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Military action ‘cannot solve’ Social problems: Binayak Sen

Posted by Admin on July 26, 2009

Maoist Comrade Niranjan Bose

Binayak Sen

New Delhi: A civil rights activist arrested over two years ago for alleged links with Maoists and freed on bail two months ago, yesterday said military action was not a solution to solve social problems.

Binayak Sen, a medical doctor, was in New Delhi to attend his first public meeting with civil society activists after the Supreme Court granted him bail.

“The main reason why I am here today is to start a peace initiative in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and other Maoist-hit states, mainly with the civil society and give out the message that social problems cannot be solved by military confrontation,” Sen said on the sidelines of the meeting at the Indian Social Institute.

“Primarily we want the civil society and others to participate in this initiative and we will have a meeting on August 4. There is no direct initiative to involve the government now although some of the members of our group, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), are talking about inviting parliamentarians too,” the 59-year-old activist added.

Sen was accompanied by his wife Ilina who has been his constant supporter through all civil liberty movements.

An activist who has contributed immensely in the field of public health and other social issues, Sen has been vociferous against “human rights violations” by the state-sponsored militia, the Salwa Judum, in Chhattisgarh. Read the rest of this entry »

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Need to redefine nationalism: Binayak Sen

Posted by Admin on July 19, 2009

binayak_sen_20090526Since before Maoists were declared terrorists, Binayak Sen was treated like one for almost two years. The social activist, who works among the tribals and mine workers of Chhattisgarh was lodged in Raipur Central Jail, accused of being a Maoist conduit. His crime – being a doctor, he had agreed to treat the Naxal ideologue Narayan Sanyal. In a stunning move that one hopes is not routine, the state government clamped the dreaded Unlawful Activities Act on Sen and kept fighting against his release – without any proof, without any witness.

Released on bail and recuperating at his house after undergoing heart surgery at the Vellore Medical College, Binayak Sen tells’s Shashank Chouhan about his days in prison and how this country needs to reclaim its lost values.

Shashank: Is your case only an example of what’s happening across Chhattisgarh?

Binayak: Indeed. I have earlier also described mine as an index case- it only highlights problems in the other parts of the state. I had a lot of support from NGOs, Nobel laureates etc; think of the hapless tribals who don’t have that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Release Dr. Binayak Sen

Posted by Admin on June 4, 2008

By Bobby Ramakant
Asian Correspondent

 Dr. Binayak Sen, is also the recipient of Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights (2008).
“These draconian laws sanction the violation of due process by the state, and thus contravene internationally accepted norms of jurisprudence as well as democratic governance” said Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Ramon Magsaysay Awardee (2002) and noted social activist heading National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM).

“The Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, both operate by criminalizing the very performance of civil liberties activities, and culpability is decided upon not by direct proof, but through guilt by association” says a senior Advocate Mr. K G Kannabiran who is also the national President of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) in a letter to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

The PUCL-Chhattisgarh Unit, with Dr. Binayak Sen’s active leadership as its General Secretary, had exposed the government sponsored so-called campaign Salwa-Judum in Chhattisgarh which legitimizes extra-constitutional violence and pits adivasis against adivasis.

“The Fast is to ensure that human rights of marginalized people are not trampled upon and human rights defenders continue to work fearlessly” says Dr. Sandeep Pandey.

Dr. Binayak Sen, a medical doctor by profession, has not only dedicated his professional life to serve the medical needs of the poor and the needy in one of the most backward areas of the country but also is one with inexhaustible energy and enthusiasm for all the other causes to which he has expressed his commitment.

Dr. Binayak Sen graduated with distinction from the prestigious Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, and later completed his MD there in 1974. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to society, in 2004, Dr.Sen received the Paul Harrison award for lifetime work of medical care in the service of humanity, an award given annually by the CMC to one of its alumni.

It is this medical professional and social activist, who has been recognised as “a role model for the students and staff of CMC,” who was arrested on 14 May 2007 allegedly for “unlawful activitie,” which were supposedly “threatening public security.”

Dr. Sen has been detained since then on utterly infounded charges.

(Author is a development journalist, a World Health Organization (WHO) Awardee (2008) and can be contacted at:

Dr. Binayak Sen Photo Courtesy of AP

Hundreds of activists will be fasting from 16-25 June 2008 demanding immediate release of Dr. Binayak Sen, and others who are in jail since more than a year now in Chhattisarh under the draconian Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act 2005, and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (1967) amended in 2004.

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