Banamallika Choudhury

In July 2019, a police report was filed against Choudhury and other “Miya” (Bengali-language Muslim) poets after the online publication of a poem by Hafiz Ahmed that authorities claimed… More

Karishma Hazarika

Hazarika is one of the “Miya” (Bengali-language Muslim) poets charged in July 2019 after the online publication of a poem by Hafiz Ahmed that authorities claimed promoted sectarian enmity… More

Ashraful Hussain

Hussain is one of the “Miya” (Bengali-language Muslim) poets charged in July 2019 after the online publication of a poem by Hafiz Ahmed that authorities claimed promoted sectarian enmity… More

Kazi Sharowar Hussain Kazi Neel

Kazi Neel is one of the “Miya” (Bengali-language Muslim) poets charged in July 2019 after the online publication of a poem by Hafiz Ahmed that authorities claimed promoted sectarian… More

Narendra Dabholkar

Dabholkar, a rationalist writer and activist, was shot and killed while on a walk in August 2013. Sharad Kalaskar was arrested for the murder, and confessed to the crime… More

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P. Varavara Rao

A renowned Telugu poet and leftist intellectual, Rao has been imprisoned multiple times for his viewpoints. In August 2018, he was arrested with other activists and accused of inciting… More

Doddipalya Narasimha Murthy

On October 24, 2019, police arrested Murthy on charges of treason and attempted murder relating to allegations from 1994, when he was a member of a Maoist group. His… More

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Aatish Taseer

Taseer, a U.S.-based writer of Indian origin, faced harassment by the Indian government following his May 2019 TIME cover story profiling Prime Minister Modi. In late 2019, authorities cancelled… More

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Rana Ayyub

In 2018, a fake twitter account attributed a false tweet to Ayyub, in which she purportedly defended child rapists and said Muslims were not safe in India. Despite being… More

Arun Ferreira

In August 2018, Ferreira was arrested on politically motivated charges of incitement to violence along with other leftist writer-activists in a coordinated raid. Upon his arrest, his technology was… More