Prabir Purkayastha

Purkayastha is the founder of NewsClick, an independent news website, and a public intellectual. In October 2023, the NewsClick offices and his home were raided, in a wide sweep… More

Teesta Setalvad

A well-known activist, columnist and writer, Setalvad was detained on June 25, 2022 without a warrant. She was then accused of forgery, filing false charges, criminal conspiracy, and fabricating… More

Vairamuthu Ramasamy Vairamuthu

Tamil poet and lyricist Vairamuthu was the target of protest in 2018 after he made comments linking the 7th century female mystic poet Andal to the Devadasi community, which… More

Sidhu Moose Wala

A prominent Punjabi musician, Moose Wala was arrested in 2020 for promoting violence for his song "Sanju." On May 29, 2022, he was shot and killed while driving without… More

Aakar Patel

A columnist and writer, Patel is also the former head of Amnesty International India before it was shut down by the government in 2020. He was surveilled for years… More

Barshashree Buragohain

Buragohain, an undergraduate student, writes poetry and shares it on her Facebook account. She was arrested on May 18, 2022 for writing an allegedly "anti-national poem" titled Akou Korim… More

Fahad Shah

Shah, a Kashmiri editor and columnist, was arrested in February 2022 for publishing "anti-national content." After being held for 22 days without heat or electricity and then briefly released… More

Farhat Khan

Dr. Khan wrote a book titled Collective Violence and Criminal Justice System that was first published in 2015. Her publisher received complaints about some parts of the book being… More

G. Kalyan Rao

A contemporary writer and poet, Rao is the head of the Revolutionary Writers' Association (Virasam). He was taken into "preventive custody" for a few hours in 2014. His home… More

Leena Manimekalai

A filmmaker and poet, Manimekalai received multiple death and rape threats after sharing a poster of her documentary film Kaali on July 2, 2022. It showed the Hindu goddess… More