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The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia

Invites you to a workshop

Dissent in India and the US


Encuentro Cinco

Saturday Oct 14 2017

11:30 – 1:30 PM

9A Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 02108-4701

Two Blocks from Park Street T-Stop


Dissent is increasingly penalized in India.  Among recent examples, the case of Professor G N Saibaba merit particular attention.  Professor Saibaba, a Lecturer of English at Ramlal Anand College, Delhi University, India, is currently serving a life sentence in prison.  Convicted in 2014 for alleged association with outlawed Leftist political parties, circumstances suggest the actual reason is the Indian State’s intolerance of dissenting views. Five other Adivasi students – Hem, Prashant, Pandu and Vijay were also given harsh prison sentences along with Professor Saibaba in similar dubious circumstances.

Please join invited speakers Abha Sur, Bishop Teixeira and other friends and members of the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia to discuss solidarity with Professor Saibaba, Hem, Prashant, Pandu, Vijay,  and all who are persecuted for their commitment to truth and justice.

About the workshop presenters: 

Abha Sur is a scientist turned historian of science and long-standing member of the Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia.  

Bishop Filipe Cupertino Teixeira left his native Angola to ministry the immigrant communities in the Boston area and has been an inspiring presence in campaigns for justice and peace over the years.  

Somnath Mukherji is the Development Coordinator for AID (Association for India’s Development) and an activist with the Free Binayak Sen Campaign.

By Skype - Partha Sarathi Ray, activist and professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education, Kolkata, India; Brian Shea, Disability Rights Activist, IAC Boston.  

RSVP - Lunch will be provided