cause of the workers and most downtrodden in Chhattishgarh by providing them legal aid. She was also teaching at some law university. Similarly, Gautam Navlakha who is also 60 plus has been taken to Mumbai on remand. Delhi high court showed displeasure over this but we don’t know what are the police looking from him, which cant be discussed in Delhi. Anand Teltumbde is already in Jail and his bail plea to has been rejected by the court. Another man who is now mostly forgotten is Prof G N Saibaba, who need medical attention and one person to take care is suffering in jail. One may agree or may not agree with all these gentlemen for what they have been writing. I don’t think anyone of them were writing against the state of India. They might have spoken against the government which is not a crime as they spoke of upholding the constitution of India Waging an armed struggle against the state or working against the national integration or its unity and integrity or against the constitution of India is definitely a crime according to the law but one wonders as what have these people done in terms of all this. Did they instigate people to kill or have they ever written against any community? Rao is a poet while Anand and Navlakhas are actually human rights defenders as well as public intellectuals of their own right and have been published in all prestigious publications all these years. G N Sai Baba too is mostly an academic intellectual and physically not in a condition to move himself. Their track record is available and no one can believe that they were some ‘ring’ leaders or wanting to do…